American Nurse Seeking to Work in Australia - page 2

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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    Quote from ceridwyn
    EU countries and the UK do not have entry exams either! but then you do need to be EU citizen or claim to it to work in the UK, but they make all of us from english speaking countries do the IELTS! if you are thinking of going anywhere there.
    I've been looking into that as well since the test dates and locations are few and far between..so regardless of the fact that I'm from the U.S., I have to take the IELTS, correct?
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    If you are educated secondary, educated nursing and practised in the USA it seems you do not have to do the IELTS for Australia, however if you are thinking about the UK, then yes, even from the USA does not get you out of the IELTS.

    I was born in the UK, but brought to Australia as a 3 month old, parents english speakers and sometimes a bit of welsh, I was educated in Australia and still need to do I need IELTS for the NMC of the UK, (it is not required UK to Australia), but if I had been educated in an EU country and not in english IELTS is not required.

    The only thing my heritage brings me (at the moment) in the UK is permission to stay and work even without nursing registration.
    I know, off topic.....but has to do with Australia and not sure if poster was referring to the EU or Australia for IELTS.
    Last edit by ceridwyn on May 11, '12
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    Great, thanks, I hope I don't have to! There's only one date that would be relatively close to me in the next several months.

    I really hope all this works out, I'm getting really excited just thinking about it!
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    Does anyone know someone who has successfully received their Australian license, and was from the US or Canada? I would love to be able to chat with them.
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    Hi,

    I just received my eligibility letter from AHPRA yesterday. From what I understand is my license is finalized and all they need from me is physically present in AHPRA with my passport and visa, and I should be receiving my license few days after. I'm a nurse in US with 1 year exp. The whole process for applying the registration is fairly smooth for me. I Fedex my application on June 9, they send me ane -mail on June 19 saying they received my application, time frame for my application is 4-6 weeks and they also requested some additional document. I Fedex my documents to them and they received it on July 4. I received an e-mail from my professional officer on July 25 saying they've mailed me my eligibility letter.
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    Quote from Yee213
    Hi,

    I just received my eligibility letter from AHPRA yesterday. From what I understand is my license is finalized and all they need from me is physically present in AHPRA with my passport and visa, and I should be receiving my license few days after. I'm a nurse in US with 1 year exp. The whole process for applying the registration is fairly smooth for me. I Fedex my application on June 9, they send me ane -mail on June 19 saying they received my application, time frame for my application is 4-6 weeks and they also requested some additional document. I Fedex my documents to them and they received it on July 4. I received an e-mail from my professional officer on July 25 saying they've mailed me my eligibility letter.
    Not long now then! May I ask where your thinking of living and working down here?
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    re: Bringonthenight

    I'm thinking Sydney and Melbourne, I've been contacting some nurse agencies and they are located in these 2 cities. So my plan is to work for the nurse agencies while looking for long-term jobs in the hospital.

    My concern is housing and transportation, coz I will be traveling with my cat, in what area should I look for an apartment? any websites that you recommend? I'm also thinking of having a roommate......
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    Quote from Yee213
    re: Bringonthenight

    I'm thinking Sydney and Melbourne, I've been contacting some nurse agencies and they are located in these 2 cities. So my plan is to work for the nurse agencies while looking for long-term jobs in the hospital.

    My concern is housing and transportation, coz I will be traveling with my cat, in what area should I look for an apartment? any websites that you recommend? I'm also thinking of having a roommate......
    Hope you realise, Australia has tough quarantine laws and your cat will have to have shots before it leaves and microchip for Australia and when it lands in Australia that it goes into quarrantine for 30 days which you must pay for and it is not cheap.
    You will have to decide where you will be for the 30 days quarantine so that you can visit and pick up your cat.
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Jul 29, '12
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    re: Guide

    Thank you for your advice. I've already contacted an USDA approved vet here in US, and my cat already got all the vaccines and chip that he needs to go to Australia. It is very expensive, but I really don't want to give up my cat . The earliest I can ship my cat is 12/15, so hopefully by that time I will have an idea which city I end up going......
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    PHEW, Good luck )It would be rotten to find out all these things just before it is time to leave.

    Though we do have plenty of "moggy's"over here, you could have one of mine.!!


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