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Silverdragon102 has 30 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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Hello everyone

i just would like to know if there's someone here who tried applying to AHPRA even with ZERO experience?? it's because I have a friend who happens to know someone who applied at AHPRA WA and she got NO EXPERIENCE at all.. also, she tried applying to different schools that offer IRON / BP even if she hasn't gotten her LOE from AHPRA yet.. and she's for April intake now.

I'm not sure, but my friend keeps on bugging and telling me that after i passed IELTS, i should start applying to AHPRA.. :) (which i really really would want to) :lol2:

CAVEAT: I just passed December 2011 NLE and i have ZERO HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE. TIA!!

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I agree with irin.. :) it takes a lot of patience and perseverance to know almost everything about this thread.. i myself spent almost half a month reading this and still was not able to read everything.. i got most of the answers to most of my questions by trying to read everything ;)

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Hello everyone

i just would like to know if there's someone here who tried applying to AHPRA even with ZERO experience?? it's because I have a friend who happens to know someone who applied at AHPRA WA and she got NO EXPERIENCE at all.. also, she tried applying to different schools that offer IRON / BP even if she hasn't gotten her LOE from AHPRA yet.. and she's for April intake now.

I'm not sure, but my friend keeps on bugging and telling me that after i passed IELTS, i should start applying to AHPRA.. :) (which i really really would want to) :lol2:

CAVEAT: I just passed December 2011 NLE and i have ZERO HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE. TIA!!

It used to be easier to apply before with zero experience. My niece who came here 2010 was able to apply with NBV (pre-cursor to AHPRA) with zero experience. She was able to get in ACFE in Sept of that year.

Job hunting wise, she got hired by a nursing home as a new graduate nurse. Now, she has just been promoted and got a hefty pay raise on her 2nd year. But that was definitely before.

I got my LOE last July. I had about 21 months work experience back home. Got accepted by ETEA the following month. Got offered a job by the same hospital where I did my clinical placement. I just finished my 1st month with my employer and I am loving it here.

But among 13 Filipinos in my batch from ETEA, there still are about half that still haven't found work as RN.

I don't know if it's just luck or perseverance and patience. But I have a Filipina workmate right now that went through the 1 year RN conversion route in QL last year. She took this option because she had limited work experience back home (I think 8 months only). But she still got hired immediately after her course by my employer.

In short, you will never know the outcome. It can be a combination of a lot of factors including luck. Although, I strongly believe that having a more extensive work experience back home definitely is a big plus. But so is having a very good command of the English language (both written and oral). The RN labor market here has definitely become very competitive. This is especially so in Victoria where most of the BP schools are based. Here in NSW, there still are a lot of job placements for RN's with work experience.

In the end, it's all up to you. If you have money to burn and willing to take the risk, you should go ahead and try. It will definitely be all worth it once you start working. ;)

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smoochie05 has 2 years experience and specializes in Dialysis.

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Hi. I just want to know what ceridwyn said in one of the threads regarding the 24-week bridging program in Western Australia which does not require AHPRA. DOes this only apply to US-registered nurses? Thank you.

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Hi. I just want to know what ceridwyn said in one of the threads regarding the 24-week bridging program in Western Australia which does not require AHPRA. DOes this only apply to US-registered nurses? Thank you.

I think what he is referring to is an RN conversion course if I'm not mistaken. These courses can be taken without the Letter of Eligibility (LOE) from AHPRA. But do not misconstrue this that you will automatically become an RN after the course. You still have to go through applying for registration with AHPRA. And you still have to submit to an IELTS test requirement. This is what my Pinay workmate went through. They submitted all their documents to AHPRA after the course including the IELTS. The only advantage is you will not anymore be required to submit proof of work experience back home (Please someone, feel free to correct me on this if I'm wrong). :lol2:

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Hello there fellow nurses. It's been nice hearing your stories and experience of applying for BP here in OZ. I' am scheduled for an interview in IHNA on 21st of March, anyone who can give me pointers in passing the interview? (my anxiety level is on heaps :bugeyes:) And how long does subclass 456 take? I' am currently here in OZ in student visa and I'm not really sure if I should continue my studies in Uni or go home and prepare for the requirements needed for the 456. Thank you for your advice! :)

Hello Katerina08!

