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Transition to a new assessment model for internationally qualified Nurses and Midwives
Just wanted to let you know about the change to outcome-based assessment for internationally qualified Nurses and Midwives.
Below is a synopsis of the content on the Nursing and Midwifery Board website. The link at the bottom of the page will take you through to the latest information.
“In early 2020, the NMBA will transition to an outcomes-based assessment (OBA) for Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives (IQNMs) who hold a qualification that is relevant but not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who meet the mandatory registration standards). This will replace the current need for bridging programs.
The OBA is a two-step assessment process: a multiple-choice exam and an objective structured clinical exam. IQNMs must pass the first assessment before moving to the next assessment.
Part one is a cognitive assessment, which is a computer-based multiple-choice exam. IQNMs must pass the exam to move to part two of the OBA.
Part two is a behavioural assessment in the form of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). The OSCE has been developed to assess that an IQNM demonstrates the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate-level Australian nurse or midwife.
Part three is an orientation program.
IQNMs who hold a current referral to a bridging program will be able to contact AHPRA after 1 October 2019 to request a referral to the OBA instead. IQNMs should contact the Registration Officer named in their referral letter. Please note that IQNMs will not be able to start the OBA process until January 2020.”
For full details please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s website. Click here>>