West African College of Nursing 2020/2021 Fellowship Admission Form on Sale

The West African College of Nursing (WACN) announces the commencement of sale of application forms for the Fellowship programme by examination for 2020. 

Date: January 13th –  31st July.2020

1. Applicants should possess the following or higher qualifications:

  • First degree with 5 years post qualification experience and 2 years for registered nurses/ midwives with 15-20 years post RN/RM.
  • Masters degree or PhD holders in nursing, midwifery or any of the specialties approved by council to be exempted from primaries/Part I.
  • Honorary Fellows of the College for conversion, who meet the criteria are eligible to apply also.
  • Duration of class work/ residency will be for 3weeks in each of the four years.
  • All applicants must be currently licensed to practice Nursing/Midwifery.
West African College of Nursing

2. Applicants should  DOWNLOAD application form from the College site at wacn-online.com.

Downloaded application forms should be filled and submitted with the relevant credentials to the College Secretariat 6, Taylor, Drive, Yaba, Lagos

3. Applicants should make payment of non-refundable fee of $30 US Dollars or {N10000} payable to WACN account.

Bank: First Bank Of Nigeria

Account name: West African College of Nursing

Naira Account No: 2003831052

Dom Account No: 2003465262

4. A copy of the Teller should be scanned and attached to the completed application form which should be submitted with a recent passport photograph and other credentials.

5. Admission list will be out by end of August, 2020. 

Successful candidates to pay all approved fees during registration. 

Please Note:

  • Submission of application forms end July 31st, 2020
  • Late submission 1st- 14th Aug attracts $10 penalty while 15th Aug – 19th attracts $50; forms submitted after 19th Aug will not be accepted / processed.
  • The Fellowship programme primaries will be held at the Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan, Nigeria from 5th – 23rd October, 2020. First year examination follows immediately after the lectures. 
  • Duration of class work/residency will be 3weeks for each of the two years of the Primaries.
  • Final Primary examinations will be held in the third week of September.
  • For further enquiries please contact any of the followings:

The Executive Secretary
West African College of Nursing
6, Taylor Drive (Off Edmond Crescent)
P.M.B. 2023, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Phone: 08081245510, 08036821597, 08025926326

E-mail: westafricancollegeofnursing@mail.com

  Alh. Mohammed B. Yakatun

Executive Secretary, WACN.

National Chapter Chairpersons (WACN)

Benin Republic:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o Chief Nursing Officer
Ministere de la Sante Publique
04 BP 0461, Cotonou, Benin Republic
sononamelie2002@yahoo.fr

The Gambia:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
Banjul, The Gambia.
alkalimjabby@yahoo.co.uk

Ghana:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Ministry of Health
P.O. Box M-44
Accra, Ghana.
darko.veronica@gmail.com

Liberia:

Chapter Chairman, WACN

c/o LBNM, JamesnAAnPierre

Bldg 40 Carey Street Monrovia, Liberia

wacnliberia2015@gmail.com

Nigeria:

Chapter Chairman, WACN

Department of Nursing

Bayero University, Kano

08033667081

salenga2004@gmail.com

Sierra Leone:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Nursing Services Department
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Youyi Building, Brookfields
Freetown, Sierra Leone.
majames@unicef.org

logbaj@yahoo.com

 Site Manager can be reached on this email: 

alexpumainfotech@gmail.com

MCPDP For Nurses 2020 in Imo State Nigeria

2020 MCPDP PROGRAMME

NOTE CTU IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR LARC

Account Name: Imo Mandatory Continuity Professional Development (MCPDP0

Account No:. 0024834413

Bank: Access Bank

Workshop Fee: N20,000 only

Meet us at: -https://m:acebook.com/imomcpdp, www.imomcpdp.org

Ministry of Health Ghana 2020/2021 Admission Form On Sale

Admission into Schools, Colleges of Nursing and Midwifery in Ghana is now open for the 2020/2021 Academic Session. Below is the admission application form, requirements, etc

The Ghana Ministry of Health has started the sale of application forms for Health Training Institutions for the 2020/2021 admission year for prospective candidates who want to study to be a Nurse. Application for admission is open on the online admissions portal for the 2020/2021 academic year which from Monday 17th February, 2020 and it sales will end on Saturday 30th May, 2020.

Method of Application

Proceed to purchase application codes from any Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) or Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) branch at a cost of One Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢100.00). (Note that this includes the cost of verification of results, SMS alerts and all other correspondence). NB: i. All purchased vouchers are valid up to 10th June 2020 if not used. ii No postage envelopes are required as all correspondence will be via SMS or E-mail.

