6 Jan

The New Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Exam – My Experience

What is it? This is the new process of the NMC which was implemented last October 2014. You can read all about the changes on their website here. I have taken the test because it is a requirement for me to be able to work in UK for which I am already hired in one of the hospitals there. All that is left is this dreadful exam.

Colleagues ask me most of the time, “What kind of exam is it?” and I honestly do not know what to say. Why? Well I have taken the exam last December 2, 2014 and failed. To be honest, when I stepped out of the testing center, I was brimming with confidence thinking that if I have not aced it, I surely have passed but…

Yes, I failed. But Pearson Vue was kind enough not to prolong the agony. They sent me an email of my result the night of that same date. I was so confused and thought where could I have gone wrong? Did I miss a question? I reviewed everything before I stood up. Did the exam submit button go through? In short, I doubted everything else but myself not because I think that I am the smartest nurse alive but because the questions were actually simple that probably even a nursing student could answer.

So when people ask me about the questions from the exam, all I could say is that they were all based on nursing practices that if you have at least 2 years of experience as a nurse then you would definitely pass the exam. As for drug computations, there were only three of them and they were all basic. No complicated Dopa-Dobu problems.

So I tried to contact Pearson Vue and NMC about this issue and I even asked for them to re-check but I never got a response regarding that. After a few days I also contacted them about re-taking the exam and both institutions ping-ponged me to each other as to whom I should talk to and who could answer me. Even after failing the test, the rescheduling is also a process you would have to endure as if you are going through serious problems in life. You are left helpless in the middle with no one trying to actually reach out and help you.

This process is so new, there are too many faults in them now. I am not saying the test is imperfect but how about checking the algorithms of checking it? Maybe something went wrong? I have searched from other nurses online and they all have the same complaint. That they studied hard but still failed, the test was faulty, they should have passed but didn’t, etc.

Now I am set to sit the test yet again on January 20th. This time I will study (yup I didn’t study before) and I hope and pray that I will be getting the result that I need. This thing is the only hindrance I have before resigning and going to UK for work. I will update the status of my exam once I have taken it again.

 

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