Allan, H and Westwood, SL (2016) Non-European nurses’ perceived barriers to UK nurse registration. Nursing Standard, 30 (37). 45 -51. ISSN 2047-9018

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To conduct a scoping project to identify perceived barriers to UK nurse registration as experienced by internationally educated nurses working as healthcare assistants in the UK.

Eleven internationally educated nurses working as healthcare assistants in two London hospitals attended two facilitated focus groups. Qualitative thematic analysis was used to analyse the data.

Study participants articulated frustration with UK English language testing requirements and a sense of injustice and unfairness relating to: double standards for nurses educated within and outside of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA); and what was perceived, by some, as arbitrary English language testing with unnecessarily high standards. Differences among study participants related to issues of competency and accountability regarding English language skills and passing English language skills tests, with many feeling they were playing ‘a game’ where the rules kept changing.

Language testing barriers are impeding UK nurse registration for some internationally educated nurses from outside the EU and EEA who, as a result, are working as healthcare assistants. The provision of English language training by employers would improve their prospects of achieving nurse registration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: english language testing, healthcare assistants, international nurses, language barriers, registration, research
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2017 10:28
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 15:08

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