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US AD RN wants to move to Australia

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by NurseinBedrock NurseinBedrock (New) New

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Since the new changes APHRA has made recently, most of the information I've read is no longer applicable. And the amount of research and information is OVERWHELMING in trying to navigate. Simply put, I have an Associates Degree, am a Registered Nurse with Operating Room/Theatre experience spanning 30 years. I am soon to be 52 years old.

Please Aussie nurses...lend your experience/knowledge to this very confused US nurse. I read things but cannot determine if the information was BEFORE the changes or after.

Is it true you have to have a BSN to be considered eligible to apply for an Australian nursing license? How do you get "nominated" for a position?

Some of the information you are required to submit on the applications are getting the cart before the horse. They want an Australian address...and yes, this was under the "qualified international nurses" section. I won't have an address until I KNOW for sure I have met the conditions of APHRA and the Nurse/Midwifery board. Many questions and so few reliable answers.

Do I apply to APHRA first? Then the board and then a visa? Good grief I feel SO lost!

Thanks for the help!

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ANnot4me has 5 years experience and specializes in Psych.

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You should apply for your nursing registration with the APHRA first as everything else will depend upon your registration.

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K+MgSO4 has 12 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Surgical, quality,management.

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Registration with AHPRA and a visa is the first step. With the glut of nurses on the east coast no hospital is going to look to help you. WA or NT may assist you with it as they struggle a bit more to get nurses. There is no "board" that is AHPRA, you do not sit a NCLEX type of testing.

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You must have an equivalent to an Australian Bachelors Degree in order to gain registration. So, after speaking with numerous registration officers myself, an A.D.N. from the US will not meet that requirement according to them. At the moment, I am about to have my application go before a panel for consideration because I have an B.S. in Microbiology in addition to my A.D.N. If you happen to have a B.S. in another field you may consider applying, or enroll in an online RN-BSN program; most take about 10 months. Good luck!

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Bama RN specializes in L&D, Nursery, and Post-Partum.

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You must have an equivalent to an Australian Bachelors Degree in order to gain registration. So, after speaking with numerous registration officers myself, an A.D.N. from the US will not meet that requirement according to them. At the moment, I am about to have my application go before a panel for consideration because I have an B.S. in Microbiology in addition to my A.D.N. If you happen to have a B.S. in another field you may consider applying, or enroll in an online RN-BSN program; most take about 10 months. Good luck!

I didn't have any problem with my ADN degree being recognized. My registration was processed back at the end of 2012, though.

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By any chance did you pursue the Australian license? I am looking to do so and am in almost the same boat as you. I am overwhelmed and confused with the process. I am having a hard time getting definitve answers. I also have an ADN; I will be enrolling in an online BSN program starting Feb 1, 2017, however, I wanted to start the APHRA process as it would appear it can take quite a bit of time.

Please let me know the outcome of your endeavors!

Thanks,

J

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By any chance did you pursue the Australian license? I am looking to do so and am in almost the same boat as you. I am overwhelmed and confused with the process. I am having a hard time getting definitve answers. I also have an ADN; I will be enrolling in an online BSN program starting Feb 1, 2017, however, I wanted to start the APHRA process as it would appear it can take quite a bit of time.

Please let me know the outcome of your endeavors!

Thanks,

J

Hi Jenn,

I made the US to Oz move fairly smooth. PM me or something if you wanna chat.

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