How can a Nigerian girl get a nursing education here

  1. Hello, I am trying to help an 18 year old girl from Nigeria fulfil her dreams of becoming a nurse. Does anyone know how to get her over here and trained with a grant program or such? Thank you for you help. She is motivated, quite bright, and lives at home.
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  3. by   djm1031
    Hello again, On behalf of Yvonne, the Nigerian girl who would like to get into nursing, please help direct me to how to accomplish this! Do you know of a program that would fit her needs? Is there a goverment or public hospital program where she sign a contract to work to repay her commitments? She actually would stay here forever if that what's required. She has also joined all-nurses.com but it is too expensive to chat online. I really need your help! If you would be so kind as to write to me (Debra) e-mail; jideb@earthlink.net or, Yvonne Nwufoh at yvonne084@yahoo.com She needs buddies please! Thank you kindly!
  4. by   memphispanda
    I emailed you!
  5. by   djm1031
    Did you get my letter? I don't know how this reply/answer works d.
  6. by   RN2B2005
    The first step is to apply to, and enroll in, a university or community college in the U.S. This will allow her to secure a student visa. She cannot obtain employment in the U.S. until she is issued a work visa, which she is unlikely to be able to obtain without a sponsoring employer--and she will not be able to find a sponsoring employer without at least some basic level of training. My recommendation is that she travel to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria.

    I do not know of any U.S. government programme that provides unskilled foreigners with grant money--unfortunately, grant money is difficult even for U.S. citizens to obtain. She should definitely start with the U.S. Embassy inquiry, and go on from there.

    Is there some reason that she cannot pursue her nursing education in Nigeria? I realise that situations there are not ideal but there are several relief groups there who may provide or sponsor her nursing training. Nigeria has recently been put on the U.S. State Department watch list due to the prevalence of financial (419) scams originating out of there and neighbouring Ghana; this may also complicate her chances of travelling to the U.S. I know this is not the cheery news you might have been hoping for but you asked for information.

    Good luck.

    Jen
  7. by   mario_ragucci
    Girls don't go into nursing. Nursing takes a strong woman; Make no mistake.
  8. by   fab4fan
    How is she going to support herself while she is going to school? Who will provide her with medical insurance, transportation, etc?

    I don't wish to sound unkind, but I agree with the other poster...there are many people here who are denied assistance, and they are citizens. I personally would rather help someone here, than take a chance on an 18y old girl from another country who may very well change her mind about what she wants to do
    in a few years.

    If an exception is made for her, then it could open up the flodgates of people wanting to come here for free education (yes, there may be a commitment made to a sponsoring hosp., but still, it is our tax dollars being used to fund this in the end). I think she needs to take some steps in her own country first, if for no other reason than to show some commitment/motivation. She may have a better chance if she has some education already in place.
  9. by   Q.
    Originally posted by RN2B2005
    Is there some reason that she cannot pursue her nursing education in Nigeria? I realise that situations there are not ideal but there are several relief groups there who may provide or sponsor her nursing training. Nigeria has recently been put on the U.S. State Department watch list due to the prevalence of financial (419) scams originating out of there and neighbouring Ghana; this may also complicate her chances of travelling to the U.S. I know this is not the cheery news you might have been hoping for but you asked for information.

    Good luck.

    Jen
    This was interesting to know.

    My old coworker was from Nigeria and was educated as a nurse midwife. She had more practice priviliges there than she did here. Nursing education is available, but I do know from her account that Nigeria is highly segregated by class, so it would most likely only be available to those with money.

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