How To Become a Registered Nurse In Jamaica without IELTS

Jamaica is becoming a centre of attention of late for Nurses from all over the world as Nurses who are registered in Jamaica can migrate to the UK without sitting for the dreaded IELTS Exam. In this article I am going to take you through the process of Nurse registration with the Nursing Council of Jamaica.

Requirements:

According to the Jamaica Nursing Council, below are the requirements for Nurse registration in Jamaica:

  1. Application letter stating type of registration required. (All correspondence should be addressed to The Registrar at the address stated below)

The Nursing Council of Jamaica, Nurses and Midwives Act, 1964
50 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 5
Telephone (876) 926-6042, 960-0823
Email: nurs@cwjamaica.com

  1. Detailed Curriculum Vitae (stating your professional qualifications and detailed working experience as a nurse/midwife since graduation.
  2. Certified copy of birth certificate.
  3. Certified copy of marriage certificate (if applicable).
  4. Certified copy of your current nursing and/or midwifery licence(s) with expiry dates.
  5. Certified copy of your nursing and/or midwifery certificates/diploma/degree.
  6. Two (2) certified identical passport sized photographs (about 35x45mm).
  7. Official copy of Transcript of basic nursing and/or midwifery training. If transcript is in English, it is to be sent directly from the school(s) of training to the Council. If not in English, applicants should have their training transcript translated by an official agency such as Language Training Centre located at 31 Half Way Tree Road and then submit it to the Council
  8. Two (2) current professional reference letters (preferably from your nursing and/or midwifery supervisors with whom you have worked or are working. These must be signed, dated and sent directly to the Council by the referees.
  9. Processing Fee of US $60.00 or Jamaican equivalent for each licence being processed.
  10. A Jamaican Tax Registration Number (TRN)
  11. If application is approved, a registration fee of US $100.00 or Jamaican equivalent for each licence being registered.
  12. After you have been registered a Registration Certificate and Letter which bears your registration number will be given.
  13. A licence will be given which will be valid for two (2) years after which thirty (30) hours of continuing education hours will be required for re-licencing; that is, twenty-five (25) nursing/midwifery hours and five (5) non-nursing hours.
  14. Application form RGN-Trained-abroad.pdf (ncj.org.jm)

How to Obtain TRN

  1. Visit the Tax Administration of Jamaica website at www.jamaicatax.gov.jmSelect forms from the menu near the top of the page – just below the logoScroll down to TRN in the drop down menu, Select and download Form 1:  
    Application For Taxpayer Registration Number (Individuals).
  2. Complete, sign and mail the form with a notarised copy of your ID to:
     Taxpayer Registration Centre
    Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) 
    12 Ocean Boulevard 
    Kingston Mall 
    Jamaica

TRN is not issued to a third party, you must download the application from the website and have it completed, signed and mailed with a notarised copy of your ID. Notarized copy of your international passport and driving license should be ok. Once a TRN has been assigned, the number will be e-mailed to you and a card will be sent by regular mail to your address in your country.

The entire process can take 4-6 months depending on how fast you send all the document requested and how fast you respond to more document request. Your license will be issued and you will be notified.

After successfully getting a job in Jamaica, you can then migrate to Jamaica and start working. After working as a Nurse in Jamaica for one year, you will automatically qualified for English waiver from UK Nursing and Midwifery Council so you can then begin your processing without much stress

Kenyan Nurse Wins $250,000 Aster Guardian Global Nursing award

Anna Qabale Duba, a Kenyan nurse, has won the coveted Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award.

Ms. Qabale, from Marsabit county, won $250,000 after defeating nine other contestants in Dubai.

She was chosen by an outstanding grand jury from among the 10 finalists chosen from a pool of 24,000 nomination nurses globally.

At the event, the other nine finalists were also awarded monetary prizes.

Ms. Qabale told the Nation on Thursday that she was overjoyed to have won the prize against notable competitors, some of whom were far more experienced and educated than her.

“My win has proved to me that I’m doing amazing work and makes me feel that my dreams are valid and headed for even some greater victories,” she said.

