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Why Are OSCEs Important for Nurses Working Abroad?

Since nurses play such a vital role in the healthcare system, it’s no surprise that many hope to find employment in foreign countries to gain professional and cultural experience and make a substantial income. You should consider taking the OSCE if you are a nurse interested in working abroad.

What is the OSCE examination?

OSCEs, or Objective Structural Clinical Examinations, are used frequently in the health sciences (medicine, physical therapy, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry) to assess clinical skills, performance, competence, knowledge, and attitudes in areas such as communication, clinical examination, medical procedures/prescription, clinical decision-making, clinical thinking/reasoning, exercise prescription, joint mobilization/manipulation, and many others.

What is an OSCE station?

The several stations that make up an OSCE test simulate real-world scenarios. During the OSCE, candidates move from station to station, affecting patient encounters with mannequins (actors taking patients’ roles). Examiners at each testing centre assign a grade depending on how well they do.

The applicants or pupils are given two minutes to prepare for the forthcoming situation before approaching a station. Candidates will be briefed on the patient’s demographics (such as age, gender, and primary medical complaint) and where they may expect to meet the patient at the station. Depending on the group in charge of the OSCE, the station may last from five to fifteen minutes.

Is there a minimum score required to pass OSCE?

According to the above-described structure, questions for individual exams are chosen to offer a wide range of curricular content and a consistent and careful mix of questions with a comparable difficulty level. In light of this, the cut-off continues to be between 155 and 163. 

After the exam, one of the 13 stations will be designated as the “test” station based on established criteria. If a technical problem kept the question from running normally for all applicants, this “unfit station” would be the “test” station. If there is no “unfit” station, the freshly Angoffed question with the highest difference between the average mark and the Angoff score for that question is designated as the “test” station. If no further questions score lower after being Angoffed, the question with the minor difference above the Angoff score is identified as the “test” station. In this way, candidates gain from the elimination of the least reliable question.

Since the cut score is established using a criterion-referenced strategy, the pass rate is dynamic. It has been hypothesized that the declining trend in passing rates over time is due to the exam’s inclusion as a mandatory part of the CCT training programme (which was voluntary when it was first established).

Why is OSCE essential?

This practical test is required for any nurse or midwife whose education was gained outside the European Union to prove that they can perform their duties by the standards used in the United Kingdom and Europe. A nurse working abroad needs not only the skills she acquired as a nurse at home but also an understanding of the local health care systems, as the laws, regulations, and medical practises may differ from those of her home country. This exam shows that the candidate has the professional capacity to use their theoretical knowledge in a foreign clinical setting.

Also Read: All About NMC’s OSCE for Overseas Nurses

Where can you find help from BGM Consultancy UK Ltd?

BGM Consultancy’s mission is to help young people in the local and global communities gain the education and training they need to become registered nurses.

Individuals seeking international experience might benefit significantly from our Clinical Fellowship Programme. Nursing professionals can collaborate with prominent Trusts, such as NHS Partner Organizations, to get experience in various clinical subspecialties through the Clinical Fellowship Programme (CFP), a highly regarded and award-winning training programme. Anyone from the UK or anywhere else in the world can apply to this programme and gain the advanced clinical expertise they need to develop their careers. In this programme, nurses can specialize in medicine, surgery, trauma/orthopedics, critical care, or operating rooms, among other areas.

Contact us immediately by sending an email to or by calling +44-7727-131863. Learn more about the structure and requirements of OSCE nurse training by visiting the website.

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