- *Must be a registered nurse in your own country.
- *No need to have an experience but I recommend you to have at least 1 year of experience, volunteer experience is acceptable.
- *Must pass the UKVI IELTS (band score of 6.5 in writing and 7 in listening, speaking and reading).
- *If IETLS is a tad bit difficult for you, try OET. ( Must get a band score of B in reading, writing, speaking and listening which is equivalent to band 7 in ielts) but you still need to take UKVI IELTS for your visa.
- *Apply to an agency.
- *Mine is called CONTINENTAL TRAVEL NURSE UK, an agency based in the UK which is affiliated with IPAMS agency in the Philippines.
- *I emailed the Continental Travel Nurse after passing my OET exam where by you can find it from there own website, I received an email from Mr. Carl (NMC Manager) who recommended me to Ms. Smith, my agent, who guided me all the way through my applications.
- *Lucky for me I got hired immediately without being interviewed. They check my papers whether I am qualified then from there I was told to open an account in the Nursing and Midwifery Council website to start my application for the exam, you need to pay a registration fee.
- *You have to pass two exams. The first one is you can take it anywhere around the world which is called the CBT, a multiple choice computer base test. It’s comprises of 120 multiple choice questions. I self reviewed and took my review notes at the typesofnursing.com website. What you need to know is all in that website and it’s FREE! You need to pay for the CBT exam by the way.
- *After passing the CBT exam you need to start processing your papers for the OSCE exam. Which is the second and final processed for you to become a UKRN. It is a test that you can only take in the UK.
- *The Nursing and Midwifery council need all your documents for idenity checks where by you need to write to your schools and PRC to make them forward those required documents in the UK. If you are working from another country, you also need to send a letter to the respected body of comission that regulates nursing.
- *All the details you need, will be provided in the NMC website once you registered with them
*Afterwards, now that identity check was done and I already had an employer in the UK to sponsor my visa, Continental Travel Nurse forwarded my papers to the IPAMS agency in the Philippines to do all the visa processing and paperworks.
- Waiting time:
- *3 to 6 months
- *It just so happened that my contract is ending in Singapore, so I bade my farewell to my fabulous colleauges and friends there, then went back to the Philippines to do all the required medical checkups which is needed for my departure in the UK.
- *After receving my medical certificate with a stamp of “fit to work”. I processed my visa, waited for 15 days for the arrival then my plane ticket was booked by my agent in the UK.
- *I applied in December 2018 in the UK and for the reason that I need to wait for the end of my contract I only flew here on the 3rd of June 2019. (Inclusives in these dates are doing my medical check ups and waiting for the visa)
- *All expenses paid. From medical check up, to plane ticket, IELTS, CBT and or OET will be reimburse to you.
*Upon arrival in the UK, it depends upon the hospital you are working whether you are going to focus on reviewing for a month and take the OSCE or like me who work and review at the same time for two months before tackling the exam.
- *Your hospital will the one to prepare you for the OSCE exam so no need to worry about it, just do your thing, take it seriously, memorise it by heart, study hard and you will definitely pass!
- The OSCE exam comprises of six stations. You will do Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and two Skills. (Removal of urinary catheter, peak flow meter, BLS, collecting of urine specimen, IM injection, SQ injection, inhalation, fluid balance chart.)
- Read the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures 9th edition.
- Familiarise yourself with the 100 most common medications being given in the UK.
Be confident. Smile. Practice, practice, practice, practice, practice not just with your friends but to your other colleagues as well.
- Good luck to everyone and cheers!
- Have FAITH, GOD is good all the time!
(@youarealoverofwords)-check my insta and you can ask me anything.