ASN here in US or BSN in Philippines?

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    It must have been asked a lot already but I really need some guidance. You see, I am a filipina and I was a 2nd year college student in St. Paul QC back in 2006-2007? before I got petitioned by my mother here in Florida. I just earned my AA in Health Science in a community college but I kept failing to enter the AS nursing program. I already attempted 3x (once a year only) with a GPA of 3.24. I just felt like it is so competitive here that I can't get in. I could try other schools in Ocala but I do not have the resources to have my own place and move to other places besides here. I could try again this year but I doubt I'd get in since the curriculum is ever changing.

    My mother is retired. I might have my dad help me out if I were to study in the Philippines.

    I was wondering what if I just go back home in the Philippines and finish a BSN degree? I wonder which school accepts credits/units from the US. I am currently working in a hospital as a Stat Clerk and my employer says they are willing to take me back as a nurse after graduation if I resign respectfully and professionally. I was also a CNA for 3 years before this job. I will be applying for naturalization this year so I have this whole year to save up and decide whether to keep trying here in the US or go back to the Philippines.

    I do not know what to do. I've read a lot of forums saying there's no job anymore or US might not credit the ones I take in the Philippines. Any advice is welcome. I'm sorry if my english is awkward. There's a lot going on in my head. If nursing is not an option, I don't mind becoming a PT or medical technologist as well. I really want to advance on the medical field. I thank you in advance for all the comments and suggestions.

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    If you want to work in the USA go to school in the USA. If you are finding community college in the USA difficult, you will find the NCLEX difficult. Try to get into a LPN program and if you do well then become a RN.
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    Quote from Ginger's Mom
    If you want to work in the USA go to school in the USA. If you are finding community college in the USA difficult, you will find the NCLEX difficult. Try to get into a LPN program and if you do well then become a RN.

    Thank you. I know it will be tough. I don't find community colleges that difficult. It's just the ever-changing curriculum and they kept getting stricter and stricter. Plus, my school here only do applications once a year. If I can't make it, I have to wait for next year. Last year, I was short 2 pts. I can't apply elsewhere because my support system is limited.

    So what I'm saying is if I go to Philippines, I will have a BSN in 3 years. If I stay here, I could continue hoping and probably get an ASN in 2-3 years. That's only if I get in this year.
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    you say cc is nit diificult, your gpa says otherwise, that is why you are having a hard time getting in. Many states are not accepting a BSn
    from the Phillipines,and most who get approval to take the nclex fail Even if you do go overseas you will wait many months if ever to take the nclecx and then probably fail. You are now talking 4 to 5 years for a program that will not be accepted in all states.
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    A couple of other considerations on getting your education in the States:

    -- The hiring priority is going to those who went to school state-wise, with some hired from doing their clinicals in the same hospital.

    -- NCLEX US passing rate is in the 80's plus versus the less than 50% of PH schools.

    -- To be considered for a "new grad" job, one must apply within the first year of their graduation date (not the date they passed the NCLEX-RN), so by the time one gets all their documents and passing of various exams, months will have gone by and leaving one with a very short time to take the NCLEX, then hope to have to pass, then apply for the jobs. You will have wasted so much time just waiting for the paperwork to be processed, your one year period will be near exhausted. Once you go over the one year mark, some hospitals will not consider your application when they have more fresh ones to look at. That is if working in a hospital is your main desire, if not, you can work for non-hospital jobs (nursing homes, LTC, SNF, home health etc).

    -- FL right now is not a known concurrency enforcing state but if they adapt those rules one day and the PH system still doesn't comply, you'll find yourself like the many thousands of PH students and nurses that have been unable to apply into the CA market and forced to go outside into other states that many don't have a choice to find work in. I speak for myself here.
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    Quote from Ginger's Mom
    you say cc is nit diificult, your gpa says otherwise, that is why you are having a hard time getting in. Many states are not accepting a BSn
    from the Phillipines,and most who get approval to take the nclex fail Even if you do go overseas you will wait many months if ever to take the nclecx and then probably fail. You are now talking 4 to 5 years for a program that will not be accepted in all states.
    I am sorry. My cumulative GPA is 3.40. My AA cumulative is 3.24. I guess it is not high enough for nursing here. But then again, if I go to Philippines, you guys say I have no hope. I was here for a little guidance on what to do. I think I've been discouraged enough. Thank you.
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    Thank you for all the wonderful replies.
    Last edit by eirojram on Apr 27, '13
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    Quote from steppybay
    A couple of other considerations on getting your education in the States:

    -- The hiring priority is going to those who went to school state-wise, with some hired from doing their clinicals in the same hospital.

    -- NCLEX US passing rate is in the 80's plus versus the less than 50% of PH schools.

    -- To be considered for a "new grad" job, one must apply within the first year of their graduation date (not the date they passed the NCLEX-RN), so by the time one gets all their documents and passing of various exams, months will have gone by and leaving one with a very short time to take the NCLEX, then hope to have to pass, then apply for the jobs. You will have wasted so much time just waiting for the paperwork to be processed, your one year period will be near exhausted. Once you go over the one year mark, some hospitals will not consider your application when they have more fresh ones to look at. That is if working in a hospital is your main desire, if not, you can work for non-hospital jobs (nursing homes, LTC, SNF, home health etc).

    -- FL right now is not a known concurrency enforcing state but if they adapt those rules one day and the PH system still doesn't comply, you'll find yourself like the many thousands of PH students and nurses that have been unable to apply into the CA market and forced to go outside into other states that many don't have a choice to find work in. I speak for myself here.
    You're comment was very helpful. Very detailed and informative. At least I can see the bigger picture now. Thank you very much.


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