The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration is offering a retroactive reimbursement of up to 4,000 NIS to Olim who were required to translate and/or notarize documents in order to transfer their professional license in Israel.  The Oleh must submit the original receipts (or verified copies).

  • The reimbursement only covers translations and notarizations for professional needs
  • You can be reimbursed retroactively back to receipts that were issued from January 15, 2015
  • Age limit: Retirement age

In addition, the Ministry offers a reimbursement for Olim who took the governmental licensing exam.  Your eligibility lasts for 10 years from your date of Aliyah.  The reimbursement is ONLY given retroactively and will be paid back ONLY after submitting the receipt for your exam to your local Misrad Haklitah office.

Please note:  If you didn’t participate in a Misrad Haklitah preparation course for the governmental licensing exam, you may be entitled to reimbursement for two exams (if needed).

See also: Midwifery

Disclaimer: Misrad Habriut regulations are subject to change. For the most current information regarding licensing procedures, please see theMisrad Habriut site. NefeshB’Nefesh does not take responsibility for inaccuracies on the site or changes to the law.

For general information regarding nursing in Israel you can click here, and for information about licensing click here. Both websites are in English.

NOTE:  The Israeli department of education does not recognize doctorates that are not PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees.

This includes all professional doctorate  degrees (DPT, DNP, OTD, OD,DC, AuD, DPM, DO). They will be recognized only as Master degrees.

Information for Registered Nurses

In order to be recognized as a nurse in Israel, one must hold a license issued by the Nursing Division (Agaf HaSiud) of the Ministry of Health (Misrad HaBriut). Licenses are granted upon:

  • Meeting the educational requirements of Misrad HaBriut (theoretical and clinical). For a detailed breakdown of the Israeli Nursing core studies please see here.  You will be able to compare your studies to the Israeli requirements.
  • Completing the Misrad Habriut prerequisites for taking the licensure examination.
  • Passing the licensure examination.

Misrad Habriut offers the nursing exam in Hebrew and other foreign languages, including English, French, Russian, Spanish and Arabic. If you take the test in a foreign language, you will be required to pass a Hebrew proficiency exam as a prerequisite of the professional license (the Hebrew exam can be taken before or after the licensing exam). The Hebrew exam is at the level of Ulpan Daled (approximately) and the test includes technical medical terms, such as “patient”, “discharge”, etc.

Olim can now send in documents – pre Aliyah to the Nursing Division – for review. Documents can be submitted in Hebrew or English only.

All public documents must be verified. You have 2 verification options:

  1. Verified with an apostille after having the original document notarized (recommended).
  2. Bring it to an ISRAELI notary and have them notarize it. American notarization alone is not applicable.

All documents must be submitted in two copies. You must submit the verified copy plus an additional photocopy of the original document. Always keep the originals for yourself, as well as a photocopy of the verified document.

The list of required documents is here:

  • Medical Licensing – Questionnaire.
  • Diploma.
  • An official transcript (or transcripts), listing course topics, grades, and hours of study in both academic and practical work.
  • Official confirmation of employment following nursing school, including start and end dates, and a description of your exact position. 
  • Teudat Oleh.
  • Teudat Zehut.  Please note that an ID number alone is not sufficient – the applicant must have a Teudat Zehut.
    • NOTE: If you are applying pre-Aliyah please send a copy of your passport in lieu of the Teudat Oleh and the Teudat Zehut
  • An official document stating a change of name (if applicable).
  • A valid nursing license.
  • If you do not have a BA, you must submit a copy of your high school diploma.
  • An application form, available online.

Please note that if relevant course work was completed at multiple institutions, the transcript from each institution must be provided.

These documents should be sent in via mail (not email) to the nursing division – for review. At the end of this process, the nursing division will be able to determine what the licensing process will entail for each oleh. Olim can contact the nursing division at hasmacha.hull@MOH.GOV.IL. The address is:

Nursing Division- Ministry of Health
39 Jeremiah st.
Jerusalem
9446724

Please note that after making Aliyah,  the diploma as well as the ‘work experience’ documents- will have to be translated by an Israeli notary.

