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Nursing in Australia

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Specializes in ER, ICU.

Hi there,

I was wondering about nursing in Australia. Is it hard to get a job as a nurse there? is there shortage of nurses? Could someone guide me in the direction i have to take in order to get liscensed as a nurse in your country? I´ve heard that it is quite easy to get visa as a nurse in Australia, is that true?

kind regards, Icenurse

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

There are a few threads regarding working in Australia in the International forum and any questions regarding registration we ask is posted in the International forum

A lot will depend on where you trained and whether you have any experience. There may be things you have to do like bridging or assessment

Mingma

Specializes in Orthopedic. Has 2 years experience.

I have also same question. Was waiting for the reply for your questions.Lets wait for the answer from someone else soon.

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It is never easy otherwise everyone would get it. You need to assess your skills with the board of nursing in the province that you wanna work. Nursing is in the demand in many places but it depends on your experience and bachelor's degree is usually required.

Sometimes you are required to take a bridging program for nurses to be adjusted in Australia. I wish you the best of luck.

BowerBird

Specializes in Radiology, Oncology.

I can't comment on all parts of Australia, just my little corner of the world. I'm in Queensland. Our government says that we have a shortage of nurses, blames the shortage of nurses and doctors when something bad goes wrong, but I tend to wonder if we really have a shortage of nurses or not. I got my nursing licence early December of 2007. I started looking for work around October, 3 months or so to find a job, then when I did get a job, I didn't start until late January of 2008, and that job only lasted until late April of 2008. Then it took me another 2 months to find another job. So what you really need to do is apply for your licence, and make sure you have a job before you get here. Employer sponsorship is a very good thing to look into, but I'm not sure about how you would go about getting that. Good places to go are:

http://www.health.qld.gov.au/nursing/requirements.asp

http://www.qnc.qld.gov.au/home/content.aspx?content=Registration_&_Enrolment/Applying_for_a_licence/Overseas_applicants

and http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/medical-practitioners/nurses.htm for visa information.

As I said, I'm in Queensland, and can only give you Queensland info, but I am sure there are links to other states especially at the QNC website.

Klingzor

Specializes in BMT, Haematology. Has 11 years experience.

Hi

I am going to apply to Queensland Nursing Board. I read in the brochure placed in http://www.qnc.qld.gov.au/ that sometimes the Board can recommend to undergo either a special educational program or to take a challenge test in order to demonstrate the required competency level. Have you heard about that challenge test? I just wonder where to get preparation materials and how it is conducted.

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

Hi

I am going to apply to Queensland Nursing Board. I read in the brochure placed in http://www.qnc.qld.gov.au/ that sometimes the Board can recommend to undergo either a special educational program or to take a challenge test in order to demonstrate the required competency level. Have you heard about that challenge test? I just wonder where to get preparation materials and how it is conducted.

Check out the thread in the International forum re working in Australia as this has been answered a few times

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