Improve the pass rate for incoming Non EU nurses sitting the OSCE

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Incoming nurses who have already achieved the desired band score in the IELTS exam will also need to have passed the online computer based CBT exam. Finally incoming non EU nurses must additionally have passed the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).

60% of candidates who have previously sat the OSCE have failed in their first attempt. The failure rate for candidates repeating the OSCE for the second time is 40%.

The cost of OSCE is expensive, approximately 1000 pounds sterling to sit and another 1,000 sterling to resit the exam for a second time and each time thereafter.

Some candidates complain of failing on pedantic or arbitrary reasons. Adding to this, errors can be made through forgetfulness due to stress, anxiety and being apprehensive.

If a candidate fails they can feel a loss of confidence and a feeling of incompetence. Nerves and anxiety can make the second attempt harder

After achieving the desired band scores in the IELTS, sitting the CBT, and engaging in ongoing registration with NMC, a candidate could be made return to their original home country if they fail the OSCE. Furthermore most hospitals withdraw their sponsorship if the candidates fails the OSCE more than twice.

Is this an outdated exam? Does the OSCE truly measure nursing skills and the potential ability of a nurse?

We're not suggesting a potential candidate's skills should not be tested, but perhaps there is a more flexible and less biased way of doing so?

Robert Doyle

Aspire to Care recruitment

Robertdoyle@aspiretocare.uk

Filipino nurses in Ireland & the United Kingdom



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