I have a dilemma: for five years I've been a critical care cardiac nurse in the US. I've had wanderlust since I was a kid and I love learning other peoples' cultures/beliefs. It's in this capacity that I want to work outside of the US as a nurse. The problem is my accelerated nursing degree.
I met with contacts at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi last month and despite my awesome CV, years of experience, and stellar professionalism, I was told that because my degree was less than 2 years in duration Health Authority Abu Dhabi would not grant me licensure; even though I received the same amount of didactic and clinical hours as a traditional BSN. The educational requirements are the same for all health authorities in the Middle East as I was told the same thing when I tried applying to King Faisal in Riyadh, KSA.
My question to everyone is: are there any countries in which my 12-month BSN (fully accredited by CCNE) would be accepted? I've contacted the boards in Singapore and Australia/NZ and am waiting to hear back. I've traveled the world and would LOVE to bring my cardiac knowledge and skills to a broader audience...if only nursing boards would recognize them. Thank you.
Nov 18, '16
by US RN in Oz
Quote from conchobar
-ClarkeBar, hearing that you got your BSN thru an accelerated program and and were able to get to Australia is extremely encouraging!
I am curious to know how much nursing experience you had before you applied Australian licensure? Did landing a hospital or agency help you thru the immigration process?
I had 15 months experience before applying. My partner's employer helped with the immigration process. She's not a nurse and she is super specialized.
There is no longer a massive shortage of nurses in Australia so, hospitals and/or Australian agencies are currently not interested in the hassles associated with sponsoring visas. Once upon a time, hospitals used to have their own international recruitment programs. Not any more.
There are numerous different types of visas. I believe most of the working holiday visas can be extended once here. West international peeps I know here took care of everything on their own accord. I do know of one American nurse over here that went through an international agency. I do not no l know the details, but I will try to find out. I would imagine recruiters that can do this are few and far between.
Are you also an EMT? Are you still credentialed as an EMT. That profession had really progressed in Australia recently. Nursing here is not too great.
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