How to Get an Overseas Nursing Position

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By Tom Ollerenshaw

For college graduates coming to the end of their degrees, now is the time to be working on your resume and considering your future career opportunities. Fortunately, nursing has a number of entry-level positions that allow you to quickly build up experience and move on up the ladder.

Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svgIt’s also an industry that enables you to easily work abroad. The United Kingdom is the first choice for many students in the United States, as you won’t have to deal with learning a new language. The National Health Service (NHS) is also regarded as one of the strongest healthcare systems in the world.

Applying for a Work Visa

To legally work abroad, you’ll need to apply for an overseas business visa. You’ll be able to do this up to three months before you travel and you can expect a response within three weeks. Your visa will last three years, with the option of extending it for a further two years. It’s generally recommended that nurses from overseas commit to working in the country for at least one year.

Not only will you be a more attractive employee, but a year gives you a better chance to properly experience the culture of the country, especially if you opt to work in a large city like London. You never know, you might find yourself enjoying life in the UK so much that consider becoming a British citizen at the end of it all.

Passing Any Initial Assessments

As of 2014, anyone applying for jobs in the UK who received their training outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will have to undergo a competency test to ensure they meet the standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The assessment contains two parts: a multiple choice exam which can be done at home and a practical objective structured clinical examination which must be undertaken in the UK.

Passing these tests is the only way a nurse trained outside the EEA will be able to work in the UK. While you may initially nervous about your chances, these tests shouldn’t pose too many problems and, if you have any previous experience working on the job, they’ll likely be a formality. Once this is over with, you’ll be able to start job hunting. Visit Nursing Personnel to keep on top of all the available vacancies in the nursing sector as they’re posted.

Bio: Working with recruitment agencies in the UK, Tom Ollerenshaw specialises in writing content for various industries including Health, Sport, and Business providing advice for people who are entering new career paths.

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