Ms. Qabale was feted in Dubai at a ceremony held in commemoration of International Nurses Day.

Adorned in cultural regalia, she received the award from Sheik Ahmed Saeed Al Maktoum, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Chairman and Executive Chief of Emirates Airline.

“This victory is indeed for my country Kenya, my continent Africa and all the girls back in the villages of my home county, Marsabit,” Ms. Qabale added.

She was chosen as the winner among the other nominees after impressing the prestigious grand jury with her passionate dedication to the disadvantaged girls in Marsabit county.

The Aster Guardian International Nursing Award was established in 2021 to recognize the unwavering and selfless humanitarian service provided by nurses worldwide.

Ms. Qabale hopes to become an ambassador for girls’ education not only in Marsabit and Kenya, but throughout Africa.

She was the inaugural Miss Tourism Marsabit County, as well as Miss Tourism Kenya Peace and Miss Tourism Kenya Investment 2013/2014.

During her tenure as Miss Marsabit County, she campaigned for better menstrual hygiene and education in the county.

She is also the founder of the Qabale Duba Foundation – PAPA Project, which was started to provide girls with sanitary towels and panties so they could focus on their studies. This prevents needy girls from missing courses while they are menstruating.

The programme has benefited almost 3,000 young women.

Source: Kenyan Nurse Wins Global Award – Uzalendo News

Nursing and Midwifery Council Grants Accreditation to School of Nursing Akwa Ibom

Akwa Ibom says accreditation has been granted to its schools of nursing and midwifery earlier withdrawn by the authorities.

Augustine Umoh, commissioner for health, made this known during his presentation to the state executive council meeting presided over by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

According to Ini Ememobong, commissioner for Information and Strategy, the health commissioner “informed Council that all the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in the state, which lost accreditation previously, have been granted full accreditation.”

He said it was made possible “due to Government’s investment in infrastructure upgrade and other investments in the schools.”

He stated that with the new development, the schools are ready to train the required manpower in the health sector.

Ememobong, who made this known in a statement after the state executive council meeting added that the “Environmental Guide for Infrastructure Development in Akwa Ibom State was presented to the council by the commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Charles Udoh.

He explained that the guide who seeks to prevent the execution of improperly terminated drains, which have been largely responsible for major erosions in the state and the prevention of future environmental disasters as the main focus was adopted.

“The state of the fire service was presented and Council directed the Ministry of Work to upgrade its facilities and send their personnel for further training.

“Additionally, council charged citizens to also install primary firefighting equipment like fire extinguishers, fire balls etc, in their buildings,” he said.

Checks reveal that the directive on the upgrade of fire fighting facilities was not unconnected with a fire incident in Uyo, the state capital which gutted a popular supermarket at the weekend.

Source: Business Day

How to Apply for Philippines Visa for NCLEX Exam

At last Philippines Embassy in Nigeria which is located in Maitama, Abuja has started receiving application for Philippines visa from everyone including Registered Nurses who are going to write their NCLEX Exam in Manila. I am going to detail everything you need to apply for this Visa to write your NCLEX in this guide. I will also be available to answer any question you might have relating to this.

Before you apply for Philippines Visa below are the requirements:

1.  Evidence of NCLEX exam booking showing the date and time.

2. Authorization to test

3. Police certificate (country of traveling should be Philippines) duly authenticated by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4. Six months Bank statement

5. Employment letter

6.  Six month payslip Or if business person, company registration certificate with evidence of tax payment

7. Original and Photocopy of your international passport.

8.  Original and Photocopy of your Nursing License.

9.  Reference letter from your place of work and your workplace ID card (ID card not compulsory but I submitted it during mine)

10.  Evidence of covid-19 vaccination.

11. Hotel booking. You can book your Hotel on booking.com at a cheaper rate

12. Flight reservation/booking. You can book your flight on Wakanow at very cheap rate, go to https://www.wakanow.com/en-ng

13. Yellow fever card. Make sure it is machine readable and can be verified online. You can start the application or check whether you are carrying a genuine card by checking on the website https://www.yellowcardnigeria.com/

14. COVID Vaccine Certificate (both original and photocopy)

15. Application fees of ₦19,500

The visa is usually processed within 2 weeks and you can have your passport back within this period.

