NCSBN Makes Modifications to NCLEX-RN From Oct. 1, 2020, Abolishes R.O.O.T Rules

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCSBN introduced several carefully evaluated and tested
modifications to the NCLEX examinations.

To ensure the reliability and legal defensibility of the exam, NCSBN conducted numerous simulations
and comparisons against historical NCLEX results along with continuous evaluation of the modifications to the exam put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic. All modifications and live exam results confirmed the consistency of measurement properties and did not identify any negative impact on candidate results or testing experiences.

These modifications are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2020. Based on the continued statistical and
psychometric strength of the modifications, NCLEX exams will retain some of the characteristics of the modified exam while reinstating some of the essential aspects of the exam that were put on hold because of the pandemic. The exam will continue to utilize the computer adaptive testing (CAT) methodology for administration and scoring. The NCLEX Test Plans will remain the same and the passing standard will not change.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the following modifications will be made to both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations:

• Pretest items will be reintroduced. Each candidate will get 15 pretest items in their exam.

• The minimum number of scored items will be 60, and the maximum number of scored items
will be 130.

• Due to the addition of the 15 pretest items, the minimum length exam will be 75 items and the
maximum length exam will be 145 items.

• Examination time will be five hours.

• Given the changes to the maximum exam length and the testing time, the current Run Out of Time (R.O.O.T) scoring rule is no longer applicable.

§ The final ability estimate will be computed from the responses to all completed items. Those scoring above the passing standard will have a passing exam, otherwise the exam will be scored as a fail.

• The voluntary NGN Special Research Section will be reintroduced. § We encourage all candidates to participate in this important research effort for the nursing profession. Additional information about this important research can be viewed at NGN FAQs.

• The NCLEX Tutorial will be replaced with a general guide and test taking tips.

§ All candidates are strongly encouraged to take the online tutorial to practice with the item types prior to sitting for the exam.

If you have any specific questions about the examination changes, please contact NCLEX
information at nclexinfo@ncsbn.org

How to Become a Registered Nurse in New Zealand/Australia: My Experience by Walex

This is an ongoing post by Walex on Nursesarena.com shared by permission

Good morning everyone I’m back. I’m Walex and will be taking us through the process of how to practice as a nurse in New Zealand.This thread is going to be based on my personal experience, I will provide you with dates, cost, timelime etc like I did during my USA Nurse registration journey back then.

About Me

I’m Walex by name from Nigeria. I’m a Registered Nurse in Nigeria. I later pursued my USA Nurse registration and got registered as a Nurse in USA but due to the visa ban on Nigerians I decided to move to the UK. I’m presently a registered nurse in UK and work in one of the NHS Hospitals in England.

I had plans of moving to Australia before and I just rekindled that dream. However, due to the recent change in the Australian licensure process I figure out it won’t make sense to waste such a whole lot of money on the Australian process. I have therefore decided to register as a nurse in New Zealand and after that will endorse my licence to Australia.

I will be providing detailed process of the application process and update you on the progress thus far. if you have a question please don’t hesitate to drop it down below.

New Zealand Nurse Registration Requirements

1. You Must have a University Degree in Nursing (BSC NURSING)
2.Pass IELTS at recommended level. New Zealand accepts Academic IELTS.A minimum of 7 in speaking, listening, writing and reading is required. You can combine IELTS result (IELTS CLUBBING) provided the tests are taken within 12 months of first sitting. New Zealand also accepts results that are not more than 3years old as at the time CGFNS submit your report. If you are registered as a nurse and working in UK, USA or Canada, you don’t need IELTS result. For more explanation on this read https://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz/IQN/H5.aspx?WebsiteKey=fa279da8-a3b1-4dad-94af-2a67fe08c81b

3. Must have at least 2years working experience

Registration Stages

Stage 1: Credentials evaluation process through CGFNS. This involves creating an account with CGFNS, completing the application form, uploading your passport, etc  after that pay the application fees of 300 dollars. Note that the link is not through the normal CGFNS page for USA, I will include it below.

Step : Get approved, download the forms and send to appropriate authorities who will send them to CGFNS address in USA after completing them.

Stage 3: When the verification is completed, it will be sent to The Nursing Council New Zealand (NCNZ) who will invite you to apply.

