#WeNurses - Thursday 31st January 2019 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Helping nurses return to practice

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Do you know a former nurse thinking of returning to practice, but is worried about taking that first step on their journey?

Perhaps they think they have been away from nursing practice for too long?

Whilst still being able to return to the traditional routes, They might want to work in a different clinical setting, such as a GP practice, nursing home,  or community services, but don’t know what the options are? 

Then what does it cost and how will the NHS help me to return?

Help is on hand. Many people are unaware that Health Education England funds the courses and provides help at each step in the way – not only with help and advice, but financially, including providing up to £500 towards travel costs, subsistence and course materials.

We have different models to start you off on your journey and Some trusts employ the return to practice nurses at band 3 until they have successfully completed their course and will guarantee them a nursing position after they have re-registered with the NMC. 

Returning to practice after a break in practice brings several challenges: confidence, training, competencies, registration and revalidation. There is also support once nurses have passed the course and secured employment via preceptorship, which is designed to support and guide the recently re registered nurse in their transition back to practice.


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