Becoming a nurse in NL

Old Jan 8th 2019, 12:50 am
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I'm studying in England for my nursing degree and will graduate in July 2020. My boyfriend of 5 years is Dutch and lives in The Netherlands. My plan is to move over to him (he is also a nurse and will rent his own house by then). I want to be able to work as a nurse in The Netherlands, i've researched a lot and haven't found any clear answers on how a NQN from the UK could come about working as a nurse in The Netherlands. Eventhough i'd be a newly qualified nurse, I have had nursing experience in ITU, community, surgical wards, childrens nursing, mental health nursing and alzheimer's and dementia care. I can speak dutch pretty well and i'm judging by 2020 i'll be around C1 level, which I read is the requirement to join the BIG register. (I'm also confused whether i'd have to apply for a job and THEN join the BIG register or vice versa). I also know I need my qualification changed to dutch standards. Im just not sure where i'd go from there? I was thinking, maybe if the process is very long, perhaps working in a restaurant or a shop while all the admin is being processed and my dutch language exam is passed. Because I really want to leave the UK before December 2020 (the end of the transition period for Brexit). I'm basically looking for some advice on what I should do. Thanks a lot, sorry for the essay!
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Old Jan 28th 2019, 12:04 pm
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I'm a British trained nurse like you but am Dutch by background. I would think the first thing you would want to prioritise is passing the State language exam as you won't be able to get a job without it.

It shouldn't be too difficult to get registered with BIG though. The information is all here: (Add a www to the beginning - I can't put hyperlinks in my posts)
UK education will be automatically recognised as adequate because it is still currently in the EU.
If you do move over without any job experience or unregistered, you are better off working in a care home or HCA equivalent. That way you can network and/or find a job opening and can say you've gained experience working in the Dutch healthcare system. Perhaps you could spend some of your holiday this year doing some HCA work in the Netherlands, build up some contacts?

I appreciate you qualify in July 2020, but to be honest i'd recommend staying here for 6 months post qualification as the amount of education and support you get as a NQN would put you in a much better position when getting a job over there. There are always more job vacancies for people with some experience than no experience whichever country you are in.
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