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Umm, not really

Thousands of qualified nurses recruited by the NHS from overseas are stuck working in unskilled jobs because of unnecessarily difficult language tests, according to researchers.

Nurses ​with British citizenship who have lived in the UK for ​years are among those in “regulatory limbo” because they ​cannot pass the language exams needed to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council​.

This is medicine. Exact and precise is part of the gig here.

And the tests are not, in fact, all that terribly hard. Here’s the sample text, here’s the exam. Answers.

There’s little to nothing there that we’d not want a nurse to be able to do.

The discrimination, of course, is that indigenous nurses don’t have to take this test and so we don’t know how many would be able to pass it. Not all that many quite possibly…..

18 thoughts on “Umm, not really”

  1. If they’ve been in the country for years and can’t pass this, why are they still in the country? And why are they still employed by the NHS?

    Come to think of it, how were they recruited in the first place, and in what language, if not English?

  2. You tell the nursing and midwifery council to fuck off. The problem with independent regulators is that they don’t have to balance anything. They will keep writing as many rules as possible to cover their arse, to make sure that no one blames them when a patient dies. Someone dying because they can’t get a bed will not be blamed on them.

  3. How were they recruited in the first place

    Because “overseas” took priority over “nurse” with “qualified” trailing in a distant third.

    Also “recruited by the NHS” is not a phrase which should fill anyone with confidence.

  4. There is an automatic assumption in the article that the when those nurses qualified overseas they learnt the same process and procedures as did UK qualified nurses. They almost certainly did no do so in all areas. If they can read English they can see where and how they need to improve to follow our methods. If they can’t read well enough to improve themselves they are at best trainees who need to work in unskilled jobs till their education can begin.

  5. A few years ago a nurse approached my bed. She’d been told to give me (let’s say) 7.5 mg of Superdrug. But she was puzzled because her pills were 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg. She asked me for help.

    P.S. If you want to exercise your Nazi tendency to think in stereotypes, go ahead. You’ll be right. She wasn’t Chinese.

  6. Nurses with pidgin English is a minor issue compared to presumably indigenous Brits teaching midwives that men can give birth:

    Edinburgh Napier University told training midwives that they may be caring for a “birthing person” who has male genitalia and a prostate gland, in a bid to support transgender people.

    A module guide on how to provide safe care in childbirth told students: “It is important to note that while most times the birthing person will have female genitalia, you may be caring for a pregnant or birthing person who is transitioning from male to female and may still have external male genitalia.

    “You need to be familiar with the catheterisation procedure for both female and male anatomy. For this reason, where appropriate, this book refers to the birthing person.”

  7. Nurses ​with British citizenship who have lived in the UK for ​years are among those….

    Who the f**k is in charge of this BS?

  8. ‘ The discrimination, of course, is that indigenous nurses don’t have to take this test and so we don’t know how many would be able to pass it. ’

    These questions, or questions like them, will be in exams that nurses sit to qualify.

    Overseas nurses will have sat similar exams in their own language too, for them this is a test of language not nursing practice.

  9. I’ m more concerned about the doctors ( especially the consultants) who can’t speak English.
    I’ve run into plenty of them.

  10. In the days of British Empire & Commonwealth, nurses and other professionals would be taught and sit exams in English… and even after independence… exams being set by British Exam Boards.

    But then things changed.

  11. When we moved to Canada my wife had 6 months to study for and pass the final certification exam for nurses or lose her job, as well as providing proof of her education having been in English in order to be exempt from a language exam. Similar a friend of ours had to take the certification exams to work as an electrician. I know a foreign trained doctor who’s in IT and another that’s now a lawyer, some professions are very effective gatekeepers.
    Making people re-certify locally is common especially in medicine, hence all the ‘I was a doctor in my country and now I’m a taxi driver’ stories
    The NHS is actually pretty lenient on certifying foreign nurses compared to most

  12. In Hong Kong in the 1990s, my mother-in-law’s Amah was a Philinia surgeon who was raking in the money in Hong Kong before going back home. Flipping it around, my HK nephew worked here in the UK as a fast-food chef saving up before going home to pass his airline pilot’s exams.

  13. Read the test papers: only a moron couldn’t pass

    Envy of the world? More like rubbish bin for the incompetent

  14. The cowman at our local farm was* a fully qualified Philippino vet.

    * they sold their 300 Jerseys last year.

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