Stage 4: You may need to undergo a 6 weeks program dined Competency Assessment Program. If you had worked in Canada, UK and USA as a nurse, you will be exempted from this.

After that you will have jour licence and you can now begin to look for work.

Step 5: For me and others who are doing this because of Australia, you will just make payment to Australia Nursing Board and your New Zealand license will be endorsed.

Now let me begin to gist you about my journey

Oops sorry this is coming late. I actually typed everything that night I posted the above but was logged out before I could post so I lost the epistle to the people of Rome I typed, I nearly cried.

Now let me get started

I created my account using this link https://cgfns.force.com/applicantPortal/s/login/Self Register and had to complete several pages laidat. The profile page asked about my basic information, license page asked about all the licences I have so I listed Nigeria, USA and UK license. You will need the date you took the exams and the date you are registered etc Then followed by my Schools, you will be required to complete all schools you have attended right from primary school to your secondary school and the date you graduated, the name you graduated with etc. Then you need to list all your previous employer (I listed my Nigeria and UK employers). Then all professional CPD you have attended with dates you started and completed etc.

An area that is tricky is the identification page where you need to upload 2 forms of notarized identification. For me I uploaded my international passport and UK govt issued identity card. I first made a colored photocopy of the 2 identity cards and then went to the nearest post office in my area (South Bermondsey Post office in London) to have it notarized, it cost me approximately £13.

I uploaded only the notarized document (and not the original ones).
I completed the ielts section by including my TRF number and exam date. (I sha include my ielts despite I will be exempted).

After completing the application form, I made payment of 300 dollars and submitted my application form on the 25th of August, 2020

Immediately after payment I received an email from CGFNS telling me that my application has been received and wait until it is approved before doing anything. About 4 hours later I received an email that my application has been approved that I can now proceed to download the forms and send them to their respective places.

I logged in and nearly fainted at the amount of documents I need to download, I was like I don enter gbege for cgfns hand ó they sha wan help me spend my money 😝.

Employer verification form (both UK and Nigeria), Nigeria license verification, UK license verification, USA license verification, School of Nursing transcript request form and my University transcript request form. I sha download everything sha.

On 26th of August, 2020 I logged in and my IELTS status has changed to meets requirement.

My identity document status has changed to Ready for Evaluation but I saw a form to be completed by me in the presence of notary so I emailed cgfns, within 2hours they replied that it is only applicable to people who used online notary.

 26th of August, I contacted my school of Nursing, my UK and Nigeria employers to help complete my forms

28th of August, 2020 I logged into my UK NMC account and requested for the verification document to be sent to CGFNS, I paid £34 and the certificate was issued almost immediately

On Monday 31st of August, 2020 I will work on Nigeria verification and my University Transcript. For Texas Board of Nursing verification, I honestly don’t have any idea how I can go about that. I will email cgfns and ask whether they can accept to check my licence online using the Nursy website. If you know how to go about it please let me know. Bye for now

To follow his journey go to https://nursesarena.com/travel-nursing/how-to-become-a-registered-nurse-in-new-zealand-my-experience/msg10637/#msg10637

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Slashes Verification Fees to ‎₦17,500

Nigerian Nurses aspiring to move to United Kingdom to work can now do so without breaking their banks as the Nursing and Midwifery Council has slashed verification fees by 67.3% (from ‎₦53,500 to ‎₦17,500) Nursesarena.com has learnt. The fee was slashed last week according to multiple sources who were privy to the change.

Recall that Nursesarena.com posted last month that NMCN is in the process of reviewing the verification fees for UK verification See https://nursesarena.com/travel-nursing/nigeria-nursing-and-midwifery-council-begins-online-verification-to-uk-nmc/

Speaking on the new verification fees, a source within NMCN office says this new verification fees is only applicable to those who are under the new UK NMC process as the process is solely online. Applicants who are under the old UK NMC registration process still have to pay ‎₦53,500. Other Nurses seeking verification to other countries have to pay the ‎standard verification fees of ₦53,500. It currently takes NMCN between 1 day to 6 weeks to send your verification based on the experience of those who have gone through the verification process

