Nurses are in high demand and are expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. If you want to start a nursing career as a foreign-trained nurse in Singapore, getting a Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) License should be your top priority. Strict nursing regulations are in place in Singapore to ensure the highest healthcare quality.
What is Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) Licensure Exam?
The Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) Licensure Exam is intended to assess your competency in practicing nursing or midwifery in Singapore. To practice in Singapore, both local and foreign-trained nurses must pass the SNB (Singapore Nursing Board) Registered Nurse Licensure Examination (SNB RN). It is Singapore's regulatory authority for nurses and midwives.
Candidates for the Licensure Examination will receive a Notification Letter informing them of the date and location of their examination. The SNB Licensure Examination Fee is applicable. You must arrive at the examination site at least 30 minutes before the exam begins. If you arrive late, you may not be permitted to enter the examination hall; in this case, a new registration/enrolment application will be required. The examination lasts one hour.
In Singapore, there are three types of SNB Licensure Exams for each category of nurse/midwife: Exam for Registered Nurse Licensure, Exam for Enrolled Nurse Licensure and Exam for Registered Midwife Licensure.
How to Apply for an SNB License as a Local Nursing Graduate:
Before submitting an application for registration, local graduates must successfully complete an SNB-accredited course. Within five years of completing your nursing education, you should apply for registration/enrollment. You must participate in the return program otherwise. You must apply online, and payment must be made through eNETS. This is only available to Singpass holders.
How to Apply for an SNB License as a Foreign Nursing Graduate:
The application for registration/ enrolment process for foreign-trained nurses/midwives seeking an SNB license includes the requirement to sit for a Licensure Examination. The candidate should go through a competency evaluation and/or be placed on provisional registration/enrolment.
Nurses and midwives who have completed an academic program and obtained formal nursing/midwifery qualifications (such as an Advanced/Specialist Diploma, Post-graduate Diploma, Bachelor, or Master of Nursing) may apply online for "Additional Qualifications."
Please remember that graduates with a Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Midwifery or Mental Health) must apply online for registered as a Registered Midwife or Registered Nurse (Psychiatric). You should not apply for AQ online.
The Passing Score
Each SNB exam is scored on a scale of 0-100. To pass the exam, you must have a score of 72 or higher, regardless of which exam you sign up for. With the right SNB test prep strategy, you can easily achieve this goal. You can identify gaps in your knowledge and focus your study time on those concepts if you take your time with SNB exam practice tests.
Why Practice Nursing in Singapore?
There have been numerous reports in Singapore about a nurse shortage. The Singapore government has taken steps to mitigate this, including recruiting foreign talent to work in Singapore. The Singapore government and healthcare industry's standard approach is to make the profession more appealing by implementing economic measures.
Nurses will be paid more in 2022 and 2023, according to Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, as part of efforts to expand Singapore's healthcare workforce and keep jobs in the sector appealing. Furthermore, nurses' base salaries in Singapore have increased in recent years, with a 5 to 14% increase in 2021 and 2022.