I am an Australian nurse looking at coming to work in the UK. I have a 3 year Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (we are not offered specific children's nursing degrees). I undertook Paediatric Sub Major subjects during my degree which meant I completed more theoretical and clinical hours than normal in paediatrics. I have 2 years (3 years by the time I hope to move) of post graduate paediatric experience. I have only ever nursed children. I have completed IELTS with 9's across the board. I am now looking at requesting an information pack from the NMC but I am unsure as to whether I should apply for general adult registration or children's nursing registration. Information I have received indicates that to apply for children's nursing registration I must have completed a 3 year children's nursing degree (which I did not) or have a general degree and a 12 month children's nursing degree (which I do not). I did however undertake a 12 month new graduate program in children's nursing which involved a number of assignments etc and a 6 month program in specialised children's nursing (cardiac) recognised by my university as prior learning towards post graduate degrees. Is this likely to be enough for the NMC to register me as a children's nurse? Can nurses with adult registration work as paediatric nurses in the UK? I have never worked with adults and don't have a desire to start now!
Thanks for any help you guys can offer, I'm looking forward to moving along in the registration process and get over there and start working!