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 the overseas nurses have to show evidence of english knowledge when the EU members dont. Being a nurse myself I have seen and come accross many spelling mistakes made by the British nurses while documentation. Many EU citizens hardly know any english, but how are they are fine to go on the register.
Once when Britain was short of nurses, nurses were recruited from abroad (eg Dubai, muscat etc) at that time they did not think of this stringent criteria but now when they have enough staff and they dont need any more nurses - they have come up with this rule.
Anyway we are not in the favour of this way of degrading a trained member of nursing staff so we do not want to do the IELTS exam.
My wife has completed a NICHE training programme and currently she is working as a Health care support worker. Would her NICHE training be valid and help her to get registration.
I am getting my nationality so will it be useful for my wife to get the registration or one still has to take the IELTS test.
please can someone guide me
Aug 2, '10
by Silverdragon102, RN Admin
The thing is the UK is in the EU and there is a work agreement that anyone in the EU can work within the EU which is why there is currently only the requirement for Non EU citizens having to take the English exam. That may change
I agree you should be able to understand the language of the country and be able to speak it clearly. I know if I was moving to Italy and wanted to work I would make sure I knew the language before I went
Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Aug 2, '10
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