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Should it be easier to join the NMC register from overseas?

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It should be easier to join the NMC register for 'home grown' Nurses. We need to get this right first! As a registered nurse for 22 years I moved into another Health field (albeit specialist) but one that didn't require me to keep my nurse registration, so even though I kept myself updated I let my registration lapse instead of paying to keep the RGN title, not thinking I would go back to it. After a decade out of a clinical role I am now on the verge of returning to the Profession having completed a Return to Nursing course. I cannot start to tell you how difficult the process is in regard to the hoops that have to be jumped through on the administration side of things and Red tape both with the RTP course but especially with the NMC process once the course has been passed. Having passed my course, already payed my NMC registration fee, completed all the online process, supplied 3 x original hand written, posted references (not easy to do), I now have to wait in a queue for another 2-6 weeks until somebody gets round to looking at my details to pass me as re registered. This has put me at risk of loosing the job I have recently been offered. On top of all the usual new job occupational health checks, DRB check, identity checks and past work references, it is only NMC red tape that is now holding my start date up. I won't go into the details but believe me some of the trivial and petty admin red tape could easily be done differently in this day and age. It is so frustrating when we read all the time about the shortage of nurses and the thousands of vacant posts there are.

Posted date

28 September, 2018

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4:23 pm

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