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The Overseas Nursing Programme is a 30 credit level 6 stand-alone module. It is a theory-practice module comprising of 20 days protected learning and a period of supervised practice, the length of which is outlined in the NMC decision letter for each individual applicant. The supervised practice is facilitated by a 'live' mentor who meets the required NMC mentor standards (SLAIP 2008).
All overseas nurses will be in receipt of a decision letter from the NMC stipulating the length of supervised practice and any specific practice experience requirements. The learning outcomes within the module reflect the competencies of the Overseas Nurses' Programme for UK registration.
All overseas nurses on the course will also have been able to demonstrate an International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at 7.0 (Academic level).
Both theory and practice elements of this course are assessed. Once completed, the students will then be able to seek access to the NMC register.
The course aims to enable nurses, who qualified overseas, to acquire the knowledge needed to transfer their skills to a different health care system. It allows for them to develop an understanding of the culture in which they will be practising and the context in which care takes place and to be able to adapt to meet changing societal health care needs within continually adjusting working environments. They need to become familiar with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct, Raising and Escalating concerns, Performance and Ethics (NMC, 2008) and acquire appropriate new skills and knowledge in order to be eligible for UK registration as set out by the NMC.
Overseas nurses are permitted 2 attempts at the assessment in line with the NMC requirements, with the exception of professional conduct issues. Where a student fails practice at first attempt and the reason is related to an individual's professional conduct, no further attempt is permitted. (NMC 2008)
Overseas-trained nurses undertaking the ONP will be allowed one extension for a period of three months only and NMC must be notified of any extensions to the programme.
The assessment topics should relate to real practice issues. The assessment strategies are designed to provide opportunities for students to use practical skills and knowledge with confidence and creativity to enhance the quality of care.
The overseas nurses' practice skills are assessed via specific competencies within the practice assessment portfolio. Transferable skills are assessed within both theory and practice assessment; this will enable students to confidently present information orally, in writing and where appropriate through the use of technology, to provide coherent and logical arguments in the support of decision-making
Delivery of the Course
The Overseas nursing course is designed to be delivered over a period of two trimesters. Theory days are delivered over 20 days, and incorporate face to face taught sessions, tutorials, formative assessment and self-directed study time. This will include time in the skills laboratories where key skills can be developed in a safe environment.