New UK NMC Nurse Registration Process For Foreign Nurses

The Nursing and Midwifery Council UK has recently announced it is launching a new faster and easier application process on Monday October 7, 2019, below is everything you need to know about this new process as outlined by UK NMC on her website.

Since the start of 2018 we’ve been working with our partners to review and improve the way we assess professionals with qualifications from outside the EU when they want to come and work in the UK as nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

Our process needs to ensure that the professionals coming onto our register can meet our high standards, but we know that it can be long, costly and complicated.

We’ve made a number of improvements over the last year, such as reducing the cost of our test of competence and changing our English language requirements.

Building on these changes, we’ve developed a new, streamlined overseas registration process.

We launched this for nursing associates in January 2019 and we’re introducing it for nurses and midwives on Monday 7 October 2019.

Why we’re carrying out a review

We want to enable those who meet our requirements to join our register as efficiently as possible.

Unnecessary delay in registration means that applicants can’t practise their chosen profession and this could put them at risk of losing work or, sometimes, having to return home.

We’re making our application process simpler and quicker for candidates by improving our guidance and automating as much of the process as possible.

We’re building on the changes we’ve made so far to introduce an application process that is simpler and quicker for candidates.

We plan to launch a new, streamlined overseas registration process for nurses and midwives on Monday 7 October 2019.

New online application form

We’re moving our online application form into NMC Online to make it more straightforward to apply. Candidates will get their own NMC Online account where they’ll be able to track their application’s progress throughout.

Instead of having to download and post paper forms to us, candidates will be able to complete their application and upload supporting documents online.

We’ll also be able to ask their referees for supporting declarations directly to cut down on having to go back and forth to get things right.

Streamlined requirements

We’ve considered our current registration requirements for nurses and midwives against the evidence we need to allow us to assess each candidate’s ability to practise safely and effectively.

Where we can, we’ve streamlined these requirements while making sure that we still have good levels of assurance over a candidate’s competence.


Our identity requirements provide continued assurance that the person applying to the register is who they say they are.

Candidates under the new process will need to provide:

1. A valid passport
2. A vidence of name changes, if relevant
3.Under the current process candidates are required to provide their birth certificate as well.


Our eligibility criteria under the new process recognises that candidates are trained, qualified professionals.

Candidates under the new process will need to provide a qualification certificate for each part of the register that they are applying for, rather than full transcripts and a form to accompany the transcript of training.

Registration in a candidate’s country of training is no longer a pre-requisite for entry into the UK register. This brings overseas candidates in line with the UK application process.

If they’re registered or have been before, we’ll ask for confirmation from their relevant regulator.

If they haven’t been registered, we’ll ask for confirmation from both their training institute and the relevant regulator that the qualification would lead to registration to the equivalent part of the register they are applying for.

Under the current process candidates are required to provide certification from each country they have been registered.

We‘ve brought the health declaration in line with our revised health and character guidance.

Candidates under the new process will be asked to declare whether they’re capable of safe and effective practice. This might include where they have a health condition and/or disability that is being managed.

If a candidate declares a health condition and/or disability that is being managed, we’ll ask for a supporting declaration from either their medical practitioner or occupational health department.

Under the current process, all candidates are required to provide a good health declaration from their medical practitioner.

Candidates under the new process will be asked to provide a supporting declaration about their character.

If they’re registered or have been in the last three years, we’ll ask for a supporting declaration from their current or most recent regulator.

If they haven’t been registered in the last three years, but have previously held registration we’ll ask for a supporting declaration from their most recent regulator, but we’ll also need a more recent supporting declaration as well.

In this instance, and for those who have never held registration before, they’ll need to provide a different supporting character declaration. Depending on the candidate’s circumstances, we may ask for this from their training institute, former healthcare employer, NMC or other UK healthcare registrant.

We’ve also aligned our police clearance requirements with UK Visas and Immigration requirements. This means that candidates under the new process will need to provide:

1. A police clearance from each country that they have lived in for 12 months in the past ten years while over the age of 18
2. A UK DBS certificate if they’ve been in the UK more than three months at the time of their application

Under the current process candidates are required to provide a certificate of good standing from each country (or state) where they practised and/or been registered.


There is no change to the English language requirements.

Improved guidance and support

We’re redesigning the way we present guidance on our website so that candidates, and those who support them, have a better understanding of our requirements, what we ask for and why, and the process they can expect to follow.

