Nurse with US associates degree ok to work in the Philippines?

  1. Hi. I am a US citizen and currently in the process of getting a dual american/filipino citizenship. I am wondering, if I went back to the Phils. to live and work, would my associates degree in nursing be accepted there so I can work as a registered nurse? If the answer is no, would I still be able to work in the medical/healthcare field as a healthcare worker with lower responsibility? What are my options? Responses would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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  3. by   msdreamchaser
    hello... i think you need to pass the local board here to be a registered nurse... because you can't practice without a license... if you have associate degree and not the bacalaureatte degree i think you will end up as a nursing aid i am also not sure... there are other health /medical related jobs here in clinics or something who pays more such as med transcriptionist... please find time to browse think twice what work you'll end up to before you apply or work here... god bless
  4. by   gemini_star
    Are you sure you really want to work in PI? Because most of the healthcare workers would like to get out of the country. Just prepare yourself for dramatic changes in physical, emotional and financial aspects.
  5. by   RNHawaii34
    i am just curious, if you have adn, then i think you're still considered as a registered nurse, right? if you were an american citizen, you can work there via license reciprocity, i think. you don't need to apply for the local board exam there. if you want to work in a hospital there, pls. pick good hospitals like st. luke's hospital, makati medical center, asian hospital to name a few. if you want to work and live there, i suggest go for a vacation first, see the if you are gonna like it. philippines is a beautiful place to live if you have money, but with all the problems with corruptions, unemployment, etc., it's really, really irritating, the traffic is horrible, every where. honestly, i still love to come back to the philippines, someday. i hope this will help you.
    Last edit by RNHawaii34 on Sep 20, '06
  6. by   nrswnabee
    i think you can work in the healthcare field but not as a registered nurse
    (unless you get the right credentials and pass the licensure exam). the more important thing to take to heart is if you're ready to live and work in a place with lower standards than what you're used to (i'm thinking here that you're living in san francisco now)...it may not be the brightest idea except if there's some other major reason for you to go to the phils. and that reason should overshadow the need to have a steady income source otherwise, you could be wasting your talent/energy.
  7. by   asianrn
    Quote from citybythebay
    Hi. I am a US citizen and currently in the process of getting a dual american/filipino citizenship. I am wondering, if I went back to the Phils. to live and work, would my associates degree in nursing be accepted there so I can work as a registered nurse? If the answer is no, would I still be able to work in the medical/healthcare field as a healthcare worker with lower responsibility? What are my options? Responses would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    try teaching...filipino students will probably love you for it.
  8. by   suzanne4
    Quote from rnhawaii34
    i am just curious, if you have adn, then i think you're still considered as a registered nurse, right? if you were an american citizen, you can work there via license reciprocity, i think. you don't need to apply for the local board exam there. if you want to work in a hospital there, pls. pick good hospitals like st. luke's hospital, makati medical center, asian hospital to name a few. if you want to work and live there, i suggest go for a vacation first, see the if you are gonna like it. philippines is a beautiful place to live if you have money, but with all the problems with corruptions, unemployment, etc., it's really, really irritating, the traffic is horrible, every where. honestly, i still love to come back to the philippines, someday. i hope this will help you.
    sorry but no such thing as license reciprocity, local exam would need to be written. and you need to meet their requirements as a registered nurse, in the philippines, it is currently a bsn.

    same way for working in the us, the nclex-rn must be written and passed.
  9. by   RNHawaii34
    Quote from suzanne4
    sorry but no such thing as license reciprocity, local exam would need to be written. and you need to meet their requirements as a registered nurse, in the philippines, it is currently a bsn.

    same way for working in the us, the nclex-rn must be written and passed.
    a qoute from ra 9173.......

    section 20. registration by reciprocity. - a certificate of registration/professional license may be issued without examination to nurses registered under the laws of a foreign state or country: provided, that the requirements for registration or licensing of nurses in said country are substantially the same as those prescribed under this act: provided, further, that the laws of such state or country grant the same privileges to registered nurses of the philippines on the same basis as the subjects or citizens of such foreign state or country.

    this is from republic act 9173, signed by the president gloria macapagal arroyo in october 21, 2002. it talked about license by reciprocity for foreign nurses. you maybe right suzanne, because she is an adn graduate, but in the states, she is a registered nurse. but it does not require her to take the local board or nle. the best way to be sure if she can work in the philippines, is she must consult the board of nursing there since she is considered foreign. i graduated in the philippines as well, however, is unable to take the local exam after graduation last year, because i am an american citizen.
    http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repa...9173_2002.html
  10. by   suzanne4
    And the part that you are forgetting is what it says about the education. The years ahve to be the same.

    Same thing for an American to work in Canada...........if they have a two year degree they are unable to get a licence now in Ontario, as they require a four year degree. License alone does not mean anything, it is also the years of education. Same thing for Europe, as well.

    For the RN in the Philipiines, the standard is the BSN.
  11. by   RNHawaii34
    Quote from suzanne4
    And the part that you are forgetting is what it says about the education. The years ahve to be the same.

    Same thing for an American to work in Canada...........if they have a two year degree they are unable to get a licence now in Ontario, as they require a four year degree. License alone does not mean anything, it is also the years of education. Same thing for Europe, as well.

    For the RN in the Philipiines, the standard is the BSN.
    Ah, so would that means.....we BSN grads from the Philippines, providing we have legal paperworks to work, have a better chance of working in the U.S. hospitals than the U.S. ADN grads? I feel much much better now. Thanks Suzanne!
  12. by   lidawei
    I found this from the ANMC webpage(below). Does this mean ADN from USA is enough to be a RN in Australia?

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    Australian Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authorities (NMRAs), with the exception of NSW, have assessed nursing
    Full Assessment of a Registered Nurse or Midwife qualifications obtained in one of the following countries as being adequate for the purpose of registration as a nurse, and the ANMC makes the determination that such applicants are eligible for migration.

    Applicant has completed an education program leading to registration/license/eligibility as a nurse in one of the following countries:
    * United Kingdom
    * Canada
    * The Republic of South Africa
    * The Republic of Ireland
    * Singapore
    * United States of America
    * Hong Kong
    * EU member states where the nursing education meets the EU directive 77/453
  13. by   suzanne4
    Now it does not. And you have already posted this on the International forum and it was responded to.

    We ask that the same question does not go to multiple threads.

    Thread closed since the rest of it is more than two years old.
    And anything having to deal with licensure and immigration now goes only the International forum.

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