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* News / Nurses Blast Nigerian President over Lassa Fever Outbreak by katty: Today at 11:45:09 AM
 Nurses under the auspices of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), Thursday, came hard on President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government over the fresh outbreak of lassa fever in Ebonyi State.
 
The nurses say no less than 40 health workers have died of the disease in the State.
 
DAILY POST recalls that two doctors and a nurse have already lost their lives to the outbreak.
 
Reacting to the recent deaths, the association decried as despicable the level of lip service paid to development and strengthening of the Nigerian health system by successive governments.
 
It frowned at the state of the Nigerian health system and called on the government to live up to its responsibility and overhaul the health system for efficient and effective care delivery.
 
In a statement in Abakaliki by its National President, Chief (Hon) Solomon Egwuenu, and its National Secretary, Nurse Goodluck Nshi, the association said the recent killings by Lassa Fever of health workers in Ebonyi State was avoidable but for gross neglect and abandonment of our health system by government.
 
“At the latest count, more than 40 health workers have died as a result of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State alone in the past 13 years. This ugly incidence has continued because there have been no proactive measures fostered by the government to arrest it over the years.
 
“What we see each time we experience the avoidable dead of health workers from Lassa fever is that government officials rush to the press to commiserate with the victims and hypocritically resume the supply of basic personal protective equipments (PPE) and hand sanitizers to hospitals. But as soon as the tension dies down, hand sanitizers, PPEs, electricity and ever running water disappear and become essential commodities in our hospitals, leaving our compassionate nurses and physicians with the pathetic option of treating patients largely unprotected, and in the process, dying while trying to save others from a preventable disease like the Lassa fever.
 
“The worst is that as we bury the deceased in agony, the government mocks the living health workers by paying them five thousand naira as hazard allowance. In Nigeria today, we all know that five thousand naira can hardly procure a comprehensive therapeutic drug regimen let alone run a basic laboratory health screening.
 
“Despite this, our irrational government that pays millions of naira to political office holders as newspaper and wardrobe allowances does not see any good in reviewing upward the current ridiculous hazard allowance payable to health workers in the face of non-provision or inadequate supply of basic PPE and sanitizers for standard universal precaution in our healthcare institutions.
 
“We advice JOHESU and NMA to sheath their swords and fight together to salvage the plight of the Nigerian health workers especially on this issue of abusive hazard allowance because the current government seems insensitive to the plight of the health workers and more so seems too comfortable with the rot in our health system”, the group said.
 
The association further queried why the South-East virology centre built by Ebonyi State government and commissioned by the Federal government two years ago was not yet fully functional, necessitating the arduous ferrying of victims of Lassa fever, by road, to far away Irrua in Edo State, which leads to the deaths, from exhaustion, of some of them in the course of such a long distance journey on very bad roads.
 
“With the pomp and ceremony that greeted the commissioning of the South-East virology centre, we thought the government had meant business in efforts to curtail the endemic Lassa fever. Two years later, it is now clear that it was the usual case of “the more you look, the less you see”.
 
“We have come to the conclusion that the problem with Nigeria is not APC or PDP or any other political party but bad leadership. With the change mantra mouthed by the APC, we hoped that Buhari was coming to overhaul our health system and end medical tourism. But what we have witnessed is escalating medical tourism, poor remuneration of health workers, dearth and decay of facilities and incessant migration of our best brains in the health system oversea in search of greener pastures”, it added.
 
The association called on Nigerians to be objective and wise and stop voting along ethnic, religious, tribal or party lines but rather on verifiable facts of what a candidate can offer.
 
“While we urge Nigerians to diligently observe all the preventive measures against Lassa fever currently being preached across electronic and traditional media, such as rearing of cats in rodent-populous environments, storage of foods and wastes in rodent-proof containers, cooking of foods properly and proper hand washing with soap and water, we also call for objectiveness in voting during elections.
 
