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I am brand new here and have searched through many threads, but can't seem to find an answer to my specific questions, so I am hoping someone can help me!
A little background: I am American, my husband is Scottish. We lived in Scotland for six years before moving back to the US. I am about to embark on a complete career change by starting school this fall, and hopefully a BSN program next fall. We will have a house in the UK that we are renting out.
Following that, my questions are:
1. If something happened and we needed to move back to Scotland before we had planned, like during my nursing program, would I be able to transfer credits and begin studying on a nursing course in the UK?
2. If I completed my BSN, but needed to move before I had the chance to work as a nurse for 12 months here, which the NMC requires, is there ANYTHING I can do to become eligible for registration in the UK? Is there any sort of program there I can work with to achieve this requirement?
We plan to settle in Scotland permanently eventually, and I don't want to waste three/four years of education here if it's going to be useless to me in the UK. Any and all advice/anecdotes/suggestions/help would be very much appreciated! Thanks!
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- Jun 19, '12 by K+MgSO4Scotland is governed by the NMC so all of the threads on here discussing US to UK are relevant to you. UK training is specialist whereas US is generalist. Have a look at the threads to see the difficulties that people have faced.
- Jun 19, '12 by Silverdragon102You really need to contact the university where you hope to go to to continue training and ask them if anything is credited across. Don't forget things are done differently in the UK compared to the US including training. My suggestion is also to speak to the NMC about 12 month experience due to moving back to the UK as a new grad. There have been cases made and exceptions granted
- Jun 19, '12 by FourFoxesThanks very much for the replies! Having lived in the UK previously, I am aware of the many differences in training (and everything else, haha), but was hoping maybe someone here had had a similar experience they could share with me.
This could all be completely hypothetical since I have no idea if a quick move would be necessary, but I thought it would be better to have all my ducks in a row before embarking on a years long course.