A Guide in Becoming a Nurse in Dubai
After submitting all the requirements online, I waited and received a message from DHA on my sheryan account telling me to book the exam online via prometric website using the eligibility number. I then scheduled the exam and alloted more than 1 month time for extensive review so I scheduled it 1st of August. Make sure to check the schedule on the testing center or the availability of the dates before proceeding to scheduling the test date. Filling out the necessary information on the prometric website is easy. Just follow the directions and read everything thoroughly. It is very unlikely for you to make mistakes in scheduling your test date if you are keen. At the end part, you have to pay USD 170 using any international credit cards.
Reviewing for the exam has been quite easy since I have my laptop, internet access and lots and lots of time on my hands (since I stay home all day not to mention embracing the symptoms of pregnancy). I don't have any review materials, I don't know any scope of the exam, I don't even know how many items there are in the exam which made me really anxious so I started on reviewing the basics (Nursing Fundamentals). Half way through my review I met with my friends in Abu Dhabi and they told me to focus on reviewing NCLEX questions instead of dwelling into the fundamentals. I did what they said and felt confident with the scores I have been getting from the online exams.
If you will ask me what websites do I go to for the online reviews just google "NCLEX/nursing review online questions" or just play with the words and hit search. One of the great sites I found useful for me was *******.com with questions categorized for review. I did not purchase any books or hard copy reviewers because I don't feel the need to but I tried looking for some nursing reviewers here in Dubai. I found nothing interesting more than the online reviews on the internet which is greatly free. So if you want to come here and then take the exam, I advise for you to bring a good nursing review book or NCLEX reviewer.
Before the day of the exam i made sure I...
= get a good night sleep early
= eat a healthy meal
= feel confident and good
= prepare what to bring (passport and Appointment letter)
*Appointment letter will be sent to your email once you have successfully booked the exam date.
= know what will happen once I get there
*This LINK will help you feel better once you know what to expect when you get there.
On the day of the exam, we drove to Prometric Testing Center. Street Address: Block 2B, Office G-01B Knowledge Village Dubai. You can easily see the signage at the parking lot. I arrive early at 0830h for the 0930h exam. You will see from this YouTube video that this is similar to what happened next.
When I entered the examination room I was surprised to see that I was not the first one to arrive. There they were busy answering their exams on the computer.
The scope of the 70-item computerized test was a little bit of everything from management of respiratory conditions of the elderly to newborn assessment although not much of the pharmacology and computations (thank God).
Last Sunday, I received my eligibility letter which I saw just now! It was on my sheryan account which I now forgot to check regularly. I passed and I am so happy :). Thank You Lord. I really do not want to go through it again.
Hopefully anyone of you who read my blog will pass the same exam with me soon! I also hope this helped any of you who wish to get registered here in Dubai as RN. Now I can consider working either in a hospital or a clinic.
It has always been a challenge for me relocating from one country to another and to establish a career since we nurses need to take licensure exams with standards varying from country to country. I know this will not be the last but the beginning of my journey in Dubai as a nurse :)
Any comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome :)
~"Have Faith, Grace Always Abounds"~