“Having seen that the current APC government is no better than the past PDP governments we chastised, we advise Nigerians to make concerted effort to end the perennial health and economic sufferings we have been subjected to by looking beyond ethnicity, tribe, religion and political affiliations and objectively root, in future elections, for pragmatic and selfless leaders whose antecedents testify of their possession of the will power to overhaul our health system, stop medical tourism and turn around our economy”, the statement concluded.
 
By: Emmanuel Uzodinma
Daily Post News
* MCPDP / Ondo State MCPDP for Nurses February 2018 in FMC Owo by Idowu Olabode: Today at 08:56:32 AM
Ondo State MCPDP
2018 1st Edition
Module : Public /Community Health Nursing Module 1 /Nursing Audit
Venue : Federal Medical Center Owo
Date : 5th - 9th February 2018
Fees: #20,000
Account Name: Ondo State MCPDP
Account Number: 0038668697
Bank Name: Union Bank.
For more info : Call 07061683769,
0803 560 2861
* Upcoming Conference / Re: Men in Nursing and Midwifery To Take over Abuja Between 30th Nov. & 1st Dec 2017 by kaiza: January 18, 2018, 01:32:14 PM
That conference is good to us male nurse
* News / Looking for a life partner? This is why you should marry a nurse by katty: January 18, 2018, 12:17:09 PM
Nurses are a breed of people who know how to be tough and loving. They are smart and tough at the same time. That is probably why men who marry nurses end up the happiest.

Here’s why marrying a nurse is like hitting a jackpot:

1.Nurses are tough and sensitive
Nurses deal with people at the most difficult time and give comfort and support to others at their worst. They listen to the complaints and demands of the sick and understand that fear. They know how scared people can be and don’t judge. Nurses are the best support.

2. They value the importance of things in life
They appreciate everything they have. Because they deal with difficult situations every day. They know how difficult is just to watch at people who struggle with their health or their family who care for their loved one. All the things they see give them some perspective to value the important things in life.

3.You will have enough alone time

Guys like to have a bit of alone time and men who marry nurses will have plenty of it. Because nurses work in shifts. They work long hours that are usually fairly predictable. It will give guys who might be working on some big project the alone time they need without taking away important time from their loved one.
4.Nurses are pros at handling emergency situations
They can jump into action, get things shifted, and perfected in order to avoid any disaster. They are trained to handle emergencies and they are really good at it.
5. Nurses make great mums
They already have the skill to make sure that children have safety and well care. They have lots of love to give to any child they may have. Also, they can actively provide for a great future for any child.
6.A nurse knows when to worry
They know the right time to worry about your health and safety. They know the appropriate time to be worried, with their experience handling different cases of illnesses at work.

7.A nurse will push you to be the best you can be
A nurse will want you to have a better life that she has. She is a fixer who will love and support you in your endeavors. She will challenge you to improve and pick up the slack when you need help.
By: Laura Chebet
* News / UK NHS Bleeds as 33,000 Nurses Leave NHS Each Year - BBC by Idowu Olabode: January 18, 2018, 11:41:27 AM
The NHS is "haemorrhaging" nurses with one in 10 now leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show.

More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services.

The figures - provided to the BBC by NHS Digital - represent a rise of 20% since 2012-13, and mean there are now more leavers than joiners.



Nurse leaders said it was a "dangerous and downward spiral", but NHS bosses said the problem was being tackled.

The figures have been compiled as part of an in-depth look at nursing by the BBC.

We can reveal:

More than 10% of the nursing workforce have left NHS employment in each of the past three years

The number of leavers would be enough to staff more than 20 average-sized hospital trusts

More than half of those who walked away in the last year were under the age of 40

Leavers outnumbered joiners by 3,000 last year, the biggest gap over the five-year period examined by the BBC

Brexit may have had an impact. Since the referendum the NHS has gone from EU joiners outnumbering leavers to the reverse - more leavers than joiners

Nurses are being pulled off research work, special projects and admin roles to plug the gaps

Other parts of the UK are also experiencing problems retaining nurses.

In Northern Ireland and Scotland, the leaver rates are rising. In the most recent years, 7.5% of nurses left NHS employment in Northern Ireland and 7.2% did so in Scotland. But in both nations, the number of joiners outnumbered leavers.

