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By : Africred   |   20/01/2024


Studying Nursing in the UK, what you need to know as a Nigerian Undergraduate

Studying nursing as a Nigerian undergraduate in the United Kingdom (UK) can be a challenging and rewarding experience. However, there are several reasons why there may be more suitable choices for some Nigerian students. This document highlights the disadvantages and drawbacks of pursuing nursing as a Nigerian undergraduate in the UK.

  • 1. Limited Job Opportunities The UK nursing job market is highly competitive, and Nigerian students may face additional challenges securing employment. The demand for nurses in the UK is high, but there is also a shortage of qualified nurses. As a result, many Nigerian students struggle to find employment upon graduation.
  • 2. Lack of Experimentation Studying nursing in the UK limits your knowledge on health issues worldwide. For instance, there is no malaria or typhoid in the UK thereby no knowledge of how to treat these diseases can be taught there. Students studying nursing in Sub-Saharan Africa and India are experts in the treatment of these diseases which is why they are mostly employed whenever they apply for a job in the UK as they will have the knowledge and expertise to treat these diseases if they are encountered in the UK.
  • 3. Financial Considerations Studying nursing in the UK can be expensive, especially for Nigerian students. The tuition fees and living expenses can mount up, making it difficult for many to afford their education. Moreover, the return on investment may not be as high as in other areas of study.
  • 4. Limited Return to Nigeria After graduation, many Nigerian students desire to return to their home country and contribute to its development. However, the nursing profession in Nigeria often lacks the same opportunities and recognition as in the UK and other European countries. As a result, Nigerian nurses may face difficulties in finding employment, career advancement, and job satisfaction in their home country.
  • 5. Immigration 144000 people moved from Nigeria to the UK in 2023 alone and 30% of these people travel back and forth to the UK several times a year thereby coming in with different diseases associated with the region. Students studying nursing in the UK mostly wouldn’t be taught about these diseases because it does not affect them that much, this is why employers prefer students who studied either in Nigeria or Sub-Saharan Africa thereby not giving employment to those who studied in the UK.
  • 6. Career Alternatives Nursing is not the only option for Nigerian students in the UK. Many other fields offer better job prospects, higher salaries, and a greater chance of returning to Nigeria and developing a successful career. Pursuing alternative career paths such as business, engineering, or law can provide better opportunities for growth and job security.
  • In conclusion, studying nursing as a Nigerian undergraduate in the UK has its advantages, but it is crucial to consider all the factors before making a decision. The limited job opportunities, cultural and language barriers, financial considerations, limited return to Nigeria, and the availability of other career alternatives should all be taken into account. It is essential for students to carefully consider their career goals, aspirations, and long-term plans before committing to a nursing education in the UK.