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  1. charmieern

    How to Obtain UK RN Licensure for Filipino Nurses

    You're welcome Indai! Congrats on successfully going though all this. Hopefully your DL will come soon! Whereabouts in Saudi Arabia? I worked in Riyadh at an out-patient clinic for 2 years. :)
  2. charmieern

    How to Obtain UK RN Licensure for Filipino Nurses

    I've also included my CBT Reviewer, I hope it would be useful for you too. I have taken my CBT on June 6, 2016. Please take time to review these pointers from the NMC Website, as well as the online MCQs from The Royal Marsden Manual. Take serious notes on Standards and Guidance readings as well as Infection Control, Wastes Management and Wound Care. I only needed these readings and Royal Marsden to review for my CBT. I didn't even need to review Marsden from cover to cover. 1. Adult (General) Nursing 2. Recommended reading for overseas applicants 3. The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures Student Edition My NMC CBT Reviewer Wednesday, 13 January 2016 Standards The Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives Conscientious objection by nurses and midwives Professional indemnity arrangement: A New requirement for registration Good care from nurses and midwives: What our professional Code means for you The NMC Code: Professional staff, quality services Hearings and Outcomes Standards for medicines management Prep handbook -> Revalidation Standards for competence for registered nurses Standards for pre-registration nursing education Standards of proficiency for pre-registration nursing education Age UK: Safeguarding older people from abuse Age UK: Safeguarding adults role of health practitioners Age UK: Working together to safeguard children Age UK: Safeguarding disabled children: practice guidance Keele University: Procedure and guidelines for the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults Mencap: Death by indifference Guidance Raising concerns: Guidance for nurses and midwives Social networking guidance Guidance on the professional duty of candour Domain 1: Professional Values Information Commissioner's Office: Data Protection Principles (1:1) RCN Nursing Standard: Developing Reflective Practice (1:2) NHS Scotland: Legal and Ethics Guidance (Overview, Ethics, Law, Accountability, Consent, Documentation and Record Keeping) (1:3&4) Age UK: Patients' Health Care Rights (NHS Constitution, Equality Act, Complaints) (1:5) Centre for Policy on Ageing: Managing and Administering Medication in Care Homes for Older People (1:6) Care Quality Commission: Safeguarding People (1:7) Care Quality Commission: How to Complain about a Health or Social Care Service (1:8) Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Governance (1:9 page not found.) Equality and Human Rights Commission: Area: Health (1:10) Equality and Human Rights Commission: Human Rights Act (1:11, 12) EuroMed Info: A Model of Care for Cultural Competence (1:13) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Legislation for Infection Control search results (1:14) Health and Safety Executive: Sensible Risk Assessment in Care Settings (1:15) The King's Fund: Developing a Culture of Compassionate Care (1:16) Gov.uk: Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (1:17) Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency: Medicines, medical devices and blood regulation and safety – guidance (E-learning modules: medicines, 1:18) MIND: Mental Capacity Act 2005 (1:19) National Health Service: Abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults (1:20) National Health Service: What is the Mental Capacity Act? (1:21) NHS Lothian: What is Independent Advocacy? (1:22) National Institute for Clinical Excellence: Medicines adherence: involving patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence (1:23) National Institute for Clinical Excellence: Self-Administration of Medicines Search (1:24) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Raising concerns: Guidance for nurses and midwives (1:25) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Standards for Medicines Management (1:26) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Safeguarding (1:27) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Guidance (1:28) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Standards (1:29) ***National Patient Safety Agency: Patient safety topics --- VERY IMPORTANT (1:30) National Patient Safety Agency: Consent, communication, confidentiality (1:31) National Patient Safety Agency: Risk assessment/management (1:32) Public Health Agency: Nursing (1:33) Royal College of Nursing: Professional Issues; Transcultural Health; Clinical Governance; Quality and Safety Bulletin; Dignity; Infection Control; Nutrition; Principles; Public Health; Safeguarding; Social Inclusion; Spirituality; Informed Consent (1: 34-51) Social Care Insitute for Excellence: Protecting adults at risk in London: Good practice resource (1:52) NHS Wales (1:53) NHS Wales: What is Information Governance? (1:54) NHS Wales: Good practice in infection prevention and control (1:55) NHS Wales: Patient Consent (1:56) World Health Organization: Cancer (1:57) World Health Organization: Patient Safety (1:58) World Health Organization: Health Promotion (1:59) World Health Organization: Infection Control (1:60) NHS: Delegation in Nursing search results (1:61) Gov.uk: Safeguarding Children (1:62) Gov.uk: Public Health (1:63) Gov.uk: Liverpool Care Pathway (1:64) Domain 2: Communication