In Wales there were more leavers than joiners, according to Freedom of Information reports.

'I can't work in the NHS any more'

One of the nurses who has left the NHS is Mary Trevelyan.

She was working as a staff nurse in a London hospital, but quit last year after the pressures of the job left her stressed and depressed.

She had only worked in the NHS for two-and-a-half years.

"I want to be a great nurse and I want to give my patients my best, but I feel that I can't do that at the moment because we're just too short-staffed, too busy, there are far too many things for us to be doing.

"I want to work for the NHS, it's such a brilliant thing, [but] I don't think I can."

She is now living with her family in Cornwall. She says she has not decided what to do next, but is considering moving abroad.

"A few of my friends have gone. I think they've just got a better quality of life nursing overseas, which is very sad."

Where are the nurses going?

The figures do not show where these nurses went, although the BBC has been told the private sector, including agencies, drug firms and hospitals, is particularly popular.

But the figures will also include those moving abroad or leaving nursing altogether to pursue other careers.

A fifth of leavers in the past year were over 55 - the age at which nurses can start retiring on a full pension.
Royal College of Nursing head Janet Davies said: "The government must lift the NHS out of this dangerous and downward spiral.

"We are haemorrhaging nurses at precisely the time when demand has never been higher.

"The next generation of British nurses aren't coming through just as the most experienced nurses are becoming demoralised and leaving."

She said nurses needed a pay rise and more support if the vacancy rate - currently running at one in nine posts - was not to increase further.

"Most patient care is given by NHS nurses and each time the strain ratchets up again they are the ones who bear the brunt of it," she added.

It also says more must be done to support younger nurses at the start of their careers.

The chief nursing officer for England, professor Jane Cummings, admitted there was a problem - but said changes were being made to highlight the value of the NHS to new talent and retain current staff.

"We do lose people that need to be encouraged. We're in the process of bringing in lots of nurse ambassadors that are going to be able to talk about what a great role it is, to be able to tell their story, so we can really encourage people to enter the profession and for those in the profession, to stay in it," she said.

How the NHS is trying to stop the exodus
The regulator, NHS Improvement, is rolling out a retention programme to help the health service reduce the number of leavers.

More than half of hospitals and all mental health trusts are getting direct support.

Master classes are also being organised for all directors of nursing and HR leads.

The support is prompting hospitals to adopt a range of initiatives.

Some have introduced internal "transfer" systems, allowing nurses to move jobs more easily, and mentoring schemes have been started for newly qualified nurses, while in some places, staff can ask for "itchy feet" interviews where they get the opportunity to talk to bosses about why they might leave.

Others have introduced staff awards and worked with local businesses to offer workers discounts and benefits at shops and gyms.

England's chief nurse Prof Jane Cummings acknowledged there was a "workforce problem" and it was becoming more of a challenge retaining nurses.
But she said the NHS was learning by making nursing more attractive.

"We are beginning to see some fantastic good practice giving people flexible, rewarding careers. The key is getting it everywhere."

She also said in the future the number of joiners should rise.

The government is increasing the number of nurse training places by 5,000 this year - a rise of 25%.
But it will be three years before these nurses graduate.
Does the leaver rate matter?

The Department of Health and Social Care in England has been quick to point out that the number of nurses employed by the NHS has risen.

They have picked May 2010 - the point when the coalition government was formed - as the starting point, claiming there are "11,700 more nurses on our wards".
That relates to the rise in hospital nurses - up from 162,500 full-time equivalents.

But if you look at the entire nursing workforce, the numbers have only risen by just under 3,000 to 283,853 on the latest count - a rise of 1%.

The population will have grown by 5% during this period, according to the Office for National Statistics.

And if you look at nearly any measure of NHS demand - from GP referrals and diagnostic tests to emergency admissions and A&E visits - the increase is somewhere between 10% and 20%.

What is more, if you take the last 12 months, the number of nurses has started falling and the number of vacant posts is rising.

Even taking into account the rising number of nurses in training, the health service will only be able to ensure it has enough nurses by tackling retention.

Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42653542
* News / West African College of Nursing Instructions to Journal Authors by Idowu Olabode: January 18, 2018, 10:11:19 AM
Papers for this journal should be fully documented research reports, empirical educational novel study, clinical care/case studies that interface with new methods or approaches to theoretical formulations and policy making in nursing and healthrelated disciplines.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically to the Journal/College email or in triplicate copy  sent via a Rewritable Compact Disc. The hard copies should be wordprocessed/typed on A4 size paper with double line spacing and 2cm margins. The first page should contain a brief biographical sketch comprising author (s) name, academic degrees and professional qualifications, present position and institution including functional e-mail address (es) and mobile telephone number(s). t should bear the title of the paper which should be concise, informative and not more than ten words and state whether the paper has been presented at a conference, workshop or seminar and whether it has been submitted for publication elsewhere. There should be an abstract which should not exceed 200 words. Following the abstract, the "key words" to the article must be listed. The paper should not exceed 15 pages (excluding  references, tables and figures). Tables and figures must be inserted at the appropriate place with text.

Photographs wherever applicable to illustrate nursing activities should be in black and white with gloss finish or colour. Reference to them should be indicated in the body of the paper.

A research report should include the following:

(a) Statement of problem: Aim of the study and Significance of study.

(b) Review of literature pertinent to the study and theoretical frame work.

(c) Method which comprises design: sample; sampling procedure; sample size and rationale for the choice, their psychometric properties and procedure for use.

(d) Discussion on the findings.

Arrangement of references is based on the Vancouver style. These should be numbered consecutively in the order mentioned in the text. Citation number is placed in the text after the name when the reference is cited e.g. "according to Walter, Gatling &Mullee. etal’...".

If no name is   mentioned the citation is placed in the text at the end of the statement, e.g."It has been shown that it is common in Nigeria.'"References of unpublished but accepted articles can be designated on "WAJN. In Press 2003."

Authors are responsible for completeness and accuracy of all citation.

A maximum of three authors should be quoted but if there are more, only the first three should be listed followed by et al.

  In the list of references, all references in the text are numbered consecutively in the order they appear in the text and Journal Abbreviations should conform to index Medicus National Library of Medicine. The reference should include author(s) name(s), title of article, name of the Journal, year of publication, volume of the Journal and the first and last pages of the article in that order e.g. Walter DP, Gatling

W, Mullee MA and Hill AD: Prevalence of diabetic distal sensory neuropathy in an English community 1992;9: 349-353. References to Books should in addition include the names of author(s), edition number (where appropriate) town of origin and names of publishers e.g. Adelowo, EO. The Nursing Profession in Nigeria, Ikeja; Lagos:

Lanhern Books; 1989.

All articles accepted for publication become the property of the West African Journal of Nursing. The Editors reserve the right to edit all articles to ensure their suitability for the journal. Authors will receive one copy of the issue in which their article is published.

Articles accepted for publication remain the copyright of the journal and may not be reproduced else  where without permission of the Editor-in-Chief.

All articles are blind peer reviewed.

Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines will be rejected and returned to the authors. All manuscripts should be addressed to the West African Journal of

Nursing
6, Taylor Drive, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.

P.M.B 2023, Yaba, Tel: 08081245510

e-mail:westafricanjournalnursing@gmail.com westafricancollegofenursing@gmail.com Website: www.wacn-online.com

• Authors should send their email address, their mobile telephone number (s} and fax where applicable. A fee structure ($50) to support the publication of articles and $50 for processing fee. A written indication that the manuscript has not been published before or/and under publication consideration by other Journal. Also that there is no conflict of interest

Account Details :

Nigeria Naira- N10,  000

West African College of Nursing Journal, First Bank Plc. Acct No 2003701663.

