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Looking for RN job options in England

skoorb112 skoorb112 (New) New

Hello --

Not sure if anyone can help with this, but I'll give it a go anyway.

I'm graduating next year from nursing school, and I'll have a bachelor's degree in Psychology as well as Nursing. I have lived abroad and love it, so I'd be thrilled to nurse in England for a few years. Does anyone know if the license will transfer over or would I need to re-certify? Also, I'd be happier knowing I had a job waiting for me before I moved...is anyone aware of an agency that helps with international nurse recruitment, or should I just move there and wing it? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!

Thank you

Allison (South Dakota, USA)

Silverdragon102, BSN

Has 32 years experience. Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

Hi and welcome to the site

You would have to meet NMC requirements and a lot will depend on your training and transcripts. Also very hard currently to find a job in the UK and obtain a work permit. The unemployment in the UK is high and many NHS trusts have requirements of employing UK and EU citizens before the rest of the world. If you gain experience in a job that is on the Job shortage occupation list you may gain some advantage

macpao87

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Clinical Case Management; A&E.

is it true that its hard to find nursing jobs in the UK now? there have been a lot of ads here in the Philippines claiming theres a shortage of nurses in the uk... thats why agencies are accepting a lot of applications. :D

Silverdragon102, BSN

Has 32 years experience. Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

There is no shortage in the UK and for work permit there are only a couple of specialities on the occupation shortage list

XB9S

Has 22 years experience. Specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

There are very few nursing shortages, and if anything lots of hospitals are scaling down, not recruiting and making posts obsolete.

macpao87

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Clinical Case Management; A&E.

this is very bad news... there was something on the news a few weeks back saying the uk is looking into hiring filipino nurses... :( i thought there were a lot of nursing jobs available there.

this is very bad news... there was something on the news a few weeks back saying the uk is looking into hiring filipino nurses... :( i thought there were a lot of nursing jobs available there.

Don't ever lose hope. If you would not apply to any agencies that are hiring nurses in the UK, you would have a zero chance of going here so just keep on trying. What have you got to lose... :)

If you have all the requirements, in no time you would also be here in the UK.

Good luck.

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

Don't ever lose hope. If you would not apply to any agencies that are hiring nurses in the UK, you would have a zero chance of going here so just keep on trying. What have you got to lose... :)

If you have all the requirements, in no time you would also be here in the UK.

Good luck.

What you could have to lose is the money that an agency could ask for as well as a "cancellation" fee if you were to try and get out of any contract signed. Why would you encourage someone to ignore Silverdrgaons advice and firsthand knowledge on this subject?

ayla2004, ASN, RN

Has 5 years experience.

I know my hospital is reducing staff per shift if possible and has plans to loose a significant number of jobs although not just nursing over the next 3 years. if will be even harder for UK nurses to get jobs. The problem is that although we do still need nurses as many nurses are reporting working with highly unsafe ratios the UK is still suffering from the recession and affect healthcare spending.

i find it really odd for nurses based in uk to say that it is hard to get a nurse job in the uk, as i have just attended two job interviews with uk employers here in the Philippines within a month. hmm,,?

Silverdragon102, BSN

Has 32 years experience. Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

and I find it amazing that employers are going over sees when immigration is UK then EU before rest of the world and only a couple of nurse job experiences are on the shortage occupation list for work permit.

Before I left the UK I saw job adverts for nurses decrease due to 'saving money' staffing was on the limited side of things and many trusts was downscaling jobs and many senior nurses where finding they had to reapply for their job and in some cases have to justify their pay

XB9S

Has 22 years experience. Specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

i find it really odd for nurses based in uk to say that it is hard to get a nurse job in the uk, as i have just attended two job interviews with uk employers here in the Philippines within a month. hmm,,?

Really and have you been offered work?

Are these UK agencies or are they NHS hospitals?

I am not sure why you would be suspicious both Ayla and myself are UK nurses, we have nothing to gain from saying things that are not true.

It's not just us that are saying that it is hard to get a nurses job in the UK, take a look at the UK borders website, where UK immigration is policed, nursing is no longer a shortage occupation, these employers must demonstrate that they are not able to recruit from the UK and EU if they are going to recruit from areas other than this.

To be honest if you believe us or not is irrelevant, at the end of the day you will find out yourself how difficult it can be to get work in the UK

stormforce

Specializes in ER, Surgery.

Another UK nurse here, and I can only reinforce what others have said. My hospital is currently closing wards and making some nurses apply for jobs elsewhere or face unemployment. There are jobs advertised in the various websites but for each job you will find that there are 20 plus British nurses who will be applying for them. My sister has just finished her nurse training and half of her group have not found jobs.

macpao87

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Clinical Case Management; A&E.

To everyone, thank you so much for the valuable input you have provided. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say we appreciate the time you spend to answer questions and give advice. It really is very odd that a lot of agencies here are actually advertising that they are in need of nurses for the UK. Some agencies like Drake International, and a few more have NHS hospitals coming here every month for interviews. Do you think that this nursing shortage might be present in some other parts of the UK? Like maybe the provinces?

To Stormforce, Sharrie and other UK based nurses in this forum: Where are you working as of the moment? Are u in big cities? or in the provinces/suburbs?

Thank you so much for your advise guys.

XB9S

Has 22 years experience. Specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

I live in a very rural area, we have a small local hospital but it's impossible to get work there so I travel 40 minutes to a big city to work, even in this big hospital we have closed wards and jobs are scarce. I understand some areas in Scotland occasionally struggle to recruit, in particular in private care homes but these jobs are not shortage occupation so not sure if it's possible to get a visa.

macpao87

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Clinical Case Management; A&E.

Thanks... This is so unfornate. I just paid the 150 pounds needed for my registration eligibility assessment for the UK.

What you could have to lose is the money that an agency could ask for as well as a "cancellation" fee if you were to try and get out of any contract signed. Why would you encourage someone to ignore Silverdrgaons advice and firsthand knowledge on this subject?

As to your question, I have a first hand experience, that is why.:idea:

No agency fees and cancellation fees for me. That's my basis when I said, "What have you got to lose?"

And so to the previous poster, Don't lose hope! Be persistent.:) Go for that "small window" of opportunity while the agencies in your country are still hiring for nurses.

If I have lose hope before, I won't be here. Get my point? You are only limited by what you think. Good luck :)

Edited by bigbrother88

Thanks... This is so unfornate. I just paid the 150 pounds needed for my registration eligibility assessment for the UK.

Unfortunate?... What others have just said, may not necessarily be your reality.

Taking risk is a part of life.:) If you'll lose some, you'll win some. If you don't risk anything, you will lose all.

Keep up the spirit.

Good Luck!

macpao87

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Clinical Case Management; A&E.

Thanks for the reply. :D I'm hoping my agency will be able to find me an employer soon. :) They seem like a very reputable agency with a valid POEA license and does not charge any placement fee. They only require me to pay for my registration as of the moment. They say when I am hired by an employer my ONP expenses will be sponsored by the employer.

and I find it amazing that employers are going over sees when immigration is UK then EU before rest of the world and only a couple of nurse job experiences are on the shortage occupation list for work permit.

Before I left the UK I saw job adverts for nurses decrease due to 'saving money' staffing was on the limited side of things and many trusts was downscaling jobs and many senior nurses where finding they had to reapply for their job and in some cases have to justify their pay

that is why i said i find it odd..

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