George Eliot’s new international nurses are top of the class, having achieved a 100% pass rate in an exam that forms part of their registration process in the UK.
The international nurses, from the Philippines, Africa and India, are required to take an Nursing & Midwifery Council OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) in the UK after they start their placement, despite being experienced qualified nurses in their own home countries. George Eliot Hospital is proud to announce that to date there is a 100% pass rate, which is above the national average of 89%.
A conference this month celebrated the success of the international nursing recruitment programme at George Eliot Hospital with the nursing education team showcasing the lives and clinical experience of the dedicated nurses from across the world.
Each of the international nurses presented information about their careers and home country to their peers, managers, supervisors and board members.
Belle Jaleco said: “I arrived in January this year from the Philippines and it was the first time I had been on a plane or away from home or experienced snow.”
“I love living here now and the nurse education team, other international nurses and wards have really made me feel so welcome.”
Benjamin Udo from Nigeria said: “I moved here to improve my standard of living and professional practice and now work in the Intensive Treatment Unit.”
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Chairman, Prem Singh opened the celebratory conference and gave a short presentation about his own experience as an International nurse arriving in England in 1975.
Prem said: “I would like to thank all our wonderful international nurses for coming to the NHS and particularly to George Eliot Hospital. They have sacrificed so much, leaving their loved ones and families behind to not only improve their lives but to help us provide high quality care to our patients and communities.”
“I arrived in England from Malaysia to begin my general nursing training on 10 August 1975. My journey from student nurse to chief executive and now Chairman has just been fantastic.
“The NHS has been great to me and I am incredibly proud to have been part of its journey for 43 years. I remain determined to ensure that the NHS today is reflective of the diverse nation we are and celebrates its rich diversity. Let's give our international nurses a warm George Eliot and Nuneaton welcome!”
Sharon Rodman is responsible for pastoral care for the International Nurses and responsible for finding them accommodation, helping them fit into their ward environments and their continued professional development, including designing and delivering the OSCE training programme.
Sharon said:” The International recruitment process is quite lengthy and can take up to a year to get visa’s, employment checks and Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements completed before they start at the George Eliot Hospital.
“We are so proud of our 100% exam success rate to date because all of the nurses have followed an intensive 11 week induction period of theoretical and clinical training, before they completed their OSCE qualification.
The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration process for nurses and midwives trained outside of the European Union (EU) / European Economic Area (EEA).