IRON Program for Nurses is a special bridging program for overseas qualified and registered nurses. This program is designed to assist overseas nurses meet the requirements of the Australian nursing board. The board responsible for nursing registration and practice in Australia is known as the NMBAor Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
In order to undertake this IRON Program,nurses must apply to AHPRA to have their overseas nursing qualifications assessed. If their qualifications are assessed as equivalent to Australian education standards they will be granted registration. For many nurses from countries such as India, China, Philippines to name just a few, the most likely outcome is that they will need to undertake the IRON Program.
The IRON program stands for Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses. This program may also be referred to as other names but its essential the same program. The purpose is for overseas nurses to understand the laws, regulations and practices that govern nursing practice in Australia. It also provides an opportunity for these nurses to demonstrate their competency as nurses. Once they have demonstrated their competency and met all the requirements of the course, they will be eligible for registration as Registered Nurses in Australia.
Not all IRON programs are the same so it pays to understand the differences between the available programs and only enroll in the course that provides the best value. Some providers that are hospital based offer the theory and clinical placements in the same facility. This is a real cost saver. Some providers that are not hospital based, require students to travel interstate to undertake their clinical practice. This unfortunately adds additional cost and inconvenience during a very difficult and stressful time for overseas nurses.
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