Requirements for Verification

Applicants can submit the following document to any of NMCN office Nationwide

1.   Remita Payment Receipt
2.   A copy of birth certificate
3.   A copy of your license (front and back)
4.   A copy of your certificate of registration (Issued by NMCN)
5.   Handwritten Application (with your UK NMC application number written on it for those under the new system)
6.   Printed UK NMC Verification form (for those under the old system only)

How to Pay Nigeria Nursing and Midwifery Council Verification Fees

Go to Remita page click this link https://login.remita.net/remita/onepage/OAGFCRF/biller.spa

 Complete it as follow:
Who Do you want to pay: Write Nursing and Midwifery Council
Name of Service or purpose: Pick Verification Fees
Payer: Your Name as it appears on your Nursing Council Certificate
Description: You can leave it blank or type anything like license verification to UK NMC
GIFMIS Code: Just Leave Blank if you don’t know
Amount to Pay: For UK NMC online verification input ‎₦17500, for UK NMC verification (those under the old system and verification to other countries) put ‎₦53,500

Complete other parts of the form putting your name, email and phone number

How do you want to pay: Pick bank branch or Online payment. Then fill the captcha and hit the submit button.

If you pick bank branch as method of payment, a code will be displayed after you hit the submit button. Copy the code and proceed to bank to make payment. When you get to the bank, tell them you want to make payment via Remita and that you’ve already generated your Remita number. Complete a Teller and make payment then collect a copy of the Teller with Computer printout. For online payment, use your card details to make payment online and print out the receipt.

Australia Nursing Board New Registration Guide For Overseas Nurses

The Australian Nursing regulatory board has started accepting NCLEX-RN exam and OBA as part of the Nursing registration requirements. Below is all you have to know about the Australia Nurse registration process including OSCE:

Prior to the start of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in 2010, the assessment of IQNMs was undertaken by the state and territory boards. In 2010, Ahpra developed a national model for the assessment for IQNMs. Following a review of assessment processes, the NMBA developed an interim model of assessment for IQNMs which has been in place since 2014. The interim model was based on eight qualification assessment criteria and resulted in a more equitable and consistent assessment of IQNM applications.

sment of IQNM applications.Transition to a new model of assessment for IQNMs

The NMBA is moving to a permanent approach in the assessment of IQNMs. Changes under the new model include a reduction in the assessment criteria from eight to three, which took effect in January 2019.

This change streamlines the assessment process; however, the outcomes from assessments remain the same as under the previous eight criteria.

In early 2020, the NMBA will also transition to an outcomes-based assessment (OBA) for IQNMs who hold a qualification that is relevant but not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who demontrate they meet the mandatory registration standards). This will replace the current need for bridging programs.

The NMBA undertook an extensive research project to explore the factors and requirements to establish an OBA which made recommendations that:

  • the overall assessment process includes both a cognitive and behavioural component
  • the cognitive assessment must be passed before the behavioural component is attempted, and
  • an orientation program is established to orientate nurses and midwives to working in the Australian healthcare context.

What is the new model of assessment for IQNMs?

The new model of assessment includes:

  • the online Self-check for all IQNMs
  • an orientation program for all IQNMs who are advised to continue with the assessment process, and
  • an OBA for some IQNMs.

Self-check

The assessment of qualifications will continue to be against the current three criteria.
All IQNMs will need to submit their qualification information at Self-check. IQNMs will then be advised of the steps (assessment stages) they must successfully complete before being eligible to apply for registration.

After Self-check, IQNMs who are assessed as holding a qualification that is substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who can demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards), will be eligible to apply for registration following completion of Orientation Part 1. (See Orientation program below for more information).

IQNMs who are assessed as holding a qualification that is relevant but not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who can demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards), will be required to successfully complete an outcomes-based assessment (OBA) prior to being eligible to apply for registration.

IQNMs that do not hold a relevant qualification (under section 53 of the National Law) or do not meet the required assessment criteria will need to upgrade their qualification in Australia before being eligible to apply for registration. Their qualification can be upgraded in Australia (through completion of an NMBA approved program of study) or any other country of choice providing the qualification meets the qualification assessment criteria.

Orientation program

All IQNMs who are advised to proceed in the IQNM assessment process will need to complete the orientation program in order to be registered in Australia. There are two parts to the orientation program.

