Hi! My situation is similar to all of you looking to move to the UK and work as a nurse. The hangup is, as with everyone else, the educational requirements. My situation is a little bit different though. I'm looking for advice on where to go from here.
- I have two bachelor degrees: a BA in public health and a BS in biology.
- Next, I completed an two year ADN program and earned my RN license.
- I'm currently an RN working as a circulator in an orthopedic OR. I'm still a new nurse with only about eight months of experience so far.
- My boyfriend is from England and wants us to move there eventually. We would most likely get married before moving.
So, my current dilemma is that even though I have two bachelor degrees and an RN license, I don't have the educational background that the NMC is looking for. I am considering a Masters in Nursing program. The University of Washington accepts people with RN licenses and bachelors degrees in fields other than nursing. The program is 2-3 years, depending on specialty. So far, the MN program seems like my best bet overall because it doesn't involve retracing my steps, but I have no idea if the NMC would accept this.
I'm not considering any RN-to-BSN programs as these forums strongly suggest that the NMC will not approve those students.
Does anyone have any advice regarding a masters degree and the NMC? I'm so frustrated that I didn't go the 'traditional route' through school, but as many of you know, life isn't always that simple. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!