HOW TO APPLY FOR PHILIPPINES VISA FOR NCLEX PURPOSES

1.  Log on to https://www.visa.gov.ph/ and pick your country

2. Proceed to complete the application, upload your passport.

3. Download the application form and print it out

4.  To complete the process, print and submit the visa form including all the requirements, prior to visiting the embassy for an interview.

5. Go to the Embassy with the photocopies of all your documents, this is to avoid looking for where to make copies in case anything is needed as it is expensive to make photocopy around the embassy.

Address: No. 5 Vattern St, Off Amazon St., Maitama, Abuja

Mobile. +234 810 254 1252

6. Visa processing takes just 2 weeks, your visa can be processed and released within 7 working days by payment of additional fees.

7. Visa Application fees is ₦19,500, you need to go there with the exact amount in cash.

COLLECTION OF PASSPORT

You can call the Embassy to be sure your passport is ready for collection before heading to the Embassy. Usually your passport will be ready for collection after 2 weeks. The visa vignette will be on the third or fourth page of your passport.

Alternatively, you can have your passport picked up by DHL and delivered to you. To use this option simply go to the DHL Office around the Embassy and inform them about this. You will need to purchase an envelope and pay the courier fees, then drop the following with them:

  1. Letter authorizing the courier company to collect your passport on your behalf
  2. A photocopy of your international passport
  3. Original collection slip given to you by the Embassy showing the date

On the date specified on the slip, DHL will collect your passport and send it to you. This option is preferable to those living far away from Abuja.

NOTE: Please read very carefully

  1. As per the Philippines Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 165 S 2022 dated 24 March 2022. Starting 01 April 2022, a fully vaccinated foreign national except for minor children below 12 years old traveling with their fully vaccinated parents may enter the Philippines without a required Entry Exemption Document (EED), as long as they comply with visa requirements and immigration entry and departure protocols.
  2.  Foreign national should present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or a negative laboratory-based Antigen test taken within 24 hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin in a continuous travel to Philippines, excluding lay-over and that he/she has not left the airport during layover.
  3.  Foreign nationals must obtain prior to arrival to the Philippines, a travel insurance for Covid-19 treatment costs from a reputable insurance provider with a minimum coverage USD 35,000.00 for the duration of stay in the Philippines.
  4. Fully vaccinated foreign national is fully compliant if she/he received a 2nd dose in a 2 dose series or a single dose vaccine for more than 14 days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin.
  5. Foreign nationals who fail to fully comply with the above mentioned shall be denied entry to the Philippines and shall be subject to appropriate exclusion proceedings.

If you have any question or encounter any difficulty while applying drop your comment below, I will be happy to help you out.

Philippines Embassy in Nigeria To Start Visa Issuance April 2022

Nigeria Nurses and others can now heave a sigh of relieve as Philippines emassy all over the world will start issuance of Visa for those coming to the Philippines for NCLEX, School among others.

The country will open its doors wider to foreign tourists with the further easing of arrival requirements starting April 1.

Under Resolution No. 164-A issued on Thursday, the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) lifted the quota on unvaccinated arriving passengers.


Travelers entering the country now have the option of presenting a laboratory test taken within 24 hours before departing from their point of origin.

Before that rule, these passengers were required to submit a negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test taken within 48 hours before departure.

“Previously, they [had] to show a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours. Now, it is either of the two, RT-PCR or antigen,” deputy presidential spokesperson Kris Ablan explained at a press briefing on Friday.

Nurse Graduates with First-Class, His Nurse Wife with Second Class from Same University

The Best male student who is also the overall best student of University for Development Studies’ school of nursing has graduated with a First-Class honour, while his wife has also Graduated with second class upper in BSc Nursing.

