Well, I have a 2 year (AS Degree in Registered Nursing from Fresno City College, California), and finished a bridge Program at California State University, Fresno, CA. (RN to BSN) for my 2nd Bachelors Degree. The first one was a B.A. in Psychology from the same University (CSU Fresno). I am glad this girl found out that a Bachelor's in Nursing is required to work in Australia! Is there a bridge (RN to BSN Program) there? Maybe, it is complicated because she was educated in the USA or just go back to the USA and finish the RN to BSN program seemed to be easy for me when I was working Med./Surg. at the Fresno VA Hospital and graduated in Dec., 2002. Then, the Air Force Reserves deployed me overseas as a Clinical Nurse (Med./Surg. and Ortho Floors, and some JCACHO assistance officer work) to help our Army Quality Management Chief (QM) LTC. (Masters in Nursing) help Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany pass the Hospital Accreditation which is voluntary for the U.S. Army in May, 2005!
Of course, what does all this experience mean to Australian Nurses? Could any actively working nurse give me a rundown on my experience and educational requirements to be an RN there? Could I use my B.A. in Psychology to do a career change to Psychiatric Nursing there? I have also a PHN (Public Health Nurse Certification from the State of California that I never used, but received after I receive my Bachelor of Science in Nursing! Maybe, none of this is any use in Australia? Could anybody give me a run down of where foreign USA trained Registered Nurses with my background end up working in Australia?
Lee Scott, RN, PHN, BSN