International nurses pass their OSCEs

Date added: 08 February 2022

A huge congratulations to our first cohort of international nurses on passing their OSCEs.

The Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a competence-based assessment that is used to test overseas nurses’ clinical skills and to match their current registration against the expected English nursing standards of practice and the Nurses Midwifery Counsel code.

In order for an international nurse to be able to register in the UK, they must meet the minimum nursing standards to practice and the OSCE is a comprehensive and detailed set of practice exercises. It covers the nursing process, professional behaviours and attitudes of a registered nurse, key clinical skills and communication is a core component.

Andrew Dickers, Lead nurse for education and development said: “Any examination can be stressful but our international nurses had the added pressures of adapting to a new country and a new role with many new experiences and challenges. Passing the OSCE allows them to successfully register and lay down some roots at KMPT, get to know their new country and colleagues too. We have all been very impressed by their commitment to their learning and they have all worked very hard.”