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    Posted: 14 Sep 2017 at 22:09
Hi all,

I am new to the forum and was just hoping for a bit of advice really. I qualified as a nurse in 2012 after completing an Advanced Diploma in Adult Nursing. Unfortunately there wasn't any jobs on the ward where I had done my management placement and after being a bit disheartened I ended up taking a completely different job working as a health and fitness coach.

It has always been a regret of mine that I didn't work as a nurse after I qualified and after a few life upheavals I am wanting to go back to my first career choice. BUT I am wondering whether I can do a return to Practice course if I didn't actually work as a nurse when I qualified? I was given my pin and have emailed the NMC but they haven't got back to me yet.

I just don't want to get my hopes up of it isn't going to be possible. Does anyone know anything about this type of situation?

Many thanks in advance!

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Hi Helen,

Welcome to the JFN Nursing Forums.

You have a qualification, you simply have no experience. I'm pretty sure that a back to nursing course will allow you to reenter the register and put you in a position to be able to work as a staff nurse. I don't know how long the NMC will take to decide the best course of action for you. There wouldn't seem to be any harm in giving them a ring on Monday to confirm they have received your email and to ask about the time frame for how long things will take to happen. You may even be able to talk to someone about it over the phone.

Good luck!

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Hi Helen, not sure how you've got on with this, but did you try looking at universities to see which are running the course currently? That's how I found one to apply to. All I needed from the NMC was my statement of entry to the register including the date when my registration had lapsed, which they were happy to send me once I provided my PIN. Once I had that I could apply for a Return to Practice course, which starts in January 2018. I'm in the Highlands of Scotland, and there are only 4 universities up here currently running the programme, but there should more in England if that's where you are. For me it requires a week on campus, then my practice hours nearer home, but it varies from one uni to another. Go for it, worth a try, it's up to the uni whether you get accepted on a course, not the NMC.
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Hi Helen,

I don't know how you got on but it looks like you may be able to get your return to nursing course paid for:


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What Can I Expect?

If you’re looking to complete a return to practice course, you can now expect: 

  • Course fees to be paid 
  • Additional financial support towards travel, childcare and book costs etc. 
  • Clear information on how to find a course 
  • Support in finding a clinical placement 
  • Theory and clinical-based training 
  • Access to a mentor 
  • Simulation techniques to practice skills 
  • Preceptorship support
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Hi Helen,
my story is much more complicated. I was qualified in 2012 as a Mental Health nurse in London and I was never able to practice due to lack of experience. After a year of struggling, I went abroad with my family and got the job there as an TA and Art teacher. I've returned to UK in 2016 and since that time I try to return to practice. Unfortunately with no success. I have applied to few different universities, most helpful was City University, but the course was postponed to January next year. I live in West London so the best one will be University of West London and Bucks. West London suffered insufficient number of applicants. And Bucks is not supportive at all. I am struggling cause I would like to start working in the nursing field but seriously I don't know what else I can do to comeback to nursing. Any ideas anyone? 
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Hi Klarawais,

Did you follow this link and try contacting them for assistance


The link for information relating specifically to West London


If they have not got the course you need it seems that the only other choice would be to consider attending a different university.

Kind regards,

Nigel
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