Green_Grass, yes! That's exactly right. There is a complete disconnect between registration of EU vs non-EU candidates, yet another senseless side of the NMC licensing process.
Regarding pass rates, here is a link to an article in the Manila Times:
Best of times, worst of times for RNs in the UK | The Manila Times Online
According to this author's research as of Feb 7, 2016, looks like 1st time OSCE sitters pass at a rate of about 45%. Of those remaining who do NOT pass the first time, only about half are actually retaking the test. But of that group, they have about a 100% pass rate.
Each first sitting costs £992 (!!!) and a second partial sitting costs £496!!! Holy mackerel! Where is all this money going?... Well, the UoN has just started construction on a brand new campus (Waterside Campus) at a cost of £330 million. See article here: Treasury backs Northampton University’s campus project | Education | The Guardian
…Not to mention the substantial cost of staffing and maintaining the university’s state of the art OSCE testing facility. They certainly do have a lot of debt to pay off in the coming years. I guess it makes sense, then, that they would charge us so much, and it also behooves them to fail us so we are forced to pay again!!
Regarding my personal journey, I submitted an appeal to UoN administrators, but they rejected it. I have also lodged a complaint with the NMC, recommending that they completely remove the OSCE from their requirements. If they are looking for an extra vetting procedure to get an idea of our demeanor, I believe a Skype interview would suffice. If they need more, why not ask for a resume detailing nursing responsibilities and accomplishments? All of these options can be done with no extra financial burden to the candidate, from our home country.
I would have submitted this complaint whether or not I passed the OSCE, based on the utter ridiculousness of the test. I strongly encourage any overseas nurse to do the same, whether or not you have taken, passed, or failed the OSCE!
You can write an email complaint to the NMC using the email address found at the bottom of this webpage: Complaints about us
You might consider any of the following as reasoning that the NMC should discontinue the test:
The test is invalid. It does nothing to truly test a nurse’s competence or lack of.
The NMC is already doing enough by getting the nurses to do an IELTS exam, theory board exam, as well as requesting a years’ experience, transcripts, police checks and references. That is more than enough to safeguard the public. The OSCE is therefore surplus to requirements.
The OSCE is immoral in that nurses have to either resign or take time away from work, travel to the UK, and pay £992 before receiving a license. If they fail the OSCE twice they now have to go home due to visa reasons.
The University is failing nurses for pedantic reasons.
The University’s Nile website (the definitive resource for OSCE study and prep) contains extremely disorganized, excessive information, most of which is not applicable to the test. Yet they don’t offer anything in the way of practice tests or examples, so there is no way to self-evaluate readiness to test.
Nurses are never given an opportunity to practice with any of the equipment or supplies used in the OSCE. So when we show up to a given station, we have 15 minutes under extreme pressure using materials we have never laid hands or eyes on before. This is an unfair scenario that sets us up for failure.
On a positive note, I totally agree with you, Green_Grass, that this whole process is a learning experience, and an accomplishment just to get this far and take the OSCE. Even better for those who are able to pass and get a pin, and start working in the UK! I totally understand why nurses would want to retake the OSCE after a fail (might as well see this tedious application process through to the end after coming this far!). I’ve just made the personal choice at this point to cut my losses. I just hope that other nurses will voice their opinions and that the NMC will eventually ditch the OSCE altogether, for everyone’s sake!