New Zealand Nurse Registration Process Made Easier, Now Accept CGFNS Report

The New Zealand Nurse registration process for foreign trained Nurses has changed as the process has now been made easier and faster and accepting CGFNS verification report. Below is the message posted by the regulatory body on her page.

From 15 October 2019, the registration process for Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQN) now requires two steps:

    Step 1: IQN must first apply to CGFNS International, Inc (CGFNS), which will verify and authenticate all documents through its Credentials Verification Service;

    Step 2: IQN will then apply directly to the Nursing Council, which will assess them against New Zealand nursing standards and issue a decision to the IQN.

This change will offer a more efficient and timely service to IQNs. Below are the frequently asked questions.

What documents do I need to apply to CGFNS?

Please refer to the CGFNS Applicant Portal for more information – click here https://ncnz.cgfns.org/#documents

Do my documents need to be translated by CGFNS?

CGFNS requires your documents to be translated into English.

I do not have two years’ post registration experience. Can I still apply?

If you have not worked as a nurse for at least two of the last five years, you will still be able to apply to the CGFNS Credentials Verification Service, but the decision made by the Nursing Council may be affected, including your application being declined. 
If you have no nursing experience, you are not eligible to apply to the Nursing Council.

Why do I need to complete the CGFNS credentials verification process?

CGFNS International Inc specialises in verifying and authenticating documents.

Do I need to electronically upload my documents?

Yes, you will be required to electronically upload documents. This is all part of the credential verification process you must undertake with CGFNS.

How long will this process take?

Credentials verification will take approximately 30 days once all required documentation has been received by CGFNS. The Nursing Council assessment and registration process is then expected to take up to 30 days once you have responded to their invitation to apply.

Do I need to complete the CGFNS Qualifying Exam?

No.

How do I check the status of my CGFNS verification request?

Log in to your CGFNS Applicant Portal

Can I apply for an ELA waiver?

If you completed your nursing education and are registered as a nurse in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or the United States of America, you can request a waiver of the English language standard. If you have registered and practised in one of the above countries and you had to complete an English language test to gain registration, you may also apply for a waiver of the English language standard.

As part of your request to CGFNS to have your credentials verified you will be able to request a waiver, and the Council will then make a decision.

How do I apply for registration?

Once your credentials have been verified and authenticated by CGFNS you will be invited to apply to the Nursing Council.

Do I need to submit my documents to Nursing Council?

CGFNS will send all the documents you have provided directly to the Nursing Council.

Do I need to complete a criminal record check?

Yes. The Nursing Council will tell you how and when to do this.

Can I withdraw my application?

You can withdraw your application at any stage. However, all fees you have paid are non-refundable.


Language Proficiency Requirement

    You will have to demonstrate your ability to read, write, listen and speak in the English language through the submission of language proficiency test results from an approved testing vendor, barring certain exemption requests (see below).
    If you are not exempt, you must schedule yourself for approved English language proficiency tests with approved testing vendors. The approved testing vendors are:
        Occupational English Test (OET)
        International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Module Only
    Non-exempt IQNs must successfully complete an approved test no more than two years and 11 months prior to the submission of the Credentials Verification Service report to NCNZ. Because of the time it may take to complete your CVS-NCNZ, we recommend you avoid sending test results that are over one year old.
    The required minimum scores for the approved tests are:
        Occupational English Test (OET)
            For results prior to August 2018: you must achieve a minimum score of a ‘B’ for each band: reading, writing, listening and speaking. A ‘C+’ is not considered a pass.
            For results after September 2018: you must achieve a minimum score of 350 for each band: reading, writing, listening and speaking. A ‘C+’ (300 – 340) is not considered a pass.
        International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Module
            You must achieve a minimum score of 7 for each band: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Passing scores on the individual sections of the tests can be combined if taken within 12 months of each other. Passing sections from different testing vendors cannot combine. For more information, view the complete standards on the NCNZ website.

Exemption Rules

You may request a waiver of language testing if:

    Your nursing education was conducted in and you are registered to practice in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or the United States of America; or
    You registered and practiced in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA, AND you were required to pass an English language test to gain registration

IQNs who meet waiver criteria will be given the ability to request a waiver of English Language Proficiency Requirements electronically. CGFNS will submit the waiver request to NCNZ with the Credentials Verification Service program report and NCNZ will decide whether to grant the waiver or not.