When did you apply to IHNA and when did they respond to your application? I'm planning to apply there. Thank you.

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smoochie05 has 2 years experience and specializes in Dialysis.

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iamnomad, what credentials did you pass aside from the work credentials you had in US? Thanks!

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smoochie05 has 2 years experience and specializes in Dialysis.

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Thank you! :)

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It used to be easier to apply before with zero experience. My niece who came here 2010 was able to apply with NBV (pre-cursor to AHPRA) with zero experience. She was able to get in ACFE in Sept of that year.

Job hunting wise, she got hired by a nursing home as a new graduate nurse. Now, she has just been promoted and got a hefty pay raise on her 2nd year. But that was definitely before.

I got my LOE last July. I had about 21 months work experience back home. Got accepted by ETEA the following month. Got offered a job by the same hospital where I did my clinical placement. I just finished my 1st month with my employer and I am loving it here.

But among 13 Filipinos in my batch from ETEA, there still are about half that still haven't found work as RN.

I don't know if it's just luck or perseverance and patience. But I have a Filipina workmate right now that went through the 1 year RN conversion route in QL last year. She took this option because she had limited work experience back home (I think 8 months only). But she still got hired immediately after her course by my employer.

In short, you will never know the outcome. It can be a combination of a lot of factors including luck. Although, I strongly believe that having a more extensive work experience back home definitely is a big plus. But so is having a very good command of the English language (both written and oral). The RN labor market here has definitely become very competitive. This is especially so in Victoria where most of the BP schools are based. Here in NSW, there still are a lot of job placements for RN's with work experience.

In the end, it's all up to you. If you have money to burn and willing to take the risk, you should go ahead and try. It will definitely be all worth it once you start working. ;)

Hello sir Joiemike... :D of all the people, it was you who responded to my query.. must i say i followed your story.. i mean i've read about all your posts here.. from the very first post up to the last.. to tell you honestly, you're one of my living inspiration here.. :D

yes, i knew about all the "roller coaster ride of emotions", and i believe in luck too... i think it's really a case-to-case basis... my friend in melbourne said that the whole of the waiting and processing might also depend on the case manager.. she even said that hiring an agent or having an agency would only cost us and there's no guarantee... it's all up to us and that we should know the whole process by heart :)

i really hope you'd still be active here up to the time when finally i can lodge my application at AHPRA.. i'm taking things slow.. after i pass the IELTS, (i hope i'll get the needed score in one sitting) i will get the 3 months training in a tertiary hospital and after that, ill try to apply at AHPRA... there are still a lot of things that i do not know.. especially i'm considering to do it on my own...and i'm very willing to take the risk... and every bit of my courage is because of this thread.. i'm really thankful this thread exists... it really helped a lot.. :)

i'm very happy for your success sir.. finally, 1 month down and we all can see the fruit of all that you've put up...it's really worth the wait..:up:

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Silverdragon102 has 30 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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Hi. I just want to know what ceridwyn said in one of the threads regarding the 24-week bridging program in Western Australia which does not require AHPRA. DOes this only apply to US-registered nurses? Thank you.

I think you will find it has nothing to do with where you are registered as a RN but where you trained

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markfields specializes in icu.

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HI guys.. when applying for 456 visa.. Do they give you an email after you're visa has been approve? thanks

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iamnomad has 5 years experience and specializes in Acute Care. ER. Aged Care/LTC. Psyche.

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iamnomad, what credentials did you pass aside from the work credentials you had in US? Thanks!

I submitted all the documents I can possibly think of. I included my CGFNS CES, several ER training (PALS, TNCC, EKG), continuing education, etc. The reason why they waived the bridging program for me is solely because I have US work experience, not just because I have a US nursing registration.

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