Nursing Profession is very respectable and stable for both males and females. It is very unique occupation and now become an integral part of the healthcare system. In some countries this Profession is not in high demand but this is not same in Australia.Overseas Nurses have great opportunity to work as Registered nurse in Australia, they just need to follow this complete pathway:
Step 1: Qualify OET
First step is to qualify OET with minimum of B score in each of the four modules (listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
Step 2: Application filing to AHPRA to get admission in Bridging Program
After qualifying the English language test, the candidates have to file an application to AHPRA group. AHPRA is Australian Health Practitioner Regulating Agency. In coordination with National boards, AHPRA controls all the Health practitioner activities like Registration etc.
About the bridging program/IRON Program
IRON program is Initial Registration for Overseas Registered Nurses (IRON). It is mandatory for all overseas nurses to complete the IRON program to get registered at AHPRA. This program has duration of 9 weeks which includes:
- 4 weeks: Theory sessions at campus
- 5 weeks: Professional experience placement sessions at clinical facilities
Step 3: Confirmation letter from AHPRA
The candidate will get a confirmation letter from AHPRA for the admission in IRON program.
Step 4: VISA formalities
The applicants would get three months visa to do the iron program/bridging program.
Step 5: Certification
After successful completion of the iron program, the candidate would get a certificate and this completes the eligibility for registration.
Step 6: PR assessment
Duration: It takes approximately 8 to 10 months for complete process.