When I was still a student nurse, I've always told everyone that I'm going to be a nurse abroad. I had my hopes up that once I graduate and pass the Nursing Licensure Exam (NLE) I would finally be able to fulfill my dreams.
Unfortunately, after I graduated and became a professional nurse I found out that it was not actually that easy. To be able to work abroad I had to have the following:
1. 2 or more years working experience in the hospital
2. Be at least 22 or above of age
3. Various trainings, and
4. The most important thing is MONEY
So why am I unfortunate? Well it's obvious. I don't have any of the above. Or should I say "D. NONE OF THE ABOVE" which we always choose in the exam when there is no answer. I just passed the NLE last year and I still don't have a permanent job in a hospital to gain the required experience. Although I am working right now under the DOH Program "RNHEALS", I have learned recently that RNHEALS is not actually considered as work but just a training. I was so disappointed when I learned this because I was going to use this as part of my experience. Now I'm back to zero. Another problem is to be able to have trainings I'll need money which I have said that I don't have.
Now I'm losing hope of becoming a nurse in another country. I hope that somehow I would still be able to fulfill my dreams even though I still have "D. NONE OF THE ABOVE".
Going as a student does not get you a job unless you change your visa status. At least in US getting a job is tough, but not impossible. Even for a new grad it is still possible to find a job if the persons visa status allows them to work. When I was in school, I always want to work in US. Even though it was a little struggle I was able to fulfill my dream. So my way of thinking is if you have the will there is a way.
Last edit by Sam_Nurse on Nov 21, '12