Any Canadian RNs going to Australia?

  1. Hello,
    I've been combing the internet regarding qualification in Australia as a nurse. I haven't come across any information regarding licensure exams such as the equivalent of the NCLEX (or the CRNE in my day). I'm also looking for information about how one goes about finding a job -- are there agencies to help expat RNs? I worked in California years ago and was recruited by the hospital itself, so I have no experience with agencies. I'm also in my late 40s but in very good health. Sorry, this is a lot to ask but I really need to be pointed in the right direction. I've been licensed in Alberta since 2005 and have worked on the floor in a variety of different areas but mainly rural. Many thanks to all who respond!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   vyecheverria
    Hello,

    Australia doesn't have state or licensure exams, all you need to do is apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia). Australia abolished state boards/councils a few years ago so you only need one license to practice nationwide.

    There are numerous nursing agencies that specialize in placing nurses in remote areas like the outback. If you want to work in a acute care setting like a hospital, I suggest you look up the website of the appropriate local health authority (for example l, the Sydney metropolitan area is composed of several health districts such as Southeastern, Southwestern, Northern, etc).
  4. by   sparticus2008
    Hello

    To register as a RN in Australia you have to have completed a 3 year bachelors course ( we stopped accepting diploma/AD + experience a couple of years ago)

    As above there is no exam like the NCLEX

    I would get a copy of your academic record + your clinical hours as you must be able to show
    1. That you studied at an accredited organisation (must have been accredited and regularly reviewed by an external agency)
    2. That it covered certain topics in the curriculum
    3. That you completed at least 800 hrs of clinical placement whilst studying

    you can view the full requirements at Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Meeting the registration requirements or contact APHRA if you have questions.
  5. by   McDreamy_001
    Hi All I am RN in NYC for 5 years already and I'm planning to migrate in Australia, Please anyone could help me the step by step process, I would appreciate it. Thank you
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from McDreamy_001
    Hi All I am RN in NYC for 5 years already and I'm planning to migrate in Australia, Please anyone could help me the step by step process, I would appreciate it. Thank you
    Starting point would be checking AHPRA website out
  7. by   vyecheverria
    Quote from McDreamy_001
    Hi All I am RN in NYC for 5 years already and I'm planning to migrate in Australia, Please anyone could help me the step by step process, I would appreciate it. Thank you
    Yes, check out the AHPRA website. You will need your qualifications assessed you determine eligibility for registration. The process can take months so I suggest you get started ASAP.

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