Good day Nurse Beth,
I am a Filipino nurse who is working as an Enrolled nurse here in Singapore for 3 years and 5 months now (2012-present). Before I became an enrolled nurse, I was a Staff Nurse in the Philippines for 4 years (2008-2012). I'm about to end my contract here this coming August and I would like to transfer to other countries (preferably New Zealand or Australia) to become a Staff Nurse again but I don't know if I'm still eligible to apply because of my current position which is Enrolled Nurse. I miss being a Staff nurse and I want my career back because I believe that I can do more in caring patients if I am a staff nurse. What do you believe is the best action that I should do?
Dear Enrolled Nurse,
Here are the steps:
- Submit an application to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for your qualification assessment. They will review your nursing school, experience and GPA and tell you if you meet eligibility for a Registered Nurse or an Enrolled Nurse. Enrolled nurses are not eligible for permanent residence but can apply for a working visa.
- If your qualifications meet Australian standards of a Bachelor's degree in Nursing you will be eligible to complete the College of Nursing Assessment for registered nurses.
- Filipino nurses must take and pass the English Language requirements (IELTS test) with a score of 7.0 or above in each of the four modules (reading, listening, speaking & writing)
- You may be referred to take a Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved study program. Generally this is a bridging program which is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and is also called an Entry Program for Internationally Qualified (EPIQ) Nurses
So really, the only way to know is to apply. Being from the Philippines, you have a Bachelor’s degree, which is good, and your work experience will be factored in as well. Good luck!!