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International outlook: Time to rethink the English language test for overseas nurses

Changes to what evidence English-speaking nurses from outside the UK need to provide are welcome, but the real problem remains lack of investment.
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Changes to what evidence English-speaking nurses from outside the UK need to provide are welcome, but the real problem remains lack of investment.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recently announced it was broadening the evidence it will accept from nurses trained outside the UK to demonstrate their English language ability.

The RCN welcomes the decision because it fits with the results of our research into approaches taken in other countries ( RCN 2017 ).

It also means that nurses seeking to join the register from other European countries can present evidence that they have, for example, undertaken training in English or practised over a minimum period of time in a country where English is the first language.

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