Beyond OET: Top Tips for Your First Year Abroad as a Nurse

Got your grade goal in the Occupational English Test (OET) for Nurses? Congratulations! You are now one step closer to your dream of working abroad.

Start sending out applications to your dream hospitals in the UK. Or—if you’re already accepted by a hospital abroad, and you were only waiting for your OET results (which you now have)—get all your papers in order and jump on the next plane to the UK. Your work life abroad awaits!

Top 5 Tips to Survive Your First Year as a Nurse Abroad

Here’s the thing: passing the Occupational English Test Philippines only ensures that you’re prepared for the communication aspect of your new workplace. It doesn’t prepare you for everything else that comes with working abroad.

  1. Don’t expect that you’ll get everything on your first month. It takes most people weeks to get settled in any new work environment, more so if they’re not familiar with that place in general. So, don’t beat yourself up if you struggle in your first few months.


  1. Ask whenever necessary. If you have years of work experience under your belt, most of the medical terms that you’ll encounter should be familiar to you. What you have to watch out for are English expressions. Ones like “get a charley horse” (which means a cramp in the leg or arm) and “in the pink” (which means to be in excellent health) can definitely throw you off. Don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t understand something.


  1. Keep a notepad. Jot down unfamiliar words and expressions so you can get back to them later. Write down all your tasks in a checklist format—even the mundane ones like getting yourself a cup of coffee—to help you track your progress.


  1. Get to know your co-workers. You’re not doing yourself any favors by keeping to yourself in your workplace. Socialize during your breaks. Join your department’s interpersonal dynamics. Having people you can trust and rely on in your workplace will make your adjustment period more manageable.


  1. Take care of yourself. Don’t neglect your health for your job. Stay hydrated and don’t skip meals. Make sure you get enough sleep even if you have to resort to taking naps between shifts—don’t worry, your co-workers will understand. Also, drink coffee with care.

Working abroad takes a lot of getting used to. Even if you’ve been practicing in the Philippines for years, you’d no doubt find your first year abroad challenging. You’re living and working in an unfamiliar environment after all. Use these tips to minimize stress during your transition period.

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