US nurse wants to work in UK

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    Hello guys,

    I am licensed in the US and planning to work in UK,(in the next 2 years)found out that I am also eligible for citizenship.

    I wanted to know the process to apply for licensure in UK. Any UK nurse taken NCLEX yet? Are they similar, any resources.. will very much appreciate it.
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    You have to apply thru the NMC for licensure and will have to meet their requirements.

    Not sure of the schooling that you had here, but they do not accept the ADN or the Diploma program for licensure.

    There are several links with the contact information for the NMC on this forum, you just need to do a search. And also be aware that you will need to write the English exams for them, they do not waive that requirement if you are Americna and trained here.

    Best of luck to you.
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    You need to sort out with NMC but a lot will depend on your training and whether you meet the hours. Even then depending on where you want to live in the UK will depend on what jobs will be available. If you have passed NCLEX and already have a license then I doubt you will have to take anything for the UK. Usually all that is required is a license already. Will have to do English exam and ONP

    http://www.nmc-uk.org/aArticle.aspx?ArticleID=1685
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    thank you guys for your input,

    yes, there is a lot of info in this website..
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    Like others have said, the NMC should be your first port of call. Still, I imagine you'd have to do some sort of overseas nurse training programme. There are plenty available.
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    I am a 4th year nursing student in the USA, I will graduate in May 2009 with my BSN (RN). My fiancee who is older than me will be transferred in his job this New Year to London, England. I am trying to figure out a way to get over there once I graduate- and have a job so that we can be together. Does anyone know anything about travel nursing Internationally?

    I know I can't get a job over there through the Nursing and Midwifery Council because I would have to work in the USA for a year before they would even consider processing my application! So, it looks like travel nursing Internationally is all I have left- does anyone know if they even take new grad's???!!

    Thanks to anyone who posts and helps me out : )
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    Quote from Redhead0202
    I am a 4th year nursing student in the USA, I will graduate in May 2009 with my BSN (RN). My fiancee who is older than me will be transferred in his job this New Year to London, England. I am trying to figure out a way to get over there once I graduate- and have a job so that we can be together. Does anyone know anything about travel nursing Internationally?

    I know I can't get a job over there through the Nursing and Midwifery Council because I would have to work in the USA for a year before they would even consider processing my application! So, it looks like travel nursing Internationally is all I have left- does anyone know if they even take new grad's???!!

    Thanks to anyone who posts and helps me out : )
    You will still need to meet country's requirements to be able to work as a nurse in the UK. Even if you look at International you still need to meet country's requirement no way round it and the UK doesn't really have anything like travel nurse like the US. You may get a working permit on basis of your fiancée but can not work without license for the UK. Will also need a local license i.e. pass in NCLEX. You can not start the process until you have a complete set transcripts and license
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    Could I work as a CNA (nursing assistant) there if I had a working permit? Or does the NMC control that too??!
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    No the Nursing and Midwifery Council is the professional regulatory body for qualfied nurses and midwifes.

    We do not have CNA's as such in the UK, we do have care assistants but these are not certified. As far as getting work as a CNA in the UK, you will need a work permit and as a nursing assistant in not on the shortage occupations list you will be unsuccessful.

    I am a manager in the UK and I regualry advertise and recruit for care assistants positions, the number of applications for each job is usually in excess of 50 per week, these are all UK citizens, we can only shortlist from UK and EU citizens so any other nationality will not be allowed to be interviewed.
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    The issues will be getting a work permit unless you get one with your Fiancée. I know the UK do recognise partners/common law spouse/same sex partners


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