and Interpersonal Skills Nursing and Midwifery Council: Maintaining Boundaries (2:65, page not found) Royal College of Nursing: Professional Standards (2:66 unauthorized access) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Maintaining and Prescribing (2:67 page not found) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Medicines adherence: involving patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence (2:68) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Working with young people (2:69, page not found) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Guidance (2:70) Royal College of Nursing: Dementia (2:71, unauthorized access) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Care for Older People (2:72, page not found) National Health Service: What is a care plan? (2:73) NHS England: Tim Kelsey (2:74) Royal College of Nursing: Practice Principles (2:75, unauthorized access) Helpguide: Nonverbal Communication (2:76) Royal College of Nursing: Nursing Standard Principle (2:77, unauthorized access) Nursing in Practice: Communication - How can we improve skills? (2:78) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Record Keeping (2:79 page not found) Action on Hearing Loss: Ways of Communicating (2:80) Alzheimer's Society: Communication (2:81) Alzheimer's Society: Communicating (2:82) National Health Service: Communicating with persons with dementia (2:83) Action on Hearing Loss: Communicating (2:84 page not found) Mencap: Communicating (2:85 page not found) NHS England: Compassion in Practice pdf (2:86) National Health Service: Advocacy Services (2:87) National Health Service: What is the Mental Capacity Act? (2:88) National Health Service: Dealing with challenging behaviour (2:89) Headway Brain Injury Services and Support (2:90 page not found) Professional Standards Authority: Clear sexual boundaries (2:91) Gov.uk: Framework for personalised care and population health (2:92) Patient.uk: Health promotion (2:93) Royal College of Nursing: Nutrition (2:94 unauthorized access) World Health Organization: Health promotion (2:95) Royal College of Nursing: Infection Control (2:96 unauthorized access) Nursing and Midwifery Council: Regulation in Practice (2:97 page not found) Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency: E-learning modules: medicines (2:98) Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency: Medicines, medical devices and blood regulation and safety Medical devices regulation and safety (2:99) National Health Service: Medicines information - Safety and regulation (2:100) Domain 3: Nursing Practice and Decision-Making National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Behaviour change overview (3:101) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Lifestyle advice on diet and physical activity (3:102) Royal College of Nursing: First Steps for HCA's (3:103) 4. Resuscitation Council UK: Emergency treatment of anaphylactic reactions: Guidelines for healthcare providers (3:104) Age UK: Preventing Malnutrition (3:105) The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition: Malnutrition and Nutrition (3:106) The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition: Introducing The ‘Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool' (‘MUST') (3:107) The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition: MUST App (3:108) Baxter UK: Calculations Guide (3:109 file not found) The Breastfeeding Network (3:110) British Society of Gastroenterology: Guidelines for Enteral Feeding in Adult Hospital Patients (3:111) Care Quality Commission: Controlled drugs (3:112) NHS England: Our Culture of Compassionate Care (3:113) Equality and Human Rights: What is the Human Rights Act? (3:114) European Hydration Institute: What is dehydration? (3:115) Food: A Fact of Life: Diet and Lifestyle Factors (3:116) Gov.uk: Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Important Info (3:117) Gov.uk: Infectious Diseases A-Z (3:118) Gov.uk: Public Health England (3:119) Gov.uk: Notifications of infectious diseases (NOIDs) and reportable causative organisms: legal duties of laboratories and medical practitioners (3:120) Health Protection Scotland: National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (3:121) Health and Social Care Information Centre: Assuring information (3:122) Health and Safety Executive: Blood-borne viruses (3:123) Health and Safety Executive: Resources (3:124) Human Embryology Animations (3:125) Inner Body: Human Anatomy by System (3:126) National Health Service Institute for Innovation and Improvement: Patient Centred Care (3:127) National Health Service Institute for Innovation and Improvement: Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation (SBAR) (3:128) The King's Fund: Developing a Culture of Compassionate Care (3:129) NHS Leadership Academy: Resources (3:130) University of Leeds: Religion and Food (3:131) Legislation.gov.uk: Medicines Act 1968 (3:132) MHRA: E-Learning Modules (3:133, 134, 135, 136, 137) Basic Observations, Devices in Practice, FAQs for the Learning Modules, Index, Reducing Medicine Risk MHRA: Vigilance, safety alerts and guidance (3:138) NHS Scotland: Healthcare-associated infections (3:139 page not found) National Health Service: Making a complaint (3:140) National Health Service: What is a controlled drug? (3:141) National Health Service: Why breastfeed? (3:142) National Health Service: Self-harm (3:143) National Health Service: Suicide (3:144) National Health Service: NICE issues warning over dangerous IV