I hope you'd be able to advise me on this. I am a foreign-trained doctor who had been displaced in my job (replaced by an RN) & receiving unemployment benefits. I just learned that I had been approved to receive a small amount of money fromthe Dept. of Labor for training purposes. I initially planned to enroll for an LPN program & continue to become an RN later. I will be adding 16K to the amount I'll receive to take the LPN course. Now, I recently learned about Excelsior. My questions:
1. Can anybody advise me if the Excelsior route to become an RN would be more practical in my case?
2. Which route would be less costly?
3. Do you have any idea if there are any foreign doctors who took the Excelsior route to be an RN & got hired?
BTW, I have 4 years of clinical experience before I came here to the US to start a family. My husband is a US citizen, and I am now, too.
Thanks for your help in advance.
Last edit by spinwheel on Aug 14, '12
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Nursing responsibilities are different from doctors. And you may have clinical exp as an MD in your home country, but you will have to adjust to the U.S. way, culture, the tech equipment and all. Aside from switching duties to nursing from a doctor. Like for example, doctor put in order for the drips (you know this dose,etc since you're an MD) but do you know the drug calculation on ml/hr to put in the pump? do you know how to use the IV pump? what to mix NS or D5W? I am suggesting that LPN/LVN will get you familiarize on all these. Remember Excelsior has no clinical training in their program. The CPNE is the only and actual practical exams bec they assume you already know the clinical aspect.
I don't know your life situation. A lot of things you will have to consider if you can do both at the same time. who is going to take care of your kid while you're at school? your financial situation, are you willing or able to pay for two tuitions? time wise? study time? clinicals for LPN, etc. You will have to weigh things carefully. You don't want to overload yourself and eventually neglect your health. My suggestion is to take one thing at a time. But of course, it's your life you have the final say.
Last edit by ninjago on Aug 16, '12
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