Re: Australian nurses requiring Maternity Clinical Hours
(Hi, you could try Massachusetts. MA accepted my Australian degree. I did have some maternity clinical hours when obtaining my USA LPN/Enrolled nursing course (not for my RN though). If you want to work in most of the states though, you will need those maternity clinical hours (as required by the Compact States). Please refer to my further post.)
I’ve recently had to go through the process of applying for the USA NCLEX testing and licensure as an Australian nursing degree new graduate. As previously stated in prior posts, in most states it will require a CGFNS verification of your nursing degree to assess compatibility to USA state requirements.
Massachusetts, not being a Compact State regarding nursing licensure, accepted my degree so I was able to sit for the NCLEX test and become licensed there. Many of the nurses wanting to work in the USA usually will work in Massachusetts, California, and New York (all non-Compact States). Refer to link re Compact States. https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm
However, working in Compact States can be difficult as there are different requirements.
As with most nurses trained in Australia (and I believe England and NZ), the maternity clinical hours (required by Compact States) were an issue. Finding a nursing program to allow me to take just this specific course was not easy. Some colleges/nursing schools
would not allow my taking just one course from within their program; however, my former nursing school
(St. Joseph’s where I had obtained my LPN/Enrolled Nurse diploma) and a local university, Rivier, were receptive to my request. I am thankful to these two wonderful facilities for offering me the opportunity to take the maternity course. I ended up taking the course (theory/and approx. 80 clinical hours) at Rivier University, Nashua NH, which is just on the border of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Everyone within the nursing program was extremely receptive to my request and very helpful. In addition, since time had elapsed while waiting for the CGFNS process, studying for the NCLEX, etc., I felt very rusty with my hands-on clinical practice. The university opened its doors and allowed me to spend time in their lab brushing up on basic skills (Foleys, NG tubes, etc.). It was a wonderful experience, and I really did enjoy the maternity course.
I’m now Compact State licensed, and am working in a hospital-based nursing position. For those nurses working in MA and wanting to work in other states of the USA, please do not hesitate in contacting Rivier University if you require some additional courses/clinical hours. https://www.rivier.edu/