American Nurse Seeking to Work in Australia - page 9

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... Read More

  1. by   Bama RN
    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.
  2. by   Tilde12
    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.
  3. by   nephron19
    Tilde- Hi yes! I need to post a few more times so I can PM you and we can chat lol!
  4. by   DiverChick71
    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!
  5. by   ceridwyn
    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.
  6. by   markbrewn
    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.
  7. by   nephron19
    Has any US nurse on here stayed longer than the 1 year working holiday visa? Just wondering how difficult it is to get a skilled migration visa or employer-sponsored? Or maybe going back to school there and getting one that way?
  8. by   krisd385
    @Yee213 I have been in Sydney since the beginning of March! I got an email from AHPRA stating they recd my application and that is all I know as of now! I am curious to know how your experiences have been working with the agencies here?
    From my understanding as soon as I am approved through AHPRA I can start signing up for open shifts? What is the orientation process for the first shift you showed up to work for? Did they just throw you in and learn the ropes or did they give you some sort of orientation?!
    If you or anyone else are still in Sydney we should meet up for a coffee!! If you can send me a personal message! Look forward to hearing back from you!
  9. by   ceridwyn
    I occasionally get agency work, but I am Australian. Most orientations are a booklet in your face and a very quick tour of a ward if it is your first time there. As our drugs and orders are different to those of the us of A. A would get a MIMS and study the drugs common to you and also get a nursing book that explains I've rates. Agencies are supposed to give a drug medication calculation test before take you on.
    It will be a steep curve at first a would imagine. It's hard enough going somewhere new without it being in a different country as well. Good luck.

    Ps have you thought about joining a main hospitals nurse bank where you would get more mentoring and familiarity.?
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Apr 10, '13
  10. by   krisd385
    Thanks for your response!
    I have been told the orientation process for agency is quick and fast so that was why I wanted to see how others experiences were! I did take a medication exam with the agency I am working with. But I agree I need to get a MIMS and study the drugs common to me as I have heard drug names here are different!
    I agree with you, it will be a steep curve I feel like and I've been a nurse for 6 years now! I am excited and ready to learn a new culture! I would love to join a main hospital. I want to be apart of a team like atmosphere but I have no idea how to even start that's why I thought agency would be the way to go? I still haven't been approved by AHPRA so I didn't think I should even apply until then. Do you suggest any hospitals in Sydney? Living in the northern Sydney area.
    What area of nursing do you work in?! I'm mainly recovery room.
    Thanks so much for all of your advice! I really appreciate you!
  11. by   krisd385
    Nephron19 can you PM your email address? I am unable to send personal messages on here for some reason! Thanks!
  12. by   ceridwyn
    Royal North Shore...the Seventh Day Adventist hospital known as the SAN...... Balmain, Macquarie University Hospital, there is plenty just google.
    If you have 6 years in recovery then you should get work in that area. It seem the only specialty really advertised to sound desperate.
  13. by   nephron19
    Hi everyone!

    I submitted my application back in March and just got an email from the AHPRA that I am missing a few things. I have a few questions if someone could help me out!

    1) Professional references- did you get references from ALL previous employers or just most recent? The nurse manager from my first nursing job retired and the hospital restructed since I left so I am unsure how to proceed.

    2) Continued education- it says "You are required to provide evidence of any continuing professional development you have undertaken, specifically in the past 12 months. This will assist the Board in determining whether you meet the Standard - Nursing and Midwifery Continuing Professional Development Registration Standard" on that link it says you need 20 CEUs/year. Do I have to submit proof of 20 CEUs to get my license?

    3) The notary I used just stamped my documents with a seal and I thought that was sufficient (I've never had something notarized before!) but the documents must contain an original signature so I have to recopy and renotarized everything...just a tip for everyone out that who applies in the future- make sure it is properly signed!