Travel Nursing Australia – Having A Nursing Career In The Country


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One of the best career options in Australia is travel nursing. You can take up travel nursing if you are someone who loves adventures and is good at speaking English. For practicing as a nurse in Australia, you need to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency or the AHPRA. There is no specific exam that you need to clear to become a nurse in Australia. All you need is verifiable proof of proper schooling and experience.

Travel Nursing Australia – Requirements

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It may take months for AHPRA to revert to your application so if you are interested in travel nursing, you should apply at the earliest. They may ask you to submit some of the documents including your nurse school transcript that will update them about the classes that you have taken in pharmacology and medication administration. They may also need work experience of over 800 hours in a clinical setting. You may also need to produce employment verification from your current employer and the record of your last 5 years of employment. AHPRA may also want to see all the licenses that you have obtained from different states. 

Travel Nursing Australia – Application Process

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The application process takes a total time of 7 months and you may have to pay a fee of $576 AU. Once you get your license, you can start looking for a job. If you get the license to apply for an Australian nurse, you may also be able to apply for the position of a travel nurse in New Zealand. 

Travel Nursing Australia – Preparations

You may have to apply for a visa to work as a travel nurse in Australia. If you are under 30, you may apply for a work holiday visa, provided that you clear the criminal background check. This visa may last for 12 months but the only disadvantage is that you may not be able to work at a single place for more than 6 months. 

If you are above 30 years of age, you may apply for a sponsorship visa. To receive a sponsorship visa, a hospital might sponsor you. This visa will be valid for 4 years. If you want to continue residing and working in Australia after 4 years, you may apply for permanent residency after the completion of 4 years. 

Travel Nursing Australia – How To Take Up Nursing Assignments

You can take up a nursing assignment in two ways. You can either take it as per diem or by taking lengthy contracts. Contract working may provide you with a more stable type of job.

Conclusion

Travel nursing is a great job option for you if you are interested in the medical field and want to practice as a nurse. In the article above, we have mentioned all the requirements that you may need to fulfill and how you can register as a travel nurse. You may go through these and apply the same procedure. We wish you all the best about starting your career as a nurse in Australia.

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