Is IELTS a must for nursing registration in UK? - page 3

by max72 | 13,795 Views | 26 Comments

Hi I am a staff nurse and working in NHS since last 8 years. My wife recently joined me in 2008, she is a nurse aswell. We approached NMC for nursing registration and were told that ielts exam is a must. I dont understand why... Read More


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    I understand the annoyance with having to pay $185 to take a language test when you clearly speak the language. However, the IELTS exam that is required is the academic version. There may be people who can speak English and understand it but doing it in an academic way may not be what they are used to.

    In my opinion, it comes down to how much you want to get registered in the UK. If it is something that you truly want to do, then you will jump through all the hoops that they have required. I took my IELTS exam and I received 9's on all areas. It was annoying to have to take an exam in my first and only language but I was willing to do it in order to have the opportunity to register. That part was just the beginning in the long line of hoops that I needed to jump through in sending in my application. It will all be worth it if I get approved...still waiting though.
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    Well, if you note, I had said:

    "Totally understand that the rules are the rules and you have to follow the rules in order to gain success."

    I'm not arguing that they don't have the right to do things however they want. They do--it's their country and the foreigner is asking to join their club, gotta play by their rules. I'm just saying that this isn't all that logical. There are many things about the various American board of nursing departments that I find rather silly and wouldn't hesitate to say as such either. Don't even get me started on American immigration!

    The "academic English" reason is not particularly valid, IMO, either because the NMC require a BSN, which is and of itself requiring academic presentation and writing. Perhaps not in other countries, granted, but even in an American ADN, one has to do clinical write-ups and various papers and essays.

    My British husband is very surprised that this kind of thing occurs, actually, and why more people haven't complained or "moaned" as he puts it

    Best of luck with your application!
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    Quote from babyRN.
    Well, if you note, I had said:

    "Totally understand that the rules are the rules and you have to follow the rules in order to gain success."

    I'm not arguing that they don't have the right to do things however they want. They do--it's their country and the foreigner is asking to join their club, gotta play by their rules. I'm just saying that this isn't all that logical. There are many things about the various American board of nursing departments that I find rather silly and wouldn't hesitate to say as such either. Don't even get me started on American immigration!

    The "academic English" reason is not particularly valid, IMO, either because the NMC require a BSN, which is and of itself requiring academic presentation and writing. Perhaps not in other countries, granted, but even in an American ADN, one has to do clinical write-ups and various papers and essays.

    My British husband is very surprised that this kind of thing occurs, actually, and why more people haven't complained or "moaned" as he puts it

    Best of luck with your application!
    Oh dear.
    My opinion was not directed at your comment. I'm not even sure that I read your comment per say but just the jist of the entire idea, as I have heard it before from many other people.
    Sorry if you felt that it was directed at you at all as it wasn't. My English husband felt it was very funny that I had to take it and we had a good chuckle as I passed it easy enough.

    And please understand that the academic english comment I had was directed at ones who do not have english as a first language. Sorry if I upset you at all. Did not intend to have you feel that you have to justify what you previously said.
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    yes that is right. All new registrants with the Australian Nursing Board have to sit the IELTS despite where they were educated. I snuck in 2 months before it became law in NSW but the new national board requires it!
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    Helricha, no worries, my feelings haven't been hurt by your or anyone else

    I do very much understand the sentiment of some British nurses to only hire British nurses, especially when their new grads are having trouble getting jobs. The same situation is largely here in the US. I graduated in '08 and thank goodness that I did...when you could write your own ticket. My classmates the next year and this past year had such an awful time
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    I tell you guys my problem about IELTS. (it is not a problem right now, because I have it already! ) I am a forigner in the UK, I have 5 x A levels. This should be enough for entering a course for DipHe nursing. Still, because I did not achieve this in the UK, it was disregarded and I had to pass the IELTS, score 7, + a Numeracy test. (I have the A levels in both.) Is this fair? My A levels worth nothing in this country, not even as GCSE-s, because most of the other students only have those and not A levels.
    I really hope, I do not have to do it again, but it will expire before I will be quilified!?! I hate exams!
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    Quote from mandroka68
    I tell you guys my problem about IELTS. (it is not a problem right now, because I have it already! ) I am a forigner in the UK, I have 5 x A levels. This should be enough for entering a course for DipHe nursing. Still, because I did not achieve this in the UK, it was disregarded and I had to pass the IELTS, score 7, + a Numeracy test. (I have the A levels in both.) Is this fair? My A levels worth nothing in this country, not even as GCSE-s, because most of the other students only have those and not A levels.
    I really hope, I do not have to do it again, but it will expire before I will be quilified!?! I hate exams!
    Sounds just as silly as someone who's done a masters degree IN the UK in nursing and still has to take it . Ah, well, beaurocracy escapes no nation, methinks. I also feel bad for the UK peds nurses who have to take adult clinicals just to get their US RN license and then never touch an adult again...I suppose there are worse things in life to deal with, though


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