drip use (3:145) National Health Service: What is a care plan? (3:146) National Health Service: What is self-care? (3:147) National Health Service: BMI healthy weight calculator (3:148) National Health Service: Fitness Tools (3:149) National Health Service: Healthy Eating Tools (3:150) National Health Service: Mood Self-Assessment (3:151) Health Careers: Dietitian (3:152) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Guidance on Important Health Topics (3:153) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Self-harm in over 8s: long-term management (3:154) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Anaphylaxis: assessment and referral after emergency treatment (3:155) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Patient experience in adult NHS services: improving the experience of care for people using adult NHS services (3:156) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care (3:157) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Nutrition support for adults: oral nutrition support, enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition (3:158) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Acute illness in adults in hospital: recognising and responding to deterioration (3:159) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Medicines optimisation: the safe and effective use of medicines to enable the best possible outcomes (3:160) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Behaviour change: individual approaches (3:161) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Behaviour change: general approaches (3:162) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: End of life care for adults (3:163) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Medicines Management (3:164 file not found) NMC: Raising Concerns: Guidance for Nurses and Midwives (3:165) NMC Guidance (3:166) NMC Standards (3:167) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Medicines and Prescribing (3:168) International Resource for Infection Control (3:169, file not found) National Health Service: Patient Safety (3:170) National Health Service: Harm from flushing of nasogastric tubes before confirmation of placement (3:171) National Health Service: Protected mealtimes (3:172) National Health Service: Ensuring safer practice for adults with learning disabilities who have dysphagia (3:173) The Nuffield Trust (3:174, file not found) Nursing Times: Core principles on self-care increase patient responsibility (3:175) British Nutrition Foundation: Nutrition (3:176) Patient.uk: PEG Feeding Tubes - Indications and Management (3:177) Patient.uk: BMI Calculator (3:178) National Health Service: Nutrition and Hydration Week (3:179 error) National Health Service: Intervention (3:180 error) National Health Service: Deterioration (3:181 error) National Health Service: Medication Safety (3:182 error) The Point of Care Foundation (3:183) Public Health Nursing: Areas of Responsibility (3:184) Royal College of Nursing: Nursing Standard Responsibility (3:185 to 207 unauthorized access) Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists: What is speech and language therapy (3:208) 83. UNICEF: Breastfeeding in the UK (3:209) Visual Infusion Phlebitis score (3:210) NHS Wales: Healthcare Associated Infections (3:211) World Health Organization: Infection Prevention and Control (3:212)l World Health Organization: Ageing (3:213) Gov.uk: Notifiable diseases in animals (3:214) Gov.uk: Public Health Outcomes Framework (3:215) Gov.uk: Public Health England (3:216) Gov.uk: Long term health conditions (3:217) Gov.uk: Controlled drugs: licences, fees and returns (3:218) Gov.uk: Care Homes: Infection Prevention and Control (3:219) Gov.uk: Healthcare waste (3:220) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Infection control search results (3:221) Royal College of Nursing: Research (3:222 unauth.access) Royal College of Physicians: National Early Warning Score (3:223) Resuscitation Council UK: Resuscitation guidelines (3:224) Resuscitation Council UK: Guidelines (3:225) Resuscitation Council UK: Publications (3:226) MHRA: Yellow Card Scheme (3:227) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospital (3:228) Domain 4: Leadership, Management and Team-Working The Health Foundation: Patient safety resource centre (4:228) The Health Foundation: Person-centred care resource centre (4:229) NHS England: What is clinical audit? (4:230) NHS Scotland: Clinical Governance (4:231) Health and Social Care Information Centre: Clinical Audits (4:232) Gov.uk: The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (4:233) NHS: Not Alone (4:234) NMC: Revalidation (4:235) NHS Patient Safety First (4:236, unauth. access) The Health Foundation: Patient Safety resource centre (4:237) Royal College of Nursing: Clinical Governance, Infection Control, The 8 Principles (4:238-240) World Health Organization: Infection Control (4:241) NICE: Patient transfer in between hospitals search results (4:242) Royal College of Nursing: Nursing Standard Principle (4:243 unauth access) Royal College of Nursing: Leadership (4:244 unauth. access) Field-Specific: Adult Nursing Department of Health: Dementia Challenge (5:245) Restraint Reduction Network: Conference Resources (5:246) The Scottish Government: Long term conditions (5:247) The Welsh Government: A framework for delivering integrated health and social care for older people with complex needs (5:248) Alzheimer's Society: The Mental Health Act 1983 and guardianship (5:249) Care Quality Commission (5:250) Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Long Term Conditions (5:251 page not found) Public Health England's National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (5:252) The King's Fund: Providing integrated care for older people with complex needs (5:253) The King's Fund: Managing people with long-term conditions (5:254) The King's Fund: Black & minority ethnic older people - health and social care; December 2013 (5:255) The King's Fund: Long term conditions and Multi-morbidity (5:256) Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities: Learning Disability A-Z (5:257) Mental Health Care: Mental Health Act (5:258) MHRA Topics (5:259) MIND: Mental Health Act 1983 (5:260) Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland: Mental Health Act (5:261) The National Council for Palliative Care: Palliative Care Explained (5:262) National Health Service: End of Life Care (5:263) NICE: Antenatal care for uncomplicated pregnancies (5:264) NICE: Diarrhoea and vomiting caused by gastroenteritis in under 5s: diagnosis and management (5:265) NICE: Children and young people (5:266 page not found) NICE: End of Life Care (5:267) NHS: Patient Safety Incident Data (5:268) Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines (5:269) Royal College of Nursing: End of Life Care, Learning Disabilities (5:270, 271) Services and Advocacy for for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders: Publications (5:272) Social Care Institute for Excellence: Co-Production (5:273) Social Care Institute for Excellence: E-Learning (5:274) The Scottish Government: Reshaping Care (5:275) United Nations Population Fund: Humanitarian Agencies (5:276) Wales Audit Office: The Management of Chronic Conditions in Wales – An Update (5:277) Gov.uk: National service framework: long term conditions (5:278) Gov.uk: The health and care system explained (5:279) Gov.uk: Publications (5:280) MHRA Topics (5:281) Gov.uk: Disability rights (5:282) MENCAP: About learning disability (5:283) Resuscitation UK (5:284) Spotting the Sick Child (5:285) Gov.uk: Mental Health Act 2005 (5:286) NMC Website (5:287) Pointers 40Q: Nursing Practice and Decision-Making 30Q: Professional Values 20Q: Adult Nursing 15Q: Leadership, Management, Team Working 15Q: Communication and Interpersonal Skills More NMC Guidance to Read DH England's Saving Lives DH Compassion in Practice Our Health, Our Care, Our Say High Quality Care for All NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework How to Write Plain English Better Information, Better Choice, Better Health (2004)
  3. I originally wrote this guide for family and friends who have been asking me about the steps to become an RN in the UK. I am currently on the process of acquiring my Tier 2- Visa and will be updating this as I go, and only when I have free time to do so. I'll be as concise as I possibly can. I may miss a few details, just remind me if I do! If you have any questions you may post on the comments box. This is mainly an account of my personal experiences and not an authoritative guide, so I disclaim any liability that may be incurred by information found here. 1. Make sure you have passed the Philippine Nurse Licensure Exam (local boards) first, and have a Registered Nurse license awarded by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). The NMC requires that we're licensed in our home country, as well as all of the countries we've practiced in. So make sure you have your Board Certificates in your possession, as you will need to submit these, among other documents, during the Assessment stage. 2. Make sure you have at least 12 months of post-registration nursing experience. The NMC requires that we have at least a year of post-registration experience, and has to be related to the area of nursing we'll be applying for. For Filipino nurses, I think it's almost always Adult Nursing. Both volunteer and employed work will be considered. 3. Get Academic IELTS scores acceptable to the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council. You'll need a grade of at least 7.0 (out of 9.0) in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Presently though, two IELTS test certificates may be submitted to meet the above requirements, but you must not have scored below 6.5 in any categories, in either of the test sittings. The two test sittings must be taken within six months of each other to be considered. Make sure you take the Academic module, not the General Training one. I also recommend getting the UKVI one if you are feeling confident about getting 7.0 on everything right off the bat. It's hitting two birds in one stone, since you will be needing a UKVI Academic IELTS test result later when processing your UK Tier 2 visa. It's more expensive though, and UKVI only requires IELTS scores of 4.0 on all tests for the visa. I paid SAR 925 (approx. PHP 11,500) for the regular Academic IELTS I took in Riyadh, and PHP 16,090 for the UKVI Academic IELTS I took in Manila. (Total of PHP 27,000++, my agency paid for my UKVI and reimbursed my regular one too.) I recommend preparing for the test, both through practice and also by becoming familiar with the IELTS test formats. You may be very confident about your oral and written English, but if you do not conform to these formats, I'm pretty sure your score will fall below the target score, which is 7.0. I found Clarity and Road to IELTS as invaluable guides to hurdling the tests. Make sure you go through them as they provide tips that will help