According to Mynewsgh.com, Adam Wasizu and his wife Gariba Adija, both of whom started a Degree Nursing Programme together were among the people who graduated in the 2021 Graduation Ceremony at UDS in Tamale.

Adam Wasizu is A registered general nurse with more than one year of working experience.

He is a product of Naa-Bongu Junior High School (JHS) in Nalerigu in the North East Region, Ghana Senior High School (SHS) in Tamale in the Northern Region and graduated with a First Class at the Nalerigu College of Nursing and Midwifery with a Diploma in Nursing in 2016 and now from University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale with a BSc. Nursing First Class Honours with CGPA of 4.63.

His wife and a mother of one, on the other hand, is a product of Wulugu Senior High School (SHS) in the West Mamprusi Municipality, College of Nursing and Midwifery, Nalerigu from 2015-2017 where she obtained a certificate in Nursing and now a Degree from the University for Development Studies with a BSc. In Nursing with a second class upper.

Source: Pulse

Doctors, Nurses who Trained in Nigeria Must Serve for Nine Years Before Traveling Out

The Federal Government has frowned at some nurses and medical doctors who flee the country after graduating from school without giving back in service to the country (Nigeria) they trained ‘for free’ at public expense.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige who disclosed this at the 2022 Budget Defence of his Ministry at the House of Representatives on Wednesday in Abuja therefore recommended bonding of medical and other health workers so they can serve the country before leaving for anywhere.

“Medical education in Nigeria is almost free. Where else in the world is it free? The Presidential Committee on Health should come with a proposal for bonding doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists and other health workers, so that they don’t just carry their bags and walk out of their country at will when they were trained at no cost.

“In London, it is 45,000 pounds a session for medical education in cheap in universities. If you go to Edinburgh or Oxford, you pay $80,000. If you go to USA you pay $45,000 but if you go to the Ivy leagues, you pay $90,000 for only tuition, excluding lodging. You do it for six years. So, people in America take loans.

“We can make provisions for loans and you pay back. If government will train you for free, we should bond you. You serve the country for nine years before you go anywhere,” the Minister said in a statement issued by Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan.

Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has given a waiver for employment in health, defence and paramilitary to ensure that those who leave for greener pastures were replaced.

Ngige explained that the waiver was granted by the government despite an embargo on recruitment into public service.

The Minister said to address the incessant labour crises in the county, the government would introduce mandatory training for newly elected labour leaders at the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS).

He said the proposed training will equip the labour leaders with the knowledge of Labour laws and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions to curb the incessant industrial disputes in the country.

Ngige also revealed that his Ministry has made provision for the establishment of Rapid Response Labour Desk Offices across the 36 States of the Federation to help nip some of these industrial crises in the bud.

Source: The News Guru

Problems Facing Nursing and Midwifery Profession in Nigeria and Way forward by Salihu Usman

Before I jot down the phrases and allow my ink to flow, let me start with the brief explanation of Nursing; Nursing is the process by which sick individuals are giving optimum social, physical and psychological care, either at the hospital or any other place, or aiding the unhealed to be relieved of pain, trauma or to have a peaceful death. Virginia Henderson defined nursing as “The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge” (first published in Henderson & Nite 1978, p. 5, 1955 ed.).

Nursing profession is as old as the origin of human being but was just informal, unscientific and trial-and-error, until when the mother of modern nursing Florence Nightingale modifies its practices during the crimean war, this modification indicate the ingenuity and gargantuan sacrifices nurses can make since from the olden days where there were no scientific based practices. As time goes by several people became into existence and these people sacrificed a lot of which some left their teaching career to indulge in caregiving, some engaged themselves into active war and some made some series of innovation like books, theories regarding nursing profession, some of them are even the founders of internationally recognized philanthropic associations, such people are naturally gifted, talented and very creative with deep devotion to make nursing profession prosper, example of such people are Florence Nightingale, Virginia Henderson, Parker Theoder Fliedner, Margaret Sanger, Clara Barton, Mary Beckinridge, Dorothea Dix, Mary Mahoney, Mary Seacole, and others. These people have shoulder nursing profession and laid a solid foundation for its growth which we suppose to hold still onto.

