I am so confused plz help!

  1. ok, i am an american who is living in brazil for the last 3 yrs. i have been studying a nursing course at a professional school and i just graduated as a nurse technician. i just found out that this position doesnt exist in the u.s and its not a cna, this position only exists in europe and some other countries. i want to get my rn as soon as possible, and some brazilian nurses are telling me to stay here and study then go to the u.s, they say that its cheaper here and it really is, and i am already established here, but i am so confused if i should go back to the u.s and start to study for my rn or if i should just study here then go. cause if i go to the u.s now its going to take me about 1 yr to get back on my feet and start studying. i dont even know if this course that i spent my time studying for 1 yr and a 1/2 is going to be worth anything at all. plz help me with your expertise and advice. i am 25 yrs old and i dont want to waste anymore time...thank you all for your attention!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   GingerSue
    I'm not an American, but I wonder if you could contact a state licensing board for the state where you are interested in living/working/studying

    maybe contacting several states (board of nursing) that are of interest to you, and be able to describe what you have been studying, would they accept these courses as equivalents?

    it's only a start, and hopefully some Americans can be more help to you.
  4. by   Anagray
    I am a Russian native and I studied nursing in the US. It was benefitial to me because since I intended to practice in US I need to learn the theory of American medicine and sort of put a lid on what I learned about helathcare from growing up in Russia.
    If money is the only issue regarding which school to go to then Brazil would be a wise choice to consider.
    Natasha
  5. by   TazziRN
    I personally would study in the US because the boards are based on what US schools teach.
  6. by   caliotter3
    Studying in the US will make the licensing process so much easier for you and the comments that you will be learning the "American" way can only help. Off hand I can think of lots of tips that I got in nrsg school the closer we got to the end. And every bulletin board at our school had invaluable info on it, not just about the class schedules. You also get the opportunity to make friends in school which can carry over and help you get jobs after school is long over. A relative of mine has received every job availability tip from friends she made in nrsg school. All the way around, it will just make things easier for you.
  7. by   suzanne4
    Do you get any credit for your training there if you go on to get your RN studies completed there? If so, then stay there and finish.

    An idea: It will be specific to the actual training and what was on your transcripts if it would qualify for the LPN role, since that is actually considered a technical role..........sounds like you trained at a private vocational program. A year and a half training is much more than the CNA, and would be similar to the LPN more than likely. If you can qualify for that, and are able to write the NCLEX-PN exam then it would be easy for you to do a birdge program here for the RN. If you cannot get credit for it to the LPN classification, then you would be starting over again in the US.

    Which state would you be coming back to?

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