Once all of the documents have been submitted and approved, the nurse will be required to take an additional short course and exam regarding the Israeli health system. The course, known as the “7-unit course” is given in a few nursing schools around the country as well as online. Upon approval from the nursing division, you will receive a letter with instructions for taking the course.  The course is broken down as follows:

Part A: Introduction to the Israeli Health System

Before being eligible to take the licensing exam, nurses are required to study the following:

  • Israeli laws and regulations
  • The Israeli health system
  • States of emergency and trauma

Study is done on an individual basis through the mentorship of a hospital. You can either study on your own, with a booklet provided by Misrad Habriut; or you can have up to five meetings with your mentor. Study must be done under supervision of one of the following hospitals: Wolfson (in Holon), Hadassah (in Jerusalem) and Assaf Harofeh (in Ramle). Upon completion of this study period, you will be tested on the material by your mentor (either orally or in writing, as discussed with your mentor). This study program incurs a fee.

Part B: Professional Training

In addition to the study program, each nurse is required to participate in two professional courses:

  • CPR
  • Measurement conversion

Information about these courses is available through the hospital where you are being mentored.
Click here for an English copy of the User Guide Summary for the Nursing Course/Exam in Israel.

In most cases, nurses with a BA in nursing, are not asked to do additional professional course work.

  • Nurses with an associates’ degree, and more than 10 years of experience in nursing, will not be asked to take any additional course work prior to the licensing exam
  • Nurses with an associates’ degree  and between 2-10 years of experience, will be asked to take an exam in disciplines that they did not specialize in. These nurses will be exempt from taking an exam in the area of their specialty- regardless of their studies in that specialty.
  • Nurses with an associates’ degree, who do not have work experience, will be asked to come in for an interview. An individual study program will be created for them- based on their schooling.

Those nurses who will be asked to take additional course work will receive a letter from the Nursing division that will indicate what courses are required.

Once the nurse’s studies have been approved the nurse will receive a letter indicating that they are eligible to take the exam, together with a payment slip – to be paid in the post office. The request to take the exam (see below) must be submitted to the Nursing division along with the payment receipt. This must be done at least a month prior to the exam. Please make to check the exam dead-lines on the nursing division’s website.

The Nursing Division will inform you of your eligibility to take the exam. Both the Hebrew and the English versions of the exam are given twice per year, usually in the spring and the fall. Click here to see the exam dates (right-side bar). For more information, please visit the Nursing Division’s website by clicking here or phone (02) 670-5705 or (02) 670-5097.

The nursing division is now offering the exam in a computerized way. Read here more about the process.

Registration for the licensing exam
Registration is done via the Portal (Hebrew only, unfortunately). Login to the Medical Profession’s Online Portal using the username (sent to you via email) and the password (sent via SMS). If you did not receive a username and/or password, please contact Kol Habriut.
You will be asked for your personal contact info, health declaration and lack of criminal record declaration. Following that, you will be able to choose the exam date and language and to upload the proof of payment. Please note: Olim Chadashim who are choosing to take the Hebrew exam will be given extra time automatically.

Please note: The portal is only open to those with a Mispar Zehut

All nurses who will be taking the licensing exam in English, will be asked to take a Hebrew proficiency test (see the “Knowledge of Hebrew tab).

Please note:  Misrad Haklita offers a reimbursement (up to 500 NIS) for Olim who took the governmental licensing exam for physicians. Your eligibility lasts for 10 years from your date of Aliyah. The reimbursement is ONLY given retroactively and will be paid back ONLY after submitting the receipt for your exam to your local Misrad Haklita office. Please contact your local Misrad Haklita office for more information.

Project Mitchadshim – The Nurses Administration in collaboration with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration will initiate project “Mitchadeshim”, aimed at the integration of newly immigrated nurses, graduates of the foreign nursing study programs. Read more about the project here.

Receiving your Nursing License Examination Grade
Once the scores are in, you will be getting an SMS letting you know to log in to the portal again to find out about your score.

