We have always wondered what to do to work as nurses in USA, but few have come up with another question: how do you become Nurse in British soil? The role of the English nurse is different from the Italian one. Let’s find out why.
When one thinks of the figure of the modern nurse the first image that comes to mind is that of Florence Nightingale, the “lady with the lamp”, who with his writings (famous the ” Notes on Nursing” ) has laid the foundations of the theory and the practice of nursing care, as we conceive it today.
How to become a nurse today in USA?
Given these historical premises, it is expected that the university education of today’s English nurse will still be a model of reference. In fact, the whole world has made great strides in the social recognition of the importance of master’s in nursing in USA (although there is still a long way to go) and the nursing practice course in Great Britain is perfectly comparable to the one existing in the rest of USA.
The cycle has a duration of three years and includes a theoretical training and an internship in various departments, including various hospital facilities. The duration of the lessons and the activity “in the field” is substantially comparable to the Italian one.
The courses are organized in modules, which attribute, following the passing of a series of tests – written, practical and oral – a certain amount of credits.
At the end of the course there will be a written and oral exam, while the equivalent of our thesis does not exist and only a second research project (research project) is foreseen.
Also in the contents of the study modules there does not seem to be any difference between the English and the Italian programs; just go to the Internet site of any English University to notice it, even if the impression we got is that our theoretical preparation (but it is only a personal opinion, mind you!) is more in-depth on the clinical level.
After obtaining the certificate degree, you can subscribe to the NMC, the nurses register. Firstly, it is interesting to note that in the USA, there is a specific university training for the operator of emergency-urgency services in the territory, i.e. the paramedic, while in other areas there is currently no legislation that legally represents the figure of the rescuer (covered however with great dedication and competence from nurses and volunteers in various capacities).
Probably, if there was a specific definition and training of our rescuer, it would be less problematic for certain professional categories and institutional subjects to provide for the establishment of ambulances where doctors are not present and on which the operators are authorized to administer drugs on the basis of protocols and guidelines; this is an aspect on which USA is really light years ahead of us.
It should also be noted that in the United Kingdom the figure of the nurse specialist represents a decades-long reality, consolidated by a myriad of post-graduate specialization courses lasting one or two years, which have a wide flexibility in the frequency of lessons (there are also part-time courses, as well as those of the first level), so as to be accessible also to those who work.
In general, students do not enroll in a postgraduate degree just for the pleasure of master’s in nursing in UK for international students, but because they agree with the nursing hospital managers themselves the need and the opportunity to improve and deepen their knowledge, or skills in relation to daily activities carried out. In short, it is the managers who authorize or encourage the nurse themselves to acquire specialized skills, mainly because they need a figure to grow professionally within the Department (and specialist nurses, however, there is always need).