Bridging Program in Australia - page 119

by michikoy

Hi. I am new here. I don't know exactly where to go. I am a registered nurse here in the Philippines and I am interested in studying in Australia for a bridging course that will help me become a registered nurse there. I need... Read More


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    Quote from marchonebus
    No, I'm not in the US right now. I'm an OFW in Oman. The reason why I'm thinking of working in Australia is because of the weather.Really, it's difficult to get accepted in a bridging program? In my mind, I'm thinking since the schools are a business, they will want to accept more students. So it appears it's not that easy, really?And the AHPRA registration process, I'm worried that if I choose, let's say, Canada, and then I don't succeed there and then I apply for AHPRA, I think I need to act quickly because the IELTS expires in 2 years. So maybe, if ever I do apply for AHPRA registration, I need to do it within a maximum of one year after passing the IELTS, so that I still have 1 year before the IELTS expires.
    Hi!Australia being not a 3rd world has certain standards that are being implemented. In contrary to the system of most developing countries, it is always standards over money. So in order for you to get in, you must really meet their requirements and money is just another factor.I'm not quite knowledgeable about Canada's process of registration but I can share share some about Australia. If you act quickly, let's say your IELTS is recently acquired, you have enough time to apply for AHPRA and get a slot in BP schools. Well AHPRA application takes 1-3 months on the average depending on the completeness of your requirements upon submission. Scouting for schools on the average takes another 3 months more or less.

    Here's my timeline for your reference.

    Sept 2012 - got the required IELTS mark
    Oct 2012 - got necessary documents for my AHPRA application
    Nov 2012 (1st week) - lodged my AHPRA application (South Australia)
    Dec 2012 (1st week) - received an email from my officer regarding my lacking documents
    Dec 2012 (3rd week) - sent all missing docs to AHPRA
    Jan 2013 (1st week) - AHPRA confirmed receipt of the docs.
    Feb 2013 (2nd week) - got my AHPRA LOE and started to scout for BP schools and applied for 4 schools. IHNA, AAON, Castlemaine, Alpine Health
    April 2013 (1st week) - I received offer from IHNA, scheduled for interview for AAON and Alpine health.
    April 2013 (2nd week) - while making decisions of what school to accept, Castlemaine sent me an offer letter for June intake. I took the opportunity right away.
    April 2013 (3rd week) - confirmed my slot and paid my tuition fee and prepared the necessary documents for visa lodging
    April 26, 2013 - lodged my visa and still waiting for it till present

    Hope it helps!
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    Quote from xanxan
    Where and what is ARNTP?requirements?

    I am looking for a school for an October or November intake. So far, Lonsdale/Alpine has responded to me on an intake for August and November.June is my interview month. No final sched yet. I am still open to other schools.
    Hi there!
    ARNTP means Australian Registered Nurse Training Program offered by UNISA (University of South Australia)
    This is the site for your reference: University of South Australia > Program > Australian Registered Nurse Training ProgramAlso, ACN offers an intake for October. Hope this helps!
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    To ms annie vitug:Hi! Congratulations on your job offer sure gave us hope. May i know how many years you've had as theater nurse? I had 3 years and 1 month work experience .. 2 years and 10 months of which was in a critical care unit.. Hope i could be as blessed as you too though i hadn't reached 3 years in a critical care set up..Godspeed ms annie!
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    Quote from sephine
    To ms annie vitug:Hi! Congratulations on your job offer sure gave us hope. May i know how many years you've had as theater nurse? I had 3 years and 1 month work experience .. 2 years and 10 months of which was in a critical care unit.. Hope i could be as blessed as you too though i hadn't reached 3 years in a critical care set up..Godspeed ms annie!
    I have 5 yrs and 5 mos combined experience. 1 yr 2 mos as company nurse and 4 yrs 3 mos as theater nurse, specializing in anaesthetics / recovery.
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    Quote from annie_v2g
    It’s been a while since I last posted here. I think I missed a lot of conversation and inquiries. I’ve been very busy looking out for a job after my bridging program . This is just an update of what happened to me after the BP.. here we go.

    March 15 – My last day in ETEA.
    March 17 – I submitted my proof of identification personally at AHPRA VIC.
    April 2 – I received my registration as DIV1 RN
    April 5 – flight to Philippines, because of my 456 visa.. I need to exit every after 3 months.
    April 18 – Received a notice from AHPRA that they need to recall my registration due to administrative error.
    April 25 – return to Australia to attend invitation for 2 job interviews
    April 29 – My registration was returned to me.
    April 30 – Panel interview (over the phone) from NSW Health.
    May 1 – face to face interview in a hospital here in Victoria.
    May 3 – got a job offer for a Theater position from my May 1 interview (and they’re very much willing to sponsor)

    In our class, only 2 of us out 18 got their registration. My class mate who got her registration as well is working in the aged care now. (but she was a PCA in that aged care before and she has no VISA issues because she’s married to an Australian for a long time.) so she did not have a hard time looking for employment. Another thing, agencies are no longer offering sponsorships. (they do offer 457, but for those who have 3 yrs experience in Au, NZ, USA, Ireland and UK) So its better to apply directly to hospitals. Aside from that, job experience is a very important factor. In order for you to become an eligible candidate for employment, a minimum of 3 years experience in a specialty field is attractive. (especially in theater, mental health, emergency, ICU).

    Remember guys, pray hard. Nothing is impossible even if employment is getting tighter now in Australia. Keep the faith . I wish you all the success in your future endeavors. For questions, view my profile cause there’s a link to my fb page, just leave a message there and I’ll try my best to answer your inquiries. God bless us all! GOD IS GOOD!
    Thanks annie! This is really encouraging! God bless you. God is good indeed.
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    Quote from annie_v2g
    My classmates have hospital experience ranging from 2-7 years. Some of them even have hospital exp in western countries and special areas like ICU. I'm not sure what's causing the delay in their registrations. I applied directly to hospital websites, no walk ins.
    Thanks Ms. Annie!
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    Quote from k8lyn

    Hi there!
    ARNTP means Australian Registered Nurse Training Program offered by UNISA (University of South Australia)
    This is the site for your reference: University of South Australia > Program > Australian Registered Nurse Training ProgramAlso, ACN offers an intake for October. Hope this helps!
    Thanks k8lyn! i am looking forward to ACN for October. Alpine Health/Lonsdale has a November intake too . I am just waiting for my AFP check certificate now.its taken almost 3weeks since they said they have mailed it. Thanks again.
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    Quote from marklouiemarco

    I'm done with that. No need to finish everything, just 80% will do.
    What is this IHNA online course? What happens after it?

    Thanks
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    Quote from xanxan

    What is this IHNA online course? What happens after it?

    Thanks
    It's a pre requisite to ihna's initial registration course for nurses. Upon finishing the online course, you'd be able to attend the bridging program offered by ihna.
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    guys, do you know what's the cheapest insurance?? and are we really required to have it??


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