especially the first-time IELTS test-taker. Never ever sit for the test without going through them. As for my own preparation, aside from studying Clarity and Road to IELTS, I downloaded a random Cambridge IELTS practice test online (I forgot where exactly, but you can Google for one). I have only practiced once for each test, but I feel that people will need to practice more to warm up and have a feel of what it's going to be like at the test center. The more you practise, the more confident you will feel. The confidence you get from practicing will help you overcome the anxiety you will be feeling whilst taking the test, as well as beat the time pressure, especially during the Writing test. You will also need to develop techniques such as skimming and scanning through paragraphs for the Reading test, as the full hour may not be enough for you to cover all of the materials. I also made sure I had a full meal and good coffee to keep me awake throughout the test day. (Although I was sleepless the night before the test, I would recommend too for you to have a good night's sleep! It will help keep you focused. ) I didn't find the Listening test hard. I would advise you to give full attention as the items will not be repeated. Take advantage of the few minutes provided at the beginning of the test to take note of the test questions, so you can anticipate the word/phrase you will need to jot down to fill in the blanks. For Reading, I took advantage of the margins on the test booklet and wrote keywords on it beside the paragraph I just finished reading. This will help you answer the questions later on and not take too much time looking for the information again (remember you are given only 60 minutes to finish, and I think I was asked to read 4 academic articles for this test). The keywords you make will help as a reference whilst you're answering the questions, so you can confirm that your answer is indeed correct. I would recommend speed reading, skimming and scanning, and not lingering too long on anything. I swear, I speed-read, wrote keywords, matched my test answers to the text, and read faster than average, but only finished the test just in time. I remember I took almost the full hour on Task 2 of my Writing test. I only had 5 minutes to do my Task 1, thankfully I still got a 7.0. I recommend writing Task 2 first because it's worth twice the points. Be careful not to exchange your answer sheets if you write Task 2 first. Make sure you have an introduction, body, and conclusion, and adhere to writing only 250 words. Writing a lot more than 250 words for Task 2 and 150 words for Task 1 will give demerits, so try to count words per paragraph as you go. The Writing test is notorious to almost every Filipino IELTS-taker. Many people fall short of 7.0 for Writing, (even end up re-taking IELTS six times!) so make sure you take this seriously and practice, practice, practice! Get accurate information with regards to format and guidelines to writing both Task 1 & 2 from Clarity and Road to IELTS, and adhere to them when you practice and when taking the actual test itself. The Speaking test will seem scary at first, but really it's just like talking to a close friend or family member. It consists of three parts, the easy, medium and difficult parts. Just kidding! You will be asked on the first part to talk about things you're familiar with, such as your home town, your family, your accommodation, etc. This will warm you up for the second part, wherein you will be given a full minute to prepare to talk for a few minutes about a topic that will be provided by your interviewer. You will be given a task card, make sure you cover all the tasks because if you skip some, you will not be awarded any points for it. Make use of the pencil and paper provided for you to, again, write keywords for each task to guide your talk. Lastly, you will be asked to talk at length about a topic related to the one you had on the second part. This is relatively easy because you will only be asked to give your thoughts and opinions about a certain topic. If you run out of things to say, make sure you don't have 'dead air.' Say something like, "Let me think for a few seconds." Do not say "uhmmm"or "ahhh" a lot in between words, when trying to think of things to say. I believe this also gives demerits. (If you're curious, my test scores are the following. For my regular Academic IELTS, I got 8.5 for Listening, 8.0 for Reading, and 7.0 for both Writing and Speaking. I think I scored better, had only one mistake I believe for Listening because they provided headsets in Riyadh, unlike in Manila where they only played the items through a loudspeaker. For my UKVI Academic IELTS (taken in Manila), I got 8.0 for Listening, 8.5 for Reading, and 7.0 for both Writing and Speaking. I did not need to rehearse or review because I already understood what I needed to do in the tests. I got an overall score of 7.5 on both tests.) 