New UK NMC Nurse Registration Process For Foreign Nurses

The Nursing and Midwifery Council UK has recently announced it is launching a new faster and easier application process on Monday October 7, 2019, below is everything you need to know about this new process as outlined by UK NMC on her website.

Since the start of 2018 we’ve been working with our partners to review and improve the way we assess professionals with qualifications from outside the EU when they want to come and work in the UK as nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

Our process needs to ensure that the professionals coming onto our register can meet our high standards, but we know that it can be long, costly and complicated.

We’ve made a number of improvements over the last year, such as reducing the cost of our test of competence and changing our English language requirements.

Building on these changes, we’ve developed a new, streamlined overseas registration process.

We launched this for nursing associates in January 2019 and we’re introducing it for nurses and midwives on Monday 7 October 2019.

Why we’re carrying out a review

We want to enable those who meet our requirements to join our register as efficiently as possible.

Unnecessary delay in registration means that applicants can’t practise their chosen profession and this could put them at risk of losing work or, sometimes, having to return home.

We’re making our application process simpler and quicker for candidates by improving our guidance and automating as much of the process as possible.

We’re building on the changes we’ve made so far to introduce an application process that is simpler and quicker for candidates.

We plan to launch a new, streamlined overseas registration process for nurses and midwives on Monday 7 October 2019.

New online application form

We’re moving our online application form into NMC Online to make it more straightforward to apply. Candidates will get their own NMC Online account where they’ll be able to track their application’s progress throughout.

Instead of having to download and post paper forms to us, candidates will be able to complete their application and upload supporting documents online.

We’ll also be able to ask their referees for supporting declarations directly to cut down on having to go back and forth to get things right.

Streamlined requirements

We’ve considered our current registration requirements for nurses and midwives against the evidence we need to allow us to assess each candidate’s ability to practise safely and effectively.

Where we can, we’ve streamlined these requirements while making sure that we still have good levels of assurance over a candidate’s competence.

Identity

Our identity requirements provide continued assurance that the person applying to the register is who they say they are.

Candidates under the new process will need to provide:

1. A valid passport
2. A vidence of name changes, if relevant
3.Under the current process candidates are required to provide their birth certificate as well.

Qualification

Our eligibility criteria under the new process recognises that candidates are trained, qualified professionals.

Candidates under the new process will need to provide a qualification certificate for each part of the register that they are applying for, rather than full transcripts and a form to accompany the transcript of training.
Registration

Registration in a candidate’s country of training is no longer a pre-requisite for entry into the UK register. This brings overseas candidates in line with the UK application process.

If they’re registered or have been before, we’ll ask for confirmation from their relevant regulator.

If they haven’t been registered, we’ll ask for confirmation from both their training institute and the relevant regulator that the qualification would lead to registration to the equivalent part of the register they are applying for.

Under the current process candidates are required to provide certification from each country they have been registered.
Health

We‘ve brought the health declaration in line with our revised health and character guidance.

Candidates under the new process will be asked to declare whether they’re capable of safe and effective practice. This might include where they have a health condition and/or disability that is being managed.

If a candidate declares a health condition and/or disability that is being managed, we’ll ask for a supporting declaration from either their medical practitioner or occupational health department.

Under the current process, all candidates are required to provide a good health declaration from their medical practitioner.
Character

Candidates under the new process will be asked to provide a supporting declaration about their character.

If they’re registered or have been in the last three years, we’ll ask for a supporting declaration from their current or most recent regulator.

If they haven’t been registered in the last three years, but have previously held registration we’ll ask for a supporting declaration from their most recent regulator, but we’ll also need a more recent supporting declaration as well.

In this instance, and for those who have never held registration before, they’ll need to provide a different supporting character declaration. Depending on the candidate’s circumstances, we may ask for this from their training institute, former healthcare employer, NMC or other UK healthcare registrant.

We’ve also aligned our police clearance requirements with UK Visas and Immigration requirements. This means that candidates under the new process will need to provide:

1. A police clearance from each country that they have lived in for 12 months in the past ten years while over the age of 18
2. A UK DBS certificate if they’ve been in the UK more than three months at the time of their application

Under the current process candidates are required to provide a certificate of good standing from each country (or state) where they practised and/or been registered.

