International Nurses and UK nursing - page 2

One of the topics that is raised frequently in the UK and International forums is how does an international nurse go about working in the UK. The replies are often negative and in general try to... Read More

  1. Visit  seejee profile page
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    Brilliant. Thank you very much!
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  3. Visit  aldreg21 profile page
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    Hi sharrie! I have my NMC decision letter already and just waiting for my certificate of sponsorship. Can you describe the current work environment for NHS Nurses there in UK? I heard that the work load is too much that's why local nurses are going elsewhere (NZ, Canada, etc.) and NHS resort to recruit us - foreign nurses? And this is because of low budget given to NHS?? Are these true as what you can observe there in UK? thank you.
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    Quote from aldreg21
    Hi sharrie! I have my NMC decision letter already and just waiting for my certificate of sponsorship. Can you describe the current work environment for NHS Nurses there in UK? I heard that the work load is too much that's why local nurses are going elsewhere (NZ, Canada, etc.) and NHS resort to recruit us - foreign nurses? And this is because of low budget given to NHS?? Are these true as what you can observe there in UK? thank you.
    I think it very much depends where you work, there are some areas where there is a great deal of money spent and resources are good, especially if you are helping to meet some of the government targets and there are some areas where resources are not good and everything seems to be a battle.

    There are many hospitals that have recruitment freezes and agency nurse bans which means much of the time you are working shorthanded and it's not easy. I'm not so sure that the NHS resorts to recruiting foreign nurses is true, we have many of our own nurses that are struggling to find work which is why trusts are only able to sponsor work permits of those nurses who work in shortage occupation areas.

    It's a tough life in the NHS, personally I love it and wouldn't want to work anywhere else, but there are days when I do wonder why I bother. Finances are difficult for managers, I know of a manager in a neighbouring trust recently who put a case in for more staff to be told that if you need to increase your numbers to manage the workload then you need to see which parts of the workload can be reduced, there is no money for new staff.
  5. Visit  hazyblue profile page
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    I have a question regarding the minimum age of 17 years old (6 mos.) upon entering a nursing program required by the NMC to its applicants.

    I've searched their site and they said it's just a matter of compliance to the EU rules however I'm on denial and I'm just wondering if this rule is truly unbend-able. Had anyone managed to apply for registration and succeed who doesn't meet the said age limit?

    I have entered my BSN course at the age of 15 9/12 years old. Nevertheless, I managed to have the requirement of a 10 year education prior to having a nursing education...
  6. Visit  XB9S profile page
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    I don't think it's flexiable at all, although you would need to double check with the NMC. Most nursing students will be 18 on starting thier course
  7. Visit  hazyblue profile page
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    Thank you for replying, sharrie.

    I tried to contact the NMC regarding this and is still waiting for a reply. ..and we thought studying early has it's advantages...

    I would just like to ask if this age thing is strict to UK citizens also. What about children who happen to skip a grade? Don't you have people who attended school at an early age too? Are they denied with college education? D:
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    Quote from hazyblue
    Thank you for replying, sharrie.

    I tried to contact the NMC regarding this and is still waiting for a reply. ..and we thought studying early has it's advantages...

    I would just like to ask if this age thing is strict to UK citizens also. What about children who happen to skip a grade? Don't you have people who attended school at an early age too? Are they denied with college education? D:
    This criteria applies to citizens as well, I don't know of any nursing school that would take students under the minimum age.

    We don't tend to get moved up years in school, there are some students that will be allowed to take their GCSE and A levels early but they will be unlikely to be admitted to university until they are older

    This is an example of a university policy for accepting younger students, it's quite a bit of hassle so in general they don't do it

    http://www.kent.ac.uk/aps/informatio.../Appendix7.htm
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    Hi Sharrie. I'm so glad to find your blog. I've been an RN in the US for 20 years. I married a Brit but am still in the US. I've heard you must have a Bachelors to get a license to practice from the NMC so am starting an online RN to BSN program in March. I am worried now about being hired in the UK once I have my license. Any advice would be so appreciated. Thanks, Jane
  10. Visit  XB9S profile page
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    Hi jane. Jobs are not easy to find in the UK is sone areas but in others you may be lucky. It'll depend on how restricted you are with location and if you mind what speciality you work for. The NMC requirements for registration cam be found on the website and if your doing a BSN you should be fine although they do ask for 1 years experience and you'll need to do the overseas nurses programme.

    To give you an idea of where jobs are search for band 5 nurse on the jobs website for tHe NHS

    Www.jobs.nhs.uk
    Last edit by XB9S on Feb 4, '10
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    Thanks for the reply Sharrie. I've been trying to figure out what band I might be. My husband's outside Nottingham and the job market seems pretty bleak there. I am a Med/Surg nurse so I suppose that's Adult Health and hopefully there will be lots of sick adults. (just kidding) I've been desperately seeking information on the web without a whole lot of success so really appreciate the help. Jane
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    Jane take a look at these

    http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/cgi-bin/advsearch
  13. Visit  jasonakaremy profile page
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    im going to look into international nursing. thanks for the post
  14. Visit  lime12 profile page
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    hi sharrie
    i am a registered nurse in the Philippines and im waiting my decision letter from NMC. Im already here in UK as student taking up HND in health and social care. it is possible, if i will be approved by the NMC, to do my ONP here while im studying in college? it also possible, if i finish my ONP ang got my pin number, to find employer who will sponsor me to convert my student visa into work permit and work as a nurse here? i have part time here as carer. i also heard about BUPA they are giving certificate of sponsorship for nurses trained abroad and succefully finish their ONP.. i hope i will be approved by NMC. wish me luck sharrie.. Thanks.. hey do you know any part time job for health care assistant in hospital? thanks again sharrie.


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