2 After payment, applicants will receive a voucher giving them a unique PIN and Serial Number.

  1. Have a dedicated phone number and a personal valid e-mail address for all correspondence. [Please NOTE: Do not use the email address of relations]
  2. You will need you residential and Ghana Post Digital Address 5 Proceed to use the PIN code and Serial to access the application form online at https://healthtraining.gov.gh Note that the online registration form is accessible only by the PIN and self-created password.
    Follow the instructions carefully and fill the relevant stages of the admission process once the online application is opened. Use the PIN and Serial Number to track the status of the admission process. Note that only Applicants who meet admission requirements will be invited to attend a competitive interview at the school of choice.

Interview for selected candidates will start from June 1 to June 30, 2020, and interview days sent to qualifying students. Interview results will be published on the https://healthtraining.gov.gh portal.

2020/2021 Postbasic Pyschiatric Nursing Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Kaduna

Applications are hereby invited from qualified Nurses for admission into the 18 months Post Basic Psychiatric Nursing Programme 2020/2021 academic session.

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Candidate must be Registered Nurse.
  2. Evidence of registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
  3. Current practicing license issued by the NMCN
  4. Possession of five (5) credits at not more than two sittings in O’level results (WAEC, NECO) these must include English Language, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics. A combination o WAEC and NECO is accepted. NABTEB is also accepted.
  5. Any other qualification in Nursing will be an added advantage.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Application forms can be obtained from the school of Post Basic Psychiatric Nursing, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Kaduna.

APPLICATION FEE:

A non -refundable fee of N10,000 for application form payable through remita in favour of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna.

CLOSING DATE:

Completed application forms should be submitted with photocopies of relevant credentials and two (2) passport photographs (coloured on white background) to the above address on or before Friday 13th March, 2020. Pre-test and interview will be on 17th and 18th March, 2020 respectively.

Please note that successful candidates would be expected to resume training first week of May, 2020

For further enquiry contact the programme coordinator on 08134456427, 08028434918, 07034693344.

Signed

Programme Coordinator

For: Medical Director

NUC Approves Nursing, Three Other New Courses for Trinity Varsity Yaba

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved four new courses at degree level for Trinity University, Yaba, Lagos. The courses are Nursing Science, Medical Laboratory Science, International Relations and Diplomacy and Physics with Electronics. Subsequently, the institution has commenced admission of students to these new programmes for the current academic session of 2019/2020.

According to the university’s management, the development was made possible due to the institution’s excellent facilities for effective teaching, learning and practicals, which were inspected by the NUC before the approval.

The institution’s vice chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, expressed delight at the development, describing it as a vital contribution to the tertiary education sector in the country.

“This will make a significant contribution and a welcome relief to many students who were not able to gain admission for these highly-competitive courses in the universities. It will also be good news to parents and guardians and potential students that the fees are moderate,” he said.

In a chat with newsmen on Friday, the Vice Chancellor assured existing and prospective students of a stimulating, dynamic and fulfilling environment for learning.

Source: Guardian Newspaper

Nigeria Produces 14,000 Nurses Annually, Council Inducts Foreign Trained Nurses

-Nigeria has a total number of  350,000 Registered Nurses
-Only 124,000  Registered Nurses are Active
-14,000 New Registered Nurses are produced annually in Nigeria

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has inducted 144 graduates of nursing science of foreign universities. The inductees had completed a six month adaptation programme in Nigerian universities and passed professional examination for general nursing conducted in November 2019.

Speaking during the induction ceremony at the council’s headquarters in Abuja,  Registrar of the council, Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubakar said 317 foreign trained nurses participated in the professional examination  but only 144 were successful and inducted. He said the inductees were graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science programmes from universities in 18 countries. The countries are Egypt, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Niger, Philippines ,Sri -Lanka ,Sudan ,Turkey ,United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uganda and Ukraine.

Alhaji Faruk said the inductees had added to the country’s human resources for health thus reducing the enormous challenges of the shortage of nurses in Nigeria. “Presently we have over 350,000 registered nurses and midwives but only 124,000 are active in practice which is greatly inadequate in meeting the health challenges in our country.”

The registrar said that the council produced an average of 14,000 professional nurses annually and that it was committed to tripling the number in the next three years. He enjoined the inductees to be competent nurses, adding that it was only competent nurses that could identify patients’ needs and provide quality care for patients and consumers of healthcare.

