Help on Becoming a Nurse in Japan Please!

  1. I'm only 17 years old but I want to be a Nurse so badly! I was wondering if there was some information on here of some basic human anatomy to study in my free time that would help before I get into nursing school. I also would like to know the best course for becoming a nurse in Japan. I really don't want to be an English teacher there (which is the easiest job to get). If anyone has any experience working as a nurse in Japan I would really appreciate exchanging e-mails because I desperately need a mentor! I don't mind working for anything because I've had to work hard to achieve everything my whole life. I'm Noah's Snail. If you have any information on a bilingual (English/Japanese) anatomy textbook to study please tell me where I can get one. I also live in Georgia and was wondering what schools offer a bilingual medical course in Japanese. I also heard of government sponsored programs in Japan, and what I need to do to get into those (also the cost, time, money, ect.).

    Thank you in advance!
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  3. by   companisbiki
    Nursing is a profession which heavily relies on communication. Even if you are not Japanese, not only will you need to know all the anatomy vocabs but also medication names in Japanese, pathophysiology and basic communication in Japanese.
    If you want to go to the US army base, maybe there are options where you don't need to be as fluent, but as far as I know, you have to take language proficiency tests in Japanese and also do well in the national Japanese nursing exam.
    Bilingual books should be sold in Japan because in Asia, most universities that teach health science courses actually use books written in English to teach students. (for instance, med students use books written in western countries)
    I doubt anywhere in the US has a bilingual medical course in Japanese... You need to go to Japan yourself and find out what you need to do. In order to learn a language or settle there, it's best to go there yourself even on a visiting visa for a month or so, see how things are, and then make a plan on how you are going to achieve your goal.

    Japan is also known for being one of the hardest countries to settle and immigrate for non-Japanese people.. unless you're marrying a Japanese man.
    If you just get your nursing degree there then it'll be a pain if you realize you can't settle there and have to come back to the US again, get visa screening etc and then getting a job back. Look at work options, nursing school admission process, and immigration process in Japan first before thinking of going there.
  4. by   itk3838
    You need to start learning Japanese first, and advance while taking your prerequisite courses at community college. If is very expensive to study abroad and living cost is outrageous in Japan! You picked the most expensive country in the world. I would start with local RN school - in some areas you have to be on a waiting list just to get in. After you start working as RN then you can pursue - Travel Nursing. Remember at that time your Japanese must be close to fluent! Try to Google - you can find a lot of information on the internet! Good luck!

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  5. by   sashapinky
    You will need the help of POEA in order to work in Japan.
  6. by   Ginger's Mom
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    You will need the help of POEA in order to work in Japan.
    What is the POEA and why would an American Student need it to study in Japan?