In Nigeria, Though traditional form of nursing and midwifery have existed even before the arrival of the colonialists. Formal and modern nursing was introduced by the colonial masters. The first nursing home in Nigeria was established in Jericho, Ibadan by the British colonial government. Nursing was later fully established in Nigeria when missionaries established mission homes, Dispensaries e.t.c. and commenced training of nurses in Nigeria and in 1949, the School of Nursing at Eleyele, Ibadan was established.

In 1949, the Nursing Council of Nigeria was established to set standards for nursing in Nigeria. ln 1952, the University College Hospital Ibadan started training of nurses as well, and by 1965, a Department of Nursing was established in the University of Ibadan to commence a degree programme in Nursing.

In all these, there’s a whole lot progress, but the birth rate keeps inflating, the cycle of life keeps running, our population seems increasing and the demand of care by the people seemingly unachievable, may be that’s why so many problems arises to face nursing and midwifery profession.

• Lack of motivation: this is one of the major problem affecting nursing and midwifery profession, so many nurses and midwives lacks motivation to work as nurses, and there’s no way someone could work optimally without passion and love for what he does, before a nurse can work to save someone’s life he/she must first be happy with his/her life. Most of Nigerian nurses work in a very hostile environment where a lot of naive doctors look down to them as maid or just assistance useful for running errands, harass them when they made mistake, may be that’s because of the believe that nursing and midwifery profession is mostly dominated by female, and females are believed to be submissive all the times. A nurse looked down by doctors, patients, patients relatives, or any other person will lack motivation for what he’s doing.

A solution to the above is that, nurses should make sure that they advanced their knowledge, be up-to-date on the trends of nursing and patients conditions to avoid making unnecessary mistakes, once a nurse/midwife knows what she’s doing, he/she will miraculously gain the trust, respect and confidence of anyone who come across his/her care. And the doctors should also know that as I believe it was thought to them in their school that, nurses are co-workers not their juniors, assistance or maid to give command to, they can not achieve what they want to achieve in the hospital without nurses, neither do nurses/midwives, so in the health field, even the ward servant is of great importance and can never be disrespected or downgraded.

• Lack of equipment and standard facilities: Most of our hospitals lack necessary equipment and facilities to help the nurses/midwives perform their job effectively. A lot of hospitals, including the government hospitals and even private are under-stocked.

This directly affects a nurse’s efficiency as he or she is always looking for improvised solutions to the problems presented by lack of necessary equipment and facilities.

This is also an impediment to the growth of our nurses/midwives, because with lack of proper equipments, even our students will have less practical skills therefore given birth to incapable and under-able fresh nurses/midwives.

What I suggest to be the solution to this is; our governments (both federal and state) should work hand in hand to stock their various health institutions including colleges and universities with adequate useful equipments, and when provided, the management of each facility should ensure proper preservation and repair of such equipments.

• Indolence: As I use to see in the current trends on social media that a lot of people had a nasty experience with one nurse or another, they met a nurse who is unkind, unfriendly, harsh and some even unwilling to attend to patients because of the laziness or feeling of superiority. This disastrously affect nursing and midwifery profession, because it’s putting on the spotlight a negative image of nurses/midwives, it hurts me whenever I saw someone castigating our very own image, just recent weeks back a soldier humiliated a midwife at her working place, but when the video circulate on media, most of the comments were in favor of the soldier despite his terrible and unbecoming act on the midwife.

A nurse/midwife should be nice, caring and friendly. The opposite, lack a very important qualities of a good nurse/midwife and deserve not to be a nurse, whoever act so lackadaisical supposed not to be part of us, because we were thought to be humble, sympathetic towards our patients.

The schools, colleges and universities teaching nursing and midwifery profession should work tirelessly in seeing that their students before graduation knows the worth of their patients, they should teach them to work based on the reward not on worldly gratification.