Language

There is no change to the English language requirements.

Improved guidance and support

We’re redesigning the way we present guidance on our website so that candidates, and those who support them, have a better understanding of our requirements, what we ask for and why, and the process they can expect to follow.

This information will be clearer, easy to read and accessible across a range of devices.

We’re also creating a pre-application checklist tool for candidates to check how ready they are to apply and see what evidence they need to prepare. They’ll be able to download and share their checklist results with others, like employers or recruiters.

New test of competence

Early in 2020 we’re launching a new test of competence in line with our future nurse standards. The company that is designing the new test will produce a range of materials to help candidates prepare.

We’re also creating a new ‘assurance panel’ to oversee the quality and consistency of the test – this will be made up of a group of experienced nurses, midwives and other health and care professionals.

What we’ve changed so far

Where we could do so quickly and safely, we’ve already acted on feedback and made improvements to the process.

Test of competence

Updated OSCE resit policy – candiates now only have to re-sit the part of the OSCE that they failed
Improved preparation materials – we’ve aligned OSCE preparation materials across our three test sites, produced ‘top tips’ for candidates and introduced a mock examination and marking criteria to support candidates preparing for the OSCE examination
Reduced cost – we reduced the overall cost of the test of competence by more than 20 percent – the cost of the CBT reduced from £130 to £90; the full cost of OSCE from £992 to £794 and the resit cost of the OSCE from £496 to £397

Registration requirements

    Updated English language requirements
– we now accept an overall score of 7.0 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 7.0 in listening, reading and speaking
Removed 12 months’ post registration experience requirement

Australia Nursing Board Introduces CBT And OSCE For Foreign Educated Nurses

Nurses and midwives with international qualifications arriving in Australia will be offered the choice of either a bridging course or CBT plus OSCE to register in Australia from October 1, 2019.

A year after the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) announced the introduction of a new assessment model for internationally qualified nurses and midwives to attain registration in the country, the board has declared that the new system will come into effect from October 1 this year.

At present, internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who arrive in Australia holding qualifications which are relevant but not substantially equivalent to the Australian qualifications have to undergo a bridging program to attain the registration required to work in the country.

However from next month NMBA will introduce a new assessment model giving candidates the option to choose between the bridging course and the outcomes-based-assessment (OBA) which will be available from January 2020.

“The new model known as outcomes-based-assessment (OBA) will commence in January 2020,” the NMBA said in a statement.

“From January 2020, all IQNMs with relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications will be referred to the OBA,” the statement reads. There will not be any new referrals to the bridging program from next year.

“The priority of the assessment model is public safety and ensuring that all individuals registered as a nurse or midwife in Australia are meeting the same standards, regardless of where they gained their qualifications,” an NMBA spokesperson tells SBS Malayalam.

“Since 2014, IQNMs wanting to register in Australia have been assessed under an interim model of assessment, while the Board undertook an extensive research project to develop a permanent model of assessment. The new model of assessment is based on the recommendations of that research and international best practice,” NMBA added.

OBA to replace bridging course

From the October 1, IQNMs who arrive in Australia will be offered to opt-out either the bridging course or OBA to work in the country. But those applying from the January 1 2020, will not be offered the choice of two models.

    Those applying from January 1 2020 will only be able to choose OBA, as this will completely replace the current bridging course from 2021.

“Bridging programs are expected to continue until 2021, for IQNMs who hold a referral to bridging. IQNMs will no longer be referred to bridging programs from January 2020,” reads the statement from NMBA.

What is OBA?

The outcomes-based-assessment model or OBA that will replace the bridging course consists of two parts. This includes a multiple-choice exam, followed by an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE), which is currently implemented in many countries.

While the first part is a computer-based multiple-choice cognitive assessment, the second part is behavioural assessment in the form of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).

Those applicants who pass the first stage will be able to go through to the second part of the OBA.

Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

According to NMBA, the OSCE is used to assess whether an IQNM possesses the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate-level Australian nurse or midwife.

“OSCE implemented in many countries including the United Kingdom is basically to assess how a nurse or midwife can handle the patients in different scenarios in a simulation environment,” Kunnumpurathu Bijo, the CEO of Melbourne based Institute of Health and Management, tells SBS Malayalam.