4. Declare your Eligibility on the NMC website. Congrats for hurdling the IELTS! It may have seemed so daunting already, but really you're just getting started. The first step of the process is the Eligibility stage. You will need to sign up on this website: NMC International Registration > Login. Here you will need to declare that you are eligible to take the Test of Competence 1, more popularly known as the CBT (Computer-Based Test). Tick all of the boxes that need ticking and input your IELTS scores. You will receive an e-mail confirming your eligibility and authorization to test (ATT) from the NMC. You will need to sign up here to register and pay to take the test with Pearson Vue. 5. Pass the Test of Competence 1, aka the CBT. The CBT is not the same as the PNLE or the NCLEX or the Saudi Prometric. It is different because the questions gauge your nursing knowledge based on UK practice. Do not attempt to take this test without preparation as it will definitely result in a fail, because UK practice is a bit different from everywhere else. For Adult Nursing, here is the NMC link for topics to review. I recommend taking serious notes on Standards and Guidelines, specifically The Code, Medicines Management, Safeguarding Adults and Children, Raising Concerns, Social Networking Guidance, The Professional Duty of Candour, and Infection Control. You may read The Royal Marsden Manual of Nursing Procedures and skim through the other readings outlined in the blueprints. You don't need to memorize things, you only need to understand them. You also need to know that out of the 120 questions in the test, there will be 20 critical questions that you will need to answer correctly. If you fail at one of these, you will get a failing mark, even if you scored 119/120 on the test. I don't know if this has changed now. You will find the test very easy, so easy you'll finish 120 questions in 2 hours. Do not be fooled! Try to re-check your answers at least thrice. Most of the time you will have a /failfish moment finding you answered one item incorrectly, and thank yourself after for being so thorough. Make most of the time given to you. There will be drug computations but these are very basic, so much you can get a correct answer with your eyes closed. Be very careful cuz you'll never know when a question is a critical one, so treat all questions as if they are. Most of the time it's questions about medicines management, safety, safeguarding, infection control. Do not rush, think about the £130 (approx PHP 8,000++) you will need to shell out again if you fail! 6. Have your documents assessed by the NMC. You will receive a congratulatory e-mail a few hours (to a maximum of 48 hours) after taking the CBT if you pass. If you fail, you will need to wait at least 28 days to resit the test. If you fail again, you will need to wait a further 6 months to take the test again. It's okay, you can try again. There may have been a few things on the blueprint you've skipped, so go through them again. Or read Marsden. The CBT isn't so impossible to pass anymore like it used to be. When you get a pass, you will progress to the Assessment stage. You will be asked to pay £140 (approx PHP 8,800+) to continue the application process. Then, you will be asked on the NMC website to fill out forms and upload scanned documents online with regards to Proof of Identification, English Language Skills, Professional Education and Training, Post-Qualification Registration, Work Experience, and Good Character and Good Health. You will also be asked to download barcoded forms, specifically a form to Accompany Transcript of Training, Reference forms for two Employers, a Registration Authority Verification form, and a Declaration of Good Health form to be filled out and couriered to the NMC office in London. These barcoded forms will be unique to you, and cannot be downloaded prior to passing the CBT. The documents you will typically need to scan and upload are: A Valid Passport Old Passports (if pertinent to your application) NSO Birth Certificate IELTS Test Result BSN Diploma (Qualification Certificate) PRC Board Certificate NBI Clearance (the yellow one, for abroad) For my application, I also included my old passport (as a reference to most of my scanned documents), PRC Board Rating and Passing, PRC ID, SCFHS Board Certificate and certified translation, SCFHS ID, and KSA Police Certificate with certified translation (since I practiced too in Saudi Arabia). As for the barcoded forms, you will need to send the form to Accompany Transcript of Training to the university where you got your nursing degree. The Employer Reference forms need to be filled up by anyone senior to you, whether physician or nurse. The NMC is very particular about the job titles you input in your forms. If senior nurses, they need to be your Chief Nurse, Head Nurse, or Nurse Supervisor. They won't consider any job title that isn't superior to yourself, such as Operating Room Nurse, or Medical-Surgical Nurse. The Registration Authority Verification form will need to be sent to the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) in the Philippines (and Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, or SCFHS in KSA, if you practiced too in Saudi Arabia like me. You will need two forms filled up). The Declaration of Good Health form will need to be filled up by any GP or consultant that isn't your relative or employer. Make sure that the information you input on the forms at the NMC website match those found in your uploaded scanned documents and barcoded forms. You can not afford to be delayed after you hit the submit button or get refused because you have input wrong/different information, i.e. start and end dates of your nursing education or post-registration experience. I recommend accomplishing the barcoded forms as soon as you can download them from the website. I have normally had them couriered to London, which got received around 2-3 days. I have sent a set of blank documents once thru registered mail, which arrived after 7 days. So really, a courier service would