Three steps to become a nurse in the UK today
If you are a nurse, this is your chance to practice your profession outside of your home country. The UK has a clear path for you! Today, there is a significant demand for health professionals and with the Covid-19 pandemic this scarcity is even more evident.
To give you an idea, the UK offers a £ 5000 bonus for students graduating from high school to choose nursing as a profession. It’s an excellent incentive, isn’t it? This shows how much the country needs this labour.
In the United Kingdom, it is necessary to have a college degree to practice nursing.
Here, I give you step by step to take advantage of this opportunity and live forever in the UK.
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1- So, where do I start my journey to work in a hospital?
Communication is one of the most important factors when practicing nursing. And for that, knowing how to speak the local language is essential.
Let us start, then, at the linguistic level. The UK Nursing Council o (NMV) requires a C1 level of English within the European qualification’s framework. This corresponds to IELTS 7.0 or a specific English exam for health professionals called Occupational English Test for Health Professionals – OET as a grade B.
OET offers more advantage, as you will be assessed linguistically in an environment in which you are very familiar. Remember: many words used in the health field have Latin roots, that is, it will be more similar to many languages.
There are schools in the UK that prepare you to achieve the level of English required within the healthcare field. This is an advantage, as these institutions also assist you to be placed in the job market.
If you already have an intermediate knowledge of the language everything is easier. You will be able to take an English course very focused on the needs of your profession, which can make the learning process much faster.
Preparatory English courses for nurses can last anywhere from one to 45 weeks, putting you in control. How long do you think it will take? Do a quick test here. It’s free
2- Do I only need to speak English to start working?
Now the details. English is the communication tool and after having completed this phase, let’s move on to technical knowledge. For this, you take an exam called OSCE which is divided into two parts:
1. First, you take an online theory exam without much complexity. You will be required in basic nursing knowledge. Upon passing the exam, you will be able to start working in accredited hospitals in the country, as a kind of internship. Best of all, you’re already paid for it. This period will help you prepare for the second part of the exam.
2. During your training you can then take your practical test, in which you will demonstrate clinical skills and deal with patients. But don’t worry, you will have enough practice during the period when you do the “internship”. You will be properly prepared for the final exam. We work with institutions where the approval rate is over 90%, I am sure you will do well.
3- What about after going through all this?
Now it’s the cherry on the cake. After your approval, you will have an employment contract to permanently reside in the country, all approved by the government and the nursing council. This is your opportunity to enter the UK legally by exercising your profession.
In short, on your way to the Kingdom residence it works as follows
Have good written and oral communication in English – This is demonstrated through IELTS or OET
You can take English courses with duration depending on your current level of the language. The more you know, the less time you will have to travel.
Take the OSCE specific skill exam which is divided into two parts
Computer Based Test – Upon passing you start to work as a nurse. Here is your first probationary contract.
Practical examination – Upon passing, you get your permanent residence in the United Kingdom. Guaranteed contract, now just pack your bags!
So? Did I help you make a decision? I know that many questions will arise about the process. This text is just a summary of the whole process. My name is Paulo Santiago, international educational consultant. Feel free and schedule a consultation with me so you can learn more according to your profile, your dream is right there …