Domiciliary Account No 2003465262. Payment teller should be scanned to the College email at westafricancollegeofnursing@gmail.com or westafricanjournalnursing@gmail.com
* MCPDP / Oyo State MCPDP Schedule for Nurses 2018 by Idowu Olabode: January 18, 2018, 10:09:06 AM
The MCPDP Calender for 2018 has been released as follows
 
JANUARY 22 – 26 : PSYCHIATRY NURSING MODULE 1
FEBRUARY 12 – 16 : PSYCHIATRY NURSING MODULE 1
MARCH 19 – 23 : MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING 2
APRIL 23 – 27 : ADOLESCENT AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH MODULE
MAY 21 – 25 : COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING MODULE 2
JUNE 18 – 22 : LONG ACTING CONTRACEPTIVE/CONTRACEPTIVE UPDATE MODULE
JULY 23 – 27 : MIDWIFERY MODULE 2
AUGUST 20 – 24 : PSYCHIATRY 2
SEPTEMBER 24 – 28 : MEDICAL/SURGICAL NURSING 1
OCTOBER 22 – 26 : COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING MODULE 1
NOVEMBER 19 – 23 : MIDWIFERY MODULE 1
DECEMBER 10 – 14 : EMERGENCY MATERNAL & NEONATAL CARE MODULE
* Nursing Jobs / Mobonike Hospital Vacancies for Nurses in Lagos by Idowu Olabode: January 17, 2018, 09:40:03 PM
Mobonike Hospital and Maternity is located in Dopemu, Agege, Lagos. Our company is mainly into Opticians, doctors pediatrics and offering Ambulance Service, Immigration Consultancy.
 
We are recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:
 
Position: Nurse
 
Location: Lagos
 
Requirements
* Candidates should be a Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife.
 
Application Closing Date
31st January, 2018.
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their handwritten Application Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Practicing License and other relevant credentials to: omobonikehospital@yahoo.com
Or
The Manager,
Mobonike Hospital,
33 Surulere Street,
Baale B/Stop,
Dopemu,
Agege-Lagos.
* Nursing Jobs / Vacancies for Nurses and Midwives at at Nusamin Clinic & Hospital by Idowu Olabode: January 17, 2018, 09:37:02 PM
Nusamin Clinic & Hospital, a reputable Hospital in Lagos State, is recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fiil the position below:
 
Position: Registered Nurse/Midwife
 
Location: Lagos
 
Requirement
* Candidates should be a Registered Nurse/Midwife.
 
Application Closing Date
31st January, 2018.
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications to: nusaminhospital@yahoo.com
Or
34, Apena Street,
Off Fashoro Street,
Surulere,
Lagos State.
Or
18 Itolo Street,
Off Bode Thomas Street,
Surulere,
Lagos State.
* News / Beware of Fraudulent NHS Recruitment Agents: A Must Read for All Nurses by Idowu Olabode: January 17, 2018, 02:15:36 PM
Thinking of migrating to UK as a Registered Midwife or Nurse? This explosive article contains all information you need and reasons why NHS recruiters are not allowed to collect money from applicants. Read and share with other nurses

Following the decision for Britain to leave the European Union there has been steady decline in the number of nurses coming to work within the NHS from the European states. Reports say that more UK graduates are abandoning the nursing profession due to the pressures of the work involved. This has lead to severe shortages of nurses within the NHS with them having no other means but to return to their own trusted old friends India and the Philippines.
 
According to reports, the NHS is to recruit up to 5,500 nurses from overseas in an “earn, learn and return” scheme to plug staff shortages. This news is a boon to those several thousands of nurses who struggle to live with the meagre pay they receive in countries like India. However, this news also brings out those opportunist fraudulent recruitment agents who see this as a means to fleece those prospective nurses by playing with some of the not so clear or grey rules and regulations that govern the NHS recruitment procedures.
 
In an effort to find out the truth about the oversease recruitment process we spoke to several professionals and also with Febin Cyriac of Envertiz Consultancy. Please see below excerpts from the interview exclusively given to ukmalayalee.com.
 
Q: NHS is to recruit up to 5,500 nurses from overseas in an​​ “earn, learn and return” scheme". Does this mean that these nurses recruited now will have to return back home? Is this recruitment not like the one before where one could settle? Is there any clarity on this?
 
