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As far as supervised practice goes: I have heard through my travel agency that the NMC has made the decision that all nurses who immigrate to the UK must have a 90 day supervised practice. (I believe that before this, nurses from the US/Canada/Australia did not have to do this). You will not be paid as an RN, and you wont be able to do anything under the scope of an RN practice. *If anyone has heard different information please speak up!
I'm not sure about this "before this" period, as the latest document printed on the NMC website pertaining to the Overseas Nurse Programme is still the 2005 one.
Ahh, found it. "All applicants will be required to undertake 20 days Protected Learning Time (PLT) and a programme of supervised practice (ONP) for a minimum of three months." (http://www.nmc-uk.org/Registration/Joining-the-register/Trained-outside-the-EU--EEA/
]Link[/url]) Made last April 2. Hm. I wonder if they're creating an entirely new directive exclusively discussing ONPs, because that 2005 obviously needs updating!
I'm overseas trained, and had to do a combination of the 20-day protected learning time and supervised practice. So yes, I am obviously not from the US, which I think is the closest resemblance of the nursing curriculum from my university. Nothing to support this claim though; I definitely should look into this.
ANYWAY. If you're most concerned about the pay, how long the NMC wants you (or anyone) to be ONP course (mine was 3 months) isn't the only factor you'll have to consider -- look into how long the university deliberates on results and sends it to the NMC as well (mine took 6 months because they're crap), because you will obviously be paid (if you are employed on the hospital while undertaking those supervised clinical hours) not as an RN during all the wait. Look into the Agenda for Change pay scales (found on RCN) to see where they're paying you. HCAs are on band 2, Associate Practitioners are on band 4, and registered nurses are on band 5. Haven't completely looked into where employed ONPs would fall under, but my employment contract gave me a band 4 salary.