“In the OSCE implemented in the UK the IQNMs need to demonstrate their skills in handling a patient in that country,  in the presence of a clinical educator who observes them. It covers every aspect, like their communication to the patient, clinical decision making and practice standards,” says Mr. Bijio.

“However, in the UK, OSCE can only be attempted three times and needs proper training to crack it,” adds Bijo.

Orientation to be completed

Once the two-stage assessment process is completed, all IQNMs will also be required to complete an orientation program consisting of three stages.

While stage one is an online assessment to introduce IQNMs to Australia and the Australian healthcare system, stage two covers the diversity of Australian culture. This will be completed once the IQNMs are registered with the NMBA.

The third stage of the orientation program will be provided by the IQNM’s employer, based on NMBA guidelines.

“All the nurses and midwives arriving in Australia will have to complete this orientation program from next year,” says Jaison Thomas an Education Consultant at Sanjose Consultacy in Melbourne to SBS Malayalam.

“The new model is expected to benefit the applicants financially as the adaptation program in Australia is very expensive now when compared to other countries,” he adds.
Source:https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/australia-moves-to-new-assessment-model-for-international-nurses

Shortage of Nurses: Hospital CEOs in UK Told To Travel Out to Hunt for Foreign Nurses

Hospital bosses should personally fly to low and middle income countries in a bid to recruit more foreign nurses to work in the NHS, policy experts have said.

Richard Murray, chief executive of the King’s Fund, said delegating hiring to private agencies risked Britain losing the “international competition” for foreign nurses and exacerbating staff shortages.

Instead, frontline managers and clinicians should travel to recruitment hotspots such as Manila and Delhi to personally sell the merits of a career in their hospital or region, he said.

A major joint report this week by the King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation predicts that nurse shortages in England will double to 70,000 in 2023-24 at the current rate.

The research partly blamed a four per cent drop in domestic applications for training places following the abolition of bursaries for nursing students in 2016.

Despite the shortage, the NHS in England is recruiting fewer trained nurses from abroad than in 2001 – around 1,600 currently – and should aim to increase this by an additional 5,000, the report found.

“There is big competition across the world these days for nursing staff because there is a global shortage,” said Mr Murray, who was formerly director of strategy at the Department of Health.

“NHS bosses should not rely solely on recruitment agencies to find overseas staff.

“They should play an active role in the effort, working across regions to coordinate efforts.”

On top of difficulties attracting foreign nurses to the NHS in the first place, trusts often struggle to retain the staff beyond one or two years. Mr Murray said this is because foreign nurses too often arrive lacking a clear idea of what living and working in Britain will be like, particularly those recruited to rural areas.

The report found that trusts such as Yeovil District Hospital have surmounted this by sending senior staff on up to three recruitment drives in a single year to the Philippines and Dubai, where they were able to personally advocate the merits of life in rural Somerset.

At one point last year the trust did not have a single nursing vacancy on any of its wards. It is now recruiting on behalf of several other NHS organisations, a model already adopted in the North of England.

“They

[hospital managers ]

are best placed to assess applicants and can offer an honest opinion of life in the UK and the realities of working in the NHS,” said Murray.

“This approach has benefits for the new recruit and the NHS. “It allows overseas professionals to make an informed decision about whether to relocate to the UK, and it helps NHS trusts to select applicants who are attracted to the qualities of their local area.”

Critics have accused clunky visa rules for applicants from non-European Economic Area countries for hampering the recruitment effort.

However, some of these have been recently relaxed, such as a cap on the number of workers in certain salary groups.

So-called Tier 2 visas demand a £30,000 minimum salary, but the Home Office has confirmed that the nursing will remain on a shortage occupation exemption list until 2021, when the policy will be reviewed.
Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/23/hospital-bosses-told-get-plane-find-foreign-nurses-work-nhs/

USA Nurse Registration Guide and Cost for Foreign Nurses


Thinking about moving to USA as a Registered Nurse under the USA Green Card program for Nurses? Here is how you can go about it yourself without using any agent. Below is the financial cost and step by step guide for foreign educated Nurses to work in USA

