In-Depth Guide to OBA Pathway in Australia
If you are a foreign-trained nurse or midwife who wishes to practice in Australia, then you should first learn about Outcomes-Based Assessment or OBA. The OBA Pathway was launched in March 2020, and it has opened up new opportunities for nurses and midwives worldwide.
The OBA for Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives program in Australia aims to give overseas-trained nurses and midwives permanent visas. But first, IQNMs must apply for and be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) before practicing as a nurse or midwife in Australia.
Let's go over the OBA Pathways for IQNMs and other necessary information that you need to be aware of.
OBA: 2 Stages Assessment Process
The OBA consists of a two-stage assessment process. The Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) exam and an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE). Internationally Qualified Nurses or Midwives, or IQNMs must pass the MCQ stage before moving on to the OSCE stage.
1st Stage Cognitive Assessment consists of a computer-based MCQ exam.
The cognitive Assessment component is a computer-based multiple-choice question or MCQ where registered nurses will sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX RN). Exams will be held at the Pearson VUE testing center to aim for MCQ. To advance to stage two of the OBA, IQNMs must pass the exam.
Registered nurses will sit the NCLEX RN while Midwives will sit MCQ exams managed by NMBA.
2nd Stage Behavioral assessment in an OSCE.
The Objective Structured Clinical Exam or OSCE was created to determine whether an IQNM demonstrates an Australian graduate-level nurse or midwife's knowledge, skills, and competence.
How long does the OBA process take?
The length of time it takes to finish the OBA is determined by how rapidly you can complete the evaluations.
NMBA strictly recommends that IQNMs must wait until they have applied for and been authorized for registration before making any irrevocable decisions, such as quitting their current job or moving to Australia.
It's essential to know the process and critical information about your desired job. It will benefit you in being well-prepared and quickly resolving any issues that may emerge. We hope that this in-depth guide has helped you in completing your AURN dream.
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