Colleges to make up hours in the States?

  1. I am looking into the qucikest and easiest way possible to come to the States. I am particularly interested in the Boston/New England area. I am a 2ndyr Student Nurse currently residing in the UK and I realise that I will be short of Paeds/Mental Health and Obstetric Hours. I understand that I would have to attend college in the States to make up these hours. Does anyone know of the Colleges available to me? Especially ones in the New England area!

    Would I obtain a Student Visa to study this or another type of visa? Also when I obtain these hours is it then possible to sit the NCLEX exam and stay in the Boston area while looking for work, or would I have to return to the UK and do it from there? I have tried looking into this and have emailed several agencies, but I think it may be better to do this myself as you hear all kinds of things about agencies I do not have a problem about studying in the States, but I heard I would only need to go for about 4 months, is this correct?

    Thanks

    Summer
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Summer24
    I am looking into the qucikest and easiest way possible to come to the States. I am particularly interested in the Boston/New England area. I am a 2ndyr Student Nurse currently residing in the UK and I realise that I will be short of Paeds/Mental Health and Obstetric Hours. I understand that I would have to attend college in the States to make up these hours. Does anyone know of the Colleges available to me? Especially ones in the New England area!

    Would I obtain a Student Visa to study this or another type of visa? Also when I obtain these hours is it then possible to sit the NCLEX exam and stay in the Boston area while looking for work, or would I have to return to the UK and do it from there? I have tried looking into this and have emailed several agencies, but I think it may be better to do this myself as you hear all kinds of things about agencies I do not have a problem about studying in the States, but I heard I would only need to go for about 4 months, is this correct?

    Thanks

    Summer
    hi

    It doesn't matter where you do your training for the hours needed to top up as long as it is with a recognised school of nursing or university. Is there no way whilst you are still at uni that you can get these hours on your transcripts as I am sure this will be a lot easier and cheaper.

    There are a couple of threads about this in the UK section and a course was mentioned in Canada

    Good luck
  4. by   suzanne4
    Quite a few community colleges acorss the US will permit you to enroll as a guest student and complete those hours when they have the space.

    Best suggestion is to try and get them done while you are still in the UK and in school. How about electives in those areas? Some have done that before.
  5. by   Summer24
    Unfortunately my University seems to be the only ones that do not offer electives in other areas. The elective I chose to do is A & E as I figured I may get some clinical hours there, also this is where my interest lies.

    So far my clinical placements have been as follows:

    Infection Unit (Medical) 262.50hrs
    Holburn Clinic (Community) 262.50hrs
    Westview (Care of The Elderly) 300.00hrs

    Orthopaedics (Surgical) 262.50hrs currently on this placement.

    I have these placements still to do:

    Maryfield West Nursing Home (Care of The Elderly) 262.50hrs
    Ear Nose and Throat (Surgical) 300.00hrs
    A & E (Medical/Surgical) 450.00hrs
    Community 450.00hrs

    Surgical and Medical are not a problem but Mental Health, Paediatrics and Maternity will be. When I was on my Community placement I did gain Mental Health, Paediatrics and Maternity clinical hours and I assume in 3rd year I will have to do the same. I think at present I have approx 25hrs Maternity, 30 hrs Paeds and 30 hrs Mental Health although I do also have 40 hours Mother and Child. I assume that the University has a log of these somewhere. I don't think however that the University logs Theory time for these disciplines. In first year we did get some general training but not much and as far as I am aware there will be no log for this. My Course leader will not want to help me gain these hours as they have often told us they are not training us to immigrate abroad.

    It looks like my only way is to do this abroad unless of course there are any colleges/uni's in the Uk that can offer this?
    Last edit by Summer24 on Nov 20, '06
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    unfortunately there are no universities or short courses available in the UK and I am sure this is deliberate to try and make it difficult to look abroad. Sometimes it is worth once you have completed your training to get CES with CGFNS and find out exactly what is required or you are short on.
  7. by   RGN1
    There is a link posted on a thread in the UK forum. The thread is about making up hours & someone today has just posted about a US college that is gearing to help - obviously it would be self-funded & you'd need your student visa etc but go check it out. The thread is not far off the stickies at the top of the page.

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