Should i study nursing in the Philippines or america?

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    Hey guys! My plan is to go to a community college and do as much as pre requisite class that I can, then transfer to UCSF (hopefully), however, my mom is trying to convince me to do my studies in the Philippines, since it will be a lot cheaper. My concern is that if I study in the Philippines I would not be able to get hired to work in a hospital and or find a job in the US, since the economy is bad right now.


    Can a Philippine graduate compete with American graduate nurses?

    Should I stay in California and do my initial plan or study nursing in the Philippines?

    My dream job is to become an ICU nurse or a surgical nurse.
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    Philippine nurses are more preffered by US Hospitals because of their training in the Philippines that does not only limit to clinical study but with fostering relationship between patient and nurse.
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    Quote from yanrb
    Hey guys! My plan is to go to a community college and do as much as pre requisite class that I can, then transfer to UCSF (hopefully), however, my mom is trying to convince me to do my studies in the Philippines, since it will be a lot cheaper. My concern is that if I study in the Philippines I would not be able to get hired to work in a hospital and or find a job in the US, since the economy is bad right now.

    Can a Philippine graduate compete with American graduate nurses?

    Should I stay in California and do my initial plan or study nursing in the Philippines?

    My dream job is to become an ICU nurse or a surgical nurse.
    I suggest you get an associate or bachelors here because international educated nurses are facing problems getting their eligibility to take the exam because of concurrency problems or lack of hours. Good luck
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 6, '12 : Reason: spacing
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    Foreign educated nurses are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain US nursing licenses,especially in California.If you plan on working in the US you would be best to go to school in the US.
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    Quote from amygarside
    Philippine nurses are more preffered by US Hospitals because of their training in the Philippines that does not only limit to clinical study but with fostering relationship between patient and nurse.
    Where did you find that information?
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    Quote from amygarside
    Philippine nurses are more preffered by US Hospitals because of their training in the Philippines that does not only limit to clinical study but with fostering relationship between patient and nurse.
    -That is a personal opinion. I am very thankful for half of my education to the Philippine educational system and I cannot say anything but praise for the training that I got. Since I was born in the Philippines, I fully understand the context of this post. However, I'd like to appeal to my fellow Filipinos to THINK before you write. Be sensitive to other cultures which may take offense on this.
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    Why "compete" with American nurses or other foreign-trained nurses when you can work with them?
    If you mean can my Filipino training equip me to meet the demands of a USRN job, the answer is yes.
    I'm speaking for my personal experience as well as my 4 sisters' experience and a lot of my relatives.

    If I may suggest an initial step, this will be it:
    GOolgle up "Philippine nurses + NCLEX concurrency issues" and it may help you decide.
    Print some of the results out for you mom to read and come back for an update.
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    Quote from amygarside
    Philippine nurses are more preffered by US Hospitals because of their training in the Philippines that does not only limit to clinical study but with fostering relationship between patient and nurse.
    Every culture is different, our sense of humour, out past experiences, history. How people react to illness, body language, reactions, communication, slang, language, socio-economic mores, health system, government attitudes is part of that culture.It is extremely naive to think that nurses from that particular country are any more effective nurses in caring for people In other cultures, than those who born, live and educated .
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Oct 6, '12
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    I think its a personal decision. The job market in the US is tight now for ALL nurses, both US and foreign educated.
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    The job market is tough for all nurses like what traumaRUs had said.

    Besides that, most nursing schools/universities here in the US are affiliated with hospitals and most of the hospitals are hiring their own graduates (esp. in the new RN graduate program). I am a RN educated from the Philippines and is having a hard time landing a job, since I don't have a US experience yet. I have had 2 years of hospital experience in the Philippines but that didn't give me an edge over all the other applicants I guess, since for 3 months now I am still actively looking for a job.


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