The Royal Women's Hospital conducts a free Initial Registration course for Overseas Nurses and Midwives (IRON) for registered nurses and midwives.
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|As The Women's does not have an IRON program scheduled for 2012 - 2014, we are not currently accepting applications for this program.|
|The course as per Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia guidelines consists of a minimum of 280 hours and a maximum of 480 hours including 88 hours theory. |
ANMC, National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse and Midwife are required to be completed and signed off prior to re-registration can occur.
|The program is designed for nurses and midwives who have received their nursing or midwifery education in a country other than Australia whom have been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to undertake a period of return to practice in order to achieve Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia registration as a nurse or midwife. |
|If a participant is a direct entry midwife (has only worked as a midwife overseas), they may undertake just the midwifery component of the program. Their registration however will be restricted to practice in midwifery areas only. |
|Competencies are required to be completed and signed off before re-registration can occur. Further infromation on competency standards.|
|The applicant must:|
- Demonstrate that their utilisation of English language is appropriate to function as a competent nurse or midwife and be able to provide quality client care.
- Demonstrate sufficient clinical experience within the last five to ten years.
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
- Have a letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia stating that they must complete an IRON Nursing or Midwifery Course. This letter is valid for 2 years from the date of issue.
- Provide evidence of meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's English Language skills registration standard.
- Submit curriculum vitae with covering letter including contact details for two clinical referees to clinical.education@the womens.org.au
- Provide evidence of current reflective reading in nursing and/or midwifery.
- Attend an interview with the RTP/IRON Nursing and RTP/IRON Midwifery coordinator team.
- Successfully complete the Women’s Medicine's Management Competency Package.
- Successfully complete the Women’s Midwifery Assessment (midwives only).
- Be able to attend all scheduled study days prior to committing to the course.
- Be able to attend at least three days a week (minimum of three shifts per week). These days are not to be during weekends, public holidays or night duty to ensure adequate clinical supervision.
- Daily attendance sheet to be signed by NUM / AUM / Preceptor / Clinical Facilitator / Clinical Education Team.
- All participants must practice under the supervision of a registered nurse or registered midwife (for midwifery areas) All participants must practice according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's Registration Standards.
- In consultation with the course coordinator RTP/IRON Nursing and RTP/IRON Midwifery, coordinator team, participants must have formulated an initial learning contract within one week of commencement of the course. Participants should consult with the course coordinator and/or their preceptor to ensure that they are meeting these learning goals.
- It is required and expected that participants supplement their clinical shifts by investigation of current and evidence-based research.
- All applicants are required to have a working with childresn's check and will be required to undergo a police check that is arranged by the Women’s HR Department prior to commencing the course.
|The course theory will be conducted over 10 study days (8 hours a day). Week one of the course will be 5 study days and then one study day for 5 weeks. The participants will also be expected to attend clinical days in the same week. |
|Additional Requirements for Overseas Nurses and Midwives|
|Course assessment is based on the ANMC NCS for the Registered Nurse or Midwife. The Clinical Assessment Tool used to assess participants competence must to be completed and signed off and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) before re-registration can occur.|
The Women’s designates that participants of the IRON Nursing and IRON Midwifery must successfully complete mandatory and recommended competencies.
|You must be able to effectively communicate in English in order to be recommended for registration.|
|For further information please see NMBA Framework for the assessment of internationally qualified nurses and midwives.|
|As The Women's does not have an IRON program scheduled for 2012, we are not currently accepting applications for this program.|