Licensure Services Payment Time Frame Medium Cost in Dollar and Naira
CGFNS Credential Evaluation Service Report (Note that you can use other services such as ERES but CGFNS is highly recommended After Completion of the online application. You can only access transcript request forms and Nursing Council Verification after payment Online payment on CGFNS Website through your ATM debit/credit card $350 (N127,750)
Nursing School/University Transcript Immediately after CGNS payment and printing of the forms You may pay by hand or online depending on your School Transcript N5,000 –N30,000 (Depends on what your School Charges) Courier of Transcript to CGFNS N17,000
Verification of Nursing License from Nursing Board Immediately  after CGFNS payment and after printing license verification form Pay online through remita.net or through bank (Nigeria) N53, 500
Secondary School Certificate (WAEC/NECO/GCE) Immediately after completing CGFNS form and after payment Upload it through the “Contact Us” page on your CGFNS homepage. Alternatively, you can fax it to CGFNS using free online Fax services N500 (for WAEC/GCE/NECO) Scratch Card.
CGFNS Expedite Service(Optional) This is an optional service but payment of it will allow your report to be reviewed within 2 weeks. It is paid after CGFNS received all your documents Paid online using your ATM credit/debit card $250 (N91,250)
Texas Board of Nursing Registration Paid 1-2 Months after starting your CGFNS application Paid through drafts drawn from USA Board Application $100 (N37,000) Courier: N2,000-N17,000 depending on the courier service used
Criminal Background Check Paid after your application form arrived at Texas Board of Nursing   Fingerprint Card can be obtained from those that sells. I would recommend you buy from Peculiar +2348066640382 , he sells at the rate of N2,000 ($6) per card which is the cheapest I have seen so far Can be paid Online with your ATM card Registration with IDENTOGO $37 (N13,505) Purchase of 2 Fingerprint cards: N4,000 Capturing of fingerprint Free-N3,000
NCLEX-RN Exam Registration After your CGFNS report is out and you are fully prepared to sit for the exam within the next 3 months Paid online on PearsonVue Website   $200 (N73,000)
NCLEX-RN Exam Schedule Paid after receiving your ATT Paid online via ATM cards USA – Free UK-   $180 (N65,700) Philippines $150 (N54,750)
Police Certificate Paid when you are about to apply for Visa By Cash N5,000
Philippine Visa Application Paid when you apply for VISA Paid by Cash at the Embassy in Abuja N15,600 Courier to pick Visa below N10,000
Flight (To and Fro) Paid before or after visa Paid online through WAKANOW.COM Between N400,000-N500,000
Hotel Booking Paid before or after Visa Paid online via booking.com N30,000-N50,000 depending on length of stay and hotel type
Pocket Money to Philippines     N50,000-N150,000 depending on length of stay

The above fees are based on personal experience of someone who took NCLEX-RN Exam this month in 2019 and passed. I will be  creating additional pages on step-by-step guide to becoming a USA Registered Nurse by yourself without the use of any agency.

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How Nurse Can Relocate to UK with their Spouse

*RELOCATING WITH YOUR HUSBAND TO THE UK* .

 

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*By Emeka Nwosu*

 

If you are a nurse in this group,you need to know the following:

 

1. It is best if you travel together with your husband,the process is easier,you only need to present your marriage certificate and any other supporting document like few wedding pictures to prove your marriage status.

 

2. You will pay for visa application about 800 dollars and National health insurance surcharge for your husband,this will cost about 600 pounds for 3 years,an increase is proposed for NHS surcharge but it is yet to be implimented.

 

3. You can use your Certificate of sponsorship to apply for yourself and your husband if you do not have children yet or you are not travelling with your children,all you need extra is to have some money to lodge your husband in a hotel and then get a place after you must have arrived the UK,a house to be shared with others will be most preferable as you try to adapt and know exactly what will suite the family.

 

4. If you want to come with your children,you need to keep 630 pounds for each of your children,this money should be in your bank account or that of your husband for a period of 3 months,this is an evidence that you have money to support your family until your husband stabilizes,so make arrangement for this money to be kept in your account once you pass your CBT,even before you get an agency to process your relocation to make it smooth,you will also pay visa application fee,health insurance surcharge for each of your children,i usually advice people to come with their spouse and maybe a child,depending on how much you have,it is also adviceable to borrow this money and keep in the bank,borrow and pay when you come over,it will be more than worth it i can gurantee you that.