Part 1 is an online learning course to introduce IQNMs to Australia and the Australian healthcare context.

Part 2 is a more in-depth online introduction, including content on the diversity of Australian culture. Part 2 must be completed once registered with the NMBA and will be a requirement of registration until it is completed.

In addition to completing the orientation program, the NMBA expects that all nurses and midwives in Australia seek out and be part of the workplace induction and/or local orientation provided by their employers. Guidance for employers on the content to include in their workplace induction and/or orientation will be provided. When will the new model of assessment for IQNMs start

Applications via the Application for general registration as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or midwife (for internationally qualified nurses and midwives) – AGOS-40 form will be accepted if posted to Ahpra on or before Friday 21 February 2020. Applications posted after this date will not be accepted.

IQNMs will be able to start the new model of assessment in March 2020.Do all IQNM’s still need to meet the NMBA’s mandatory registration standards?

Yes. All IQNM’s will need to provide evidence of meeting the NMBA mandatory registration standards.What are the fees for IQNMs?

There is no fee to use the Self-check.

After completing the Self-check, all IQNMs who are advised to proceed in the IQNM assessment process will need to pay a non-refundable assessment fee of $640 AUD. This fee contributes towards Ahpra’s costs in checking IQNM documentation provided, and for the IQNM to undertake their orientation.

IQNMs who are referred to the OBA will need to pay specific OBA fees which are outlined below. (See question ‘How much are the fees for the OBA and where can I sit the exams?’).

All IQNMs who are eligible for registration and meet the mandatory registration standards will need to pay a registration fee and application fee in order to be registered. The current application fee of $300 AUD and registration fee of $175 AUD will continue to apply. What is the OBA?

The OBA is a two-stage assessment process: a multiple-choice question exam (MCQ) and an objective structured clinical exam. IQNMs must pass the first stage before moving to the next stage.

Stage one is a cognitive assessment, which is a computer-based MCQ exam. IQNMs must pass the exam to move to part two of the OBA.

Stage two is a behavioural assessment in the form of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). The OSCE has been developed to assess that an IQNM demonstrates the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate level Australian nurse or midwife. Who is the OBA for?

The OBA is the assessment process for IQNMs who wish to register in Australia and who are assessed as holding relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications (and who demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards).When will the OBA for IQNMs start?

There are two phases for the transition to the OBA:

  1. From 1 October 2019, IQNMs who have posted to Ahpra an application for registration (AGOS-40) on or before 21 February 2020 and who hold relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications (and who demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards) will have the choice to be referred to a bridging program or to the OBA, regardless of when the outcome of their application is decided.
  2. The new model of assessment will start in March 2020, and all IQNMs with relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications (and who demonstrate they meet the mandatory registration standards) will be referred to the OBA and will no longer be referred to bridging courses.

If I get a referral to the OBA, when will I be able to start the process and how long will it take to complete?

IQNMs with a referral to the OBA will be able to begin the OBA process in March 2020.

IQNMs undertaking the OBA must pass each assessment stage before undertaking the next. The time taken to complete the OBA is dependent on how quickly the IQNM can progress through the assessments. What if I already have a referral to a bridging course, but I want to do the OBA instead?

IQNMs who hold a current referral to a bridging program have been able to contact Ahpra since 1 October 2019 to request a referral to the OBA instead. IQNMs should contact the Registration Officer named in their referral letter. Please note that IQNMs will not be able to start the OBA process until March 2020.What if I have already started a bridging course?

IQNMs who have already started a bridging course should continue to complete the program.How much are the fees for the OBA and where can I set the exams?

Cost and locations for the MCQ exam

The MCQ exam is computer-based and will be delivered at test centres in most countries. There will be separate exams for IQNMs seeking registration as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife:

  • Registered nurses will sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops and administers the NCLEX-RN through Pearson VUE test centres.
  • Midwives will sit an MCQ exam managed by the NMBA, which will be delivered through Aspeq test centres.
  • Information for on the enrolled nurse MCQ exam will be published soon.

Note: IQNMs must be authorized by Ahpra to sit the MCQ exams.

