09 Oct Hey Nurses,
In the UK
I know many of you want to start the process but haven’t figured it out yet how to. Well, I hope I can help in some way.
Get your passport!
First, IELTS! it’s time to sharpen your English! And I mean grammar and spelling and speaking. IELTS is an English language test, that tests skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The good thing is, there is a lot of practice tests, they are classes you can join, and finally my favorite, you can learn it on YouTube. So, a little period of practice then you can book your exam. The exam will cost you around thirty thousand Kenya shillings. Its tough but you can do it, learn all the tricks and ace it.
Create a NMC account, NMC is the Nursing and Midwifery Council for the UK. They will reach out and verify your documents with our nursing council. After registration, filling up personal information, you can book the CBT-NMC exam. Your nursing skills, knowledge, and your critical thinking is tested. It will be questions that all point out to this, we advocate for our patients, and provide the best quality care we can to our patients. Everything even the exam revolves around the NMC Code of conduct that governs how nurses provide care. The code is; prioritize people, practice effectively, preserve safety, and promote professionalism and trust. Trust me, you got this!
The computer stuff is a lot I promise, it’s rough. I am lucky I have a friend who me helps through it. You can do it and you can ask for help. They are classes that helps with studying, the registration and booking exams. You can totally do it yourself; they guide you with a lot of information, their emails are really helpful. After passing your CBT exam then you can start looking for an employer.
Then Comes the hard part, looking for jobs! It’s so stressful. Man, just skimming through your emails looking for that email, the tangible thing that will actually finally show you that you have a chance working abroad. There are so many links, it is probably just me who finds all that complicated. However, you will finally get the email, because I mean you have put up the work. Wait for the right time, you will get the call. Yes, a call, there will be on call interviews, you might get zoom interviews. All the best, I will say this, don’t stop applying, if a job appeals to you, apply, there so many opportunities, enough for those who want them.
Once you get your offer letter, then you will be advised to take a TB test, usually is an x-ray that is done specifically in one place in Nairobi called IOM. Am not going to lie, the day of your appointment you will have to wake up very very early because the queues can get long, oh, and it will cost you 15k just for the x-ray. When the TB test comes out negative, all you have to do is apply for a work visa, takes around 15 working days, and before you know it, you are booking flights.
So all the best to anyone who wants to give it a go.