“A great nurse should maintain high standard of professionalism in approach to work, diligent to work, good communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, attentiveness, quick problem solving abilities, promptness in responding to patients, empathic disposition, energetic and friendliness. These qualities with knowledge of professional code of practice will help you to keep within your scope of practice. Practice in line with the best available evidence.” He enjoined the foreign trained nurses to be willing to learn and yield to the counsel of experienced colleagues already working in the clinical area.

He said the board of the council has approved the training of 50,000 community midwives in the next five years across the country to work at primary health centers in the 774 local government council in Nigeria. Board chairman of the council,  Dr. Abosede Bola Ofi enjoined the inductees to adhere to the ethics of the profession, and avoid all forms of misconduct. Director Nursing Services of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Veronica Okolo said the year 2020 has been declared the International Year of the Nurses and Midwife.

She urged the graduands to join efforts with the country to achieve Universal Health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Highlights of the event was the presentation of awards to the best performing inductee for the November 2019 professional examination of foreign trained nurses,  Basirat Yusuf Adejoke , and the best performing University for the professional examination,  University of Port-Harcourt.

Basirat Yusuf Adejoke, who studied nursing  in Sudan, and did her adaption progamme at the University of Ilorin,  thanked the council for the induction and promised that the inductees would do  their best to maintain best professional practice, and also promote the good name of the council at all times. She called on government at all levels for increased budgetary allocation to the health sector to  ensure provision of requisite equipment , research and quality service delivery as obtained in other climes. Aminu Aliyu,  studied at the Maryam Abacha American University of Niger, Niger  Republic.

He said he went out of the country to study because there were lots of challenges studying nursing in Nigeria. He said for instance  students were not admitted to study nursing in the country even when they pass Jamb and university examinations . He said there was a lot of corruption in Nigerian universities that he didn’t encounter  such when he travelled out to study.   

He promised to work in a Nigerian hospital with full dedication and commitment to duty. Charles Nnodi who studied nursing in the University of  Georgia, Eastern Europe, said there was need for Nigeria to adopt the use of Information Communication Technology(ICT ) in nursing education in the country. He said he would combine his international and local experiences to give patients the best. Hadiza Magaji Bakwori who studied at Nile College University, Sudan, said she would assist indigent patients and those who cannot fully fund healthcare services provided for them.

Source: Daily Trust Newspaper

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Slashes Verification Fees to ‎₦17,500

Nigerian Nurses aspiring to move to United Kingdom to work can now do so without breaking their banks as the Nursing and Midwifery Council has slashed verification fees by 67.3% (from ‎₦53,500 to ‎₦17,500) Nursesarena.com has learnt. The fee was slashed last week according to multiple sources who were privy to the change.

Recall that Nursesarena.com posted last month that NMCN is in the process of reviewing the verification fees for UK verification See https://nursesarena.com/travel-nursing/nigeria-nursing-and-midwifery-council-begins-online-verification-to-uk-nmc/

Speaking on the new verification fees, a source within NMCN office says this new verification fees is only applicable to those who are under the new UK NMC process as the process is solely online. Applicants who are under the old UK NMC registration process still have to pay ‎₦53,500. Other Nurses seeking verification to other countries have to pay the ‎standard verification fees of ₦53,500. It currently takes NMCN between 1 day to 6 weeks to send your verification based on the experience of those who have gone through the verification process

Requirements for Verification

Applicants can submit the following document to any of NMCN office Nationwide

1.   Remita Payment Receipt
2.   A copy of birth certificate
3.   A copy of your license (front and back)
4.   A copy of your certificate of registration (Issued by NMCN)
5.   Handwritten Application (with your UK NMC application number written on it for those under the new system)
6.   Printed UK NMC Verification form (for those under the old system only)

How to Pay Nigeria Nursing and Midwifery Council Verification Fees

Go to Remita page click this link https://login.remita.net/remita/onepage/OAGFCRF/biller.spa

 Complete it as follow:
Who Do you want to pay: Write Nursing and Midwifery Council
Name of Service or purpose: Pick Verification Fees
Payer: Your Name as it appears on your Nursing Council Certificate
Description: You can leave it blank or type anything like license verification to UK NMC
GIFMIS Code: Just Leave Blank if you don’t know
Amount to Pay: For UK NMC online verification input ‎₦17500, for UK NMC verification (those under the old system and verification to other countries) put ‎₦53,500

Complete other parts of the form putting your name, email and phone number

How do you want to pay: Pick bank branch or Online payment. Then fill the captcha and hit the submit button.