This information will be clearer, easy to read and accessible across a range of devices.

We’re also creating a pre-application checklist tool for candidates to check how ready they are to apply and see what evidence they need to prepare. They’ll be able to download and share their checklist results with others, like employers or recruiters.

New test of competence

Early in 2020 we’re launching a new test of competence in line with our future nurse standards. The company that is designing the new test will produce a range of materials to help candidates prepare.

We’re also creating a new ‘assurance panel’ to oversee the quality and consistency of the test – this will be made up of a group of experienced nurses, midwives and other health and care professionals.

What we’ve changed so far

Where we could do so quickly and safely, we’ve already acted on feedback and made improvements to the process.

Test of competence

Updated OSCE resit policy – candiates now only have to re-sit the part of the OSCE that they failed
Improved preparation materials – we’ve aligned OSCE preparation materials across our three test sites, produced ‘top tips’ for candidates and introduced a mock examination and marking criteria to support candidates preparing for the OSCE examination
Reduced cost – we reduced the overall cost of the test of competence by more than 20 percent – the cost of the CBT reduced from £130 to £90; the full cost of OSCE from £992 to £794 and the resit cost of the OSCE from £496 to £397

Registration requirements

    Updated English language requirements
– we now accept an overall score of 7.0 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 7.0 in listening, reading and speaking
Removed 12 months’ post registration experience requirement

Australia Nursing Board Introduces CBT And OSCE For Foreign Educated Nurses

Nurses and midwives with international qualifications arriving in Australia will be offered the choice of either a bridging course or CBT plus OSCE to register in Australia from October 1, 2019.

A year after the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) announced the introduction of a new assessment model for internationally qualified nurses and midwives to attain registration in the country, the board has declared that the new system will come into effect from October 1 this year.

At present, internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who arrive in Australia holding qualifications which are relevant but not substantially equivalent to the Australian qualifications have to undergo a bridging program to attain the registration required to work in the country.

However from next month NMBA will introduce a new assessment model giving candidates the option to choose between the bridging course and the outcomes-based-assessment (OBA) which will be available from January 2020.

“The new model known as outcomes-based-assessment (OBA) will commence in January 2020,” the NMBA said in a statement.

“From January 2020, all IQNMs with relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications will be referred to the OBA,” the statement reads. There will not be any new referrals to the bridging program from next year.

“The priority of the assessment model is public safety and ensuring that all individuals registered as a nurse or midwife in Australia are meeting the same standards, regardless of where they gained their qualifications,” an NMBA spokesperson tells SBS Malayalam.

“Since 2014, IQNMs wanting to register in Australia have been assessed under an interim model of assessment, while the Board undertook an extensive research project to develop a permanent model of assessment. The new model of assessment is based on the recommendations of that research and international best practice,” NMBA added.

OBA to replace bridging course

From the October 1, IQNMs who arrive in Australia will be offered to opt-out either the bridging course or OBA to work in the country. But those applying from the January 1 2020, will not be offered the choice of two models.

    Those applying from January 1 2020 will only be able to choose OBA, as this will completely replace the current bridging course from 2021.

“Bridging programs are expected to continue until 2021, for IQNMs who hold a referral to bridging. IQNMs will no longer be referred to bridging programs from January 2020,” reads the statement from NMBA.

What is OBA?

The outcomes-based-assessment model or OBA that will replace the bridging course consists of two parts. This includes a multiple-choice exam, followed by an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE), which is currently implemented in many countries.

While the first part is a computer-based multiple-choice cognitive assessment, the second part is behavioural assessment in the form of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).

Those applicants who pass the first stage will be able to go through to the second part of the OBA.

Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

According to NMBA, the OSCE is used to assess whether an IQNM possesses the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate-level Australian nurse or midwife.

“OSCE implemented in many countries including the United Kingdom is basically to assess how a nurse or midwife can handle the patients in different scenarios in a simulation environment,” Kunnumpurathu Bijo, the CEO of Melbourne based Institute of Health and Management, tells SBS Malayalam.

“In the OSCE implemented in the UK the IQNMs need to demonstrate their skills in handling a patient in that country,  in the presence of a clinical educator who observes them. It covers every aspect, like their communication to the patient, clinical decision making and practice standards,” says Mr. Bijio.

“However, in the UK, OSCE can only be attempted three times and needs proper training to crack it,” adds Bijo.