 

5. Immediately your husband arrives, and collects his residence permit,you can help him to call National insurance office that same day to book an appointment for National insurance number interview,he can only work when he has gotten this number and it takes 2 to 3 weeks,yours is provided even before you arrive by your employers so you dont have to apply.

 

6.You need to inform your huband that their are plenty of job for him to choose from but it will come with time, he can start with a support work job which is easily available even without experience,support work deals with observing children,youth and young adults in various settings to ensure that theu are safe,supported with daily living,you will be well paid enough to pick your bills while you plan for your dream job.

 

7. Fire men,Prison Officers with other military jobs are currently available,they are well paid jobs,Africans with resident permits are qualified and can key in to this opportunities.

 

8. If your husband or spouse is an Engineer,skilled worker of any field including accountant,Geologist,information technology and any other field that may not be included in their high demand list,i want to assure you that many people are getting jobs in these areas based on their level of experience,he can move with you,attend job interviews within his field,chances of securing a job is over 70 percent,you may not get the best innitially but what you will get will be worth the risk of relocation.

 

9. Please ensure that you get an international drivers licence while coming,it will cost you between 25 to 30 thousand in naira,you will be glad you did, their driving test that can give you a licence to drive in the UK is quit challenging so you need a licence that can help you drive and gain on hand experience before picking up their exam and licence,you will thank me latter.

 

10.Start small,small apartment,small job,small income,small location and grow from there,you cannot get it all at once if you want to be happy,take a gradual step,dont compete with anyone,avoid London as much as you can with its surrounding cities,they are ridiculously expensive.

 

11. Learn how to do little house repairs,how to change your ligh

How to Become A Registered Nurse in Australia for Foreign Educated Nurses

Job Opportunities for Nigerian Nurses: Working in Australia. Australia is currently one of the best destinations for registered nurses, not only because the “Registered Nurse” is an occupation in demand in Australia, but also because the opportunities to work in the USA or UK may not be available at this time. This is based on the advice that the USA is currently processing applications which date back to July 2006, and that the UK prefers registered nurses from members of the European Union. There are other work opportunities for nurses to work in the Asian region, however, they do not pay as much as employers in Australia.

 

First of all, you must be a registered Australian nurse to qualify for a working visa or permanent residence as a registered nurse in Australia.

 

Working visas to Australia for all occupations was discussed in a separate paper entitled, “Do You Qualify for a Working Visa?” Before you pay a single cent in any ‘offer for a working visa’ you must verify with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) whether your proposed sponsoring employer has been approved as sponsor. You also need to determine whether the proposed position, task and workplace where you will be assigned, satisfy the current migration policy criteria.

 

Pitfalls of Working Visas

Many have fallen victim to recruiters who claim they are authorised to recruit for positions of Caregiver, Assistant in Nursing (AIN) or Residential Care Officer (RCO). Migration policy has changed over the years and continues to change. At present:

 

Assistant in Nursing and caregiver are not in the list of qualifying occupations for working visa.

 

A Residential Care Officer may no longer be assigned to work in nursing homes and care for the aged because, according to a recent case decided by the Policy Section of DIAC in Canberra, it is outside the RCO ASCO definition to provide care and supervision for children or disabled persons in group housing or government institutions.

 

A Disability Services Officer (DSO) may likewise no longer be allowed to provide personal care in nursing homes if DIAC is to strictly enforce the DSOASCO definition to provide education and community access to people with intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities.

 

Nurse Registration in Australia

Currently, there is a plan to unify the requirements for Australian nursing competency assessment and registration in 2010. Until that time, nursing registration is through the nursing registration board of any of the Australian States and Territories. They vary in their registration process, costs and requirements.

 

Once registered as registered nurse in any state or territory of Australia, your tourist, non-working visa or student visa may be changed to a working visa for a period of one year up to four years under certain conditions, provided there is no visa condition of no further stay on your existing visa.

 

NSW Nurse Registration for Overseas Registered Nurses

Under the 2008 guidelines, the NSW Nursing Board will consider, among other matters:

o The rank or classification of your educational institution in the Country Education Profile of the country of your education

o your overseas registration

o your grades in your transcript of records

o your experience, if any

 

The NSW Nursing board will determine whether your qualifications meet certain standards:

The standard of your educational institution must be comparable to the standard of an Australian tertiary institution and

 

The level of your nursing degree must be comparable to the level of an Australian Bachelor degree not an Australian Diploma level; and

 

The course content of your overseas Bachelor degree in Nursing must be comparable to the course content of the Australian Bachelor in Nursing degree.

