American Nurse Seeking to Work in Australia - page 11

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   Cottntale32
    Quote from aussieoceans14
    Wondering if someone can help me. Applying for Nursing position as EEN in the public hospital setting and one of the questions asked in application is currently registered with AHPRA. I'm having trouble figuring out what to write. Do i just say currently registered with no notations with x amount of experience. Was also registered 25 years ago, hospital trained but subsquently re-trained last year due to been out of the work force for so long due to raising a family.Thanks anyone.

    Hi Aussieoceans14,

    If you are currently registered with the AHPRA and have an ID number, than you should say "yes" on the application. It doesn't seem like the question is asking you about experience, it seems as if the question is only asking you whether or not the AHPRA has given you permission to work as an EEN in the country of Australia. Once the application asks you about experience, then you may go into how you have gap in your working experience. Hope that helps!
  2. by   aussieoceans14
    Thanks for your reply
  3. by   sunshinerainbows
    Hi,

    What ended up being the consensus on proving work experience hours for your educational program? I went to a small school, and they claim they don't know what to provide.

    Thanks!
  4. by   Cottntale32
    Quote from sunshinerainbows
    Hi,

    What ended up being the consensus on proving work experience hours for your educational program? I went to a small school, and they claim they don't know what to provide.

    Thanks!
    Hi Sunshinerainbows,

    The APRHA states that an applicant should have at least 800 hours of "workplace experience" (i.e. clinical hours) during the time of the application. They would like a letter written from the school stating how many clinical hours (use the phrase "workplace experience" in the letter) you've completed throughout the entire program. Make sure that there is an explanation (or a "key") as to how the school comes up with the total number that they do.

    Now some of us (it seems mostly the ADN-BSN nurses) are having trouble with this and can only provide about 720 hours. Another member here stated that the AHPRA told them that they would receive registration, however, they would have to be supervised for 3 months/fulltime or complete a "bridging program (which is $10K).

    There is another forum that is more uptodate with different people registering with the AHPRA for an Australian license. The forum name is 2016 US RN to Australia. Search for that forum and you can read more on this registration. Good luck!
  5. by   maryhadalittleann
    How did you prove English is your primary language? None of my transcripts say that English was the language I was taught in? I would assume the AHPRA are aware that schools in the US are only taught in English.
  6. by   sunshinerainbows
    Link found on this website: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - English language skills

    Here are the two ways that you will most likely go about using:


    Excerpt:

    What must I do?
    If you are applying for initial registration you must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:

    1. English is your primary language and:

    a. you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries, including at least two years between years 7 and 12, and

    b. your qualification in the relevant professional discipline, which you are relying on to support your eligibility for registration under the National Law was taught and assessed solely in English in one of the recognised countries and:

    i. in the case of a registered nurse or registered midwife, you must provide evidence of at least a two (2) years full-time equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in any of the recognised countries.

    ii. in the case of an enrolled nurse, you must provide evidence of at least a one year full-time equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in any of the recognised countries listed in this registration standard.

    OR

    2. Registered nurses and registered midwives

    If you are applying for registration as a registered nurse and/or a registered midwife, you must provide evidence of the completion of five (5) years*(full-time equivalent) of education taught and assessed in English, in any of the recognised countries.
    NOTE:
    a) The Board will only accept the completion of five (5) years* (full-time equivalent) of:
    i) tertiary and secondary education taught and assessed in English; or
    ii) tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
    iii) combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
    iv) tertiary education taught and assessed in English
    from one or more of the recognised countries listed in this registration standard.
    b) The five (5) years referred to in paragraph 2(a) above must include evidence of a minimum of two (2) years full-time equivalent pre-registration program of study approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in any of the recognised countries listed in this registration standard.

    There are other ways but I figured they didn't apply to you.


    Recognised country means one of the following countries:
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • New Zealand
    • Republic of Ireland
    • South Africa
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America.

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