Fees for the MCQ exams are set by the providers and paid directly to them. At the time of publishing, the following fees apply:

  • For registered nurses, the NCLEX-RN registration fee is $200 USD, plus an additional international scheduling fee of $150 USD ($350 USD in total).
  • For midwives, the fee is $165 NZD, plus a possible fee for overseas venues.
  • Enrolled nurse exam fees will be published soon.

Cost and locations for the OSCE

IQNMs who have been referred to the OBA must pass the MCQ exam before they can attempt the OSCE.

The OSCE is managed by Ahpra and will be delivered at Adelaide Health Simulation in Adelaide, South Australia.

The fee for sitting the OSCE is $4,000 AUD. The OSCE fee replaces previous bridging program fees from private providers. This fee pays for Ahpra’s costs in running and maintaining the OSCE. Ahpra and the NMBA are funded only by fees, which must cover all costs of assessing IQNMs for registration in Australia.Are there still bridging programs available for IQNMs?

Bridging programs are expected to continue into 2021 for IQNMs who hold a referral to bridging. A referral to bridging does not guarantee a place in a program.For more information

Address Of NCLEX Exam Centre In South Africa

It has been confirmed that NCLEX Exams will now be written on African soil from January 2020. The Following is the address of NCLEX Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa:

6th Floor Office Tower

Sandton City Shopping Centre

Cnr Sandton Drive & Alice lane,

SANDTON Johannesburg, 2146

South Africa

New Zealand Nurse Registration Process Made Easier, Now Accept CGFNS Report

The New Zealand Nurse registration process for foreign trained Nurses has changed as the process has now been made easier and faster and accepting CGFNS verification report. Below is the message posted by the regulatory body on her page.

From 15 October 2019, the registration process for Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQN) now requires two steps:

    Step 1: IQN must first apply to CGFNS International, Inc (CGFNS), which will verify and authenticate all documents through its Credentials Verification Service;

    Step 2: IQN will then apply directly to the Nursing Council, which will assess them against New Zealand nursing standards and issue a decision to the IQN.

This change will offer a more efficient and timely service to IQNs. Below are the frequently asked questions.

What documents do I need to apply to CGFNS?

Please refer to the CGFNS Applicant Portal for more information – click here https://ncnz.cgfns.org/#documents

Do my documents need to be translated by CGFNS?

CGFNS requires your documents to be translated into English.

I do not have two years’ post registration experience. Can I still apply?

If you have not worked as a nurse for at least two of the last five years, you will still be able to apply to the CGFNS Credentials Verification Service, but the decision made by the Nursing Council may be affected, including your application being declined. 
If you have no nursing experience, you are not eligible to apply to the Nursing Council.

Why do I need to complete the CGFNS credentials verification process?

CGFNS International Inc specialises in verifying and authenticating documents.

Do I need to electronically upload my documents?

Yes, you will be required to electronically upload documents. This is all part of the credential verification process you must undertake with CGFNS.

How long will this process take?

Credentials verification will take approximately 30 days once all required documentation has been received by CGFNS. The Nursing Council assessment and registration process is then expected to take up to 30 days once you have responded to their invitation to apply.

Do I need to complete the CGFNS Qualifying Exam?

No.

How do I check the status of my CGFNS verification request?

Log in to your CGFNS Applicant Portal

Can I apply for an ELA waiver?

If you completed your nursing education and are registered as a nurse in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or the United States of America, you can request a waiver of the English language standard. If you have registered and practised in one of the above countries and you had to complete an English language test to gain registration, you may also apply for a waiver of the English language standard.

As part of your request to CGFNS to have your credentials verified you will be able to request a waiver, and the Council will then make a decision.

How do I apply for registration?

Once your credentials have been verified and authenticated by CGFNS you will be invited to apply to the Nursing Council.

Do I need to submit my documents to Nursing Council?

CGFNS will send all the documents you have provided directly to the Nursing Council.

Do I need to complete a criminal record check?

Yes. The Nursing Council will tell you how and when to do this.

Can I withdraw my application?

You can withdraw your application at any stage. However, all fees you have paid are non-refundable.


