Education Questions

  1. Hi, I just found this web site and thought I would give it a shot. I am a US college graduate with an undergrad in the health sciences. I am wondering if it is possible to get a nursing education in the UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand in under 2 years because of my previous education. I also wanted to know that if I earna degree from one of these countries, if I return to the US, will the degree earned be the equivilent of a BSN? I do realize exams must be passed before being able to practice in the the US. If anyone has any answers I would really appriciate it. Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   UK2USA
    Quote from kmiller79
    Hi, I just found this web site and thought I would give it a shot. I am a US college graduate with an undergrad in the health sciences. I am wondering if it is possible to get a nursing education in the UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand in under 2 years because of my previous education. I also wanted to know that if I earna degree from one of these countries, if I return to the US, will the degree earned be the equivilent of a BSN? I do realize exams must be passed before being able to practice in the the US. If anyone has any answers I would really appriciate it. Thanks in advance.
    I am not entirely sure if you could qualify as a nurse in under 2 years in the UK. There are 2 ways of training (1) by taking a DipHE in nursing or (2) by completing a BSc in nursing.
    Option (1) is a 3 year program, the first 18 months is usually aimed at providing a general training. The second 18 months is dedicated to your specialism (paediatrics, mental health, adults etc). I am not aware of anybody who has reduced this training time.
    Option (2) may be the way to go. You may get academic credit (and thus shorten the training period) for your previous studies. Different universities will have different protocols on this. There will also be variations on how much credit you will get from university to university. Getting the BSc as far as I know is usually a 4 year program.

    Sorry I can't be of any more help. My advice would be to contact a selection of universities and test the water. Good luck.
  4. by   suzanne4
    You won't save yourself any time by trying to get the training overseas, if your goal is to go back to the US to work. You will be considered foreign trained, even though I surmise that you are a US citizen. You will have more paperwork to complete.

    Also take into consideration, that most nurses in the UK are not trained as generalist, but more as a specialist, either adult or pediatric, so they actually have to take more courses before being allowed to practice in the US.

    From cost point, your training would also be more expensive to do it in one of those programs.......................

    Hope that this helps and welcome to Allnurses.com
  5. by   kmiller79
    Thank you for all of your help! I have decided to take an RN program in the US and then go from there to a BSN and beyond. I was wondering what the equivelent of an RN is in the UK or Australia. After I receive my RN I may be thinking of trying to work in the UK as my boyfriend lives there. I know the process is rigorous to get a work visa, but knowing where I stand with an RN would be very helpful. Thank you again for your help.
  6. by   suzanne4
    The title of RN is used all over.
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from kmiller79
    Thank you for all of your help! I have decided to take an RN program in the US and then go from there to a BSN and beyond. I was wondering what the equivelent of an RN is in the UK or Australia. After I receive my RN I may be thinking of trying to work in the UK as my boyfriend lives there. I know the process is rigorous to get a work visa, but knowing where I stand with an RN would be very helpful. Thank you again for your help.

    have answered on UK forum, plus have a read on that forum lately there have been a few queries re US working in the UK

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