For details of the exam, see the Nursing Division’s website (Hebrew only) at: https://www.health.gov.il/English/Services/MedicalAndHealthProfessions/nursing/tests/Pages/default.aspx. There is a sample nursing exam and study material online to help you prepare.

To study for the nursing boards, it is recommended that you use the Brunner Med Surg Nursing text, which is the “gold standard” in Israel. (Amazon sells them used online.)

See also the list of compulsory literature for the government registered licensing examinations.

In order to get your nursing license, a good working knowledge of Hebrew is essential. You must prove your knowledge of Hebrew and can do it in one of the following ways:

  • Passing the license exam in Hebrew.
  • Passing the Bagrut exam in Hebrew (average score of 60)
  • Completing Ulpan Gimmel (score of 70 on the final test)
  • YAEL exam – You can read more about the YAEL exam on the MOH website. The exam is offered several times a year in various locations in Israel for a fee. Click here for the upcoming test dates. You can take the YAEL exam prior to making Aliyah as a tourist. The results take approximately 40 days to be returned.
  • Ministry of Education proficiency test.

It is strongly advised to study Hebrew before you arrive and then to take Ulpan upon arrival. For a full listing of Ulpan options, see the Ulpan Guide.

In addition to regular Ulpan, Misrad HaKlita offers an Ulpan for medical professionals – shlav bet. The class opens provided there are enough people who are interested. Be in touch with your local branch of Misrad HaKlita to find out when the next class will begin. For more information, see Medical Ulpan.

Registered nurses are in demand in Israel. Once you successfully pass the exam and receive a license from the Ministry of Health, there are a number of ways to go about finding a job.

One way to find a job is to directly contact the principle nursing service of major hospitals or health institutions. A list of various institutions that employ nurses can be obtained from the Nursing Division of the Ministry of Health.

In addition to hospitals, nurses work in the health funds (Kupot Cholim). There are four major health funds: Clalit, Leumit, Maccabi and Meuchedet. Among the services provided by the Kupot are primary and family health care, laboratory services and hospitalization.
Nurses also work in mental health services and Mother & Child clinics (Tipat Halav).

Besides working for hospitals or the Kupot, another potential place of employment is TEREM.  Terem has a network of urgent and immediate care clinics, in and around the Jerusalem area (including branches in Bet Shemesh, Modi’in and Ma’ale Adumim).  In many ways, it functions as an ER, but separate from a hospital setting.  You do not necessarily need to have a background in ER work (although this is desirable). For details, contact Daniel Lipczer (Personnel Manager) on 02-652-1748 or dl@terem.com.

You can also consult with the National Association of Nurses (HaHistadrut HaAhim ve Ha’Ahayot) to find out about the availability of jobs.

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NURSES IN ISRAEL
(Histadrut HaAhim Ve’HaAhayot)
93 Rehov Arlozorov
61002 Tel Aviv
POB 303

Nurses’ salaries are based on a standard scale and vary according to qualifications, responsibilities, grade, seniority and shift work. Your previous work experience is also taken into account when determining your grade and salary. Fringe benefits vary, but may include transportation expenses, clothing allowances, and childcare allowances. For details about working conditions and salary scales, contact the National Association of Nurses in Israel.

Training Course for Olim with Academic Degrees

If you have a BA, you may be eligible for a shortened course to train nurses that is offered by several universities in Israel. For more information, click here. Some of the nursing schools which offer the course include: Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Kaplan Nursing School, Ashkelon Nursing School, Afula Sherman Nursing School and Asaf HaRofe.

Phlebotomy

Nurses can work as phlebotomists in Israel but they must take a 2 day course and pass an exam in order to be certified. The courses are given in Jerusalem and Petach Tikva. They must also have their degrees recognized by Misrad Habriut. For information about the course, please contact: Sharon, at: 02-655-1871.

