newly graduated RN wanting to work in the UK


  • Specializes in cardiac, emergency. Has 6 years experience.

hi everyone! i'm a eu citizen, recently graduated (2011)from nursing school and i'm planning to move in the uk within the next 1-2 years. i've browsed through nhs jobs and seen posts advertised as suitable for newly qualified, but i wonder how likely is it to get a nursing job in the uk as a non uk, newly qualified nurse with very limited experience. maybe getting a job in the private sector would be easier? here is my cv:

academic qualifications

2007-2011 abc university of city1-department of nursing (grade: 8.33/10, "very good")

2004-2007 1st high school of city2(grade: 18.1/20, "excellent")

clinical experience-clinical placement

4/10/2011-10/5/2012 i served in the xyz battalion as a nurse. main duties:

- nursing care of the infirmary patients- all routes of drug adminstration

- doctor assistance in physical examination

- new privates' vaccinations (meningitis and tetanus shots)

- basic first aid teaching (heimlich maneuver, treating simple injuries e.t.c.)

15/3/2011-17/5/2011 clinical placement in the surgical ward of "blahblah childrens hospital".

- familiarization with the surgical department and drug calculations according to the children weight

excellent teamwork with medical and nursing staff

continual professional education

- clinical seminar: "electroacupuncture according to voll". 10th nursing students conference. 8-10/4/2011.

- critical care and emergency nursing: guidelines. 26-27/9/2010.

- clinical seminar: "metabolic drug interactions: clinically important drug interactions in various metabolic systems of the organism". 9thnursing students conference. 16-18/4/2010.

- clinical seminar: "newer antibiotics: mechanism of action, antimicrobial actions spectrum, clinical indications, resistance mechanisms, adverse effects". 9th nursing students conference. 16-18/4/2010.

foreign languages

english: proficient communication, london tests of english, university of westminster

british council ielts academic: 8

computer skills

1. computer practice and file management

2. word processing

3. spreadsheets

4. internet applications

other information

-volunteer blood donor


available upon request

i know it is quite simple but my experience is very limited too.

lastly, do nurses also need covering letters to apply for jobs?

thanks a lot!

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Silverdragon102, BSN

1 Article; 39,477 Posts

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 35 years experience.

Check with NMC because you may be required to have 12 months experience to meet requirements


2,115 Posts

You did not mention where you did your training. If your training took place outside of the UK I believe in order to work in the UK as a licensed nurse you have to make a formal application to the UK professional nursing licensure body (I can't remember what they're called, but you can google them). I believe they accept applicants who have trained in certain countries (I think they also require a certain amount of experience). They will evaluate your nursing training as they want it to be at least equivalent in quality to the training in the UK. I don't believe this requirement would be waived for working in the private sector; as far as I know it applies to any position where you will be working as a licensed nurse, NHS or otherwise. I would start by contacting the UK professional nursing licensure organization to find out their requirements.


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Specializes in cardiac, emergency. Has 6 years experience.

i've checked with the nmc information for eu applicants file and my qualification is automatically recognized so i don't think experience is needed. I'll send them an email though to make sure, thank you. Is my cv ok or maybe too simple?

babyNP., APRN

1,921 Posts

Specializes in NICU. Has 15 years experience.

Just letting you know that jobs are more scarce in the UK and from a hiring manager's POV, it makes sense to hire an experienced RN or a new graduate RN from the UK. Best of luck, but you may find it pretty tough to navigate. Definitely I wouldn't move there unless you had a job offer...