A:
​As per the Home office guidelines migration is capped to 21,000 a year. ​​ “Earn, learn and return” scheme is something like part of a political terminology. If they do not mention then this may go against the government's migrant targets and media may construe it a wrong way. Moreover, as per the World Health Organisation recruitment guidelines developed countries are not allowed to recruit nurses from developing countries​. All the NHS trusts in the country must adhere with NHS Code of Conduct on overseas recruitment. The above quote will cover up the WHO guidelines. It is up to the migrant nurses to decide whether they should stay in the country or return to their home country. Anyone can apply for Permanent Residency if they have legally worked ​in the UK  for five years.

Q: Is it true that all official recruitment agents for a particular NHS Trust have to be registered with the Healthcare Trust Europe Framework (www.healthtrusteurope.com) or London Procurement Programme (Lot 5) (www.lpp.nhs.uk). It is said that these initiatives are designed to provide Trusts with recruitment quality assurances and best value for money?
 
A:
​As of my knowledge there is no such requirement. Any firm who is legally trading in the UK can ​approach​ NHS for a contract ​,​doesn't need to be in the above framework but NHS prefer to use recruitment agencies registered with the above framework and its the discretion of each trust. There are 100​s of agencies currently recruiting for the UK, either they have direct contract with NHS or they will be working as a supplier for NHS contractors.
 
Q: There are many recruitment agents out there to recruit nurses from Kerala and abroad. Are they supposed to take any money from a prospective nurses looking to migrate to the UK?
 
A:
Currently UK recruitment is ​free. The NHS Trusts rely on fair recruitment which normally goes through following  completion of the following procedures online and therefore any agent will also have to submit the same for any nurse who they want to enroll or get them a job with NHS. The remuneration for these agents vary with each individual Trusts and thus there is no clarity on how much an agent is supposed to receive as costs from a prospective nurse looking to migrate to the UK.​ Recruitment ​ ​​companies who has contract to do this free recruitment wouldn't be able to charge any sort of money from candidates​ towards recruitment. ​
 
Q: What are the most important factors a nurse looking to migrate to the UK has to be sure before approaching a recruitment agent - be it in India, Kerala or any other part of the world?
 
A:
Approach an agent only if you qualify for the three options given below.

First of you would need ​check yourself whether  you are eligible to register as a nurse/midwife in the UK. You could find deatailed information on the NMC website. You must meet NMC's  basic criteria  to register as a nurse/midwife which is successful completion a minimum 3 year (or Equivalent) nursing programme and you must have minimum 12 months post registration experience as a qualified nurse or midwife.Also you must meet the one of the following criteria.​

OPTION I: ​
You must score 7 band in IELTS Academic version. You must score 7 band in All modules (listening, reading, writing, speaking). Candidates  can also take two IELTS tests, in which case the scores in both sittings are above 6.5 and they achieve 7.0 or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together. Both tests must be within 6 months.​ Or you must score B grade in OET for all modules, candidates  who take the OET, all grades in both sittings should be above grade C+ and they must achieve a grade B or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together. Both tests must be within six months and they must complete all sections on each test.​
 
OPTION II :
BSc / GNM Nurses who have passed in the academic years 2015-16​ or later​, with English medium study, and having at least one year experience in any reputed hospital. The course must have been composed of at least 50 per cent clinical interaction. At least 75 per cent of the course’s clinical interaction with patients, service users, their families and other healthcare professionals must have taken place in English. The training that you have undertaken must have provided you with an opportunity to demonstrate ability in reading, writing, speaking and listening in a range of environments.​ (This is the most confusing changes made by the NMC. Therefore fraudsters or scammers use this evidence to collect money from candidates.. Some companies even know this is not applicable to Indians but still they advertise this to gain candidates data.  As far as my knowledge this will not be applicable for Indians as there is no hospital in India where candidate communicate with patients in English. To prove this none of the NHS hospitals in the country recruit nurses through this category.​ I am still waiting for a confirmation from NMC.
 
