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- 0Jun 29, '11 by crucruHi Andreb!
Nice to see Brazilian nurses around here.
I think it is better to get your degree here. I know it is hard. It is extremely competitive. However, you might find another obstacles when you come back, such as paperwork and other exams that you will need to pass.
I have a friend, who is also a nurse and she can't pass the Nclex for the 3rd year, or get the cut-off score on the speaking part of the toefl. So, you really should think about going to Brazil to do your RN.
- 0Jul 1, '11 by Andrebhey aniani
Its sad to hear about your friend and even though Ive graduated high school here in the us, have taken college classes I still worry about the toefl exam. Anyway. Do you know if your friend's degree was recognized here as a bsn? since I believe she has a bachelor degree from Brasil. Im Still unsure if I should go to brasil or not. Being on the college wait list here its frustrating..
- 0Jul 1, '11 by crucruHi Andreb
Yes, my friend's degree was recognized here and she even did a master program here.
You are here long enough, so I believe you might not have any problem with Toefl or NCLEX.
I have done my Licensed Practical Nurse program here, so I know name of diseases for example only in English (weird, but true! for example I didn't know what sickle cell anemia is called in Portuguese - anemia falciforme!!) and when I need to talk in portuguese I really have trouble with the name of diseases, conditions, or things like that....especially because I don't have health science background in Brazil.
But, again. Applying and waiting for nursing school is "um chute no saco" indeed!! So, I completely understand your point. I would do the same if I were free.
You just need to practice a lot of practice questions for NCLEX.
When are you planning to go there?
- 0Jul 2, '11 by Andrebhey
so your friend did her master degree here but didnt pass the toefl or the NCLEX exam? thats kinda weird haha, because I thought going to grad school would be harder.
so If I do go to brasil Im going on October because thats when the "vestibular'' is in the school I wanna attend. Sometimes I think about going to a LPN program and do the RN program after because I see at schools LPN to RN programs so I believe is easier to get in if you are a LPN.
- 0Jul 2, '11 by crucruhey...
so she did not pass both, the TOEFL and the NCLEX! some states require that you have a minimum of 26 on speaking...and she did not get the min 26. Then she tried to take the NCLEX in neighbor states where they do not require that stupid TOEFL, but she did not pass 3 times. (very sad.....) I mean she was working as a nurse for almost 10 years in Brazil....come on! There are so many Filipino nurses here and my friend who is a PT told me that the Board of PT banned Filipinos to take their board exam because seems like they had the test bank a few years ago! (go figure, why there are so many of them here now)
I am applying to few schools but I might just go ahead with private small school around here, where there are no waiting lists! I believe there are few in your area. They offer associates and sometimes bachelor degree. The only drawback is their cost, which is much more than community college. The last resort would be online school like Excelsior, which you can graduate in no time. My friend who was kicked out from nursing school after 3.5 years finished her course in 6 months and now is working in the biggest hospital in the area!! Amazing huh?? She studied extremely hard though! her computer shut down after 75 questions (on NCLEX it has 2 meanings: either you did great or you are totally a disaster) I mean there are many options to do a nursing program here.
BTW, if you have a chance to go straight to RN program with associates do it. I wouldn't waste my time doing LPN because it is the same crap for 1 more year. My teacher from LPN school was a LPN and she became an RN, and she said there is no difference! plus finding a job as LPN is much much harder than RN. For example, in the hospital I used to work there were only maximum of 8 LPN or so in the entire hospital against hundreds of nurses! so, I would be careful especially because they are trying to cut off LPNs from the hospitals. Renowned hospitals with Magnet status for example have 86% of them with a minimum of Bachelor's degree in nursing. Only few percent have Associate degree. My friend who graduated from Excelsior was basically ignored by the HR even though she was already working there as LPN, but she got lucky because a bigger hospital hired her. So everything worked out!
- 0Jul 4, '11 by AndrebAround here, all the community colleges and states colleges (which the tuition are cheaper) are all very competitive. The private schools that there are not wait list are just too expensive around here.
so how is this Excelsior school? is it a online school? is it really legit?
anyway, thank you for all this information, it really helped me a lot!