If you pick bank branch as method of payment, a code will be displayed after you hit the submit button. Copy the code and proceed to bank to make payment. When you get to the bank, tell them you want to make payment via Remita and that you’ve already generated your Remita number. Complete a Teller and make payment then collect a copy of the Teller with Computer printout. For online payment, use your card details to make payment online and print out the receipt.

AHPRA: Australia Nursing Registration Process Under the old System

Here is the overview of the Australia Nurse registration process as compiled by a facebook user Princess Cina

For AHPRA you’ll need:

1. Evidence of Identity:
Passport / Birth Certificate / Driver’s license (optional)➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

2. Change of Name (if applicable):

3. Academic Qualifications:
Transcript(TOR) / Diploma / RLE/ ➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

❗️Certified true copy done by SCHOOLS are not accepted by AHPRA.

❗️Course Syllabus, CHED, Pharmacology Cert, letter from school ARE NOT REQUIRED. ➖please read the link posted below. An applicant from the Philippines will not be able to meet some of the criteria in AHPRA, hence, only TOR, RLE and Diploma are required.

Kindly read https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/…/accreditation-re…

Also the FAQs

http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/docum…/default.aspx…

4. Registration History in each country wherein you practiced as a registered nurse
PRC license / Board Certificate ➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

Certificate of Good Standing(COGS)to be sent directly from PRC or from any country of registration to AHPRA➖should be ORIGINAL, no need to be certified
COGS has three mos validity ONLY

5. Work History – minimum of 450hours in the last 5yrs
STATEMENT OF SERVICE (COE as we call it) is required to:
be on the employer’s letterhead
provide dates of employment
describe the role in which you were employed, and whether
if was full-time/part-time hours, and
be signed by a manager (e.g. director of nursing, unit manager or HR manager or charge nurse or clinical resource nurse➖ photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

CV – MUST BE ORIGINAL COPY
here’s the link for the format https://www.ahpra.gov.au/…/Standard-Format-for-Curriculum-V…
https://www.ahpra.gov.au/documents/default.aspx…
➖Do not forget to sign and state that the CV is true and correct

6. Criminal History (if applicable)
Pay for International Criminal History Check from FIT2Work
Include all the countries where you’ve lived in for 6 consecutive months or more since aged 18
https://www.fit2work.com.au/PreEmployment.aspx…

Or

AIS-cheaper compared to FIT2WORK

➖print the reference page, in the AGOS 40, the printed page can be passed without being certified, but if you are in doubt, have it certified.

❗️Variation of Names should be declared as ALIAS.
example
one document has middle initial only- it should be declared
one document has your married name-it should be declared
Juan Mario- if Mario was not included in a document, you should declare it

etc.

Failure to declare the variation of names can cause you problems. Either you provide a statutory declaration or the Registration officer may request again for another ICHc which is expensive.

7. English Language Skills
IELTS- 7 in all bands; can be done in 2 sittings
PTE – Minimum of 65 overall score and minimum 65 in all components
OET – B in all components
Toefl-IBT

English test requirements: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/documents/default.aspx…

➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

8. Impairment Details (if applicable)

9. Current Suspension or Cancellation Details (if applicable)

10. Previous Cancellation, Refusal or Suspension Details (if applicable)
11. Conditions, Undertakings or Limitations Details (if applicable)

12. Disqualification Details (if applicable)

13. Conduct, Performance or Health Proceedings Details (if applicable)

15. AGOS-40 Form (LATEST) It should be updated AGOS 40

http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/docum…/default.aspx…

❗️Please read the AGOS 40, the checklist of needed documents are already SPECIFIED. Take time to READ

All supporting documentation must be:
~Certified copies of documents
~Certified in accordance with AHPRA’s guidelines
https://www.ahpra.gov.au/…/Regist…/Certifying-Documents.aspx
~In English. If original documents are not in English, you MUST provide a certified copy of the original document and translation consistent with AHPRA’s guidelines.

❗️Make sure that when you certify your documents, the stamp should be on the front page. Resize your documents when you print or photocopy so that the stamp can fit in. Bawal takpan ng stamp ang details ng docs mo, possible na ipaulit ng registration officer yung ctc. Black and colored print or photocopy are both accepted.

