American Nurse Seeking to Work in Australia - page 11

by etoile88

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Hey there! Sorry if this a repeat of several other topics..I've been reading through many threads, and there is so much information, I'm getting overloaded. I'm an RN currently working as a traveler in the US. I have almost 2... Read More


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    did you all have to go through any bridging program or having to go back to school in Australia? i would have to recosider going to AUstralia if i have to go back to school. i got my bsn degree in U.S. and worked for a year. no one has answered yes or no but this is really important matter for me! help
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    I did not have to complete a bridging program.
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    Quote from ajoo
    did you all have to go through any bridging program or having to go back to school in Australia? i would have to recosider going to AUstralia if i have to go back to school. i got my bsn degree in U.S. and worked for a year. no one has answered yes or no but this is really important matter for me! help
    No you don't have to go back to school. The bridging/conversion programs are for non English speaking nurses.
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    Hi all! this is so overwhelming! I have a few questions, hopefully someone can help!

    1) for verifying id- did you just attach a notarized copy of your passport? the rest of the verification will be in person later on correct? did you attach a copy of your driver's license or some secondary id?

    2) What did you attach as section c (qualification for profession)? Transcripts/academic history is asked for separately in the english verification section-does it count here again or is there another document? Did you just attach a copy of your diploma? I'm confused if I need separate documents for everything or if things can count for 2 sections

    thank you all so much!
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    I sent everything I could to keep them from asking for anything else. I sent passport, driver's license, birth certificate, marriage certificate...Transcripts, diplomas, nursing license, certificate of registration from my BON, I still had copies of NCLEX registration, copy of paper saying I passed that was passed to me from my BON, congratulations letter from BON, letters from high school and college saying I was assessed/taught in English.I'm sure I went overkill because I sent in 96 pages of supporting documents, but on the positive side the only time they emailed me was 4 1/2 weeks later saying I was approved.
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    Hi Nephron19 -

    I am also relocating to Melbourne sometime in the next year - marrying my NZ boyfriend who lives there....I have not started the process to register in OZ yet, but am about to enter that nightmare!
    Did I see in another post that you worked in Michigan? I work in Ann Arbor at U of M Hospital.
    Teresa
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    Tilde- Hi yes! I need to post a few more times so I can PM you and we can chat lol!
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    This thread has been so helpful. I thought of going through this process a couple of years ago, and was just overwhelmed. Reading more about it here, I feel like there is much more information available now. I saw somewhere in the thread that someone had called the AHPRA and they were vague, I felt the same. They basically told me to apply, and my education would be assessed. I'm also an ADN but I'm a bit older than most people posting here, I believe. I have 18 years experience. My nursing school was a bit overwhelmed when I called them to talk about this...they don't really have the course syllabus, etc. But they were willing to look into it and see what we could get. Now that I have the information that needs to be included (from poster's correspondence with AHPRA) I think that it will help a lot.

    So I have one important question for the American applicants....DID You need the IELTS?? According to question 27, it seems necessary. But then on question 28, it says attach evidence that you were working and schooled in English. So it's a bit contradictory? I'm close to San Francisco, so at least I can take the test easily enough.

    Reading their guidelines on certifying documents, it seems that a Notary will become your BFF during this process! I'm just excited to know that ADN's can practice as a Registered Nurse. I love my job and my work.

    My experience is in ER, any comments that anyone might have regarding their work experience in ER would be greatly appreciated! I work for an HMO trauma center hospital in the US. I traveled for almost 10 years, so I feel like I'm ultra flexible and I do well going into a new environment. It will be huge learning curve though I'm sure. Learning different terminology and med names. But it would be exciting!
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    You do not need IELTS as long as you have statements to say at least 5 years of your secondary/tertiary. Schooling were in English.
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    Additional info regarding IELTS per NMBA;


    English language proficiency test results must have been obtained within two years before applying for registration. An IELTS or OET result (or approved equivalent) that is older than two-years may be accepted as current, if accompanied by proof that an applicant:
    a). has actively maintained continuous practice and/ or employment as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife using English as the primary language of practice in any of the recognised countries listed in this registration standard; and/ or
    b). has been continuously enrolled in a program
    of study taught and assessed in English and approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in any of the countries listed in this registration standard.


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