• Shortage of Nurses/Midwives:
As the world’s population rises each day, so is the demand of nursing care, with the olden believe and ideology that nursing profession is mainly for women, the nurses become shortage to meet the demand of the health care thereby affecting the small active number and making them exhausted, this also cause a work under pressure.

In Nigeria a step is taken to combat this by provision admitting two consecutive sets in a year in various colleges and schools of nursing, despite that, a further method should be applied to feel the vacuum of health care demand, we should keep up to that until the ratio of a nurse/midwife to patients is tenable.

• Low remuneration: In all the health care system, nurses do the hard and most stressful work that requires commitment and determination, nurses/midwives work 24/7 to ensure stability and comfort of the patients. Nurses are seriously underpaid, those that are in the private health sector suffer worse fate, they are usually underpaid and overworked.

Those in the public health sector are also not left out, salaries are not paid as at when due and sometimes they are forced to take percentages of their normal take home. This has had a negative effect on their service delivery.

A guide to sorting this out is that; nurses/midwives salary wage should be regulated by a body or associations that will ensure the tangibility and reasonability of the monthly salary including the hazard allowances, the government should also consider the fact that, of all it’s civil servants, nurses/midwives works the best.

• Risk of infection; Every profession has a hazard, but nursing and midwifery encounter much because they work in a place where there is much risk of getting infected, imagine when Covid-19 came in 2019, everyone was panicked, people got home, locked themselves, leaving our angelic nurses in a tête-à-tête with suspected and confirmed cases, that is why some nurses/midwives fear the fact that they are highly exposed to the risk of contracting an infection. Even with the preventive methods available, they are always withdrawn when it comes to caring for patients with serious health problems, thus leaving the patient in agony and dejection. What of those who work in Trauma centre, in the theatre, surgical words and dealing with variety of bloods probably containing viral transmitted diseases, some in Isolation with TB patients who can get you infected by merely a sneeze? And lot more, There’s a lot of risk of infection and this affect nursing/midwifery profession.

Way out to reduce the risk of infection is providing all the PPEs (Personal Protective Equipments) without compromise, frequent seminars concerning preventive care and proper discard of used equipments, sterilization of the un-disposable and non-stop hazard allowances.

• Politics and Favouritism: Politics, favoritism and tribalism are also some problems that affects nursing in Nigeria, not only nursing and midwifery profession but almost every sector, The right candidates for a nursing job are sometimes overlooked because of his or her political class or cultural affiliation. Now even to get admission into various colleges of nursing needs some connections, that’s why we end up producing unqualified, unskilled and incapable nurses, when the unqualified are employed, they go on to deliver poor services as well as exhibiting high levels of quackery. When the public notices one unskillful nurses they tend to generalize that all nurses are reckless, this cause a lot of damage to our renowned reputation.

The only way to bring this on line is to reduce favouritism to minimum, let only the ones that can practice good qualitative nursing care should be employed, let’s draw back to admission process into colleges and schools of nursing, the entrance exam we carry-out should be strict and only the ones who passed it and the physical interview should be admitted, let’s not make any favor to any students during any exam from introductory to council final exam, only that way will let us usher a new dawn for new nurses that are capable both theoretically and practically.

• Rural urban migration: Another problem is the urban migration of nurses. A lot of nurses don’t want to work in the rural areas due to the poor standard of living when compared to the urban areas. This leaves the rural areas with inadequate nursing care. This leaves the rural areas with quack and unqualified health officers that will keep endangering the health care of the people of the community areas, their health care is at stake and with highly charge of money. When this keeps occuring and the people of the community noticed and become obsessed, they don’t know which exactly profession is doing worse to them, they will generalize and nursing and midwifery profession will be involved.

Nurses/midwives who came from the community areas from the first, when qualified should go back to their community and work, may be that’s why the nursing council created Community Nursing Program and Community Midwifery Program, even though these two profession weakens the general nursing and basic midwifery program, only if we would work in community as registered nurses, then there’s no impact for creating the two new community programmes.

