Work in other countries after graduating in the Philippines - page 3

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Hello, I am currently a sophomore at Far Eastern University in the Philippines. I am a United States citizen, born and raised there, and just came here to get my degree in nursing. Now there are a whole bunch of issues going... Read More


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    Well see the CA BON-NCLEX has been getting anal with their requirements quite recently. I started hearing of this issue about 3 months ago, and at that time it was only CA, but now its about 11 other states that have jumped on this. My concern is that by the time i am done here it might affect the entire if not majority of the US. i figured i might was well work in some other country if i cannot work in the one i am from. I was also considering taking up medicine but that's just a thought.
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    Well see the CA BON-NCLEX has been getting anal with their requirements quite recently. I started hearing of this issue about 3 months ago, and at that time it was only CA, but now its about 11 other states that have jumped on this. My concern is that by the time i am done here it might affect the entire if not majority of the US. i figured i might was well work in some other country if i cannot work in the one i am from. I was also considering taking up medicine but that's just a thought.
    Yea, true. I know many of my friends are also now looking into Aust. and New Zealand, but it's getting very crowded with tons of PH grads and nurses and the requirements geting longer and longer to process.

    Not sure if you read the article somewhere around here about "Nursing Dreams Turned Sour in the Phils"....so very much true with a recent unemployment of over 200,000 PH nurses/students, with a added brand new 80,000 bodies coming into play soon, just from PH alone!

    It's the signs of the current times, no more nursing shortages, global recession and read where it will only get worse for another 4-5 years, so you might be okay, but not 100% if that will change, as the USA alone can't absorb their own local grads with CA in the near 50% unemployment rate of CA new grads. There are CA nurses and other parts of the state, where new grads are still not working in their first nursing job for two years or more and don't forget, the preferences are many places now hiring mostly the locals, not international students.

    Many hospitals are hiring what they call "internals", those students that did their clinical work at the same place or had some volunteer work inside, or in some cases, a friend who is already hired and then refers their friend inside, coming from the same school.
    Last edit by steppybay on Aug 27, '12 : Reason: +++ information
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    exactly my concerns, but i think instead of worrying about all of this i might take up medicine, give the economy some more time to bounce back and then not worry having to work as nurse and just work as an MD instead. Just a thought that i am highly considering seeing that i will be completing my pre-med here so i might as well continue on with medicine.
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    exactly my concerns, but i think instead of worrying about all of this i might take up medicine, give the economy some more time to bounce back and then not worry having to work as nurse and just work as an MD instead. Just a thought that i am highly considering seeing that i will be completing my pre-med here so i might as well continue on with medicine.
    You're still early in the game, so that's good. If you do pursue the doctor route, do you plan to practice in PH or make your way into CA?

    I don't know anything about becoming a MD in CA, but have you looked into how to get licensed as a doctor in CA if you're a foreign graduate? Just a thought to make sure you're not spinning your wheels.

    I know of a cousin's friend who is a doctor in PH and she could not even become an RN in CA, she was hoping to land a RN job in the San Francisco area, making $65 an hour, with her 8 years of being a PH doctor, but was denied the nursing license. She knew that as her other doctor friend tried also, but for a RN position in Los Angeles, also denied. Again, not sure if the PH curriculum meets CA standards if you're coming as a MD applicant, so check the requirements. Good luck!
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    In California, to be come a RN you have to pass the Board...
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    In California, to be come a RN you have to pass the Board...
    Really, that would be great, but I just asked her and she said, no, the PH doctoral curriculum doesn't meet the CA BON requirements as an approved nursing program. But someone also mentioned to me that she should appeal her (their) decision anyways.

    She's looking into getting into a PA program in CA as she's able to use her medical knowledge as a regular doctor.
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    If i pursue medicine then i will not work as a nurse, i would want to work as a doctor. From what i have read and researched most schools of medicine in the philippines are accepted in california. Like i said it is just a thought for now, lets see how things go, i still have a few years left before graduating as a nurse.
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    If i pursue medicine then i will not work as a nurse, i would want to work as a doctor. From what i have read and researched most schools of medicine in the philippines are accepted in california. Like i said it is just a thought for now, lets see how things go, i still have a few years left before graduating as a nurse.
    The reason they wanted to become an RN from being a PH doctor was that they didn't want the higher liabilities of a US doctor and didn't want to deal with longer hours required of an MD.

    Yea, you still have the time to make sure the PH medical school's curriculum matches the CA Board for doctors, as you see what happened to so many PH nursing students have all assumed there would be no problems in getting our courses approved by the CA BON and look at how much time so many of us have wasted if you want to work in CA or the other 12 States. So I would check every so often, but keeping informed from the CA Board of doctors about the minimum required courses needed and that you and your school are at 101% complying with each and every course, as you can see, it only takes one mistake and it's not going to happen.

    There are still a lot of PH nursing students (more so from this year to all those prior) who still don't know that applying into CA is very very slim at getting their application approved for the ATT.


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