As we all know the countries in UK offer great prospects for registered nursing professionals and wannabe nurses. One of the divine professions out there is nursing with which a person can use the compassion and care he or she has for the needy as well generate good revenue out of it.
Over the years, Registered Nursing is something that constantly has the limelight over. Many nursing and healthcare aspirants, as well as working professionals, have great prospects of working as registered nurses in UK as the countries honour and acknowledge the profession.
What is Registered Nursing and what for is it?
In UK as per the federal and NHS (National Health Service) norms, a Nursing practitioner should be registered in the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (if at all you need to attain the status as a registered nurse)
To be registered, the applicant must have attended and qualified for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) which is designed to assess the professional skills and knowledge of nursing to perform in UK. (though it’s in the final stage, there are other requirements that are following)
RN (Registered Nurse) broadly means any nurse who completed a diploma or degree in any of the four nursing specializations – Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability.
Registered Nursing Vs. Licensed Practical Nursing?
Unlike Licenced Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses provide direct care to the patients and look them after. While Licensed Practical Nurses assist doctors and registered nurses but cannot give direct care to any patient.
How to Register?
Depending upon your present qualification, there are different possibilities to become a Registered Nurse in UK. Generally, there are 2 cases…
One. You might be a high school or university passed out student. There is a couple of ways, each 1 for each case, of how you can be registered as a Nurse and work in UK.
Two. You might be a nursing practitioner in your home country with years of experience.
Are you a high school or a university passed out?
If you are a high school completed student planning to study Nursing in UK, then you have a B.Sc Nursing program after which you can register as a Nurse. To apply for B.Sc Nursing, your high school transcripts and IELTS results are needed and none other.
If you completed B.Sc Nursing, then you can opt for M.Sc Nursing in the renowned universities in UK upon completing which you can be registered as a clinical nurse in UK. M.Sc application process needs your B.Sc or UG transcripts and certificates along with a sufficient IELTS score. But, you should be clear with your UK student visa requirements.
If you have completed any other equivalent degree to B.Sc Nursing, there are chances but in certain institutions that liberate entry requirements. So, most probably, a 3 to 4-year nursing bachelors is required to pursue masters in UK.
Are you already a nursing practitioner?
If you are already a nursing practitioner in your home country with a year of experience least, then you can apply to get registered as a nurse and work in UK. The following are the requirements for you to apply.
You are supposed to prove your English proficiency by substantiating IELTS or OET results. The Benchmark for IELTS is 7.0 with no band less than 7 and Grade B if it’s OET.
Upon passing IELTS or OET with sufficient scores, you will have to attend a video interview with the UK nursing agency through skype or any similar platform. Here, your justification should suffice why you are planning to register as a nurse in UK and why should you be hired. Also, you can ask your questions there.
Computer Based Test (CBT) will be conducted in which you will have 120 multiple-choice questions. There are various centres to take this test and CBT is crucial to get registered as a nurse in UK. The time duration offered to complete the test is 4 hours. (it’s plenty, so you can perform well)
NMC document submission
Nursing and Midwifery Council of UK asks you to submit several documents to evaluate if you are a good fit to carry out the role of a registered nurse in UK. After the document submission, it might take 60 days to receive the letter of decision from NMC.
NHS Trust and COS
Whilst the process, you are asked to submit various documents to the UK NHS (National Health Service) trust. This is to ensure that you are a qualified foreign national to work as a registered nurse in UK.
After passing the previous steps, you can apply for the tier 2 visa (visa for a foreign national who intend to work as a nurse in UK). The NHS trust you join in will cover the cost or a partial cost of your visa. The cost coverage is limited only to primary applicants and not extended to family members.
If you are a student, you should apply for a study visa after choosing your university and getting admission. That’s a whole different process.
To know about each step of the processes, you can consult the immigration experts here at CanApprove. We explain to you the nook and corners of registered nursing in UK. There will be a tailor-made consultation offered for Student Application with university selection and documentation, as well as Registered Nursing applications for experienced professionals.
Upon visa acquisition, you can fly to UK and there you will be trained for Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The crucial part for NMC registration in UK is OSCE.
In this test, you will be evaluated for the level of comprehension you possess in the nursing field, your ability to plan, implement and examine caregiving. While these four are the assessment for knowledge and understanding, the next two stations of the test are for clinical skills. And passing the test will get you the NMC PIN (Personal Identification Number) which implicates you are officially eligible to start your career as a registered nurse in UK.
Our immigration coordinator can give you more insights on registered nursing programs in UK that are feasible to your profile. Contact us to evaluate your profile and begin your process now!
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