There are constant questions regarding becoming an International Travel Nurse. Due to readers consistent questions, we’ve allowed a guest post (following) from a staffing agency in the UK to shed some light on this subject.
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How Can I Find Nursing Employment in the United Kingdom?
If you’re based in the US and are looking to acquire a role in the UK as a nurse for the National Health Service (NHS), you’re going to have to pass the Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) assessment. The NHS is regarded as one of the world’s best health services, offering free healthcare to everybody, regardless of their social status or financial worth. As a result, people from all around the world apply to work for the NHS.
Although the NMC exam isn’t impossible, it will be a challenge if you’re not prepared for it. That’s why we’ve come up with this great guide to help you get ready yourself for the test. Good luck, and as long as you follow our advice and have the necessary ability and skill, you should pass with no problems at all.
1 – How Good Is Your English?
If you’re not a native English speaker, it’s vital that you’re a confident and capable second-language speaker of English. For simple UK citizenship, you’re going to need to have an English qualification at B1 level, and if you’re looking for a nursing career with the NHS, you’ll need to have an International English Language Test score of 7.0 or above, even before you apply to the NMC. In other words, all NHS nurses have to be well versed in the English language, so you’d better master it before you apply for the test, if you’re not already a native speaker.
2 – The Necessary Experience
If you want to be a nurse in one of the best healthcare systems across the world, you’ll need to have enough experience (which is 12 months as a general nurse in the US), and you’ll also need to be theoretically and practically equipped to work in the following areas:
-General and specialist medicine.
-General and specialist surgery
-Childcare and paediatrics
-Maternity (obstetric) care
-Mental health and psychiatry
-Care of the elderly
-Community/primary care nursing
With all these skills under your belt, you can be confident that you have the expertise to progress on to complete the test.
3 – Seeking Advice
The NMC exam is in two parts. The first of which is a multiple-choice exam that you can do online from any computer, and the second is a practical assessment that must be completed in the UK.
If you’re not confident that you’ll meet the required level of skill, seek advice from specialists such as recruiters who know what you’ll need to pass the test. A reputable nursing agency will able to provide further information. A simple phone conversation with one of their advisors could be enough to answer all the questions you have and give you that bit of extra confidence that you need to apply for the exam.
Ultimately, the NMC assessment isn’t impossible if you know what you’re up against. So, if you follow our advice above, you should be able to enter for the test without fear of the unknown, and this is often enough to give candidates the necessary confidence to pass it.