 

If your qualifications meet the standard of an Australian Bachelors degree in Nursing you will be referred to complete the College of Nursing Assessment for registered nurses. If not, you may be referred for assessment as an enrolled nurse. If you pass the assessment, you will be eligible for registration as registered nurse or enrolled nurse as the case may be.

 

Registration as enrolled nurse will not qualify you for permanent resident visa because it is not listed in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) but will qualify you to apply for a working visa.

 

The other two accredited pathways for registered nurse registration in New South Wales are:

 

A three year Australian Bachelor in Nursing degree

 

A two-year graduate entry Bachelor in Nursing degree course at the University of Technology Sydney or University of Western Sydney.

In all cases, you will be required to pass an English test at varying levels, unless exempted.

 

Permanent Resident Visa Application While Working Overseas

If you are currently working as registered nurse in the UK, USA, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand, you may be granted registration without having to undertake an English test and nursing competency test under certain conditions. After you obtain Australian registration you may qualify for permanent residence in Australia under certain conditions while you continue to work in the UK, USA, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand.

 

If your permanent resident visa is approved before your overseas contract expires, you can still validate your respective visas by entering Australia with those included in your visa application. You may return to the UK, USA, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand to complete your employment contract the next day and your family members can either remain in Australia, or leave for the Philippines or elsewhere, provided each of you return to live in Australia within 5 years from visa grant.

 

Which Family Members Can You Bring?

You are allowed to include your entire family (spouse and dependent children below 25 years old) your widowed parent, single aunt or uncle who have lived with you and are dependent on you, as part of your family in your permanent resident visa application under certain conditions. Once you get your permanent resident visa, you will qualify to sponsor your brothers, sisters, nephew, nieces and other relatives.

 

Written By Imelda Argel

Nursetogether

Qatar Prometric Exam Passing Score for Doctors, Nurses and Others

Qualifying Examination
  • ​​​​The qualifying exam is considered to be one of the requirements for registration / licensing of healthcare practitioners to ensure the efficiency and the eligibility of applicants to work safely in the State of Qatar.
  • All categories listed below must pass the electronic qualifying exam to get a license to practice after fulfilling all other requirements of registration and licensing.
  • The Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners provides computer based examination (Prometric) for 15 categories of healthcare practitioners as follows:
    No. Exam Title No. of items/ Exam Duration Cut score Practitioners required to take the Qualifying Exam
    1. General Practitioner 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    60% General Practitioner
    2. General Dentist 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    60% General Dentist
    3. Pharmacist 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    60% Pharmacist
    4. Registered General Nurse 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    50% Registered General Nurse
    5. Registered Midwife 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    50% Registered Midwife
    6. Lab Technologist (New) 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    50% Lab Technologist,

    Lab Technologist (specific)

    7. Lab  Technician 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    50% Lab Technician
    8. Radiology Technologist (New) 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    50% Radiology Technologist,

    Sonographer

    9. Radiology Technician 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    50% Radiology Technician
    10. Physiotherapist 70 MCQs,

    2 hours

    50% Physiotherapist

     

    11. Basic Paramedic 70 MCQs,

    2 hours

    50% Basic Paramedic
    12. Paramedic (New) 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    50% Paramedic,

    Critical Care Paramedic

    13. Dental Assistant 100 MCQs,

    2 ½ hours

    50% Dental Assistant
    14. Dental Hygienist 70 MCQs,

    2 hours

    50% Dental Hygienist
    15. Dental Lab Technician 70 MCQs,

    2 hours

    50% Dental Technician
  • More Examinations can be added as needed
  • The scopes not required to sit for the qualifying exam will be reviewed and evaluated as per the registration Department approved qualification or through panel assessment.
  • To register and schedule your exams please visit the online booking page online booking page .
  • • For certificates that exempt their holder from the qualifying exam of General practitioner and General dentist, please visit Physicians and Dentists guidelines.
  • For registration/ licensing requirements click here .
  • For any query regarding the electronic qualifying exam, and to get more information about registering for the exam, please visit the company organizing the exams (Prometric) prometric.com .
Contact Info for Qualifying Examination Enquiries
  • Phone Numbers:
  • Sunday to Thursday (with Arabic language option):
    • +31 320239530​
  • Friday to Monday :
    • +31 320239800​
  • Pnl-mena@prometric.com
References of the Qualifying Electronic Exam

