An insight on how to apply for nursing jobs in Australia as a foreigner or a graduate, and the jobs a registered nurse can do in Australia
According to Icn.ch, “Nursing is the autonomous and collective care of individuals of all ages, families and races, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the maintenance of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people.” Now that you know what the nursing profession entails, you should also learn how to apply for nursing jobs in Australia as a foreigner or graduate.
A nurse is a personel in the medical sector that assist Doctors and other nurses in the course of performing their respective tasks.
Before discussing on how to apply for nursing jobs in Australia as a foreigner or as a graduate, we will first explain an enrolled nurse jobs, and what jobs a registered nurse do.
Enrolled nurse jobs
An Enrolled Nurse (EN) is responsible for the patient’s hygiene, comfort and safety. They monitor the patient’s pulse and blood pressure, which they inturn rely to the Registered Nurse (RN) or the doctor.
An enrolled nurses also helps in medical emergencies. However, an enrolled nurse under a registered nurse. Let’s find out who a registered nurse is.
What jobs can a registered nurse do in Australia?
A Registered Nurse (RN) is a type of nurse that has the training and work experiences to administer the most amount of care to the patient. The registered nurse can be placed in charge of many challenging situations because that have an advanced level of expertise.
Registered nurses are usually placed in care of rewarding roles, since they are very qualified. They can be the team leader of a department of nurses, a unit manager or hold any other position of note.
How to become an Enrolled Nurse in Australia
To become an enrolled nurse in Australia, you need to study and obtain a “Diploma of Nursing“. This usually takes about 20 months in Australia. After earning that, you are to apply to the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
At AHPRA, you will practice as an enrolled nurse. You can work for a few years and decide to proceed to being a registered nurse by obtaining your bachelor’s degree, or you can continue being an enrolled nurse.
How to become a Registered Nurse in Australia
The first thing to qualify being a registered nurse is to enroll in an accredited University and obtain your “Bachelor of Nursing“. This usually takes three years in Australia.
After this, rest of the procedures is same as that of an enrolled nurse. Apply to the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and work for some years. You can specialize into branches, like Paediatrics, and the rest.
How to apply for nursing jobs in Australia as a foreigner
To work as a nurse in Australia, there are 3 main steps:
- Do your research and meet up with the requirements.
- Register as a nurse on AHPRA.
- Process your Visa, arrive in Australia and start your new job.
What are the requirements required of a foreigner to work as a nurse in Australia?
Below are the following requirements needed to work as a nurse in Australia.
You need a proof of identity.
This includes your latest passport photograph taken within the last 6 months and a change of name document (If you are a married female).
You also need a proof of English proficiency.
This can be in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Occupational English Test (OET) for Nurses, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT.
You need just only one of the above test, and it’s result can only be used if it’s obtained within the last 24 months.
You need to Meet the required academic standards
Since you didn’t had your education in Australia, there has to be prove that you meet up with the minimum requirements or it’s equivalent. Let’s take a look at the countries below:
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Ireland
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
- United States of America
- Belgium Flanders
- Papua New Guinea
If you had your Bachelor’s degree, or diploma in any of the countries above, your certifications will be considered as an equivalent to that of Australians. If the country in which you had your education is not above, you will need to be thoroughly assessed to make sure you are qualified.
You need to submit prove of work experience
You also need to submit a prove that you have worked as a nurse or midwife 5 years before your application. It should be written by a direct supervisor and it should have an official signature.
You need Prove of clear records
You need to demonstrate that there are no criminal offences that might hinder you eligible, or compromised if later discovered in the future. Also, there should be no mental or physical conditions limiting your functionality in the nursing profession.
Register as a nurse on AHPRA
Immediately you are able to provide all the requirements, you should proceed with the registration on AHPRA.
Process your Visa, arrive in Australia and start your new job
If your registration with AHPRA was successful, you should start processing your work visa. You should apply for either:
- Temporary Skill Shortage Visa.
- Employer Nomination Scheme (Permanent Visa).
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Permanent Visa).
If your employer is nit willing to assist you with the visa processing, you can apply for the General Skilled Migration (GSM).
Welcome to Australia, welcome to nursing!