International Nurses and UK nursing - page 4

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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 convey how very difficult this... Read More


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    I am currently doing a ADN in Iowa USA I am on a F-1 student visa and come from Essex england originally so my question is what would happen if I can't extend my student visa or find work and have to come home?? Will I be able to work in a hospital back home in England with my associates degree??? Or just have to take a top up course?!
    At the end of the course I will be a qualified RN
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    If you have to return to the UK, I assume your ADN is a 2 year course if which case it won't meet the NMC requirements for registration. If you look at one of the links in my first post you can find what is needed. To work as a nurse you'd need to register with them, you also need to have worked fir a year after qualifying to meet the overseas educated nurses standards for registration so you may have a problem if you can't work in the US.

    I don't think you'll be able to top up here either as a 2 year nursing course would not be recognised. I'm not sure if you could do it online as I think the clinical hours for the ADNs are insufficient to meet NMC standards.
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    Hi All! I see that these posts are from several months ago. I was wondering if the economic conditions in the UK have improved making it somewhat easier for international nurses to get jobs there? Also, if I am a native English speaker, will I still need to complete the IELTS exam? I took a look at samples of it and it looks easier than taking college entrance exams. One last question to see if I understood the NMC guidelines, after my application is accepted, I am to travel to the UK and attend the Overseas Nurse Program at a University which is 20 days long and then supervised clinical practice which is how long? With a work Visa, will I be able to find a side job while completing the program/supervised practice until I can work as a full time nurse in order to pay for living expenses? I read that employers are LEGALLY obligated to hire citizens and the Europeans first before international workers. Would they accept that my ancestors were English? That last line was meant to be funny. Thank you and I appreciate any information. Best Regards.
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    Quote from new grad jennifer
    hi all! i see that these posts are from several months ago. i was wondering if the economic conditions in the uk have improved making it somewhat easier for international nurses to get jobs there?

    i'm afraid not you need to work in a shortage occupation to be considered for a job in the uk and there are very few shortage nursing specialities listed.

    also, if i am a native english speaker, will i still need to complete the ielts exam?
    yes as an overseas nurse it's one of the requirements but as an english speaker you'll find it a breeze
    i took a look at samples of it and it looks easier than taking college entrance exams.

    one last question to see if i understood the nmc guidelines, after my application is accepted, i am to travel to the uk and attend the overseas nurse program at a university which is 20 days long and then supervised clinical practice which is how long? with a work visa, will i be able to find a side job while completing the program/supervised practice until i can work as a full time nurse in order to pay for living expenses?

    if your a full time student you can work up to 20 hours a week, i am not sure that this covers the onp though. some hospitals will pay you as an unqualified while you do the program but i think these are few

    i read that employers are legally obligated to hire citizens and the europeans first before international workers. would they accept that my ancestors were english? that last line was meant to be funny. thank you and i appreciate any information. best regards.
    ha, not unless you have a british passport.
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    Hi! What are considered the shortage areas? Would I qualify with 3 years Peds ICU experience?
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    Does anyone know if a RPN can work in the UK? If they can what is their qualification recognized as?

    Thanks
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    Quote from canadian5
    Does anyone know if a RPN can work in the UK? If they can what is their qualification recognized as?

    Thanks
    Check the NMC website, it'll depend on your education and clinical hours in training. If its tiniest to the US LPN then I would say no.
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    Hi! Can someone pls help me because I have an employer from UK and I need to know if this is real. He said he will process my visa and work permit in UK and from what I understand I need to pay for the work permit first so I can have my visa. Is that true? The 400 pounds work permit fee is very big for me, I don't want to waste money for that if it's fake.

    This is his message:
    "Listen now, on your visa application forms they required your working permit number.Mallinson will process your visa and working permit same time together.British Labour Department will approve your working permit first before issue visa.

    I am your employer and i am the one who will guide you on how to procure your documents to avoid any problem.You will follow all my instruction if you are willing to work for me.I have told you all the procedures and you must comply to ensure you have all your documents on time.You are not in England and you haven't travel to Europe or England.This is England procedures.You have to secure working permit registration number first before they will approve your visa.

    Hope you understand?"
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    I have been considering looking into international nursing after I complete my master's degree to become a family nurse practitioner in 2014. I finished an accelerated program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and now work as a BSN, RN on an adult general medicine unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (liver failure, pulmonary failure, renal failure, pre-transplant). Would it still be impossible for me to register with the NMC (given that I attended an accelerated program) even after several years as a nurse and an advanced degree? I understand that education is important, especially if you are a new graduate, but do they weigh education as heavily for experienced nurses? The accelerated program I attended was 18 months but we completed the same number of clinical and theory hours as the normal undergraduate population. I would love to work at King's College Hospital as they have a very good liver treatment department, but I suppose that's ridiculous given what I've read. Thank you.
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    Quote from smariej14
    I have been considering looking into international nursing after I complete my master's degree to become a family nurse practitioner in 2014. I finished an accelerated program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and now work as a BSN, RN on an adult general medicine unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (liver failure, pulmonary failure, renal failure, pre-transplant). Would it still be impossible for me to register with the NMC (given that I attended an accelerated program) even after several years as a nurse and an advanced degree? I understand that education is important, especially if you are a new graduate, but do they weigh education as heavily for experienced nurses? The accelerated program I attended was 18 months but we completed the same number of clinical and theory hours as the normal undergraduate population. I would love to work at King's College Hospital as they have a very good liver treatment department, but I suppose that's ridiculous given what I've read. Thank you.
    This is something that you really need to ask the NMC


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