OPTION III:
Registration and one year’s practice with a nursing or midwifery regulator in a country where English is the first and native language and a language assessment was required for registration
 
Q: What are the grey areas you mention which can confuse an applicant and which helps recruitment agents to take advantage of?
 
A:
Most of the nurses who approach the agents back in Kerala doesn't read all the rules and regulations. ​Nurses are ​a​ h​ot commodity in the market​ and most of the advertisements are aiming to collect nurses data or collect some sort of money from nurses. ​​The advertisements in Kerala are mostly misleading and lacks clarity leading to several nurses approaching these agents to somehow reach the land of their dreams.​ The agents necessarily do not provide the nurses with the clear picture and as an initial registration fee they take huge amounts.

For example, in IELTS Academic Module one has to get Band 7 in all modules and only then you will be considered as Band 7 (If you have not then you can get 7 in both the score sheets within six months). If someone has told you that you can become a nurse with 6.5 then its not right.
 
In the OET (Occupational English Test) you will have to obtain B Grade in all modules. You can get this on your two tests within 6 months. However, you should not have received lower than C Plus in any modules. There is so much that agents do not reveal to the propective nurses as they are only after ensuring that they get a good number of nurses ready for their overseas agents to do interviews.
 
Therefore, nurses working in Kerala or India has to take great care before giving money to agents as you may lose your registration fees if you fail in this test. The actual benefits lies to those who have worked in other countries where the communication was in English. Therefore, please check out before you pay money to an agent. Be aware that you can become qualified nurses only if you have passed the CBT​&​ OSCE tests as well.
 
With the new rules anyone can register on the NMC website and you don't necessarily need to be a nurse. Therefore, don't think that you become registered if you just signed up on their website. NHS nurses recruitment is hot commodity and therefore please do not fall in their trap.
 
Q: How do the NHS Trusts pay these agents?
 
A:
There is a fixed costs for both EU and Non-EU recruitment per nurse are similar for all agencies, with variable costs usually associated with support programmes for IELTS, depending upon the candidates’ level of attainment and discretionary payments of exam and other immigration costs (which may be reclaimable).
 
Payment schedules do vary slightly between agencies, for example Agency 1 may take 25 per cent placement fee (fully refundable) for each Nurse on receipt of conditional offer, the additional 75 per cent of the placement fee invoiced upon arrival and start date at the trust. And for example Agency 2 may take 50  per cent invoiced on arrival or 50 per cent invoiced on start date (or successful NMC registration for nurses required to demonstrate IELTS)

Typically NHS Trusts offer the following as a minimum to an agency. However, this may vary according to various Trusts. However, its worth checking with the Agent on how much you are paying and asking questions on how much the Trust they are going to work will pay towards their recruitment or for any other training.​(Agents will not disclose this to anyone)​
 
NHS Trust typically pay for NMC registration fee, Tailored induction/preceptorship programme, Accommodation e.g. funded for a set period 1 – 3 months, Additional English Course training, Funding some immigration, exam and health insurance costs (can be reclaimed over time from employee)

Q: Please shed some light on the NMC tests?
 
A:
The Nursing and Midwifery council, UK test of competence is a computer based multiple choice tests that intend to assess a potential nurse’s nursing qualification, training and experience against UK Standards and confirms their competence to practice according to UK standards. NMC test of Competence has been made mandatory Since October 2014 for nurses and midwives trained outside the European Economic Area, seeking UK registration.
 
The test consists of two parts, one a computer-based multiple-choice test (CBT) and a practical structured clinical examination (OSCE).CBT implies Computer Based Test of competence. Applicants take this Test after the online eligibility assessment. The computer-based multiple-choice examination is conducted by Pearson VUE, at various designated test centers. The CBT tests applicants’ theoretical and practice-based knowledge.The test consists of 120 multiple choice questions, of maximum 4 hours duration, with no negative score for unanswered questions. Examination results will be emailed to candidates within 48 hours after taking the examination. You can also obtain your results within 48 business hours by logging on to your Pearson VUE account which you will have created when booking your exam. Candidates are initially allowed two attempts of the CBT at separate sittings. If they do not pass in the second attempt, they can re-apply to take the test again, but only after waiting for at least six months to do so.
 
