Language proficiency and nursing registration

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    Abstract

    This discussion paper focuses on English proficiency standards for nursing registration in Australia, how Australia has dealt with the issue of language proficiency, and the factors which have led to the establishment of the current language standards. Also, this paper will provide a comparison of the two language tests that are currently accepted in Australia (OET and IELTS), including the appropriateness of these tests and the minimum standards used. The paper will also examine the use of educational background as an indicator of language proficiency. Finally, communication-based complaints in the post-registration environment will be explored, and some discussion will be provided about why pre-registration measures might have failed to prevent such problematic situations from occurring.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)132-140
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
    Volume54
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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