Australian Pre-registered Nurse wanting new grad role in USA

  1. Hello,

    I am an Australian undergraduate pre-registered nurse. I will be completing my nursing degree in Australia in November 2018. I am a US resident and reside in South Carolina. I will be sitting the NCLEX exam in Sydney with Pearson's Education as soon as I complete my studies.

    I have been working as a pre-registered nurse (in the USA I presume it is the same as an LPN) for the past year, so I am gaining a lot of practical and clinical skills.

    I would like to get a new RN new grad role in Critical Intensive Care sub-specialising in airway management.

    Can someone help me in advising me how to go about applying for an RN new grad role? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Nursing Career forum

    Just be aware registration as a IEN in the US can take several months and unless your transcripts show both clinical and theory hours in Paeds, Mental Health, Obstetrics and Adult you will have issues meeting requirements and being able to sit NCLEX
  4. by   marlena.erika
    Hi Silverdragon102, I done all the clinical theory and clinical hours in everything except for obstetrics. Is it possible to do a graduate certificate in Obstetrics?

    I have been practicing the NCLEX for about 1.5 years now and I feel pretty competent.

    What is a IEN? I am not familiar with IEN? When I graduate I will be a Licensed RN in New South Wales, Australia.

    So do you think I should complete a graduate certificate in Obstetrics here in Australia before sitting the NCLEX? Or do you think I should do a grad certificate in Obs in the USA?
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    IEN is International Educated Nurse

    It may be accepted but until you apply to a state and they do their assessment it is hard to say whether they will accept it. Alternatively you could ask the state you plan living and working in whether they will accept the course.

    Suggest checking out the Nurse Registration forum found in the world section under the Nurses tab
  6. by   marlena.erika
    In Australia we have the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board as well as the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) which is the licencing body for RNs in Australia. Can you please tell me the American equivalent is?
    In the meantime, I will checkout the world section!
    Thank you!
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Each state has their own board of nursing (BON) a list can be found at the bottom of the page
  8. by   Semper_Gumby
    Quote from marlena.erika
    In Australia we have the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board as well as the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) which is the licencing body for RNs in Australia. Can you please tell me the American equivalent is?
    In the meantime, I will checkout the world section!
    Thank you!
    In South Carolina, you'll find the Board of Nursing's website on the LLR (Labor, Licensing and Regulation, I believe) website; they are headquartered in Columbia, SC. If SC is where you plan to return to for practice, I would contact them for help. I don't know anything about transferring from Australia to the US for nursing licensure, sorry.
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    Most nurses from Australia find they are deficient in Obstetrics when applying to a US state BON. Be aware that the process is several months long before getting answers from the BON on whether you meet requirements and can sit NCLEX
  10. by   citrusgrn
    Hi Marlena.Erika, I agree with Silverdragon 102. I suggest finding out from the South Carolina Board of Nursing (assuming this is where you want to work), how many OB hours is required. I am sure there is a way of getting OB hours without having to do a certificate in OB. I know of Australian nurses here in California who did not have to do that. I can try and find out how they did it. I worked as an RN in Sydney and now an ICU RN in California. The only reason I did not have any problem with OB hours is that my BSN is not from Australia.
  11. by   marlena.erika
    Done 'em all so far with flying colours, haven't done Obstetrics yet, will be doing that this next semester. I've been practising the NCLEX, and think I'm doing ok on the quizzes.
    Thanks for your advice.
    Marlena
  12. by   marlena.erika
    Hi citrusgrn, I've just transferred out of the University of Sydney to the University of Notre Dame for the reason of Obstetrics, but they call it something different. Its a semester subject with 7 weeks of clinical.
    Many, in fact all of the universities in Australia do Obstetrics, which is a shame, Notre Dame is the only one.

    But in the meantime, can you find out for me how they did get there. And which Californian hospitals are not so hard to do a grad year, or have they done their grad years in Sydney, Australia.

    Thanks very much for the advice and help.

    Marlena
  13. by   marlena.erika
    Thanks mate.

    Regards Marlena!
  14. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from marlena.erika
    Hi citrusgrn, I've just transferred out of the University of Sydney to the University of Notre Dame for the reason of Obstetrics, but they call it something different. Its a semester subject with 7 weeks of clinical.
    Many, in fact all of the universities in Australia do Obstetrics, which is a shame, Notre Dame is the only one.

    But in the meantime, can you find out for me how they did get there. And which Californian hospitals are not so hard to do a grad year, or have they done their grad years in Sydney, Australia.

    Thanks very much for the advice and help.

    Marlena
    California is a hard state to get registered in, this is especially true for IENS. It is also over saturated with nurses and until in the US with a valid work/immigrant visa and US SSN you can not apply for nurse registration

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