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Just like everyone, I also have an AUSSIE DREAM : )
Conversion programme is not an option if you are from overseas. It is for Registered Nurses who finished their course here in Australia who wants to convert to a Bachelor's degree. Not sure if it's an option for overseas nurses. You can check AHPRA for registration coming from overseas.
The concept of the BP is to orient the overseas RN to the Australian health care system. It is designed to help the overseas nurse adapt to Australian nursing. This is why you need to finish a BP prior to initial registration with AHPRA.
Me! I did my bridging course in AAON. We didn't have an early exit, so we all had to do the course for 12 weeks. We were only 23 in the batch, 8 Pinoys, 1 Iranian and the rest were Indians. We had 4 weeks of lecture in Melbourne, which was same as what joiemike has said, and 8 weeks of clinical placement in NSW. No one was sent in regional or rural areas. Just in the suburbs, where transport in available. I should say that the course that we went through is quite good. We did have a lot of paperworks though. Of the 23, only 1 did not make it, for not completing the requirements. But yeah, like joiemike, I think I'd also recommend AAON.
Most of us, did find a job right after we got our registration. I think only about 2 haven't found their jobs yet.
hello aila61 thank you for resolving my confusion So basically, TOR, RLE summary and course description are the things i needed from my school?
how are you? still waiting for LOE? may i ask when did you apply to AHPRA?
Included in the Application Confirmation email that AHPRA-WA sent me was:
"In order that your application can be assessed further, could you please forward a certified copy of the course outline or student handbook from the university or institution where your qualification was conferred. We do not require the whole course syllabus, simply an outline of the courses conducted, and the theoretical and clinical units undertaken within each course."
I think everyone who sent their application to AHPRA-WA received the same email. I just informed the registration officer that I already included the Course Outline in my application.
Hope this helps!
Hello there Joiemike! :spin: I'm considering to apply at ETEA and I would just like to ask some first hand information since you were able to study there. How was the school and the bridging course? Do they really grant an early exit for the program? Thank you very much. :spin:
I thought the condition was if a student did not pass the theory, not if they did not obtain a visa.
Don't all schools want to be paid in full, before a visa is applied for?
No one has ever posted they were refused visa and that goes for those that had eligibility letter from AHPRA and said that they were HepB pos and were looking for BP schools. Though I think this might have been a problem to get a visa when the visa is to work in health care.
No one ever posts back to tell us what happens if they get a negative result from AHPRA or DIAC.
There are agencies out there offering big loans and not disclosing all the conditions, interest rates etc until you sign up.
This is totally against Australian practise and totally illegal here....everything before signing anything must be disclosed, including if you manage to pay off earlier, everything must be out there written on paper.
Think very carefully before taking loans out on the priviso that WHEN you get work you will pay it off....
The government has tightened up on how employers offer long term business visa's and this is what is needed for you to stay and work in Australia.
If possible try and raise the money yourself with family or some source that you know were you stand if you get work or do not get work, the pressures off. It would be a terrible situation if families had to sell homes, business, land just to pay your loan off because you were not able to get work. Especially those with no experience.
Australia has a ready made workforce of graduate nurses, as it is, which makes it extremely difficult now, for an employer to state thate they need a nurse with no experience from overseas to take a position. Aged care also is becoming difficult. As international nurses moved into the rural areas to take those positions.
It was possible in the past not now and actually was not too successful at times due to nil experience for clients and staff and nurse.
Be extremely careful, the lure of the 'Australian' Dream my overtake the realities of not being able to pay for loans...and remember there will always be people willing to make lots of money on peoples beliefs and desperation of getting a job and making a better life, when at times it is just not possible.
Hello everyone :spin:
i just would like to know if there's someone here who tried applying to AHPRA even with ZERO experience?? it's because I have a friend who happens to know someone who applied at AHPRA WA and she got NO EXPERIENCE at all.. also, she tried applying to different schools that offer IRON / BP even if she hasn't gotten her LOE from AHPRA yet.. and she's for April intake now.
I'm not sure, but my friend keeps on bugging and telling me that after i passed IELTS, i should start applying to AHPRA.. (which i really really would want to)
CAVEAT: I just passed December 2011 NLE and i have ZERO HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE. TIA!!
hi! i've been eyeing this forum for months now and this is the first time that i will be posting...
Is there anyone here who applied for the bridging program with ZERo work experience? i've been thinking about applying for the BP but the problem is i still dont have any nursing work experience, just graduated last year and passed the boards july, am i eligible to apply for BP? how about conversion program for nurses the one which you are going to undergo bachelors again, i heard there's a one year program at the University of Queensland in brisbane and i am wondrin' if Deakin University in Melbourne is also offering a 1 year conversion program, any feedbacks? thanks!
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