Lactation Consultants

Misrad Habriut offers courses, for nurses only, to become lactation consultants. This course is offered once a year, starting in January. It is 336 hours (about 7 months) long. It is offered in Haifa, Tel Hashomer and Kaplan nursing schools. All nurses must have a nursing license and Bachelor’s degree. An acceptance exam is given in June or July. Olim who would like to be lactation consultants must first be recognized as nurses. If you already have a certificate as a lactation consultant from outside Israel, you will need to apply to the nursing division regarding conversion of your license. In most cases, you will be asked to take additional courses; in all cases, you will be required to pass an exam. For more information, contact Hanna Tsofnat at: hanna.tsofnat@moh.health.gov.il or 03-737-8109.

Foreign nursing programs that include 80% of the theoretical and clinical studies in the Israeli core curriculum are deemed sufficient for recognition by Misrad Habriut (see below). If your course of study abroad did not include 80% of the coursework required by Misrad Habriut you will be required to take additional coursework in Israel. If you have questions regarding whether or not your coursework meets the requirements, please phone (02) 670-5705 or (02) 670-5097. It is recommended that you be in touch prior to your Aliyah in order to ascertain what requirements you will need to fulfill.

Misrad Habriut now offers a new customer call center to answer questions about licensing for health care professionals. Call *5400 from Israel or 972-8-624-1010 from abroad. The center operates Sunday through Thursday, 8am-6pm, and Fridays from 8am-1pm, Israel time.

Due to the differences in coursework between Israeli and foreign programs, nurses are often required to do additional coursework in order to qualify for the licensure exam. Nurses with 10+ years of experience will not be required to do additional coursework.

We recommend being in touch with Dr. Caryn Andrews (Nurse Practitioner).  She was educated in America, is licensed in Israel, and teaches in the Faculty for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, at the Henrietta Szold Hadassah Hebrew University School of Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine, Ein Kerem Jerusalem.  Dr. Andrews co-manages a website (Nurses Making Aliyah) and has a very active Facebook group called Nurses Making Aliyah for nurses in the process of, or just thinking about, making Aliyah. For any additional information please send an email to nursesmakingaliyah613@gmail.com

In addition to meeting the educational requirements of Misrad Habriut, all candidates for nursing recognition must take a 7 credit (98 hour) preparatory internship as part of the licensing process.The internship focuses on aspects of nursing that are specific to the Israeli health care delivery.

NOTE:  The Israeli department of education does not recognize doctorates that are not PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees.

This includes all professional doctorate  degrees (DPT, DNP, OTD, OD,DC, AuD, DPM, DO). They will be recognized only as Master degrees.

Interview with Tzippy Shore, Nurse and Administrator

Q: What opportunities exist for Olim interested in practicing nursing in Israel?
A:There are many options for Nurses; for a young nurse a position in a hospital is, in my opinion, the best job. Though you do need to do nights/Shabbat shifts, those shifts pay the best. At night you do not need to pay a babysitter. One can work only weekends and get a full time salary.
Other options for nurses: Tipat Chalav, baby well care centers. In Israel, you do not take your baby (up to the age of 3) to the doctor for immunizations; you take your baby to Tipat Chalav centers where the nurses check your baby’s growth, give immunizations and hearing/vision tests.
Kupat Cholim clinics hire nurses to work in a health fund center; they can work as nurses who draw blood for tests or in emergency, or who assist the doctors in different departments.
Teaching is another option, there are several nursing schools in Israel but you need a Masters Degree.
For those who need to tailor their work to family time, a school nurse might be a good job. A school nurse gives immunizations and has that fun job of checking for lice. All of the shots (for school age children) are done in school by the school system. A school nurse is hired by the municipality and works for the local government.

Q: What job did you take upon your Aliyah to Israel?
A: When I first came to Israel, I worked in a hospital setting. I chose to work in Dialysis because as a mother with a family I didn’t want to work at night or on Shabbat.

Q: What is the job market like in Israel?
A: It is not as easy as it used to be, but there is always a need for nurses. If you are coming from abroad, there is material that you have to relearn, for example medications. We use different medications and sometimes they have different names, so it can be a challenge.
When experienced people come, it is important for them to know that although they can find work there will be a relearning process which is sometimes difficult for the ego.

