Training to be a Registered Nurse takes just three years (146 weeks not including holidays).

Before you start your training you will be given a detailed outline of your course. Your training will be based on a complimentary theoretical and practical knowledge. Progress is measured by continuous assessment, formal examination and practical assessment depending on the hospital/college of nursing you will attend.

Course involve time in the classroom and time in a working environment. But classroom time is not just a matter of sitting behind a desk, you may find yourself using the latest technology such as video and computers to acquire the necessary expertise. And reflecting wider changes in general educational practice you will be involved with other learning techniques such as group discussions and project work.

Throughout your training you will gain experience in different settings gradually familiarising yourself with a variety of patient groups. Working alongside Nurse Tutors and Trained Nurses (Mentors) in caring for patients the training will gradually introduce you to every aspect of Nursing and each period of practical experience will be supported by the relevant theory. You will also gain experience of working night duty alongside trained Nurses.

It is also possible to follow courses leading to a Bachelor of Nursing degree or to combine training with a degree in another discipline at some universities and polytechnics.


The syllabus for the General Nurse is divided into three parts:

Nursing, the study of the individual and the nature and cause of illness together with its prevention and cure.


The syllabus for the Mental Health Nurse is divided into four sections: Nursing, organisational and management skills, professional skills and the Knowledge base.


The training of nurses for the Mentally Handicapped (Learning Disabilities) falls into three broad areas:

the nature and causes, the development of the individual in and outside the family and the process of learning.


At present nurses work a 371/2 hour week but unlike most office jobs Nursing is a 24-hour, seven days a week occupation.

So, when you are on the wards, your working life will be arranged in a series of shifts. In one week you will be working on both "early" shifts (perhaps starting at 7.30 am) and the "late" shifts (finishing, say at 9.30 pm).

You will be expected to undertake night duty in order to observe and understand what is involved in nursing patients over a complete 24-hour period. During your 3-year training, the maximum number of weeks on night duty you can expect to do is 16, but it is unlikely to be as much as this.

You can usually expect two days off a week. Although some shifts are longer than others, everything is taken into consideration and worked out to add up to a 371/2-hour week.

You are entitled to four weeks paid holiday for each of your first two years of training and five weeks for your third year.

Nurses studying for RGN, RMN, RNMH, SCM or RSCN as a first qualification get a training allowance (subject to residence requirements).


Qualifications as a Nurse is only the first step. Having acquired the competencies necessary for your chosen career, there are many options available to you. Professional experience and further qualifications can be sought, enabling you to develop your clinical skills and specialise in different areas.

You may elect to stay in a clinical setting or explore the possibilities offered by Management, Nurse Education or Research. Whatever decision you initially make, the future looks exciting and full of promise.


You can either live in or out.  We recommend that you live in as this will give you a chance to meet and socialise with other male/female nurses who live there.  For a subsidised rent you will be given a fully-carpeted room in the Nurses' Home, single bed, sink unit, built-in wardrobe, chest of draws and bedside cabinet.  Bed linen and towels are changed weekly free of charge.  You will share communal bathroom and kitchen.  Among the facilities, there are Staff Recreation Club, Swimming Pool, Staff Dining Room, Communal TV Room, etc.. 

NURSING CONSULTANCY SERVICES INTERNATIONAL (NCSI) is a unique service for prospective Nurse Trainees which takes the strain out of applying for nurse training in the UK, USA, Canada, Switzerland, France, Australia, etc.. The NCSI will guide you through the complex maze of the application procedure. 

We provide a second-to-none transparent consultancy service. As soon as we receive your completed application form together with the application processing fee we will process your application. If you are not eligible for nursing training we will refund your entire fee – no questions asked! If you are eligible for nursing training we will send you our comprehensive consultancy pack upon receipt of the consultancy application fee. You will then be sent provisional commencement date and support letter for Entry Clearance to enter the United Kingdom. Our Immigration Adviser will prepare you thoroughly with mock Questions and Answers that the British High Commission may ask you. You will be pleased to know that we are so confident that we are now offering a no visa-no fee service - In the unlikely event that you do not obtain a visa, we will refund the entire fee paid to us. This is our no visa – no fee guarantee.

As well as offering advice and support on the best choice available, we also help with professionally prepared Curriculum Vitae (CV), Interview Management Techniques so that you can succeed the formal interview which takes place in the United Kingdom with flying colours.  We also help with visa applications, references, and many others!


For a modest Consultancy fee we offer a no-nonsense unique comprehensive consultancy package and a better than ever service. The all-inclusive consultancy fee now includes an even better value for money. 

We do realise that some of you would not be able to pay the consultancy fee in full so we have made allowances for you to pay in 4 instalments should you wish to do so. You can pay any amount you wish as there are no restrictions.                     

If you choose Nursing as a career, it is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. However, the rewards outweigh the demands, in that you will have a stimulating, challenging and worthwhile career.