Send your docs to AHPRA office (any branch) using STREET address

Any concerns or clarifications, you may send a web inquiry to AHPRA

https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Ab…/Contact-Us/Make-an-Enquiry.aspx

Australia Nursing Board New Registration Guide For Overseas Nurses

The Australian Nursing regulatory board has started accepting NCLEX-RN exam and OBA as part of the Nursing registration requirements. Below is all you have to know about the Australia Nurse registration process including OSCE:

Prior to the start of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in 2010, the assessment of IQNMs was undertaken by the state and territory boards. In 2010, Ahpra developed a national model for the assessment for IQNMs. Following a review of assessment processes, the NMBA developed an interim model of assessment for IQNMs which has been in place since 2014. The interim model was based on eight qualification assessment criteria and resulted in a more equitable and consistent assessment of IQNM applications.

sment of IQNM applications.Transition to a new model of assessment for IQNMs

The NMBA is moving to a permanent approach in the assessment of IQNMs. Changes under the new model include a reduction in the assessment criteria from eight to three, which took effect in January 2019.

This change streamlines the assessment process; however, the outcomes from assessments remain the same as under the previous eight criteria.

In early 2020, the NMBA will also transition to an outcomes-based assessment (OBA) for IQNMs who hold a qualification that is relevant but not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who demontrate they meet the mandatory registration standards). This will replace the current need for bridging programs.

The NMBA undertook an extensive research project to explore the factors and requirements to establish an OBA which made recommendations that:

  • the overall assessment process includes both a cognitive and behavioural component
  • the cognitive assessment must be passed before the behavioural component is attempted, and
  • an orientation program is established to orientate nurses and midwives to working in the Australian healthcare context.

What is the new model of assessment for IQNMs?

The new model of assessment includes:

  • the online Self-check for all IQNMs
  • an orientation program for all IQNMs who are advised to continue with the assessment process, and
  • an OBA for some IQNMs.

Self-check

The assessment of qualifications will continue to be against the current three criteria.
All IQNMs will need to submit their qualification information at Self-check. IQNMs will then be advised of the steps (assessment stages) they must successfully complete before being eligible to apply for registration.

After Self-check, IQNMs who are assessed as holding a qualification that is substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who can demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards), will be eligible to apply for registration following completion of Orientation Part 1. (See Orientation program below for more information).

IQNMs who are assessed as holding a qualification that is relevant but not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who can demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards), will be required to successfully complete an outcomes-based assessment (OBA) prior to being eligible to apply for registration.

IQNMs that do not hold a relevant qualification (under section 53 of the National Law) or do not meet the required assessment criteria will need to upgrade their qualification in Australia before being eligible to apply for registration. Their qualification can be upgraded in Australia (through completion of an NMBA approved program of study) or any other country of choice providing the qualification meets the qualification assessment criteria.

Orientation program

All IQNMs who are advised to proceed in the IQNM assessment process will need to complete the orientation program in order to be registered in Australia. There are two parts to the orientation program.

Part 1 is an online learning course to introduce IQNMs to Australia and the Australian healthcare context.

Part 2 is a more in-depth online introduction, including content on the diversity of Australian culture. Part 2 must be completed once registered with the NMBA and will be a requirement of registration until it is completed.

In addition to completing the orientation program, the NMBA expects that all nurses and midwives in Australia seek out and be part of the workplace induction and/or local orientation provided by their employers. Guidance for employers on the content to include in their workplace induction and/or orientation will be provided. When will the new model of assessment for IQNMs start

Applications via the Application for general registration as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or midwife (for internationally qualified nurses and midwives) – AGOS-40 form will be accepted if posted to Ahpra on or before Friday 21 February 2020. Applications posted after this date will not be accepted.

IQNMs will be able to start the new model of assessment in March 2020.Do all IQNM’s still need to meet the NMBA’s mandatory registration standards?

Yes. All IQNM’s will need to provide evidence of meeting the NMBA mandatory registration standards.What are the fees for IQNMs?

There is no fee to use the Self-check.

After completing the Self-check, all IQNMs who are advised to proceed in the IQNM assessment process will need to pay a non-refundable assessment fee of $640 AUD. This fee contributes towards Ahpra’s costs in checking IQNM documentation provided, and for the IQNM to undertake their orientation.

IQNMs who are referred to the OBA will need to pay specific OBA fees which are outlined below. (See question ‘How much are the fees for the OBA and where can I sit the exams?’).

All IQNMs who are eligible for registration and meet the mandatory registration standards will need to pay a registration fee and application fee in order to be registered. The current application fee of $300 AUD and registration fee of $175 AUD will continue to apply. What is the OBA?