• Lack of periodic training; Seminars, workshops and some other forms of periodic training aimed at sensitizing, training and informing the nurses of modern nursing practices are seldom conducted leaving the nurses tied on outdated methods.

The MCPDP program covers this, every time I attend this program I got excited and updated, in Sokoto, the MCPDP program always amaze me, because it’s well presented all the time by the highly skillful nurses/midwives, who make most of their time in research of the current nursing update, the likes of this MCPDP should be invented more and should be happening time after time, that will make our nurses up-to-date and confident on the care they give to their patients.
At the last phase of this article; I will like to, in conclusion call out to NANNM as our only association to keep fighting for nurses all across the country, the humiliation nurses/midwives faced from the people in nasty way shouldn’t be happening, if it does happen, necessary action should then be taken.
Nurses always cares.
Nr. Salihu Usman Shuni writes from Sokoto State, Nigeria.
10th November, 2021.
He can be reached via Salihushuni@gmail.com

US Nurse Registration: How To Become a Registered Nurse in the US

Welcome to this thread guys, I am creating this thread for Nurses who want to start the US Licensure process without knowing how to go about it or have any question in any of the stages. This thread will deal with the process of writing NCLEX-RN Exam which is the major hurdle for Internationally Educated Nurses.

Before you start this process make sure your Nursing license has not expired and you have your international passport

Let get started. To register as a Nurse in the US without IELTS we recommend picking TEXAS or New Mexico but for the purpose of this post we shall be using Texas. Don’t worry if you don’t have plan of going to Texas, once you have your Texas license, you can endorse to any other State in the US.

The entire process involves:

1. Credentialing process through CGFNS or Josef Silny among others
2. Registration with the Board
3. Authorization to Test and Exam

Credetialing Process through CGFNS


Go to CGFNS Page https://applicants.cgfns.org/portal/view/login?ref=start_app_create

Input your email and click on continue, reconfirm your email and then click on Send Code

An email will be sent to you. Open the email then click on the link sent to you.

Input the six digit security code in your email (below the link) into the box to proceed

Pick applicant and click the submit button

First name, middle and last name
Date of birth
Do you have a cgfns no no
Do you have a passport yes, pick your country and then your passport number
Do you have a current or valid Healthcare Profession License? No
Education: Pick your country of education, pick your nursing school from the list and then select the year. If your nursing school is not listed on the list simply pick others and then state the name of your nursing school in the box, click submit

Login into your application and complete your profile. After that pick a service, pick CES and complete the form. When completing it pick Texas Board of Nursing and choose a professional service. Pay the $365 and then download your transcript request form and verification form and send it to your school and Nursing board respectively.
You can then upload your SSCE result later. To do this simply go to the message centre and send it as an attachment in the message. You don’t need to attest it. For those in Nigeria using NECO result, you have to send a NECO result checker scratch card along.

For those in Nigeria, verification with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria is now completely online and cost roughly N73,000. You can complete the online verification by going to the verification page Click Here For full details on NMCN verification, you can check my other post.


Registration with Texas Board of Nursing

After CGFNS has received all your documents, proceed to create an account with Texas Board of Nursing. Go to https://txbn.boardsofnursing.org/txbn and click on create an account. Then login and click on Apply for License. Pick NCLEX-RN international graduate. Complete the form and pay the application fee of $100 using your ATM card.

Next
Register and complete the jurisprudence Exam. To register you can login through your Texas Board of Nursing application or use this link Click Here
If you can’t register for the TX NJE, you can submit a “Support Request” by clicking on “HELP” at the bottom of the following page:
To prepare for the exam you can read the Nurse practice Act. Click Here

I also found the following videos useful. These two videos are enough to pass the jurisprudence exam, check them out out Nursing Jurisprudence & Ethics and Texas Board of Nursing: Understanding Your Scope of Practice

The following links from Quizlet are also useful Quizlet Link1 and Quizlet Link 2

