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Overseas Aptitude Test


Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery

Test preparation

The test is designed to reflect the nature of the syllabus and knowledge required for a general nurse pre-registration programme in the Republic of Ireland as per the NMBI standards and requirements.

The test addresses the NMBI domains of competency for the pre-registration general nurse programme in an attempt to ensure patient safety and public protection. The domains of competency and indicative content of the NMBI requirements and standards must be fully and carefully considered in order to help guide your revision for the test. 

RCSI does not recommend specific reading. Multiple sources might be considered including your notes and textbooks from your own training but be sure to use the most up-to-date research-based sources.

In addition to your revision that is based on the NMBI standards and requirements, essential minimum background reading is detailed below.

In preparation for the tests from January 2019 until further notice, it is essential that you base your revision on the NMBI publication: NMBI (2016) Nurse Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements. 4th edition. Refer pp 11-72.

You are encouraged to check this webpage on a regular basis for additions and updates regarding revision and preparation.

Before presenting for the test, an applicant must know how to complete and interpret/analyse each piece of documentation as included below. 

Diseases and conditions

Cardiac

Dementia

Diabetes

Falls

Gastrointestinal (GI)

Nutrition/Malnutrition

Neurological

Pain

Renal

Respiratory

Sepsis

Skin

Communication

Health improvement

Infection prevention and control, and waste management 

IVI

Medical preparations

Nursing process, example references

Observations

Professional issues

General reading

  • Hinkle JL. Ceever KH (2014) Brunner & Suddarth's Textbook of Medical - Surgical Nursing (13th ed) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Wolkers Kluwer Health
  • Dougherty L. Lister S (2015) The Royal Marsden Clinical Nursing Procedures (9th ed) Wiley Blackwell

Each station has specific equipment, which must be used as part of the care at that station. If something is not at the station, then it does not need to be used as part of the care at that station.

Sample equipment and photographs of OSCE stations are available below.

Test venue

Theory test room

Sample practical test room

Hand soap and hand gel

Elbow tap

Sharps bins: open and closed lids

Observations

Dressing

IV

Respiratory

Watch video 1

Watch video 2

Urinalysis

Urinalysis