NMC Part 1 Test of competence

NMC Part 1 Test of Competence

Introduction

Passing the NMC part 1 test of competence is an important part of your UK nursing registration process. The nursing part 1 computer based test (CBT)  is made up of 120 multiple choice questions. These questions must be completed in a maximum of four hours. 50 questions will relate to generic nursing competencies found in each domain of nursing. 50 questions will be the application of generic nursing competencies to the specific field of nursing being applied for, for example, as applied to the adult, child, person with a learning disability or person with a mental health problem. 20 questions will focus solely on the specific competencies required for the field of nursing being applied for.

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CBT Preparation Guide for Adult (General) Nursing

This guide doesn’t guarantee you passing the test however how well you prepare depends on the individual candidate. Part 1 test questions may vary to chcek your clinical knowledge, skills and experience. This reference guide only gives you the suggestion and some important dicuments to refer.

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures book will be a starting point for every overseas nurse. By reading the initial few chapters help the candidate to understand the UK nursing and health care practice. If you are writing a part 1 test of competence for UK nursing registration, you have to think in a UK nursing & health care format. You have to understand the UK health care language, standards, policies etc. The Royal Marsden Manual has these basic things for you to follow and interpret.

The important Chapters to read in this book are;

  1. Managing the patient journey
  2. Supporting the patient through the diagnostic process
  3. Supporting the patient through treatment
  4. Overall chapters 1, 2,3 & 4
  5. Refer and read
  6. NMC Registration Guide for Part 1 Test
  7. Registering as a nurse or midwide from outside EU
  8. NMC Standards guidance
  9. NMC the code for Nurses
  10. The NMC nursing blue print
  11. Adult Nursing field specific competencies

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures 9th Professional Edition – This book will be a good start to understand UK nursing system.

Other topics to focus on;

  1. Safeguarding Children and the Elderly
  2. Medication Management
  3. Obtaining Consent
  4. Infection Control
  5. Care for Patients with Dementia or Dementia care

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Always keep in mind that you need not memorize everything. As long as you get yourself familiarized with the UK practice, prepare well, you will put yourself in a better position to pass the test. The key is to be able to read all that is needed and not to overload yourself with information that is irrelevant. This test only contains 120 questions and you cannot expect everything to appear in there. Most questions are situational.

The book that we would recommend is The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures. All the UK standards and policies when it comes to clinical procedures for nurses is in this book. Also difficult to suggest to read a particulr book to understand the disease concept or pathophsiology and its treatment. However as an adult nurse you are expected to have basic knowledge on wellknown disorders their signs and symptoms, treatment and nursing action e.g- In Renal System Acute Kidney Failure; in Gastro intestinal system the laparotomy wound due to adhesions.

The nursing CBT is made up of 120 multiple choice questions. These questions must be completed in a maximum of 4 hours.

  • 50 questions will relate to generic nursing competencies found in each domain of nursing.
  • 50 questions will be the application of generic nursing competencies to the specific field of nursing being applied for, for example, as applied to the adult, child, person with a learning disability or person with a mental health problem.
  • 20 questions will focus solely on the specific competencies required for the field of nursing being applied for.

Make sure that when you answer, you base it on the UK standards and policies that you have read and not from your home country’s standards which can get a bit tricky because that is what you are used to. When it comes to pharmacology, you need to know your basics and how to manage IV, simple calculations, you should be fine. Pathophysiology may not be there but the focus is more on the nursing interventions for certain types of conditions.

Please refer to NMC website for the up to date information

Stage 1 – CBT

A total of 3608 applicants took CBT test in October- December 2018, 65% have passed their CBT.

Once applicants have passed the CBT and submitted all registration documents and evidence, NMC will review their full application which take up to 40-60days to make sure that it meets NMC requirements for registration. Once verifying all the ducuments submitted on application, NMC then will send the applicants confirmation of this and candidates can then asked to proceed to the OSCE stage.

Reference: https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/trained-outside-the-eueea/pass-rates-and-candidate-numbers/

Once overseas applicants have passed the online eligibility assessment, they sit the CBT. The CBT tests their theoretical and practice-based knowledge. Applicants book the test directly with Pearson VUE, the NMC’s independent CBT provider, at a test centre in their country of residence.

One of the important factor is not knowing the UK standards of nursing practice, secondly not knowing what resources to refer, thirdly not giving enough time for the preparation.

This may relieve your anxiety related to what to expect on the exam date. However the actual test questions may differ.