 

Qatar Prometric Exam for Nurses Requirements

​In order to get practicing license in the healthcare sector in the State of Qatar, you need to apply for an online application for registration / evaluation through the Electronic Registration & Licensing System and complete all the requirements using the following QCHP website www.qchp.org.qa​

Kindly notice that:
  1.  Your online application should be through an Employer/potential employer in the State of Qatar (you will not be able to apply for registration request without an employer in Qatar).
  2. For more information on how to use the electronic registration/licensing system, please check the following link on the QCHP website  http://www.qchp.org.qa/en/Pages/HowToRegisterToPracticeInQatar.aspx
  3. To find all about the Registration / Evaluation requirements, please check the guidelines at the following link on the QCHP website http://www.qchp.org.qa/en/Pages/HowToRegisterToPracticeInQatar.aspx
  4. To find all about the qualifying examination (Prometric), please check the following link on the QCHP website  http://www.qchp.org.qa/en/Pages/QualifyingExamination.aspx
  5. To find all about the primary source verification, please check the following link on the QCHP website http://www.qchp.org.qa/en/Pages/PrimarysourceVerification.aspx

Notes:

  • ​No practitioner is allowed to practice before receiving their medical license from QCHP; otherwise the licensing application will be rejected, and the institution and practitioner will face disciplinary actions.
  • Please follow up with your employer or potential employer’s focal point concerning the registration / evaluation process and in case you need to check your delayed application status (if any).

TIME FRAME

​Kindly find below the types of request that can be applied though the registration & Licensing Electronic System:

​Time Frame

(Starting from the request submission date after payment)
​Type of Request​
​25 working days ​Evaluation
​20 working days ​Licensing
​15 working days ​License Renewal
​15 working days ​Change Place of Work
​15 working days ​Change Scope of Practice
​25 working days ​Certificate of Good Standing covering the work experience spent in the State of Qatar

 

Notes:
  • ​Please use the following link on the QCHP website in order to find the requirements and the process of each of the above mentioned requests by checking the guideline of your profession. http://www.qchp.org.qa/en/Pages/HowToRegisterToPracticeInQatar.aspx​​
  • For any technical issue in using the Electronic Registration & Licensing System please contact our System Help Desk Officer on the following contact details: qchphelpdesk@moph.gov.qa Telephone number: 44070279.​

​The Evaluation, Licensing and License Renewal fees change depending on the profession and scope of practice as shown in the below noted table, knowing that the license validity is 2 years starting from the issuing date and that it is prohibited for any practitioner to practice without license or with an expired license:

​​Profession ​Request Type ​Request Fees (QR)
​Physician (specialist) ​​ ​

​Evaluation ​100
​Licensing ​1200
​Renewal ​1200
​General Scope Physician ​ ​​​ ​

​Evaluation ​100
​Licensing ​1000
​Renewal ​1000
​Dentist (specialist) ​ ​ ​​​ ​

​Evaluation ​100
​Licensing ​1200
​Renewal ​1200
​General Scope Dentist ​ ​​​ ​

​Evaluation ​100
​Licensing ​1000
​Renewal ​1000
​Pharmacist

​Evaluation ​100
​Licensing ​600
​Renewal ​600

​Allied Health Practitioner ​ ​

​Evaluation ​100
​Licensing ​600
​Renewal ​600
​Nurse ​ ​

​Evaluation ​100
​Licensing ​600
​Renewal ​600

 

Can the evaluation and the primary source verification processes be done without the candidate physically present in Doha?​

​Yes, a large part of the registration and licensing process can be done while the applicant remains in their home country. For example, the primary source verification application can be completed and submitted by using the electronic verification system, Qualifying examination (if required) can be taken in one of 10,000 test centers located in over 100 countries around the world, and the evaluation application can be completed and submitted by the employer locally while the applicant is still outside Qatar. However, some evaluation requirements (for example an assessment interview) will require the presence of the applicant in the State of Qatar. In addition, the licensing process will also require the presence of the applicant in the State of Qatar.