UK registered Mental Health nurse graduate seeking some real information!

  1. Dear Suzanne
    A new buddy of mine told me that you are a mind of information so here goes my question. I am a clinical team leader (charge nurse) working at Rampton High Secure Hospital in the UK. I am qualified Diploma in Nursing (project 2000), Registered Mental Health Nurse and have a first class degree in Mental Health Practice with 5 years clinical experience. I rang a nursing agency and they said that because I am not general trained I am inelligable for licensure in the USA. Then I rang the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK and they were suprised, saying that if I am a registered nurse graduate I can apply. They advised that I contact the Nursing Board in the State I want to work in so I did (Florida, that is) I have left a message for their Nurse Consultant with the details of my education. I hope she gets back to me soon. Can you shed any light on the rules. If I cant apply direct and the CGFNS or NCLEX is not available to me, how can I supplement my qualys? It seems a bit unfair if it is the case. I have been studying for 6 years now plus I want to work in corrections again, not hospital.

    Kind regards Claire Chapman
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Quote from Claire Chapman
    Dear Suzanne
    A new buddy of mine told me that you are a mind of information so here goes my question. I am a clinical team leader (charge nurse) working at Rampton High Secure Hospital in the UK. I am qualified Diploma in Nursing (project 2000), Registered Mental Health Nurse and have a first class degree in Mental Health Practice with 5 years clinical experience. I rang a nursing agency and they said that because I am not general trained I am inelligable for licensure in the USA. Then I rang the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK and they were suprised, saying that if I am a registered nurse graduate I can apply. They advised that I contact the Nursing Board in the State I want to work in so I did (Florida, that is) I have left a message for their Nurse Consultant with the details of my education. I hope she gets back to me soon. Can you shed any light on the rules. If I cant apply direct and the CGFNS or NCLEX is not available to me, how can I supplement my qualys? It seems a bit unfair if it is the case. I have been studying for 6 years now plus I want to work in corrections again, not hospital.

    Kind regards Claire Chapman
    Both Canadian and US Nursing Boards require that the nurse be trained as a generalist and not a specialist as done in the UK as well as Australia. You are able to make up the classes if needed over here as a guest student.

    Did you take classes in peds and maternal health?
  4. by   Claire Chapman
    Quote from suzanne4
    Both Canadian and US Nursing Boards require that the nurse be trained as a generalist and not a specialist as done in the UK as well as Australia. You are able to make up the classes if needed over here as a guest student.

    Did you take classes in peds and maternal health?
    I did maternity, surgery and medicine although the rotations were only 4 weeks at a time. If I could study as a guest student, are there a list of nursing schools which might consider my application, I have funds and a private sponsor in the US. Thankyou very much for your reply
    Claire
  5. by   suzanne4
    Quote from Claire Chapman
    I did maternity, surgery and medicine although the rotations were only 4 weeks at a time. If I could study as a guest student, are there a list of nursing schools which might consider my application, I have funds and a private sponsor in the US. Thankyou very much for your reply
    Claire
    Did you do any time in pediatrics?
    No problem for you to study as a guest student, available in almost any state in the country.
  6. by   Nads 75
    Quote from Claire Chapman
    I did maternity, surgery and medicine although the rotations were only 4 weeks at a time. If I could study as a guest student, are there a list of nursing schools which might consider my application, I have funds and a private sponsor in the US. Thankyou very much for your reply
    Claire
    Hi Claire, I am in the same position as you with my Mental Health Qual. I've also been asking Suzanne about nursing in the US and after reading your mail I wonder if you've had any luck finding info on the guest student thing, as I also would need to make up extra hours in certain areas.
    Thanks
  7. by   suzanne4
    It depends on where you would want to do your training........I know of one place in the Phoenix area that should be available to you..............

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