Orientation to be completed

Once the two-stage assessment process is completed, all IQNMs will also be required to complete an orientation program consisting of three stages.

While stage one is an online assessment to introduce IQNMs to Australia and the Australian healthcare system, stage two covers the diversity of Australian culture. This will be completed once the IQNMs are registered with the NMBA.

The third stage of the orientation program will be provided by the IQNM’s employer, based on NMBA guidelines.

“All the nurses and midwives arriving in Australia will have to complete this orientation program from next year,” says Jaison Thomas an Education Consultant at Sanjose Consultacy in Melbourne to SBS Malayalam.

“The new model is expected to benefit the applicants financially as the adaptation program in Australia is very expensive now when compared to other countries,” he adds.

Barbados Congress of Trade Unions Calls For Quick Recruitment of Ghanaian Nurses

A major nursing shortage is severely impeding the effective functioning of the health care system, General Secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations, Dennis De Peiza has charged, calling for urgent action.

He urged Government to seek human resources from outside the region sooner rather than later, renewing support for the Prime Minister’s promise to recruit Ghanaian nurses.

In a statement, the CTUSAB boss complained the shortages have crippled key sections of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and blamed the issues on a trickle of graduating nurses from the Barbados Community College.

“CTUSAB has been made aware that the current shortage of critical nurses has constrained the operations of five theatres at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). Whilst we support the fact that Barbadians and regional nurses must be given priority in any recruitment and employment by the hospital, it is understandable that given the global shortage of nurses which is being experienced, there is need to recruit from abroad.”

He stressed: “The situation at the island’s premier institution is further compounded by the shortage of specialists and critical care nurses.”

The challenges arise amid efforts by the Ministry of Health to expand free health care services with the gradual introduction of 24-hour polyclinics.

During a recent official visit by Ghana’s President Nana Akufor-Addo, Mottley revealed plans to recruit almost 400 nurses to replenish the country’s health care system.

The announcement gained the backing of nurse’s representatives, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Barbados Nurses Association (BNA), but was rejected by General Secretary of the Unity Trade Union, Senator Caswell Franklyn, who claimed scores of Barbadian nurses remain unemployed.

Indirectly refuting Senator Franklyn’s claims, DePeiza argued the recruitment decision is now critical and should be done within the parameters of local nursing standards.

“CTUSAB therefore supports Government’s plan to recruit nurses from Ghana, which is in an effort to address the shortage of critical care nurses required at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This support remains contingent upon the fact that those recruited, must meet the require standards as approved by the Barbados Nursing Council,” he said, while urging that “no effort be spared” in seeking regional nurses first.

But De Peiza acknowledged that global competition driven by international recruiters was bound to attract both graduate and critical care nurses, attracted to the prospect of better pay and perks.

The CTUSAB general secretary said: “As Government  moves to ensure the quality of care to be provided, the efficiency of service at the QEH and to offer a 24-hours operation at two of the island’s polyclinics, CTUSAB believes that the time is right for a review of the conditions of service offered to local nurses to be undertaken, so as to make employment in Barbados attractive enough, in an effort to retard and eliminate any threat of the exodus of local nurses.” (KS)
Source:Barbados Today

620 Nursing Students Graduate From A South African College

The Mpumalanga Department of Health announced some good news for the health sector in South Africa.

On Friday, the MEC of health in the province addressed graduates at the Mpumalanga College of Nursing.

According to the post, an impressive 620 students will obtain their nursing qualifications during the graduation ceremony.

The post read: “The Hon MEC for Health in Mpumalanga, Ms Sasekani Manzini is currently addressing the 29th Nurses Graduation ceremony taking place in Mbombela City.

“Today 620 nursing students from Mpumalanga College of Nursing will be rewarded diplomas in the field of nursing to further improve the shortage of health care professionals and contributes meaningfully in the advancement of health care services in the province.”

Zimbabwean Nurses and Doctors Protest Over Abducted Leader

Zimbabwe’s nurses and doctors on Monday took to the streets to protest the disappearance of the head of Zimbabwe’s Hospital and Doctors Association, who was reportedly abducted by state security for leading an ongoing strike. Rights lawyers have petitioned the High Court to press President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to release the missing doctor.

Nurses and doctors gathered near the offices of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, chanting songs of protest.

