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U.S. RN BSN moving to UK

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by Smitty555 Smitty555 (New Member) New Member

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Hi all,

I am currently an ICU RN in the U.S. and will be moving to UK in July 2019. Anyone have any experience with the transfer process (timing, cost, exam difficulty, pros/cons, sponsorship for work visa, etc.?) Wondering if it will be worth my time and money to transfer my license since I will only be in the UK for 1 year?

ANY info is appreciated. Thanks!

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XB9S has 22 years experience and works as a Registered nurse.

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I think you'll be lucky to get through the process in time for you to benefit from working in the UK is your only here for 12 months

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As above, a 1 yr stay is not very long. I moved in January and it took me roughly 10 months from start (interviewing for a job, then taking tests, getting all paperwork, etc) to just moving here. Then the hospital that hired me trained me to take the OSCE, a program which took approximately 1 month before I could even practice as a nurse (mostly just shadowing before then). Roughly a 4-6 month learning curve to get adjusted to how nursing is different over here. 12 months is probably when you'll finally feel on your feet again as a nurse, and by that point you said you're planning on heading back. Your licensure in the UK will be good for 3 years iirc, and the registration fees for the license, not to mention testing fees (like $125 for CBT, $1200 for OSCE? though my hospital paid for my OSCE) you may as well stay longer if you're going to dedicate that much time, money, and effort. It's not an extremely difficult process from a nursing standpoint if you're USA trained, but it is still a significant amount of time and energy.

Why are you only planning on staying 1 year?

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