Language Proficiency Requirement

    You will have to demonstrate your ability to read, write, listen and speak in the English language through the submission of language proficiency test results from an approved testing vendor, barring certain exemption requests (see below).
    If you are not exempt, you must schedule yourself for approved English language proficiency tests with approved testing vendors. The approved testing vendors are:
        Occupational English Test (OET)
        International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Module Only
    Non-exempt IQNs must successfully complete an approved test no more than two years and 11 months prior to the submission of the Credentials Verification Service report to NCNZ. Because of the time it may take to complete your CVS-NCNZ, we recommend you avoid sending test results that are over one year old.
    The required minimum scores for the approved tests are:
        Occupational English Test (OET)
            For results prior to August 2018: you must achieve a minimum score of a ‘B’ for each band: reading, writing, listening and speaking. A ‘C+’ is not considered a pass.
            For results after September 2018: you must achieve a minimum score of 350 for each band: reading, writing, listening and speaking. A ‘C+’ (300 – 340) is not considered a pass.
        International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Module
            You must achieve a minimum score of 7 for each band: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Passing scores on the individual sections of the tests can be combined if taken within 12 months of each other. Passing sections from different testing vendors cannot combine. For more information, view the complete standards on the NCNZ website.

Exemption Rules

You may request a waiver of language testing if:

    Your nursing education was conducted in and you are registered to practice in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or the United States of America; or
    You registered and practiced in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA, AND you were required to pass an English language test to gain registration

IQNs who meet waiver criteria will be given the ability to request a waiver of English Language Proficiency Requirements electronically. CGFNS will submit the waiver request to NCNZ with the Credentials Verification Service program report and NCNZ will decide whether to grant the waiver or not.

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.

Identity

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.

Qualification

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

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.
Health

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.
Character

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.

Language

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.
Source:https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/australia-moves-to-new-assessment-model-for-international-nurses

Shortage of Nurses: Hospital CEOs in UK Told To Travel Out to Hunt for Foreign Nurses

Hospital bosses should personally fly to low and middle income countries in a bid to recruit more foreign nurses to work in the NHS, policy experts have said.

Richard Murray, chief executive of the King’s Fund, said delegating hiring to private agencies risked Britain losing the “international competition” for foreign nurses and exacerbating staff shortages.

Instead, frontline managers and clinicians should travel to recruitment hotspots such as Manila and Delhi to personally sell the merits of a career in their hospital or region, he said.

A major joint report this week by the King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation predicts that nurse shortages in England will double to 70,000 in 2023-24 at the current rate.

The research partly blamed a four per cent drop in domestic applications for training places following the abolition of bursaries for nursing students in 2016.

Despite the shortage, the NHS in England is recruiting fewer trained nurses from abroad than in 2001 – around 1,600 currently – and should aim to increase this by an additional 5,000, the report found.

“There is big competition across the world these days for nursing staff because there is a global shortage,” said Mr Murray, who was formerly director of strategy at the Department of Health.

“NHS bosses should not rely solely on recruitment agencies to find overseas staff.

“They should play an active role in the effort, working across regions to coordinate efforts.”

On top of difficulties attracting foreign nurses to the NHS in the first place, trusts often struggle to retain the staff beyond one or two years. Mr Murray said this is because foreign nurses too often arrive lacking a clear idea of what living and working in Britain will be like, particularly those recruited to rural areas.

The report found that trusts such as Yeovil District Hospital have surmounted this by sending senior staff on up to three recruitment drives in a single year to the Philippines and Dubai, where they were able to personally advocate the merits of life in rural Somerset.

At one point last year the trust did not have a single nursing vacancy on any of its wards. It is now recruiting on behalf of several other NHS organisations, a model already adopted in the North of England.

“They

[hospital managers ]

are best placed to assess applicants and can offer an honest opinion of life in the UK and the realities of working in the NHS,” said Murray.

“This approach has benefits for the new recruit and the NHS. “It allows overseas professionals to make an informed decision about whether to relocate to the UK, and it helps NHS trusts to select applicants who are attracted to the qualities of their local area.”

Critics have accused clunky visa rules for applicants from non-European Economic Area countries for hampering the recruitment effort.

However, some of these have been recently relaxed, such as a cap on the number of workers in certain salary groups.

So-called Tier 2 visas demand a £30,000 minimum salary, but the Home Office has confirmed that the nursing will remain on a shortage occupation exemption list until 2021, when the policy will be reviewed.
Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/23/hospital-bosses-told-get-plane-find-foreign-nurses-work-nhs/