Quote from Nurseboy1
Just a quick question for my aussie colleagues. Does Australia utilize acute care NPs? I am halfway through an ACNP program and in a couple of years my boyfriend and I would like to move to Sydney. If I can't get an ACNP job that might be a problem lol. Although I can always work as an RN or even get a FNP post-master's certificate too.
Australia does have acute care NP's but uses a different system to get there, first of all you must be an experienced RN first in that specialty of at least 3 years full time or equivalent and then do a Masters in Nurse practitioner where you will learn about the meds you can dispense and the legallities of it all that you will not know as an international nurse. You cannot just do the theory and be a Nurse Practitioner after you graduate.
I doubt after you do a Family? NP course in the states then be registered as one of those either, as you must again have done 3 years full time as an RN in that area first before you can apply.
Nurse Practitioners in Australia are experienced nurses first in their specialty and then notation as a Nurse Practitioner after the Masters study and after being assessed by AHPRA.
I do not know how AHPRA are assessing NP's from the US but if they are Registering them as RN with the NP notation it would not be the same education or experience as locals and would be an unfair system, as we have to work and be recognised by our employer and then sponsored by them as a nurse practitioner candidate while we study. Agreements must be signed between mentors and employers and the nurse practitioner candidate, a very intense process.
Unfortunately you may have to be an ""ordinary"" RN first. Good luck.