OMG, the A to Z Challenge is finally over! I say that with mixed feelings, but I'll get into that with a different blog post. Today, I want to finally talk about me getting liscensed as a Nurse in the UK, a major goal of mine since I moved to the UK nearly a year ago.
I mentioned last week
I finally got registered, but it was a bit of a shock and I didn't know
how to talk about it. I've been waiting a long time to get registered
and I started this process in the fall of 2010 when I had to take the
IELTS to prove I could speak English.
The process was
halted for a time when my husband came to Canada for 9 months for his work. The process
then resumed in February 2012. It was a lot of paperwork and waiting
then but by June 2012 I thought I had everything together that I needed
before I left. Leaving Canada was harder than I thought so I went into a
bit of a slump which went a bit deeper when I was told there was a
delay because there was some missing paperwork.
re-contacting my old employer (not easy when you're several time zones
apart) and getting that paperwork in I finally got work in October that I
could proceed to the next step: completing the "protected learning" to
get my registration. Based on my experience and qualifications I was
except from supervised practice, but to find a nearby institution that
would suit my situation was difficult.
finally I managed to get into Bournemouth University and complete their
month long programme and send off more paperwork. In a world that works
like clock work, I should have had my registration by Jan 18, 2013 the
latest, however, through the grapevine I heard there was an unofficial
audit of the registration process underway and thus delaying the process
of the last bit of my application.
Officially, I heard about it by February and was informed they would resume processing by March. March rolled around and was informed the audit would last until April. April rolled around and I was half expecting to receive another notice about further delays. I didn't, and the contacts I had made in Bournemouth all posted about getting on the registrar in turn so I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
April 20th I received the following:
It has probably felt a lot longer than it was for me to get that. All I could think was "I can finally move on."
I don't know how this will affect my blogging and writing since it will be an enormous learning curve once I find work (yep, that will be the next hurdle), but I'm just going to enjoy my situation: I'm registered and I have options now.
Another little thanks to everyone that has encouraged and supported me, particularly to those who have listened to me whine a lot.