UK educational requirements?

  1. If I have an Associates Degree what does it mean to make up hours? I'd hate to pay the fees and take the English test and all just to be rejected for not having the 3 year degree. Is there an equivalency program (like an RN to BSN) I could undertake whilst in the UK to make myself eligible for a job eventually?
    Do I even want to be a nurse in the UK? From the sounds of this board the RN's are overworked, underpaid, and stressed out? I'm starting to become disheartened about the whole thing!

    p.s. what job would you do if you couldn't be a nurse! I am a fabulous RN and take excellent care of my patients. What a shame that I'd have to go do something else to earn a living. Seems unfair
    Last edit by VegasNurse05 on Nov 6, '07
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Silverdragon102
    It is all worked out on hours of study both practical and theory and from what I gather from the NMC website you have to pass English exam before you can send in your transcripts and they will access it. Shame couldn't be done before you process further but may be worth asking them. Rn's are very much understaffed, overworked and stressed but also there are good jobs where the stress doesn't matter. There is a thread/sticky on a university now in the UK where nurses can make hours up and may be what you need if you are short of hours, although is aimed at UK nurses short of hours to go overseas.

    Job to do if not a nurse, have gone through this several times but just can't think what I can do and enjoy so have been trying my hand at a few things which I can do at home and will try to sell
  4. by   jaylily
    Has anyone in the US/Canada who's graduated from one of the 2year accellerated RN degree programs here been cleared to work for the NHS? Their 3 year requirement of nursing education is leading me to believe I won't be able to return to the UK to work after graduation.
    I'm a british citizen currently doing a 2 year RN degree program in Canada and would like to return to either the UK or Ireland when I finish. Though my 2 year program is two full years, so my argument there is that I'm getting 3 years worth of education, just condensed into 24 straight months.
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from jaylily
    Has anyone in the US/Canada who's graduated from one of the 2year accellerated RN degree programs here been cleared to work for the NHS? Their 3 year requirement of nursing education is leading me to believe I won't be able to return to the UK to work after graduation.
    I'm a british citizen currently doing a 2 year RN degree program in Canada and would like to return to either the UK or Ireland when I finish. Though my 2 year program is two full years, so my argument there is that I'm getting 3 years worth of education, just condensed into 24 straight months.
    As far as I am aware it is all worked out on hours so some may meet requirements and some may not, unfortunately the only way to know is to go through the process
  6. by   ayla2004
    Quote from jaylily
    Has anyone in the US/Canada who's graduated from one of the 2year accellerated RN degree programs here been cleared to work for the NHS? Their 3 year requirement of nursing education is leading me to believe I won't be able to return to the UK to work after graduation.
    I'm a british citizen currently doing a 2 year RN degree program in Canada and would like to return to either the UK or Ireland when I finish. Though my 2 year program is two full years, so my argument there is that I'm getting 3 years worth of education, just condensed into 24 straight months.
    as sliverdragon has said its a matter of hours
    3 year nursing diplomas/degree run for 3 calender years minus annual leave of 7 weeks per year

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