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What is an RGN (Registered General Nurse)?

Registered general nurses (RGN) discussing a case in the hospital corridor

What is RGN in nursing?

A registered nurse (RN) is a nurse who has completed training, whether through a diploma or a degree, in one of four specialties: adult, child, mental health, or learning disabilities. Adult nurses were formerly known as " Registered General Nurses (RGN) " in the UK and are frequently still referred to by this designation. Their jobs consist of all kinds of work, and they will vary depending on your specialisation and the area of healthcare they work in.
Generally RGNs in the UK work mostly in hospitals, but they also work in assisted living facilities, homes, clinics, schools, and a lot more. An RGN can also specialise in specific areas such as family practice, labour and delivery, cardiac care, geriatrics, paediatrics, and emergency nursing. Regardless of the area of healthcare an RGN works in, there are certain general duties expected to be carried out by an RGN.

Major duties of an RGN:

2. Inform and direct the patient and guardian regarding care and treatment plans.
3. Update and document the patient's medical records and file.
4. Maintain a thorough and accurate patient report.
5. Working with other medical teams to make care plans for patients, put them into action, and evaluate how well they are working.
6. Listening to patients and analysing their physical and psychological needs.
RGNs must have a thorough understanding of the newest technologies and tools in order to provide patients with the highest quality care. An RGN needs to have both soft skills and technical skills to do their job well and efficiently. It is essential for an RGN to possess technical skills in order to provide high-quality care to patients. Similarly, soft skills are essential for an RGN.
An RGN needs to be able to solve problems, understand people's feelings, communicate well, think critically, and work well with others.

What distinguishes an RGN from other nurses?

To work as an RGN, one must have graduated from a nursing school or obtained a nursing degree from a university. Similarly, other nurses should also acquire a degree in nursing. A degree obtained from an institute automatically qualifies an individual to become a nurse.
Nonetheless, in order to become an RGN, one must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). An RGN can be improved or upgraded by getting certified in specific areas such as family practice, labour and delivery, cardiac care, geriatrics, paediatrics, and emergency nursing. These nurses are referred to as Certified Registered General Nurses (CRGN), and they can work as general nurses or in some specialised areas. An RGN is generally able to perform general nursing duties as well as much more specialised nursing work that is specific to certain fields. For example, a geriatric nurse specialises in the treatment of older people.
While studying to become a nurse, all student nurses are required to take courses in all areas of nursing before choosing a specialty. This provides student nurses with an understanding of each nursing specialty.

How do I become a RGN in the UK?

Here is a step-by-step guide to becoming a RGN in the UK:
To become an RGN in the UK, you must have a bachelor's degree in nursing or a diploma from an accredited college or university. However, degree-only programmes have replaced diploma programmes since the beginning of the 21st century. To be eligible for training as a nurse, you will need five solid GCSEs, including English, Math, and Science, and between two and three solid A-levels.
If you are an older student, you can get other qualifications that are the same as A-levels, such as an Access course, NVQs, or BTECs in Health and Social Care.
Moreover, the student nurse must go through a minimum of a 6-month practical internship. The student nurse must then register with the NMC in order to become an RGN.
Once you have qualified and registered with the NMC, you have the legal right to use the title "Registered Nurse."

For nurses trained outside of the EEA/EU

Nurses trained outside the UK can also register with the NMC to become registered nurses in the UK; this grants the right to work and reside in the UK.
Step 1 - Qualify for NMC registration:
In order to qualify for the NMC, a student nurse will need to provide proof of their English language proficiency, either through IELTS or proof that their nursing degree was taught and examined in English. As per NMC's new English language requisite, an applicant's scores can be combined as long as they achieve 6 (IELTS) or C/250 or higher (OET) in writing and 6.5 (IELTS) or C+/300 or higher (OET) in the other three domains.
If you don't get the score you need in one sitting, you can submit a combined score from two sittings if:
1. You sit for both tests within six months of each other.
2. All IELTS test scores in both sittings are above 6.5, and you achieve 7.0 or higher when both results are viewed together.
The instruction for your nursing degree is conducted in English. Instead of an English proficiency test, you can also provide proof that your Nursing or Midwifery degree was taught and examined in the English language.
NMC Test of Competence (ToC):
Take the NMC computer-based test to evaluate your knowledge and skills. This test assesses the level of competency of individuals seeking to join the NHS registry from abroad or after a lengthy absence.
Step 2: Apply for a pre-registration nurse or NHS healthcare assistant position:
After you pass your English test and the computer-based NMC ToC test, you can apply for jobs as a pre-registration nurse or an NHS healthcare assistant.
Step 3 - Apply for a Tier 2 visa:
You should apply for a Tier 2 visa after you have been offered a job with the NHS and your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) has been submitted and approved.
Step 4: Take the OSCE examination
Once you arrive in the UK, you will have to take the OSCE exam within 3 months of the employment date stated on your CoS.
Step 5 - Identification Verification:
The following step is an in-person identification check, which is typically performed on the same day as the OSCE exam. During this interview, you'll get the original copies of the documents you sent in to be checked.
Once your evaluation shows that you are ready to work as a RGN in the NHS, you will be registered with the NMC and given an NMC pin.
Join the Nurses Group if you possess the necessary qualifications and skills and are dedicated to working for the betterment of the disadvantaged. We have many open positions in the UK, particularly for registered nurses (RGN).

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