requirements of a foreign nurese?

  1. What is the requirement of a foreign nurse to work and live in Australia??
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  3. by   ca-us rn
    Quote from manila07
    What is the requirement of a foreign nurse to work and live in Australia??
    a foreign nurse must be a registered nurse in a country where she/he graduated from.:spin:
  4. by   Grace Oz
    Aside from the nursing qualifications, If you are from a non english speaking background, You need to speak and understand english. Both the spoken and written word.
    This is part of the new immigration/citizenship requirements.
    Last edit by Grace Oz on Dec 7, '07
  5. by   manila07
    what if i passed the ielts?
    whta if i speak and write good english?

    is thre any way to not take a bridging course? bridging course is way too costly for me..

    tnx for the reply guys, it is really helping..
  6. by   vivek105
    Quote from manila07
    what if i passed the ielts?
    whta if i speak and write good english?

    is thre any way to not take a bridging course? bridging course is way too costly for me..

    tnx for the reply guys, it is really helping..
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    I have been doing a bit of research on working in Australia and my understanding is if you are from the Philippines or from India then:

    1. You need to have an IELTS score of 7.00 minimum.

    2. You have to register with one of the 7 states Nursing & Midwife Board (NMB) in Australia.

    3. Each one will insist that you give a bridge course which can range from 3 to 6 months. Cost of a bridge course is AT LEAST Aus 7000 $ + travel + cost of life. You need a student visa to go to Australia to do this course.

    4. As far as I can make out - no agency funds a bridge course. You have to fund it your self or via a bank loan or a combination of both.

    5. If you do pass the Bridge course - then you get a registration in Australia as a Nurse with a State Board. Once this is done - you can get a job and then apply for a visa with the job offer.

    6. A visa is easily issued once you have a registration and a job offer.

    7. Jobs are available in Hospitals and old age homes etc. Do your research before accepting a job. In Australia - the large Govt Hospitals are good. The smaller private sector jobs may not be as good. Work conditions are apparently much better in the Govt sector than the private sector.

    8. There is an apparent shortage of nurses in the old age homes as well. But do your research on the job and the company esp. the private companies before accepting. It is YOUR career!!

    9. It is not recommended for a new nurse to australia to accept a rural or a remote posting. This means that you can be on a sheep farm in the middle of nowhere. Do your research before you accept your job.

    While a Bridge course is expensive. It is worth the investment. An annual salary for a nurse in Australia is about 50,000 $ + overtime. So you can pick up between 60-70,000 per annum if you work hard. Well worth the investment!!

    I estimate that you need to budget about 12,000 $ in all for the bridge course, travel to australia, job hunt, food and stay, visa applications etc.

    Best of luck and God Bless

    Vivek
  7. by   nikka00
    Quote from vivek105
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    I have been doing a bit of research on working in Australia and my understanding is if you are from the Philippines or from India then:

    1. You need to have an IELTS score of 7.00 minimum.

    2. You have to register with one of the 7 states Nursing & Midwife Board (NMB) in Australia.

    3. Each one will insist that you give a bridge course which can range from 3 to 6 months. Cost of a bridge course is AT LEAST Aus 7000 $ + travel + cost of life. You need a student visa to go to Australia to do this course.

    4. As far as I can make out - no agency funds a bridge course. You have to fund it your self or via a bank loan or a combination of both.

    5. If you do pass the Bridge course - then you get a registration in Australia as a Nurse with a State Board. Once this is done - you can get a job and then apply for a visa with the job offer.

    6. A visa is easily issued once you have a registration and a job offer.

    7. Jobs are available in Hospitals and old age homes etc. Do your research before accepting a job. In Australia - the large Govt Hospitals are good. The smaller private sector jobs may not be as good. Work conditions are apparently much better in the Govt sector than the private sector.

    8. There is an apparent shortage of nurses in the old age homes as well. But do your research on the job and the company esp. the private companies before accepting. It is YOUR career!!

    9. It is not recommended for a new nurse to australia to accept a rural or a remote posting. This means that you can be on a sheep farm in the middle of nowhere. Do your research before you accept your job.

    While a Bridge course is expensive. It is worth the investment. An annual salary for a nurse in Australia is about 50,000 $ + overtime. So you can pick up between 60-70,000 per annum if you work hard. Well worth the investment!!

    I estimate that you need to budget about 12,000 $ in all for the bridge course, travel to australia, job hunt, food and stay, visa applications etc.

    Best of luck and God Bless

    Vivek

    Thank you for this useful info vivek!
    its a big help for us! :spin:

    have a nice day!
  8. by   vivek105
    Quote from nikka00
    Thank you for this useful info vivek!
    its a big help for us! :spin:

    have a nice day!
    Sure
    Best wishes in your search!!

  9. by   gwenith
    It IS possible to get a job as an AIN (assistant in Nursing) while doing the bridging course. There are a LOT of aged care facilities looking for AIN's.

    Forgot to add - the Royal Children's Hospital here in Brisbane was looking to run a refreher/re-entry course which should (sorry cannot say for sure) but should be the same as a bridging course. They may be worth contacting.
    Last edit by gwenith on Dec 12, '07
  10. by   vivek105
    Quote from gwenith
    It IS possible to get a job as an AIN (assistant in Nursing) while doing the bridging course. There are a LOT of aged care facilities looking for AIN's.

    Forgot to add - the Royal Children's Hospital here in Brisbane was looking to run a refreher/re-entry course which should (sorry cannot say for sure) but should be the same as a bridging course. They may be worth contacting.
    Gwenith

    You are BRILLIANT!!
    I LOVE your posts. ,
    Keep up the Good Work!!

    Vivek
  11. by   SuperStockRN
    How does the process compare for American Nurses? So far I've researched the process and I have seen that the visa is easy to obtain as a nurse and that it is expidited if you have a job waiting...

    Also, can you make sense of the currency exchange? $1 USD =____?


    Thank you!
  12. by   gwenith
    It is easier for American Nurses - the ones I know who are working here found it not too difficult. Simply apply to the registration board of the state you intend to work in. Yes it is easier if you have a job waiting but applying for jobs is not that difficult since most of our hospitals are goverment owned - just go to the health department of the state you want to work in and they usually have a "jobs on line" section.

    My standard warning

    DO NOT take a job that has in it's description the words "rural and remote" our rural has you talking to kangaroo's and remote is more isolated than you can imagine

    No, really it is because things are different enough here that you run a real risk of being tripped by something you would consider basic back home - different in larger hospitals where there are lots of people around to support and help.
  13. by   suzanne4
    It is not a new requirement that the IELTS has to be passed, but has been in existance for quite a few years. And the requirements for the English exams were also more strict and required higher results than the US.

    They only accept the IELTS exam and not the TOEFL just to add to this discussion.

    The bridge program is required of those that graduated from the Philippines if you do not have several years of work experience out of your country. If so, then it is waived.
  14. by   elmar22
    Quote from suzanne4
    The bridge program is required of those that graduated from the Philippines if you do not have several years of work experience out of your country. If so, then it is waived.
    ..And the country where you got your years of experience should be from any of the following: Ireland, UK, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, and I think Singapore..otherwise you'll be required to undergo the bridging course.

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