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that doesn't look good. more schooling for Asians.

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Hi there guys. Sorry to hear about that isobelle. I think I've posted a while back that I also received NSW-NMB's preliminary assessment. Like you I also got the same response for them; either apply as an Enrolled Nurse or take a pre-registration course. I was really devastated when I read their email (and letter after a few days). I thought they assessed me as such because I do not have any work experience here. Now I'm surprised because we got the same response from them even after you indicated that you've had 3 years of work experience. But it's true guys.. of all the states/territories' BON in Australia NSW is the strictest.. A consultant from IDP told me so. Sadly it's also true that they do not view our country's educational system to be at par with theirs. Now I know this sounds unfair but we can't do anything about it. And quite frankly, they do have the right to choose who's application do they want to approve or not (based of course on the credentials we submit). Honestly I am not pinning my hopes on their assessment so that I can work as a nurse in AU, not anymore. I have yet to receive the final assessment but I'm not looking forward to it. Well, I've tried my best; have submitted everything that they've required but if after all that I've done and they still do not deem me qualified for the BP for RNs then I guess that's it. :)

Hey isobelle, if you've had 3 years of (paid, not volunteer) experience then why not apply for the Skilled Migration Scheme? That's what I'll be aiming for next I guess. Hopefully one of these days one of the hospitals where I took the initial exam will call me for an interview. :nurse:

Now let's just pray that applications after the July change will be much smoother (and easier). After all, if what the news says is true, that AU will need more nurses and doctors in the future, then they might loosen up their rules to accommodate and encourage more foreign nurses like us.

:cheers:

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hi chocokat,

I am more confused now after reading your reply to isobelle asking her why she did not apply for the General Skilled Migration program when she had 3 yrs of experience. I thought the only way for a Filipino nurse to apply for the Skilled Migrant scheme is to complete the BP course first.

Based from what Ive read on immi.gov.au, it is clear that even if we have more than 2 years of nursing experience, being a foreign trained nurses, our practice and qualifications do not meet their criteria because the healthcare system and educational system are not at par with Aussie's standards. That means, all of us has to undergo BP before applying for the GSM program.

Please correct me if you have a better understanding of the process, so I would know if I could proceed with the GSM scheme instead. Thank you.

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hi chocokat,

I am more confused now after reading your reply to isobelle asking her why she did not apply for the General Skilled Migration program when she had 3 yrs of experience. I thought the only way for a Filipino nurse to apply for the Skilled Migrant scheme is to complete the BP course first.

Based from what Ive read on immi.gov.au, it is clear that even if we have more than 2 years of nursing experience, being a foreign trained nurses, our practice and qualifications do not meet their criteria because the healthcare system and educational system are not at par with Aussie's standards. That means, all of us has to undergo BP before applying for the GSM program.

Please correct me if you have a better understanding of the process, so I would know if I could proceed with the GSM scheme instead. Thank you.

you are correct sir. if you take the GSM pathway, DIAC will require you to have completed the ANMC assessment, and in all instances, if you finished your Nursing education in the Philippines, you will be required to undergo an accredited Bridging or Conversion program in Oz before ANMC will grant you a certificate. It does not mean that our education system in the Phils is not at par with Aus, its just that they think we should have a better understanding of Nursing laws and practise issues related to australian healthcare in general and issues related to Australian nursing practice in particular. And the only way to ensure that is for you to take a bridging course. cheers.:)

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@albinopoy

Yes, foreign nurses needs to have their skills assessed first by ANMC as suitable for migration, to do that ANMC require nurses to be registered first in Australia, thus they have to complete first a competency assessment program such as the BP. I checked this myself since my family is also currently applying for the GSM but since I am not qualified to earn high points (because I still haven't undergone the BP/Conversion) then it is my spouse now who is the Principal Applicant since he is an Accountant.

On my side, I'm just preparing myself to be registered in Australia should my spouse's application be favorable. I also submitted my docs to NMB-NSW last week of April, 2 days ago I called them to verify if they received all my docs and yes they did... they asked me to wait up to 6 months for the result. I'm also quite worried that I'd land up with the same prelim assessment like isobelle and chocokat, but whatever it is as long as my spouse's GSM gets approved then I'd take whatever pathway there is to be a registered nurse someday in Oz.

*Keeping my fingers crossed :)

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Indeed it does not mean that our education is not at par with australian education, infact my husband's assessment as an accountant with CPA Australia has been successful that's why we are able to apply for the GSM. My husband studied his Accountancy in the same University where I studied my Nursing. Also, the one who started this thread was a fresh graduate from the Philippines and her application was successful. Anyway, lets all have high hopes... successful or not everything has its own time... things happen for a reason :)

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is it hard to find a job on a hospital on your own? (without the help of agency)

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Indeed it does not mean that our education is not at par with australian education, infact my husband's assessment as an accountant with CPA Australia has been successful that's why we are able to apply for the GSM. My husband studied his Accountancy in the same University where I studied my Nursing. Also, the one who started this thread was a fresh graduate from the Philippines and her application was successful. Anyway, lets all have high hopes... successful or not everything has its own time... things happen for a reason :)

I fully agree with you..like they say "it's a case-to-case basis."

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QLD and NSW have already stopped their bp for sometime now. Qld is purposely assessing the nurses now as EN. I've realized now that NSW is already doing this as well. Maybe it's better if everyone just wait for the natl reg instead.

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is it hard to find a job on a hospital on your own? (without the help of agency)

With the current situation of aus at the moment, yup it's hard now to find a nrsg job in the city especially at the hospitals. They're so choosy now too bec of budget crisis and budget cuts. Some are not even hiring. But don't worry too much on this bec it's only temporary. Nursing demand is a cycle after all

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Hi, i have just read your post and the whole stories now... Well, i am from Indonesia actually and i kindly ask your advice regard to my case. I have applied for registration to NBV, and i have completed the whole documents needed. Though, there's a problem with my official declaration from my last hospital here in Indonesia. Here, as per the policy that we need to work for at least 2 years then only the company would issue us a working experience letter, so i couldn't support my working statement. Fortunately just 1 month before i resigned, i asked my hospital to give me official declaration of my working statement for my Alumni Association Membership in college. I sent that letter to support my working statement to NBV, the problem is, on that letter, it is stated that my occupation is Nursing Duties instead of Full time Staff Nurse. Since i couldn't ask my company to make another official statement, now i made an affidavit related to my case. I sent them my affidavit three weeks a go and i haven't followed up again after since. Do you think that they find my affidavit enough to support this?!.

Do you have any idea on whether we can apply for more than one board of nursing? I mean, it has been almost 5 months since i first sent my initial application to NBV but I still haven't received the recommendation letter yet and this condition is making me down somehow. I plan to apply for another board of nursing if it's possible and see on whether i can get faster recommendation letter.

Thank you very much, i kindly ask your help.

God bless

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@indonurse uci

there is no restriction as to the number of Nurses Boards that you can apply. I suggest you study each board's requirements and follow them to the letter. I think you can still beat the July 1 date, when all boards would become one, and no one knows what the requirements will be for overseas trained nurses. From what i have learned, NMBWA is quick, especially if you have complete requirements. You have to arrange with IELTS to send them the scores directly though. hope this helps

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