Q: Where should someone study nursing if they want to live in Israel?
A: If you are getting your degree abroad, an academic degree (Bachelor’s degree) is essential, and an MA is better than a BA. An MA opens up the possibility of entering the field of administration, an opportunity which can lead to working in homes (nursing, disabled children who live in dormitories, cancer hospices, etc.). If you are a nurse with a doctorate you’ll have even more opportunities available.
I believe that the best thing for someone studying is to learn here. If you go to Nursing School in Israel, you work in the hospital and you have your connections already while studying.

Q: How long does it take to study here?
A: Nursing school is a four year BA program. If you want to specialize in midwifery – realize that most babies are born by midwives in Israel – you practice as a nurse for one year and then take a nine month course followed by an internship.

Q: What documents do you need in order to practice as a nurse?
A: You need to redo the nursing exam in order to be a recognized professional (another reason to study here, no matter how much experience you have). Also bring all of your diplomas, your syllabus, transcripts (original copies).

Q: What recommendations can you offer the Olim looking for work in this field?
A: Academic degrees are highly desirable and I recommend it. There is always a need for nurses; it is a good profession and there are always opportunities. There are so many variations and opportunities in nursing (full time, part time, school nurse, teaching, administration, tipat chalav) and it is a great helping profession that is highly skilled.

Special thanks to Tehilla for allowing us to reprint this interview.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) – Achot Mumchit – אחות מומחית

It is important to understand that the education and training of nurses in Canada and the US is significantly different in both content and structure than in Israel. The role of a Nurse Practitioner in Israel does exist, although it is only now becoming more common and remains mainly hospital-based.

https://www.health.gov.il/English/Services/MedicalAndHealthProfessions/nursing/nursingExpertise/Pages/abroad.aspx

The process to gaining recognition as a Nurse Practitioner in Israel can be long. It is recommended, after passing the RN exam and issuing the permanent license, that the NP has their field of specialty recognized – this is an opportunity to increase both income and scope of practice.

A foreign-trained Nurse Practitioner must meet the Israeli criteria (found below) and take the Achot Mumchit course in order to practice in Israel. This process can take a significant amount of time to complete and it is recommended that the nurse also takes a specialist training course.

An NP who already has a specialty (see current list below – the list is subject to change) can apply for Israeli recognition of their specialist training (השתלמות על-בסיסית) from the Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH). They must submit proof of equivalent training and work experience to the ministry. For more information about this, email gabay@moh.gov.il. The process is as follows:

  • Submit proof of completion of the equivalent specialty training program (recognized by the Israel Ministry of Education) and relevant work experience.
  • Documents are reviewed by a special committee.
  • Pending approval, the nurse will be required to complete a number of supervised clinical training hours in their field.
  • Take a governmental licensing exam.

Documents and proof of work experience can be mailed (by registered mail) to:
Nursing Division – Ministry of Health
39 Jeremiah St.
Jerusalem, 9446724

Existing specialist training fields:

  1. Operation room
  2. Midwife
  3. Mental health
  4. Combine ICU
  5. Pediatric ICU
  6. Neonatology ICU
  7. Lactation consultancy
  8. Infection prevention
  9. Public health (well-baby clinic)
  10. Emergency
  11. Gerontology
  12. Nephrology
  13. Oncology
  14. Diabetes
  15. Primary care

The course to become an Achot Mumchit (Israeli Nurse Practitioner) lasts about a year and is held in an academic setting. The course includes theoretical and practical sections, followed by governmental licensing exams (written and oral exams).

 In order to participate in the course, a Registered Nurse must be sent by a recognized organization and with a guarantee to be hired as a Nurse Practitioner in the same organization.

Please note: Due to the nature of the work, high-level Hebrew is critical.

Current existing NP fields (subject to change):

  1. Neonatology
  2. Gerontology
  3. Palliative care
  4. Diabetes
  5. Surgical patient care

The following four criteria must be met in order to be accepted to the course:

  1. Licensed as an RN in Israel
  2. Graduate of an Israeli Specialty Training Course (השתלמות על-בסיסית)
  3. Master’s degree recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Education (at least one of the degrees must be in nursing)
  4. Minimum of 2 years’ experience in the relevant field