Greeting and some advice please!!

  1. hi everyone,

    this is a great site; i've been reading for a long time to get advice etc and this is my first post.........so thanks to you all for your help and hints.

    i'm currently nearing the end of my first year bsc in adult nursing in uk. my fiance is working in the us and will not be able to relocate back to uk anytime soon. so the plan is twofold: to try and find a nursing program (bsc) in md that will accept me for next fall, and secondly, to find out if any of my first year (or by the time next summer comes around 1.5years) course work could be counted in realition to any new degree undertaken in the us.

    any advice (such as should i start from scratch in us?) or if anyone knows of anyone who has managed to get credits transfered from uk to us degree i would be eternally gratefull.
    thanks in advance
    yc2m
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Welcome to Allnurses.com
    Am going to move your thread to the International Forum where things are more suited for this type of question.

    To answer you:
    Best bet is to complete your program where you are, and get the required time done in peds and maternal health as electives while you are in your program. It is going to be impossible to transfer in the middle of the actual nursing training to a program in the the US and be able to get credit for anything that you have already done in your country.

    Depending on which state that he is located in, especially if the east coast, would just fly over for frequent visits and get it done while you are in a program. You will just have another 18 months to complete, or you are looking at starting a four year program from scratch. Does not make any sense. It is even difficult to transfer hours to another nursing program in the same city, let alone another country.

    It is getting harder and harder to get into school here now, no guarantee that you will get in for next fall. There are already several threads here from others that wished to transfer in mid-program, and I do not believe that any of them did. Much better off to complete your program where you are.

    Frequent flyer points are a very nice thing.:spin:
  4. by   yc2m
    thanks very much for the info........
    i totally see where you are coming from, as i have procrastinated over this for a long time. however, i've been doing this journey for 5 loooooong years now and it really does become very difficult after a while. also, due to the fact that my degree will be deficient in certain areas, i just thought it may best to start from scratch in the us gaining my degree there, as after we are married we will be remaining there indefinitely.

    i do appreciate you taking the time to answer, so thanks again. and any others out there wishing to offer any advice, please do!

  5. by   suzanne4
    There are only two courses that you will need and you have chance of getting them done as electives. No sense in having to repeat an entire program, and your chances of getting into a program for next year are slim. There is nothing else that you will be deficient in to get licensed in the US other than what I mentioned above.

    You are free to do as you want, but it makes no sense to begin a program all over again if you are already in an actual program and will be more than 1/2 thru with it. There are several threads about this on the UK forum that you may wish to check out.

    Best of luck to you, but again, it makes no sense to start over again.
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    Have to agree with Suzanne and can't see point on starting again on a course which you are half way through and can easily catch up on hours you need to make up. A couple of UK universities have cottoned onto this and have started catch up courses post grad. If you have procrastinated as you mention for 5 years then surely another couple of years won't matter plus you will have to pay international fees in the US which will be very expensive where as in the UK you are not paying to do the nursing course. Also in what capacity are you planning on joining your fiance? if as a RN a lot will depend on retrogression and if marriage to your fiance a lot will depend on what sort of visa he is on to whether it will allow you to work as again if H1b you as a H4 will not be able to work and can not adjust unless there are visas to adjust which may change in a couple of years when you finish your training. I would really recommend that you complete your training in the UK
  7. by   yc2m
    thanks silverdragon and suzanne.

    everything you say is right and i know it makes sense to finish here, however, with retrogression it's going to take quite some time to get there after i graduate, whereas at least if i were to study in the us at least we'd be under the same roof, and by that time he'd be a citizen.

    could you please tell me exactly how i would go about making up the missing hours again as i'm not sure how my uni wouold allow me to make up hours and theory in obs, paeds and mental health when my degree is adult branch. also didn't i read somewhere that there is a uni in the uk offering these missing hours; does anyone remember the name??

    thanks again
    yc2m
  8. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from yc2m
    thanks silverdragon and suzanne.

    everything you say is right and i know it makes sense to finish here, however, with retrogression it's going to take quite some time to get there after i graduate, whereas at least if i were to study in the us at least we'd be under the same roof, and by that time he'd be a citizen.

    could you please tell me exactly how i would go about making up the missing hours again as i'm not sure how my uni wouold allow me to make up hours and theory in obs, paeds and mental health when my degree is adult branch. also didn't i read somewhere that there is a uni in the uk offering these missing hours; does anyone remember the name??

    thanks again
    yc2m
    i would say approach the uni and see if there is something they can do. you will find it very expensive to study in the us and you will be limited to 20 hours in the first year if you are lucky to be given permission as not always guaranteed. there is a link/sticky in the uk forum regarding uni that is offering the course.
  9. by   yc2m
    hi folks,

    well it's been a while, but i'm still here in uk, just finishing my 2nd year. decided not to transfer, as advice on here suggested it would be practically impossible...........and common sense prevailed!! oh and i have decided to wait until he is a usc and them we will start the ball rolling with wedding and immigration (actually this is only one year after my graduation, so not too long!)

    anyway, at the risk of sounding really stupid, could i just, one last time, get a note of exactly which hours and subjects in pactice and theory are required to work in the us; i'm doing the bsc nursing (adult branch), .....oh, and can anyone suggest any universities making up these missing ours in the uk?

    cheers & thanks for all the help on this site, yc2m
    Last edit by yc2m on Jul 13, '08 : Reason: typo
  10. by   Silverdragon102
    Nice to see you posting again

    Each BON has their own requirements but you do need both practical and theory in all areas General adult, paeds, mental health and midwifery. Some have done CES once qualified and a full set of transcripts are available and found they had enough hours so that is probably the best thing to do.There really isn't many places in the UK that do course that can make these hours up once qualified but there was a thread in the UK forum with a couple of university names on who may offer courses.
  11. by   yc2m
    hi everyone,

    looking for some more advice, please. hopefully silverdragon or suzanne may be able to help??!!
    to recap: student nurse in uk, taking bsc adult nursing, so i will be needing to make up missing hours in mental health, paeds and obstetrics. i am just going in to my last placement of second year, which is care of the elderly and is 8 weeks or 300 hours duration. anyway, i've been told that the placement also offers the chance to work with clients with learning and pysical disabilites (ranging from cerebal palsy thru to dementia and alzheimers). could anyone advise whether this could be the sort of thing ces would be looking for regarding a mental health practicum.

    any opinions much appreciated
    ps just spend two weeks in icu and theatre as part of my surgical placement, and, without a doubt, it's been the bet part of my training so far!!
  12. by   Silverdragon102
    Glad you are enjoying your training. They may accept it but all has to do with how the university completed the transcripts and fills in the hours at the end of your training
  13. by   yc2m
    thanks for that silverdragon!

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