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NMC application requirements and personal updates…

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Happy weekend everyone! It’s a sunny morning here in London today, hopefully it will be sunny the whole day. It’s still freaking cold though.

Just an update, after passing my OSCE, I took another exam as a requirement in the trust at King’s College Hospital for me to be able to give medications to my patients. It is called the Drug Assessment Programme aka DAP. You have to get level 1 on that, meaning 100% on calculations and at least an 80% in theories. If you passed OSCE, you can pass DAP. Just make sure that you study as hard as you did for OSCE, haha, not really. There will be review sessions. I’m pretty sure that other trusts have the same exams, but it shouldn’t worry you that much. It’s not as scary as the OSCE’s.

But, I digress. I mean to post some information regarding the documents overseas nurses needed to submit to the NMC. Here it goes…

As most of you know, I am an ex-Saudi nurse and I worked there from October 2011 to April 2017. So, the requirements needed to complete my registration to the NMC are different to those who practiced in the Philippines. Here are the requirements I submitted to the NMC.

1. UKVI/IELTS certificate

2. Birth Certificate

3. PRC Board Certificate

4. NBI

5. Saudi Council For Health Specialties (SCFHS) registration certificate. It must be translated in English. I had it translated at NCMF (National Commission of Muslim Filipino) in Commonwealth Ave, QC.

6. Saudi Police Clearance. It will be only valid for 3 months from the date the certificate was issued. It should also be translated to English.

7. Translator’s declaration letter – you need to pay an extra fee at NCMF to get one. It’s needed though, this letter will certify that the translation is legit and accurate.

8. Good Standing Certificate from SCFHS. It’s in English and need not to be translated. It can be acquired online. You can check my previous posts regarding Good Standing certificate.

9. Barcoded Forms:

  • College
  • 2 Employment References
  • Medical Certificate

Those are the only things I can remember on top of my head. I’ll add more if I remember the others.

If you have questions, just leave a comment. I’ll try to answer them as soon as I can.

Have a great day ahead y’all!

Novel

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Breaking News: OET now accepted for NMC Registration.

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Two days ago, the Nursing and Midwifery Council made an announcement that they will accept the Occupational English Test (OET) as an alternative test to prove the English proficiency of nurses and midwives trained outside the UK, starting on November 1, 2017. You can check the full article here. It is noted that many nurses that are trained outside EU are struggling to pass their IELTS. This sounds a very good news indeed for aspiring UKRNs, they now have another option should they find it difficult to pass IELTS.

A friend of mine who took both OET and IELTS in the past told me that OET is easier than IELTS. I can’t really prove this, but, just knowing you have another option aside from the IELTS, makes the nurses breathe a little easier and less anxious. Of course, you still have to prepare yourself well before taking the OET. I was told that the exam is worth more than twenty thousand pesos. That’s like two IELTS exam fees combined.

Another thing to consider is that when you apply for your UK visa, you will still need to secure a UKVI IELTS exam. At this very moment, it is unclear if the Home Office will accept the OET for visa purpose. If it will be accepted, that’s good news. If not, then you’ll pay another thirteen thousand for your UKVI IELTS test. On the brighter side, you will only need to get an overall band score of 4 for Tier 2 visa application.

I still think it is best to take and pass the UKVI IELTS exam, because it is cheaper and can be used for both the NMC registration and visa application. But, if you can afford it, go for the OET.

Novel

IELTS, NMC CBT, UK Application

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It’s been a while… I know! I’ve been busy. I left Saudi Arabia for good on April 12 2017. Before leaving Riyadh, my last two months in the Kingdom was hectic. I never had the time to blog or read books. I’m at work for 12 hours straight, and when I’m home, I always sleep in. Anyway, I finally have time to blog today. Hello!

So, I arrived in Manila on April 13th and I’ve been busy since then. Weird right? I’m supposed to be resting after ending a 6 year nursing career overseas, but I decided to take my IELTS exam as soon as I can. At first, my plan was to take the exam two or three months later. However, I received an email from an agency I applied to that there will be an interview for a nursing position bound to UK. They also informed me that they will include me on the interview list IF I book my UKVI/IELTS. I was like, “Okay then, I don’t have anything else to do anyway.” Then I booked the earliest available schedule… Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking. I only gave myself two weeks to prepare for the exam. Luckily, I got the band score I needed and immediately registered at the Nursing Midwifery Council. I received the approval to take the exam at Pearson Vue and I booked another exam. Again, I made an insane decision to take the exam two weeks later. I studied 12 hours a day for two weeks. Crazy right? Fortunately, I got the result on the same day and I passed.

To complete my registration at NMC, I need to submit some documents and forms to them and I have to wait for the assessment period which could take up to 70 days. I just completed all the forms and I’m currently waiting for them to confirm that they have received my documents. I hope they receive everything by next week.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing these past few weeks. Now that I have time, I’m trying to catch up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge and I’m considering writing a fan fiction.

Wishing you all a great weekend,

Novel

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