Next
Get the FBI 258 Fingerprint card, go to the nearest police station and thumbprint on it. You can also do it yourself at home, just get a black ink pad and thumbprint. Then register with identogo [ur=https://uenroll.identogo.com/workflows/11G64G l]Click Here[/url], click on submit a fingerprint card by mail and complete the form, and make the payment of approximately $39. Print out the acknowledgement card and mail it to the address on the printout. Some nurses say they used the downloaded copy of the card and it was accepted. If however you want the original card, you can get from me if you are in Nigeria, Ghana or United Kingdom. You can send a private message to me by creating an account, click on my profile and send a message

After your fingerprint card and the acknowledgment slip get to Identogo, you will receive an email informing you that it’s been received. Once your fingerprint has been process, it will be forwarded to your Texas Board of Nursing account.

Next
Once your CES report has been issued, you can head up to Pearson Vue Homepage and create an account, https://www.nclex.com/register.htm and pay the application fees of $200

Next
Once your file is complete which are: CES report received by TBON, Fingerprint done, Jurisprudence Exam Passed and Pearson account created, you will receive authorization to test called ATT which is currently valid for 6 months.

Next
Book your Exam and sit for it. The cost of booking depends on location. It is free if you plan to sit for it in the US, cost $180 if you plan to sit in the UK, $177 in India and $150 for most of other centres. Then make reservation for hotel, flight and visa depending on your location.

Note: If by any reason you need to rebook your exam, you need to chat Pearson up and they will do that for you. It is free of charge.

Materials for NCLEX

There are lots of materials and videos online especially on YouTube. To prepare for your exam, you can use HESI NCLEX textbook, Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX Examination, subscribe to Uworld https://nursing.uworld.com/nclex-rn/ , Mark Klimek audio this youtube channel has all the audio Click Here , Summit College NCLEX Comprehensive Review on Youtube it is from 1-22 (This review is a bomb) here is the link to her videos Click Here Also you won’t want to miss Sarah’s Video, check her videos on NCLEX preparation Click Here

Please and please never go into the exam without listening to Mark Klimek or Summit College Review

How To Apply for NMCN Online License Verification To UK Nursing Board

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has started online verification of license to all countries among others. In this post I am going to give a step-by-step guide of the process to NMC UK while you can drop any question you have by clicking on the reply button.

NMCN Online Verification to UK

First go to the verification page by clicking on This Link

Then pick your registration type among the three listed categories: Registered Nurse, Registered Midwives or Registered Mental Health Nurse.

Input your registration number in the box. Your registration is the six digit number on your Nursing certificate issued by NMCN, notification of result and on your license

Input your email, tick the box beside Nursing & Midwifery Council UK (NMC UK) Proceed and you will taken to the next stage which will show online your name, gender and destination. Check to be sure it is correct then click on proceed to payment. A fee of N23,406.25 will be shown, pick the card/netbanking option and click pay now. You will be taken to the Innovate platform where you can use your bank card to make the payment of N23,874.36

Immediately after the payment you will receive an email from NMCN, click on the email and you will be taken to the NMCN verification page where you will need to upload your license and other documents. Then complete the form with the following:

Organizational Name: Nursing and Midwifery Council UK

Email Address: Overseas.enquiries@nmc-uk.org

Phone Number: +442073339333

Address: 23 Portland Place W18 1PZ

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

NMC PRN: The number on your UK NMC Page

NMC UK Application Ref: The number in the email sent to you by UK NMC after the payment of £140

You can track your verification by using This Link but note that the link is not helpful in tracking your verification status for now

After completing the application please submit it.

Few days after submitting the application online you are going to get a message from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria that you have been successfully enrolled for your Pofessional Update Form (PUF), just ignore the message and do nothing it simply means NMCN has started working on your verification. Currently the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria sends the verification to UK within 3-5 weeks.

Continue to monitor your UK NMC online account as your evaluation will change as soon as Nigeria NMCN send your verification.

For any issue send email to verification@nmcn.gov.ng, oafilade@nmcn.gov.ng or ict@nmcn.gov.ng

You can also click on reply and drop your thoughts