The term “nurse” refers to a person who has received particular training in providing medical care, often in a hospital, to the sick or disabled.
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The steps to becoming a nurse in Australia from Ghana are listed below.
Are you planning on relocating to Australia to work as a nurse? This page aims to give you an up-to-date breakdown of the prerequisites and the actions you must perform.
Step 1 – Do your qualifications and experience meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia?
In order to be allowed to work as a nurse, and before you will be able to be considered for a migration to Australia based on the fact that you are a nurse, you will need to meet the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Criterion 1 – Proof of identity
You will need to provide a range of ‘proof of identity documents including:
Biostatistical page(s) of your passport
Change of name documentation (marriage certificate, decree nisi, deed poll)
A passport-sized photo taken in the last six months
Criterion 2 – English language proficiency
You must demonstrate the required score 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 only need to pass one of these tests, not all of them. The results are only relevant for two years after the examination.
IELTS You must achieve a minimum score of seven in each of the four components – listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
OET – You must achieve a minimum score of B in each of the four components – listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
PTE – You must achieve a minimum overall score of 65 AND a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
TOEFL iBT – You must achieve a minimum score of 94 AND the following minimum scores in each section of the test – 24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing and 23 speaking.
Criterion 3 – Meet Australian nursing and midwifery education standards.
If you are qualified as a nurse in one of the following countries with a bachelor degree (at level 7) or a diploma (level 5)* as well as further education, and you are registered as a first level nurse in one of these countries you are likely to meet the equivalent qualification as a nurse qualified in Australia:
- Professional practice
- You must provide evidence of having practiced as a nurse or midwife in the five years prior to submitting your application.
- You will be required to submit professional references that must meet the following criteria:
- Be on official letterhead
- Be written by a direct supervisor who is a nurse or midwife
- Be dated
- Contain an official signature
Criterion 5 – Demonstrate that you are fit to practice in Australia
You must prove that there have been no previous proven disciplinary proceedings against you, that there are no restrictions on you arising from mental incapacity, that there are no restrictions on you arising from physical incapacity, that you have no criminal history which would preclude you from working as a nurse or midwife in Australia.