I am nurse.
The article says the truth and the effect probably positive for the overseas nurses. Even though I agree OSCE was the toughest part in the competitive nursing exams, I think the most craziest challenge foreign nurses face from another exam called IELTS. Needless to say, many foreign nurses where stuck with 6.5 in writing module. In fact, it seems so crude and demoralising for the youngsters who seek betterment in life. Clearly, a 0.5 margin is playing the trick in this controversial exam especially in writing module.
Because of the relentless campaigns, NMC decided to opt and add one more exam as an option for these nurses and I think it seems working. Now let me explore where the new exam known as OET stands when compared to IELTS.
Today, the number of OET winners is rising sharply in India and people find it rather easier to score mandatory level in these days. Although OET is expensive than Ielts, it is gaining huge welcome and popularity. It is a truth.
I have talked to many OET winners about the exam and system. I was surprised that many says OET is no way closer to IELTS in terms of standard. IELTS is a whole new level and benchmark scores are very unrealistic.
One of my IELTS trainer who also train OET students told me that OET is difficult but it is not a herculean task at all. Where as, IELTS need persistent practice as well as has to be omnipotent and omniscient. Also, need some Luck definitely.
He also said me many IELTS loosers are nowadays appears on OET and scores what they want in single attempt which seems fascinating as well as underline the fact that how tough is IELTS and how easy is oet.
It is observed by one of the students who attended both exam says , OET seems way to simpler than Ielts when it comes with speaking and writing. However, she find it little difficult to deal with reading. Nevertheless, C± in reading perhaps not a big deal as per her concern.
How IELTS score is different with OET particularly band 7 and Band B.
Many says that if a person who can score 6.5 consistently can attain OET band B in writting and speaking without much stress or frestration. Moreover, grammatical range and accuracy is one of the main problems for IELTS aspirants which comes only the last assessment tool in OET that makes OET is more cooler to score than IELTS.
Apart from this, score 6.5 in IELTS means you are scoring more than 73 percent marks in English which says you are good at the use of English language use. Meanwhile , OET band B ( consider as equally to 7 IELTS) seems to me that it is equivalent to 6 or 6.5 only. Even that score match with only 60 or 65 percent in English language. Clearly, it makes sense that OET is unparalleled to IELTS.
In terms of knowledge base I am sure that IELTS band 6.5 would stand way above on OET band B that they consider as equivalent. Don't you think it is bizzare ? I think likewise.
Most importantly, it may be the reasons the number of nurses who seeks overseas life is rapidly shifting to OET from IELTS. Therefore, the number of nurses who attended IELTS classes is declining drastically in most of the institutes. At the same time, the number is on a rise in OET classes.
It is clearer that OET and IELTS are not equal at all. Sadly, NMC is barely understanding the difference. It is important to tell and make it clear to them that lion and goat are not the same or they cannot be live under one roof. Sadly, they are now for NMC. If anybody attend the meeting please do tell them.
I think IELTS and OET serves same purpose just like how an iPhone and Chinese android does work. In fact, IELTS has quality which is very high and unrealistic. OET on the other hand is expensive, but, less in quality. Interestingly, NMC and RCSi uses both completely distinct tool to assess the level of English language level. I can't believe this ? Using two extremely different yardsticks in different lengths and widths is used to assess one common aspect. It is wierd. Isn't .. I believe yes and it is unfair.
To note, bare my grammatical mistakes and if you find it good update this. Moreover, it is just my observations, findings and opinions.
Today, on 12/10/2017, when I read this article I feel absolutely lost my mind.
The reason is simple the new online exam and OSCE made the entire system much more a lucrative business as well as distorted and destroyed the the quality largely. In the past, the adaptation helped international nurses to adapt well with society, culture, working conditions, language and many more other aspects. Sadly, everything was ruined by the crud MCQ tests and OSCE. As a result, the new nurses have to pass expensive competency test and soon they were let to hit the ground and run without understanding any of the factors like culture, linguistic diversity or patient care. The end result is wrecking havoc.
Overseas nursing program was the most comprehensive method to introduce the international nurses to the new and modern UK health care system. But, it's no longer exists. Feeling filthy about NMC and their unrealistic biased decisions. Ultimately, the citizens are the suffers.
Today, while the country face their worst nursing crisis and shortage, I have only one thing to suggest bring back the wonderful system to save the entire NHS and aging citizens before they end up in wrong hands due to the crazy stupid decisions of NMC and private companies like Pearson vue who makes most out of it.
