Working in the U.K
In order to be eligible to be registered with the NMC, the nurse has to meet certain criteria:
• They must be a fully qualified nurse in their own country
• They must have completed the minimum number of years of study
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST
Providing the nurse is eligible, the next step is to prove they are English Language competent, and for nurses outside of the EEA, this must be done either via the IELTS (the International English Language Test) or the OET (Occupational English Language Test)
COMPUTER BASED TEST
After the nurse has passed the English Language requirements, they will then apply to do the NMC Computer Based Test – commonly known as the CBT.
Once the nurse has passed the CBT they will then send off all their paperwork to the NMC so that they can be authenticated – this includes documents like their nursing qualification, references and criminal record check.
CERTIFICATE OF SPONSORSHIP
It’s at this point in time that the healthcare employer in the UK can issue a certificate of sponsorship to the nurse so they can apply for a visa.
Once the visa is approved, the nurse is then free to fly over to the UK.
ARRIVAL IN THE UK
When the nurse arrives in the UK it’s really important to think about things like their orientation, induction and training, along with the basics like how to open a bank account and how to find permanent accommodation.
The OSCE Test and Receipt of NMC Pin
It’s important to remember that at the point the nurse arrives in the UK, they are not yet a fully qualified UK nurse. They will arrive as an equivalent Band 3 or 4, but in order to achieve their NMC PIN they will still need to complete the second part of the process which is the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE test).
Once the nurse has successfully passed this test, they will receive their NMC PIN and become a fully qualified nurse. This also means their visa is secure.
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