Nursing Opportunities for
Nepalese Nurses in Australia

If your passion is to serve people then it’s time to turn your passion into your profession and make a positive mark on other’s life. Nursing is the noblest profession one can choose to establish a successful career. Yes, you can earn a nursing degree and practice nursing anywhere across the world but becoming a registered nurse (RN) in Australia is a completely different thing.

Studying or practicing nursing in Australia not only enriches your standard of living but also uplifts your nursing career towards betterment. As the population continues to increase, the demand for skilled nurses in Australia has also increased, opening doors for career opportunities for Nepalese nurses.

Pathways to Practice Nursing in Australia

There are two ways Nepalese nurses can practice nursing in Australia; one as a Registered Nurse and another as an Enrolled Nurse. Let’s discuss the role of both of these nurses.

1. Enrolled Nurse

Enrolled Nurses, often referred as ENs, provide nursing care under the direction and supervision of Registered Nurses as a medical team member.

The role of an Enrolled Nurse in Australia is to:

  1. ✅ Observe, measure and record vital statistics of patients.
  2. ✅ Report changes in conditions of patients to RNs and doctors.
  3. ✅ Work to a care plan set by RNs and doctors.
  4. ✅ Provide physical and emotional support to patients and their families.
  5. ✅ Provide wound care.
  6. ✅ Assist with personal hygiene tasks such as bathing and dressing.
  7. ✅ Provide pre-and post-operative nursing care to patients.
  8. ✅ Write detailed patient notes.
  9. ✅ The average annual salary of an Enrolled Nurse in Australia ranges from $55 to $65. You must have a Diploma of Nursing degree to apply for Enrolled Nursing in Australia.

Enrolled Nurses, often referred as ENs, provide nursing care under the direction and supervision of Registered Nurses as a medical team member.

2. Registered Nurse

Registered Nurses aka RNs primarily offer healthcare services collaboratively with doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists in hospitals, communities and institutes. The role of an RN varies between the patients and healthcare settings. RNs play a vital role in chronic disease management. The average annual salary of a Registered Nurse in Australia ranges from $65k and $75k.

You must have a BSc in Nursing degree, Bachelors of Nursing degree, or a PCL in Nursing certificate to proceed to become a registered nurse in Australia.

Nursing Opportunities For BSc Nurses in Australia

There are two pathways Nepalese students with BSc in Nursing degrees can become registered nurses in Australia. One through the Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) and another through the English Language Proficiency Test.

1. OBA (Outcomes-Based Assessment)

OBA is the ultimate way for BSc in Nursing graduates to become Registered Nurses in Australia. If you don’t know, OBA is the assessment process that IQNMs (Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives) have to through to become registered nurses in Australia.

One must be an internationally qualified nurse or midwife (IQNM) to apply for OBA registration and BSc in Nursing graduates are eligible for that. But still, you need to go through the IQNM assessment process where you have to prove that you are an IQNM. You will need to pay the non-refundable assessment fee of AUD 640.

Following the IQNM Assessment Process, you will need to take a 90-minute of video orientation where you have to answer a few questions. The questions will be related to Australian healthcare. Once you complete this process, you can now proceed for the OBA (Outcomes-Based Assessment). OBA is a two-stage assessment process that includes cognitive and behavioral components. The Cognitive assessment will be an NCLEX-RN test while the behavioral assessment will be an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). It is mandatory for a candidate to pass both NCLEX-RN and OSCE to become a registered nurse in Australia.

I. Stage One: NCLEX-RN

NCLEX-RN is the test organized by AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) to determine the knowledge, skills and competency of the candidate. NCLEX-RN is a completely computer-based multiple-choice question (MCQ) test.

Students are given five hours to complete the test and questions in the test come from four sections; I. Safe and Effective Care Environment II. Health Promotion and Maintenance III. Psychological Integrity IV. Physiological Integrity.

The NCLEX-RN exam registration fee is $200. You will need to pay an additional international scheduling fee of $150 USD to take the NCLEX-RN test.

II. Stage Two: OSCE

You must pass this test to proceed to the second stage of OBA i.e OSCE test that applicants have to take in Adelaide Health Simulation, Australia. For that, you will have to travel to Australia with a visit visa and join the OSCE preparation course.

The OSCE test is designed to test the clinical skill performance and communication of IQNMs. The application fee for the OSCE test is AUD 4,000. Participate in the test on your scheduled date. Once you pass this test, you will get a nursing license to practice nursing in Australia. That’s it you! You officially become a registered nurse in Australia.

2. RN Leading Masters

Another way for a BSc in Nursing graduate to get a nursing license in Australia is to complete a Masters of Nursing in Australia.

To apply for a student visa to study Master’s in Nursing, you will have to take the English Proficiency Test (IELTS/PTE/OET). Below are mentioned the scores required to apply for a Master’s in Nursing program in Australia.

Minimum IELTS Score: 7 on each band (English, Speaking, Listening & Reading) Minimum PTE Score: 66 on each band (English, Speaking, Listening & Reading) Minimum OET Score: B on each band (English, Speaking, Listening & Reading) Master of Nursing is a 2-year program and after the completion of your master’s program, you become a registered nurse in Australia and can practice nursing in Australia.

Nursing Opportunities For BN Nurses in Australia

If you are a student of Bachelor’s of Nursing in Nepal, there are two ways you can become a registered nurse in Australia. Below we have discussed both.

1. Bachelor’s Top Up Degree

If you have your Bachelor’s of Nursing degree in your hand, you can apply for a student visa to Australia to join a Bachelor’s Top Up course. This is a 1-year graduate course that allows Bachelor’s of Nursing students to enroll in the OBA program and ultimately become registered nurses in Australia.

2. RN Leading Masters

Another way for a Bachelor of Nursing graduate to become a registered nurse in Australia is to join a Master of Nursing program in Australia. Following the completion of the master’s studies, students directly get nursing licenses and become registered nurses in Australia.

To apply for a student visa to join a Master of Nursing program, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 in each band, a minimum PTE score of 66 in each band, or a minimum OET score of ‘B’ in each band.

Nursing Opportunities For PCL Nurses in Australia

There is only one-way that students with a PCL in Nursing certificate can become a registered nurse in Australia and that is via student visa.

A PCL nurse has to join a Bachelor’s in Nursing program in an Australian university or college and following the graduation, the student gets a nursing license in Australia, ultimately becoming a registered nurse in Australia.

You must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 in each band, a minimum PTE score of 66 in each band, or a minimum OET score of ‘B’ in each band, to apply for a Bachelors of Nursing program in Australia.

Every year, hundreds of nursing students from Nepal travel to Australia to practice nursing. If it’s also your dream to become a registered nurse in Australia, you can join our institute NCLEX Nepal. We guide our students throughout the college admission and visa application process.

To apply for a student visa to join a Master of Nursing program, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 in each band, a minimum PTE score of 66 in each band, or a minimum OET score of ‘B’ in each band.

We at NCLEX Nepal also provide preparation classes for the NCLEX-RN exam and OET test.

We at NCLEX Nepal also provide preparation classes for the NCLEX-RN exam and OET test. NCLEX Nepal is considered to be the best institute to provide preparation classes for NCLEX in Nepal.