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- Is it true that I must have a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the US, to be eligible to practice in the UK?
- Can I complete a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent) in nursing in the UK? And will it transfer back to the US, if I decide to return here in the future?
Yes, if you want to forever be treated in the US as a "foreign educated nurse" and have to jump through many expensive and laborious hoops.
- Is there such a thing as a temporary practice permit in the UK for those who are licensed in the US but still need to complete coursework in the UK?
- Would it be more practical to complete a Bachelor Degree in the US, and then try to move to the UK?
I've been reading the postings here, and it seems like it's hard to find jobs at the moment.
Yes. That's a worldwide issue, really.
- Would it make any sense to move to the UK and work in a different field (I have experience in other areas), and eventually get back into nursing? I'm considering doing this because of the opportunity to live abroad.
If you just want the opportunity to live abroad, you would be better to go to a country that has more open employment-based immigration, such as Australia. No recession there either, and people with US ADNs have become licensed there
. If you want to work in the UK specifically, it would be very difficult these days regardless of your field if you're not an EU citizen.
- Would doing this have a negative effect on my nursing career? Such as losing out on experience, time spent in practice, etc.
Depends. Many US employers consider any nursing that happened outside of the US to be irrelevant or nonexistent. On the whole though, learning many ways of doing things in many different countries has only been beneficial to my nursing knowledge and practise, and as a result I have acquired very specialized knowledge and skills which have led me into several jobs, including my current US job. Only you can decide if travel is worth the risk to you.