Hi Sharrie and Ayla, thank you very much for your insights. No unfortunately, i won't be getting any support from the dutch government as I don't qualify due to the age limit and I believe 35 is not too late to study nursing. I have modest savings from my previous jobs which I plan to use the only thing that bothers me and makes me still undecided is, after reading lots thread from this forum, it made me realise that I have tiny chance of getting into Uk uni.s In this case, I need another of your valuable insights, my last option is to study in the phil. do you think it's the easiest possible way to get a degree (of course setting an exam is no easy matter), pass NLE, get a year of experience & come back to Europe and apply for registration to NMC, IB-group in case of the dutch regulating agency. here you are not required to have 1 year of experience but you have to pass nursing related exam aim for foreign educated nurses, since the exam is very practical related it is common sense to have a certain amount of experience. Probably someone might ask why not just do the nursing training in Holland as to make things easier. Dutch is not my mother tongue. I leave my job because i want to become a nurse. I am very motivated so I give a try to learn the language for a year now. After receiving the disappointing result for my dutch exam the thought of going to UK univ might be a good idea (not considering the cost). Here, most hospitals recruit nursing students depending in which types of hospital, for academic hospital, they recruit nursing students in their 3rd year and pay everything(books, tuition) except cost of living but you receive a practical training, maybe the same as clinical placement but you will receive a minimum salary, also depending on your age. For the non-academic health care insti. they recruit first year incoming students place students as dual student, it means you are working and studying at the same time. you get a one day lecture/week at ur school and 4 days guided practical. In terms of payment the same applies. This is my answer to Ayla's Q, if gov't give bursay or student financial support or busaries, yes, but with age limitation and government, it doe not matter what type of study everyone get the same, same hold thru to EU students and more good news they don't have a 'tested residency" as long as you have EU citizenship, you get a student financial support, but of course why would you like to study here if you don't speak dutch and u r not interested in dutch studies. my apology, i am out of topic now, there are lot of english courses here too, Physical therapy for instance, but it is not really what I want.
Back to my question, do you think it is wise to study in the phil? I already read status of nursing and nursing controversies in the phil. in this forum/site. but i want to hear the perspectives of EU experienced nurses. Do you think I would not encounter too much trouble other than the usual requirements. I will really appreciate any objectives thoughts, insights that would help me arrive to a well informed decision. And besides I really do want to start this year as I can no longer afford to miss another year by just learning dutch though at the moment i have 3 different health care related voluntary works to prepare me to enter into nursing program
Please do shed some light, and thank you so much.