Hello Geo Expat Members,
Michelle here. I am an Australian Nurse, turning 35 this year and have been registered to practice since 2009.
I am wanting to work and relocate to Hong Kong for 3-5 years.
The application form is a process in itself, but very doable. My real concern is the License Examination. Given the current climate, travelling is proving impossible.
I have been in touch with The Nursing Council of Hong Kong and I must physically be in Hong Kong to take the theory component (wait 10 weeks for result) and then take the practical component and wait another 10 weeks for that exam result. Add the 3 weeks of quarantine before that as well. There is no venue in Sydney, Australia to do the exam. It must be done in Hong Kong.
Essentially, I would need to live in Hong Kong without a job for 6 months at least. Not economically viable for me. I would also be leaving behind an established Nursing career in Australia (Clinical Nurse Consultant specialising in Cardiothoracic Surgery).
I have heard that the Hong Kong Nursing exam has a low passing rate. Can anyone confirm if this is true?
Have also heard that plenty qualified nurses from overseas who pass the exam end up working as receptionists/cleaners/teachers/nannies etc. Apparently there are not enough Nursing jobs in Hong Kong.
My other question is does Hong Kong even have a need or interest in having Australian Nurses?
Any tips, tricks and advice would be greatly appreciated. My main purpose for relocating is obviously for a long distance relationship, but I am not moving if I cannot get a Nursing job. I have no children, no mortgage and have always wanted to experience living somewhere else. I have lived in Australia 33/35 years of my life. But of course, I need to be realistic and would like to know if a Nursing job is even possible.
Thank you all for the taking the time to read my thread. Looking forward to your responses