Journey of a foreign nurse getting licensure - page 3

!!!! Just found out that I am eligible for a license with the UK!!!!! Here is my journey as an American nurse: In 2010 after marrying my British hubby, I started to research into getting a British nursing license as well as... Read More

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    Muppet, congrats! If you don't mind, would you post what type of degree you have and how many clinical/theory hours? It'd be very helpful for folks reading this. No worries if not. Also, you are from Australia, yes?

    Nole, I am taking it at the University of Bournemouth (south) in a few weeks. Very excited! The only drag is that DH can't come along because he's doing his full-time student internship. I'm bringing two empty suitcases to lug some more of his stuff from his old room with his parents, though. Slightly tempted to throw some of the stuff out...lol.

    Anyone been to the far south of England? I've only been to London, Sheffield, and Reading...I was thinking of visiting Dover to see the English Channel It's been a dream to swim across it since I was a teenager; I love open water swimming. Any other recommendations anyone?
    Last edit by babyNP. on Mar 2, '12

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    New Forest is a good place to visit and I also enjoyed Portsmouth and Southampton (lived Portsmouth for 12 months before moving to Canada)
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    Quote from NoleNurse2000
    Where are you taking your ONP? Finishing my onsite part of it today in Manchester ( now to finish 2 papers before I can get my pin)
    Hi Nole, I'm taking my ONP in Bournemouth. I like the 3 contact days and the rest allows me plenty of time to sightsee.

    How have you found the ONP process? Is it difficult?
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    Quote from babyRN.
    Muppet, congrats! If you don't mind, would you post what type of degree you have and how many clinical/theory hours? It'd be very helpful for folks reading this. No worries if not. Also, you are from Australia, yes?

    Nole, I am taking it at the University of Bournemouth (south) in a few weeks. Very excited! The only drag is that DH can't come along because he's doing his full-time student internship. I'm bringing two empty suitcases to lug some more of his stuff from his old room with his parents, though. Slightly tempted to throw some of the stuff out...lol.

    Anyone been to the far south of England? I've only been to London, Sheffield, and Reading...I was thinking of visiting Dover to see the English Channel It's been a dream to swim across it since I was a teenager; I love open water swimming. Any other recommendations anyone?
    Baby I am from Australia and have a Bachelor of Nursing. Our course is 3 years and covers mental health. I did not get to see the final breakdown of hours that the university did before it was sent to the NMC. My university wanted to send it directly. When I was training we did 2 days every week of clinical placement and 3 days of lectures.

    I'm also doing my ONP at Bournemouth so I'd be very interested in how you find them.

    I have a job lined up for London. It is with Continental Travelnurse. I was really looking forward to working with them in Scotland and Northern Ireland but apparently they do not have any contracts in those areas.

    Baby I love swimming too but don't think I'd take on the channel. I'd be happy to stand and cheer and greet you with a warm blanket and a hot chocolate if you have a go at it.

    I'm finding looking for accommodation a bit daunting. I don't want to share with students (20 year olds) but the cost of renting on my own with no income during the ONP is a bit to expensive. I don't want to move in with Fred and Rosemary West types either.
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    BabyRN,

    I'm in the process of getting my UK license. I need some help. I got the first pack and sent all the certified documents; however, the notary failed to mention that the copies were "true" photo copies, now i have to re-send everything to them. After this, what should I do in order to prepare for the second pack. What are the documents that I need to send to them? What are the words that should be included. Do you by chance know the formula to convert the hours for BSN degree? I did the traditional BSN in 3.5 years. It's getting a little frustrating... I started this in Aug 2012. I'll be getting married in Feb 2013, and would like to have my decision letter before then... Help please. thanks
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    There's nothing that you can really do. If you read my post, I have a list of the things that i sent in, but you have to use their forms, so there's nothing you can really do to prepare. Make sure you get a seal/stamp on everything, or something on letterhead stating there is none (again, please see what I wrote). There is no general formula for converting hours. It's completely dependent on the school. You should ask your dean how many hours of clinical time you had in each course. Most schools have something like a a set number of hours per credit per week per semester.

    edit: You do need an official set of transcripts (this is in addition to the conversion of hours sheet), so you can request that, I suppose.
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    BabyRN,
    Thank you for your post! I realize that this was a while ago but I am in the process of becoming registered right now and was wondering if you also converted the prerequisite classes on your forms or just the nursing courses? My nursing school is helping with the nursing classes but im not sure what to do about everything else as the school i attended said they had no way of converting the hours and have not been helpful. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
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    I'm pretty sure I did, but I can't say that for sure 100%. I know that only the courses that had the NURS title in them were allowed to count for clinical hours.

    Most universities have a standard set of hours per course per credit hours. Maybe you could look into that. You can always call the NMC themselves and ask (although ask to speak to an agent, not the first person you talk to as they have given me wrong information before as the frontline people).

    best of luck; let us know how it goes! your experience could help someone else!
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    Reading various people's experiences with the registration process has been extremely helpful for me. I feel like it's helping me prepare for what may or may not happen in trying to get registered in the U.K., even if it will still be a couple of years before I can begin the process. My fingers are crossed for all of us!
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    Hi, I'm also researching getting licensed in the UK. I'm an American OB nurse with 13 years of experience, but only an ADN degree. Does anyone have any advice on a good program to look into to qualify for an NMC license, or would any bachelor's program do? Or at this point do I need a master's degree to even get started? I tried contacting the NMC directly last year, but got a very vague, "you don't qualify now, contact us when you have more education." which didn't help much. Good luck to all in this quest!


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