How Can an English Trained Nurse Work in Singapore?

Singapore is one of the most unique cities in the world. With a mixture of Eastern and Western culture, Singapore is home to some of the world’s most efficient business centres and health amenities of the highest calibre. Singapore’s healthcare system is consistently ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the best in the world, and as a result is a popular destination for those seeking nursing jobs.

Singapore has a dual healthcare system incorporating public and private sectors much like Australia. These sectors are managed by the National Healthcare Group (NHG) and the Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), and include tens of thousands of employees, as well as many hospitals and clinics.

Nursing jobs in Singapore are often highly sought by registered nurses in other parts of South East Asia as well as English trained nurses.  English trained nurses wishing to work in Singapore will have to pass a number of requirements including:

– Eligibility 

To work as a nurse in Singapore, you first must have been offered employment with a healthcare institution. After employment has been offered, the Singapore Nursing Board can consider your application for registration and enrolment.

To apply for registration and enrolment, you must provide evidence that you have completed a nursing programme that is equivalent to an accredited pre-registration/pre-enrolment nursing programme in Singapore. This includes your registration as a nurse/midwife in the country you were trained as well as a current license to practice as a nurse or midwife.

– Documents required for Registration/Enrolment

These include copies of the application forms which must be signed and completed by candidates, passport photographs, passports, marriage certificates, nursing and education transcripts, registration and training certificates and references from previous employers.

– Fees

Foreign trained Nurses and Midwives who wish to work in Singapore must be registered/enrolled with SNB, which involves paying the following fees:

a) Application for Registration/Enrolment Fee
b) Registration/Enrolment Fee
c) Application for Practising Certificate Fee

After your necessary information and evidence is verified you may be required to sit additional examinations, undergo assessments or work within a trial period with certain conditions imposed.

Nurses seeking employment in Singapore will also need to have the necessary visas to work in the country. For more information about working as a nurse in Singapore, consult your Nursing agency.

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