The second part of the test OSCE can only be attempted after successfully passing the CBT It is only available in the UK at a designated test centre. OSCE implies objective structured clinical examination. Each part of clinical examination is known as a ‘skill station’ and candidates are to visit all the stations within a set time. The OSCE is designed to assess a candidate’s ability to competently apply ones professional nursing or midwifery skills and knowledge in a real clinical scenario in a UK hospital setting. It is set at the level expected of nurses and midwives as they enter the professional.
 

The test of competence requires candidates to complete an online application process through NMC website. After your eligibility assessment, an NMC Candidate ID will be communicated to you by the NMC and you will receive authorization (ATT) to take the test. Before you can book and pay for your exam with Pearson VUE. Subsequently​. You will be provided a username and password to log into your Pearson VUE account to book and pay for your CBT exam. Each Authorization is valid for six months.​
 
Q: A nurse who is qualified in another country will not work as a nurse immediately on arrival to the UK. Is this correct?
 
A:
All Overseas Nurses will be Know as Pre-registered Nurse until the time they gain the NMC Registration. They will be working as Pre-registered ​nurses with the direct/indirect supervision of a registered Nurse. NHS or Other Care sector Firms Tend to use different names to this post.
 
As there is no approved title for an overseas trained nurse until they get the NMC registration,​ ​ NHS Trusts located in various parts of the country are using different titles in their job advertisements. Unfortunately due to this inconsistency, prospective employees are advised to use the common titles such as Overseas Nurses programme, International Nurse Programme, Adaptation Nurse Programme, Band 3 nurse, Staff Nurse - International Nurse Programme, Healthcare Assistant - Registered Adaptation Nurse Programme (not an exhaustive list) as a keyword during their search with nhsjobs (www.jobs.nhs.uk). Most employers will provide you with the necessary training to complete the relevant NMC examinations, and offer a timetable of study to help you achieve your goal. Most of these jobs will be advertised as fixed term roles, but are likely to be offered as full time positions once the NMC registration is achieved. The candidates are free to apply direct to these positions from their home countries through the nhs jobs website and the individual Trusts will organise interview either through skype or telephone. Most of the hospitals has dedicated international recruitment and education teams with expertise in the field and are very helpful to assist with the recruitment enquiries. If a candidate apply direct to an NHS Trust, they don't need to use the services of any recruitment agencies as the hospital will offer support with the process.
 
Q: What are the most important factors a nurse has to take into consideration before migrating to the UK?
 
A:
From my personal opinion overseas nurses recruitment is complicated and time consuming as it comprise of Nursing Registration and Immigration. A good number of trusts directly recruit nurses that doesn't mean they are well experienced in the field. An expert's advice on this would be always beneficial. Before choosing any employer candidate might consider 3 factors and find answers to the below questions.

1. Why the hospital is recruitment overseas nurses
2. How long they been recruiting overseas nurses
3. How's their OSCE training and the Passing rate
 
The main reason for a trust/care home  to relay on overseas recruitment is due to staff shortage. Candidate must find out the reasons behind this. Common reasons are: high cost living area (it's not advisable for migrants. For example a hospital in Harrow is continuously recruiting overseas nurses since 2009. Due to the high cost living majority of the staff leaves the trust in an year.
 
Lack of infection control issues and Communic​abl​e disease, Regulators poor report (A number of hospitals CQC report is poor which leads to staffing issues), Work pressure due to population density (A prominent hospital in London is recruiting nurses from overseas and the reason behind this since it's in high cost living area and high population area majority of staff could not handle the work pressure and leave the hospital which is not an ideal place for a migrant). Some other factors to be considered are remote location, hospital development or department development, size of the Hospital etc.
 
The above is an advsiory article and any information on NHS recruitment can be read through the NHS website https://www.jobs.nhs.uk. Please do not act on the basis of this article. Always check with the hospital direct about the recruitment by emailing them by obtaining the email from their website.


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