The OBA is a two-stage assessment process: a multiple-choice question exam (MCQ) and an objective structured clinical exam. IQNMs must pass the first stage before moving to the next stage.

Stage one is a cognitive assessment, which is a computer-based MCQ exam. IQNMs must pass the exam to move to part two of the OBA.

Stage two is a behavioural assessment in the form of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). The OSCE has been developed to assess that an IQNM demonstrates the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate level Australian nurse or midwife. Who is the OBA for?

The OBA is the assessment process for IQNMs who wish to register in Australia and who are assessed as holding relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications (and who demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards).When will the OBA for IQNMs start?

There are two phases for the transition to the OBA:

  1. From 1 October 2019, IQNMs who have posted to Ahpra an application for registration (AGOS-40) on or before 21 February 2020 and who hold relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications (and who demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards) will have the choice to be referred to a bridging program or to the OBA, regardless of when the outcome of their application is decided.
  2. The new model of assessment will start in March 2020, and all IQNMs with relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications (and who demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards) will be referred to the OBA and will no longer be referred to bridging courses.

If I get a referral to the OBA, when will I be able to start the process and how long will it take to complete?

IQNMs with a referral to the OBA will be able to begin the OBA process in March 2020.

IQNMs undertaking the OBA must pass each assessment stage before undertaking the next. The time taken to complete the OBA is dependent on how quickly the IQNM can progress through the assessments. What if I already have a referral to a bridging course, but I want to do the OBA instead?

IQNMs who hold a current referral to a bridging program have been able to contact Ahpra since 1 October 2019 to request a referral to the OBA instead. IQNMs should contact the Registration Officer named in their referral letter. Please note that IQNMs will not be able to start the OBA process until March 2020.What if I have already started a bridging course?

IQNMs who have already started a bridging course should continue to complete the program.How much are the fees for the OBA and where can I set the exams?

Cost and locations for the MCQ exam

The MCQ exam is computer-based and will be delivered at test centres in most countries. There will be separate exams for IQNMs seeking registration as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife:

  • Registered nurses will sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops and administers the NCLEX-RN through Pearson VUE test centres.
  • Midwives will sit an MCQ exam managed by the NMBA, which will be delivered through Aspeq test centres.
  • Information for on the enrolled nurse MCQ exam will be published soon.

Note: IQNMs must be authorized by Ahpra to sit the MCQ exams.

Fees for the MCQ exams are set by the providers and paid directly to them. At the time of publishing, the following fees apply:

  • For registered nurses, the NCLEX-RN registration fee is $200 USD, plus an additional international scheduling fee of $150 USD ($350 USD in total).
  • For midwives, the fee is $165 NZD, plus a possible fee for overseas venues.
  • Enrolled nurse exam fees will be published soon.

Cost and locations for the OSCE

IQNMs who have been referred to the OBA must pass the MCQ exam before they can attempt the OSCE.

The OSCE is managed by Ahpra and will be delivered at Adelaide Health Simulation in Adelaide, South Australia.

The fee for sitting the OSCE is $4,000 AUD. The OSCE fee replaces previous bridging program fees from private providers. This fee pays for Ahpra’s costs in running and maintaining the OSCE. Ahpra and the NMBA are funded only by fees, which must cover all costs of assessing IQNMs for registration in Australia.Are there still bridging programs available for IQNMs?

Bridging programs are expected to continue into 2021 for IQNMs who hold a referral to bridging. A referral to bridging does not guarantee a place in a program.For more information

American Ban List: Nigerian Nurses Not Banned From USA

President Donald trump on friday added Nigeria to the travel ban lists, a list of nations who have to contend with stringent travel restrictions. This action virtually blocks immigration to the United States for Nigerians. Other countries recently added to the list include Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan etc  

As a result, immigrant visas issued to Nigerians who want to live in the U.S is now banned. The trump administration has argued that the ban to restrict travel from countries that are muslim populated is necessary to force these countries to meet security requirements for travel into the united states or face restrictions until they do.  

Immigrant visas, issued to those seeking to live in the United States, will be banned. The proclamation will take effect on February 22 2020. Immigrants who obtain visas before then will still be able to travel to the United States, officials said.   

However, Nonimmigrant visas, including those for students and certain temporary workers, as well as visas reserved for potential employees with specialized skills like doctors, nurses etc, will not be affected by the ban.

It is advisable that those who are preparing for NCLEX-RN Exam should continue as we will bring you update as events unfold