“We will not listen to anyone,” they chant.Protest leaders submitted a petition to the government, following the reported abduction of Peter Gabriel Mugombeyi, acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, over the weekend.

Association official Tapiwa Mungofa spoke to his fellow workmates after delivering the petition.

“No Peter, no work. We are not going to return to work until our leader is back,” he said. “What caused the industrial action is the issue of poor remuneration. That is what Peter has been fighting for. That issue hasn’t been addressed. But what has brought us here is that we want our leader safe and back. We are still incapacitated. We no longer feel safe to be at work.”

Two weeks ago, the Mugombeyi-led Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association went on strike, demanding the government raise their salaries.

Obediah Moyo, Zimbabwe’s health minister, says the government is aware of the disappearance of Mugombeyi .

“We are alarmed by this. I have therefore personally engaged the state security agencies who have undertaken to deploy resources to look for Dr. Peter Mugombeyi and they are seized with the matter, with no stone left unturned,” he said. “We are taking this matter seriously. I appeal to his workmates to remain calm and direct all efforts towards assisting the police with a view to a quick and successful closure of this matter.”

Abductions and disappearances of activists are common in Zimbabwe, and were especially so during the long rule of late president Robert Mugabe.

On Monday, the activist group, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, got a High Court order, demanding security forces locate Mugombeyi.

“And they have been ordered to work with the lawyers to investigate this. Whoever is holding Dr. Magombeyi has been ordered to release him immediately at the High Court. We expect the authorities to comply with the court order,” said Kumbirai Mafunda, the lawyers’ spokesman.

Meanwhile, Clément Voule, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly, begins a 10-day visit Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

According to the High Commission for Human Rights, Voule, a Togolese national, will be in Zimbabwe to “assess the country’s achievements and challenges in relation to the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the country.”


Carolyn Strom: Canadian Nurse Fined $26,000 Over Facebook Post Heads To Court

The case of Saskatchewan nurse facing a $26,000 fine for criticizing her grandfather’s care on Facebook will be heard by province’s highest court today.

Carolyn Strom was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association in 2016 and handed the financial penalty.

After an unsuccessful appeal bid last year she’s now asking the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to quash the regulatory body’s decision.

It all started after Strom made Facebook comments in February 2015 criticizing unnamed staff at her grandfather’s long term-care facility in Macklin, Sask., after he died.

Court documents filed for Strom’s appeal say the case is about freedom of expression and using professional discipline to prevent employees from speaking out about the shortcomings of the public system.

The nurses association asks the Appeal Court whether professionals have the charter right to say whatever they want on social media, and publicly embarrass health-care facilities without getting all of the facts.

The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, Canadian Constitution Foundation and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association are intervening in the case.

“If this ruling is upheld and her $26,000 fine is upheld, it’s really sending a message that you can’t criticize anything about the health-care system if you are a nurse,” said Megan Tweedie, litigation counsel for the B.C. civil liberties group.

In recent messages to The Canadian Press, Strom says she has many feeling about the case, which she’s considered giving up at times.

She says she hasn’t because it’s too important for other health-care workers.

“It’s taken a huge toll on my health,” Strom said.
Source: NationalPost

Georgia Nurse- Amy Queen Poem Titled “The Empty Bed” Goes Viral

A Poem penned down by a Georgia nurse- Amy Queen and shared on her Facebook page has set social media on Fire. The posted poem went viral on Facebook with over 15,000 and shared more than 18,000 times according to observation from

According to the information available on Amy Queen Facebook profile page, has been an RN since 2010. She has worked many areas, but her specialty is critical care, both ICU and ER, but she prefers ER. She studied Associates Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) at Georgia Northwestern and later received her BSN in 2015 at South University, followed by her MSN in Walden University with a specialty in Adult and Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 2018.  She currently works as an Intensivist in two ICUs, Medical and Surgical ICU at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia. Below is the poem that has gone viral

“The Empty Bed”

I leaned over you as you we tried to pump life back into your soul again.
The look in your eyes was indicative that you were already gone, but we tried against the reaper to win.

Your family wept and told us to keep trying, they didn’t want to let you leave.
So we continued on, with all of us in a silent conversation with the others knowing it wasn’t something we could achieve.

Finally, after rounds and rounds of medications, shocks, and pumping so hard on your chest, we have sweat pouring down our faces.
The family said, “Please quit, that’s enough.” Tears filled my eyes as I tried to hide it by staring at my shoelaces.

