Are you angry about the NMC OSCE??? - page 18

I wonder if there is anyone out there who, like me, who has been slogging through the NMC application process and has taken or will take the OSCE? Are any of you ANGRY about the OSCE? I am. ... Read More

  1. by   hollyrachel
    I am an Australian who studied nursing because I wanted a career where I could move around the world with it. It has always been my dream and intentions to move to the UK to work as a nurse. Unfortunately I feel so down about how difficult the process is. I have just completed my first year out of university as a theatre nurse and have begun looking into how to get my UK registration. I am a scrub nurse and only want to be a scrub nurse when I go to the UK, I find it so worrying for me that the OSCE is based on adult general skills where I have not done any of those for some time. A scrub nurse has a completely different skill set in which you don't do assessments, care plans, and most clinical skills. I am just wondering what to best way to go about getting my registration would be? Would it be advisable to try and find nursing training facilities and re-learn lots of the key skills required? I am just so nervous about the OSCE because I don't feel I have enough knowledge or practice to pass even if I did try and study up.

    Would be great to have some insight!

    Thanks
  2. by   osceteacher
    Keep in mind that our UK nurses get put on the register with a 40% pass rate in their OSCEs, which means they can make errors for 60% of their exam and still pass while the OSCE guys fail from one mistake, there is no equality with the NMC.

    They do not allow us to tell people why they have failed, its very hush hush and secretive for some bizarre reason, and the feedback is not even one line most of the time and so vague that you have to apply for more information. I read on here someone failed as 'care plans not specific', well neither is your feedback! Think SMART...

    Last 3 months the NMC made nearly a £1,000,000 in 3 months just from first sittings alone, a further 250-500k from 2nd-4th sittings. All the while us trusts are spending £10,000 per applicant just to get to their first OSCE and that doesn't include the costs involved with paying our OSCE team, keeping bays allocated for OSCE training purpose and paying staff a band 4 for weeks at a time while they attend training.

    Its a farce, however there could be some light, I recently learnt they are ' commencing a full review of their overseas registration process including OSCEs' what this means is obviously kept secret by the NMC who seem to enjoy being as unforthcoming as they can possibly be but who knows, maybe we'll see people not failing and being sent home because they didn't adequately strikethrough a mistake on their care plan.
    Last edit by osceteacher on Feb 2
  3. by   osceteacher
    Quote from hollyrachel
    I am an Australian who studied nursing because I wanted a career where I could move around the world with it. It has always been my dream and intentions to move to the UK to work as a nurse. Unfortunately I feel so down about how difficult the process is. I have just completed my first year out of university as a theatre nurse and have begun looking into how to get my UK registration. I am a scrub nurse and only want to be a scrub nurse when I go to the UK, I find it so worrying for me that the OSCE is based on adult general skills where I have not done any of those for some time. A scrub nurse has a completely different skill set in which you don't do assessments, care plans, and most clinical skills. I am just wondering what to best way to go about getting my registration would be? Would it be advisable to try and find nursing training facilities and re-learn lots of the key skills required? I am just so nervous about the OSCE because I don't feel I have enough knowledge or practice to pass even if I did try and study up.

    Would be great to have some insight!

    Thanks
    We have worked alongside our theater staff who have attended our OSCE training and now have their own ways of implementing the 'OSCE' style (Obnoxiously specific costly exam). We' have had success so far with our staff but the numbers are too small to say whether its just luck or our extra effort in working with theaters.

    If it seems like I don't enjoy my job as an OSCE trainer I do, its the fact I enjoy working alongside our overseas nurses so much that I get passionate about how awful the process is.
  4. by   mbasco
    Quote from hollyrachel
    I am an Australian who studied nursing because I wanted a career where I could move around the world with it. It has always been my dream and intentions to move to the UK to work as a nurse.

    Unfortunately I feel so down about how difficult the process is. I have just completed my first year out of university as a theatre nurse and have begun looking into how to get my UK registration. I am a scrub nurse and only want to be a scrub nurse when I go to the UK, I find it so worrying for me that the OSCE is based on adult general skills where I have not done any of those for some time. A scrub nurse has a completely different skill set in which you don't do assessments, care plans, and most clinical skills. I am just wondering what to best way to go about getting my registration would be? Would it be advisable to try and find nursing training facilities and re-learn lots of the key skills required? I am just so nervous about the OSCE because I don't feel I have enough knowledge or practice to pass even if I did try and study up.

    Would be great to have some insight!

    Thanks
    Hello. We are on the same boat. I am a Filipino working in Ophthalmic Department both OPD and Theater for about 7 years. I almost forgot all the basics of nursing esp. the skills needed to work for ex in ward. I am also anxious about the OSCE but I want to give it a try. Right now, I am waiting for my DL. I know somebody who passed recently the OSCE where her experience is in cosmetic surgery. I am praying that everything will be alright and most esp. how I wish there will be no more OSCE for those uk nurses aspirants.
  5. by   Lientjie
    I failed this exam twice despite being in ICU for 5 years and working as an outreach nurse for 2- physical assessments on real sick patients is something I do every day, and they still failed me for arbitrary reasons. The best advice I can give you is do not go to a private hospital like I did- go to the NHS, research the hospital's pass rate of the OSCE before you commit to them, make sure you passing is a priority.My honest advice to you is that you can always find another sponsor if you end up being unhappy in your job, but you go home if you fail the OSCE. Private nursing homes and private hospitals lower pass rates than the NHS.
    Last edit by Lientjie on Mar 26 : Reason: Addition

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