Overseas Nursing Registrations

Are you a Nurse with a minimum of 1-2 years of experience to your credit?  If the answer is yes a promising, highly paid career awaits you as there are ample opportunities for Registered Nurses abroad especially in countries like USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and many others!

It is a sad fact that many nurses in our country who have many years of experience work for long hours for trivial amounts, at a time when many developed countries are facing huge shortfall of nurses and are resorting to different steps to solve this shortage. These situations offer great opportunities for Indian nurses especially from Kerala who are most sought after the world over for their exceptional skills, commitment and hardworking nature. However, any Indian nurse who wishes to work as a registered nurse in a foreign country must be registered with the respective Nursing Registration Councils of the destination country after completing the prescribed bridging/adaptation program of the respective country. The Adaptation programs are of short duration and combine theoretical knowledge with clinical placements to educate the nurses regarding the nursing practices in these countries. These programs also familiarize the nurses with the disease conditions, health norms and policies and also help them to understand and enhance their language skills.

NURSING COUNCILS OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

UK

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in UK conducts Overseas Nursing Program (ONP) which is a bridging program for Indian nurses to become RNs in the UK.  The Computer-based eligibility test has to be successfully completed in order to pursue the clinical component in UK.

New Zealand

Upon completion of the Competency Assessment Program (CAP) prescribed by the New Zealand Nursing Council (NZNC), the person may work as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand.

Australia

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) provides registration for International Nurses upon completion of the Initial Registration for International Nurses – Registered Nurses (IRON – RN) program to obtain the AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) registration to work as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

Ireland

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or An Bord Altranais Nursing Board is the authority for registration of nurses, after undergoing the prescribed adaptation program in Ireland.

Canada and US

Indian nurses should clear the Licensure examinations like the CRNE/CPNRE & NCLEX RN respectively prior to working as Registered Nurses or Registered Nurse Practitioners.

To work as a Registered Nurse in all these countries, Indian nurses who have registered with the local nursing council have to meet the pre-requisites of language skills as required by the respective Nursing Councils, combined with academic excellence and work experience ranging from 1-2 years and above to be eligible for registration.

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