Hope for the best.
Four years ago when I left England, the country wasn't needed any overseas nurses programmes care workers. In fact, the government have reformed the migration rules to crub it. Eventually, as a nurse from India also a graduate from UWE ( who I am) hadn't have any choice other than leave the country. Well, while I look back I feel pity and pathetic to see the current scenario of nursing shortage in the UK.
Today, NHS is despartely looking for overseas nurses from India and Philippines as well was Ghanaians. Sadly, I must admit that fact the UK is no longer got destination for overseas nurses due to various reasons. Firstly, toughest controversial competency exams like IELTS, CBT and OSCE. Secondly, changes in the rules of Permanent residents for foreigners ( basic requirement 35000 pounds salary per year) Well, hard to imagine. Finally, substantial shortages of staff lead to risk and dangers. Obviously, people rather prefer Australia, New Zealand and Canada's who there is much more room for permanent settlement and less hardship at work places.
Competitive examination is the most important reason why candidates are suffering. They set the IELTS band score requirement was at the level of Cambridge university level which is certainly unjustifiable at all. An overtly majority of candidates have lost their for a mere 0.5 marks particularly in writting module. Therefore, only a few prefer to take such tests.
In addition, by 2014, NMC introduced CBT and OSCE instead of adaptation program (ONP) for overseas nurses. So far, the success rate is just about 50 percent in first attempt. Overall, 60 per cent. This is also a contributing reason for the plunge.
Introducing IELTS for EUROPEAN citizens, in fact fueled the nursing crisis and BREXIT made it worse. Along with paycap turn to be a nightmare for the nurses in the UK.
Also, Nurses who are post graduates and graduates with considerably experienced in various fields of health care is not able to pass OSCE which is seems to be mysteriously sad for nurses.
Despite the shortages of 40000 general nurses and 20000 psychiatric and mental health nurses, the government and NMC is not At alI ready to consider the situation proactively and constructively. They are stand still on their believe and concept where citizens were tormented and dying for help. Why this merciless attitudes from them, yet to find.
There is instant panacea for this crisis other than depending on overseas. However, it would pretty difficult at this moment. If the UK and NMC reduce the IELTS writting score by 0.5 margins would have made an undeniable impact in favour of NHS.
Certainly, communication skills is important and patients safety should not compromised at any stage. Nevertheless, setting up the level is unattainable would not help neither NHS or candidates. Also, it goes similarly with CBT and OSCE as well.
I believe, overseas nursing program was the ideal course for overseas nurses rather than CBT and OSCE. In fact, ONP can enable foreign candidates to adapt with new environment, culture and local languages and high standard of European care. Unfortunately, nothing is right at the moment in the UK and nothing wouldn't be helping people.
The only benefit who received was private organisations who runs these tests and private hospitals. Who cares, only common man generally bullied and traumatised.
Well, good communication skill is quintessential and patients safety should be considered when overseas nurses comes to the UK.
However, 6.5 out of 9 in writting module generally is a far good score for a nurse. In contrast, I must admit, speeking should not be lower than 7 because nurses need to communicate regularly with patients. In that context, good speaking techniques and skills are important.
Writting on the other hand, 6.5 would be sufficient enough to to write down the tasks. Moreover, 6.5 means around 72 per cent in English aquracy. Wouldn't be sufficient? For it's far good.
If NMC takes a favourable decision by reducing Ielts score on writting module by a half margin would be more than enough. International nurses asking only for this module and for 0.5 margin.
In top of It, recently NHS and NMC stopped old adaptation program and chosen CBT and OSCE instead. I feel pity on both organisations. The reason is simple and clear, the 3 months adaptation program was designed to adjust and adapt with European standards, languages and nursing care. Today, these tests made easy for nurses to pass test but failed to adapt with new environment. Moreover, less supervision and theory based evaluation would only make chaos. Nevertheless, NHS and NMC call back the successful Adaptation program would facilitate and solve many issues. Along with that, overseas nurses would benefit from it in many ways like understanding standards, culture, local lingustic differences and many other factors.
Don't you think exams based on rote learning would enable nurses work in completely new environment. I doubt So, here, in this context, I believe, adaptation is the perfect let to make successful nurses.
All in all, IELTS 6.5 on writting module along with adaptation program would be ideal address all the issues.