be a worthy investment for this end, especially if you're running after time. I was informed by the NMC that once these documents get received, they normally get scanned and uploaded into their system around 8-15 days. In my experience, I have had all barcoded forms received in London, scanned documents all uploaded, and forms accurately filled out, but only got in assessment queue 20 calendar days after. So I really recommend accomplishing the barcoded forms as quickly as possible, because getting all of these up in the system typically takes a very long time. A reply to an e-mail you have addressed to overseas.enquiries@nmc-uk.org typically gets received around 5-11 days in my experience. Make sure you include in your inquiry your complete name, NMC candidate ID, and birthdate, or they may not be able to respond to your request. If they give feedback that they cannot verify your IELTS result, make sure you e-mail back the scanned test result to them to avoid further delays. You may also call the NMC when your 70-day processing time is almost due. The people who answered my calls were very friendly and helpful. If you're calling from the Philippines, you need to dial 0044 207 333 6600. I used Globe IDD card or my Globe sim to make calls, I usually get 12 minutes of talk time for every PHP 100 air time. This part of the process is the ultimate test of patience and required a lot of prayers on my end. My application got processed for the full 3 months, even beyond the 70-day target processing period. I felt like I will never ever get my OSCE invite, but I did. So don't lose hope! Your decision letter may come to you in 5 days, or more than 90. But it will come, don't worry. It's just a matter of time. It also pays to call NMC as often as you can, saying you are on your 70th ++ processing day. I got my decision letter that same night, UK time. 🙂 7. Acquire your Tier 2 Visa Congratulations on your long wait! Finally, your OSCE Invite is in your NMC portal and downloaded to your computer. Now it's time to book your OSCE. We'll need to fly to the UK so we can sit for the exam at the University of Northampton. For this, we will need a proper visa. I am sponsored by an NHS trust in London, so the visa I applied for was the Tier 2 Visa (General Migrant for 3 Years). In my experience, the entire application process has been quick and easy. I was completely clueless about the whole thing, thankfully I have Omanfil, my agency that helped me go through the entire process. Their support is priceless and I could not have gone through it right without their guidance. Firstly, I had my Certificate of Sponsorship (provided by my NHS trust sponsor), IOM (Tuberculosis) Certificate, UKVI Academic IELTS test result, and all original supporting documents ready. Then, I registered on this website, filled up the online application form with my Certificate of Sponsorship as my guide. When I was done with the application form and IHS section, my agency paid for my visa (USD 620.00, approx PHP 30,000) and IHS (Immigration Health Surcharge, USD 756.00, approx PHP 36,000++) fees. After this, I was able to make an appointment with VFS Global. Unfortunately, there were no appointments available for Manila, so I had to fly to Cebu. It was on very short notice but needed to be done ASAP, since visa processing takes about a maximum of 15 working days. So I flew there, stayed for a night, then flew back to Manila right after. The documents I've brought with me to VFS were: Passports, old and new (and photocopies of all pages, from beginning to end) 1 Passport Photo for the application form (take note of UKVI guidelines for passport photos) My KSA exit visa printout Printed out online application form Printed out appointment confirmation NMC Pass printout OSCE invitation printout Certificate of Sponsorship Tuberculosis Screening Certificate (IOM) UKVI IELTS Results BSN Diploma PRC Board Certificate SCFHS Board Certificate and certified translation NBI Clearance (Green one, for abroad) KSA Police Clearance Certificate and certified translation KSA Experience Certificate IHS Payment Receipt IHS Reference Number printout Photocopies of all supporting documents I paid PHP 525.00 to have everything couriered back to my agency in Manila. So far, I have (and my agency) paid something around PHP 150,000 (approx £2,000+ / $2,700+), including money spent for medical exams, courier services, transport and supporting documents, from Steps 1 to 6. ---- To be continued
  4. hi, as for me, i assumed i have been placed on queue 21st july because that's when i got all of my barcoded documents in, and of course my documents required to be uploaded to the nmc site. when i called NMC though, i was informed i was put in queue 10th of august, so we can't really assume the date when we were put in queue? i got my decision letter exactly 3 months, 21st july to 21st october. i have been asked to provide additional info such as my ielts results (i submitted 2 of them, regular and ukvi), and a new police clearance from here in the philippines. took them 2 weeks to process each, they say there's an influx of applicants from all over the world, plus there was a huge system breakdown at the time. so my suggestion is, call every so often. i can't advise you to call earlier than the 70th day you were put on queue, but yeah i suggest call them on the 70th day and beyond when you "assume" you have been placed on queue. they will be sympathetic with you and will try process your application on the same day.