They said goodbye to you and we took the appropriate steps to clean you up, call the funeral home, and prepare for them to pick you up in the middle of the night.Nursesarena

Your eyes were glazed over and shiny, as if the next thing you saw was what we all dream of …. that mysterious light.

I wondered if you had been a teacher, a pastor, a truck driver, or maybe you worked on cars for a living.
I hoped you met your maker with all the love you deserved and feeling of forgiving.

I try to remember you were someone’s dad, husband, brother, son, and friend.
It hurts me to know you were surrounded by strangers in the end.

But those strangers would give anything to bring you back to how you were before you met us in this place.
They lovingly take care of every gender, ethnicity, color, and every race.

We watch the life leave your body and go to a place none of us know and understand.
We did everything in our power to keep you alive and well and heal you with our hands.Nursesarena

We then eat lunch, we laugh and play, as if nothing ever happened, and we try to prepare ahead.
For the next soul to come in who needs us, the next soul to fill “the empty bed”

Next time, you wonder why you come across nurses with that look that is always on their face and in their eyes.
It’s because we give up everything to save you and lose a little of ourself every time we lose one of you guys.

Thank a nurse. Thank a doctor. Thank a tech. Thank a respiratory therapist. Thank the lab. Thank radiology. Thank dietary and EVS.
We do a lot to prepare this empty bed and in hopes, pray we send you back out no matter how, and knowing we did our best.Nursesarena

We then may excuse ourselves to the bathroom or even wait until we get to the car
Then the tears hit, or we turn up a loud song, and sat by ourselves as we drive near and far.

We tried so hard to save you and we just couldn’t do it that day, and how I wish we could have changed it or helped more with something we could have said.
Instead we have to keep moving because the next one is coming and they need us, so again we pull out the “empty bed”.

Written by: Amy Queen


Private Nursing Schools In Nigeria: Nafisatu College of Nursing and Midwifery

Nafisatu College of Nursing and Midwifery is the first private College of Nursing and Midwifery in Kano state and the second in the Northern part of Nigeria established by His Excellency Engineer (Dr.) Rabi’u Musa at Kwankwaso town of Kano state in the year 2019 with the sole aim of training Nurses and Midwives to meet the human resource for health challenges of inadequate number of nurses and midwives to take care of the growing size of ill-health indices across Northern part of the country.

You can visit the school site here

or follow and like the school Facebook page


Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso Giant Contribution To Nursing Education

ou can not love NURSING Profession and hate KWANKWASO🔴

While Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was Kano state governor between 2011 and 2015 his administration established School of Nursing and Midwifery Madobi, School of Post Basic Midwifery Gezawa and Community School of Midwifery Gwarzo. He also sponsored First batch of 50 Registered Nurses and another batch of 135 RNs abroad (specifically to Mansoura and October 6 Universities all in Egypt) for their various degree programs (BSc or MSc). My colleague Nurse Khapylat Amarachukwu Muhammad sent me a message that she knows some that Kwankwaso sponsored to India too.

As a private citizen, Kwankwaso Foundation recently sponsors 370 Kano indigenes (Nurses inclusive) for their various Masters degree programmes. 👏👌👍My friend Nurse Aminu Ibrahim Kunya is among the beneficiaries. Congratulations

Moreover, Kwankwaso’s contributions to Nursing profession is perpetual as he now established a private College of Nursing and Midwifery in his hometown Kwankwaso; The Nafisatu College of Nursing and Midwifery.

Nafisatu College of Nursing and Midwifery is the first private College of Nursing and Midwifery in Kano state and the second in the Northern part of Nigeria established by His Excellency Engineer (Dr.) Rabi’u Musa at Kwankwaso town of Kano state in the year 2019 with the sole aim of training Nurses and Midwives to meet the human resource for health challenges of inadequate number of nurses and midwives to take care of the growing size of ill-health indices across Northern part of the country.

You can visit the school site here

Dr MA Ladan (RN, RM, BNSc, MSc, PhD Nursing) appointed HOD Department of Nursing Sciences, ABU Zaria.

Dr MA Ladan (RN, RM, BNSc, MSc, PhD Nursing) appointed HOD Department of Nursing Sciences, ABU Zaria.

Congratulations to all staff and students of the Department of Nursing Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria

In 2012, M. A Ladan was my project supervisor.