  5. charmieern

    Registration Verification from Saudi Council

    i got mine after 2 days... i hope you got yours sent by now. :)
  6. I have a CI friend and he told me he took the job because our nursing school's affiliate hospital would count the hours he put into teaching as work experience. So more and more new grad RNs grab this chance and be CIs for a year or so, since it's freeze-hiring everywhere in Metro Manila. They'd then write resumes for abroad saying they had hospital experience. The CIs are good teachers though. It'll only get problematic for them if they lose confidence in their skills coz they never practiced, if not having practiced for years back and need a refresher.
  7. charmieern

    Shifting Career Archi to Nursing

    I've read all the responses to your thread and I'd say they all do have good points. But the final decision is always with you, so think hard first and don't be impulsive about this. Maybe the reason why you failed before is that you dislike your field of study? I hope you won't let it happen again, so think hard of what is it you really like doing, so much you think it's something you're gonna do for the rest of your life, so much you feel like you're not working at all. That's much to think about, right? Hopefully you're not jumping in the nursing bandwagon just because everyone is doing it, or mostly everyone in your family is a nurse. What about you? What do you want in life, and what do really want to do? If you really want to be a nurse, be prepared because it's no sunny walks in the field. I'm sure you somehow have an idea coz your mom might have told you some stories. I have some questions for you to help you picture the profession you are about to enter: Are you a people-person? Do you care about other people? If not, I'm not sure if you're gonna enjoy nursing because not only do you need to care about people enough to draft and provide the best care plan for them, you also need to have constant contact with them. You need to establish good rapport with them to gain their trust so they can allow you to care for them better. In my experience, at least (I'm just a student nurse). For me, these are the foremost qualities you need to be a good nurse. Do you enjoy the sciences? If your biology teacher made you sleep on your armchair the minute she walks in class, I don't know how you'll enjoy nursing because 90% of all the things you'll be studying is science-related (10% being English, Social Sciences, and etc.). You've got to have a working knowledge, if not a mastery of Human Anatomy and Physiology as a student nurse because it's always brought up in other classes, like pharmacology and nursing majors (NCM 100 and above). It's hard to keep up with understanding the lessons if you're not familiar with a certain body region or bod part. Well, since you say you're from UP, I'm sure you won't have any prob reviewing, most probably you'll even top your class, but no matter how high your science aptitude is, you must always maintain, if not rev up your interest, because the load of science-related reading matter you're about to pour over for the next 4 years of nursing school is no joke. I'm sure you don't mind that, coz being from UP you must be very used to pouring over 6 chapters of stuff just for a couple of class meetings, right? :) On the brighter side, since you won't be enrolling at the UP College of Nursing (coz they don't accept transferees even from other UP units), nursing school isn't that brutal, hehehe . Depends really on your prof if your class would be brutal or not... Lastly, but not most importantly... is it ok for you to get messy? Lol, I don't actually mean to include this but I did. But kidding aside, nursing is a messy job. Your patients are messy. Your clothes can get messy. Heck, blood can even be spurted on your face. No kidding! It's not for the faint of heart. So if you care too much about having your hands clean, your hair combed straight and etc all the time, I don't know if you'll enjoy nursing.. If you said "yes" to all three questions, then maybe you'll like it! :yeah:So brace yourself, it's not going to be a joy ride. There are plenty of good nursing schools out there who'll welcome you with open arms. But once in, prepare to be driven out of your wits every exams week or maybe during your clinicals. The difficulty of lessons is at par with the stuff you're used to in UP (I know coz I've also attended UP Diliman before, please don't ask me for details LOL), but the learning per se is much harder since you need to travel to provincial hospitals for your clinical duties. I wish you goodluck, and I really hope you'll think things through before enrolling in nursing school. And oh, by the way, they weren't kidding when they say it's all freeze-hiring this and freeze-hiring that in hospitals around the Metro. So be prepared to take the blow when you do finish all the hardships of nursing school, nursing board exams, then find out you can't find a job to give you the experience that will qualify you to work as a registered nurse in the United States (if that's where you're bound in the future). I'm not telling you to give up hope, I'm just kinda giving a "summary" of things which is Philippine nursing. So again, good luck. Happy soul-searching to you...
  8. charmieern

    which grad school should i choose? MAN or MSN?

    hello, anakat. i was thinking the same thing after finishing my BSN, and i kinda did some research on this during my free time. if you're currently working, i'd like to suggest for you to check out the MAN online program of the UPOU (University of the Philippines Open University) here. But if you prefer the traditional program you can check out UP Manila's program here. the fees aren't that expensive, so it's cool. if in case i don't qualify for them (knock on wood, hehe) i'm considering enrolling MAN at our lady of fatima university, coz that's where i'm currently studying for my BSN. hope i helped, these are just my choices ok. :wink2: