Nursing in California - Aussie Nurse - Process - page 3

by Celestial2311

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Hi Everyone, I am an Australian Citizen (Nurse - RN), residing in Australia. I had recently visited CA for a holiday and my kids liked the place. So I have planned to take up employment in the USA - CA. I have done a bit of... Read More


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    Quote from joeldew
    This is NOT correct information.

    There are many universities that offer Paeds and Maternity. These universities will accept students on a "non-award" basis. An official transcript will be issued to state that you have met the requirements for "Paeds" and/or "Maternity". Some universities offer "Paeds and Maternity" as a singular unit. This makes it more streamlined and less-time consuming, particularly when one does not have an interest in studying Paeds or Maternity. Try the university from where you graduated.

    I STRONGLY suggest shopping around for these courses. More importantly, stay within your state because it makes it soooo much easier to organise clinical placements. This is because your local universities have an established and on-going working relationships with the local hospitals. Trying to organise local clinical placements with an external university is horrendous. Personally, I have gone down this route and it was an horrific experience!
    Which part was inaccurate? I was only trying to be helpful and was fairly certain that the mission I am currently undertaking was the only way. When I was making enquiries there were no other options other than undertaking midwifery, and no University in my state (QLD) offered courses that were suitable. Which other universities offer courses that meet the paeds/maternity requirements? I would love to know because as you said it is horrendous trying to organise everything externally and I still have to cover the paediatric side of things myself. Any pointers in the right (or better) direction would be great! What do you mean by "non-award" basis? I was led to believe that I had no other options.
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    Quote from NO50FRANNY
    Which part was inaccurate? I was only trying to be helpful and was fairly certain that the mission I am currently undertaking was the only way. When I was making enquiries there were no other options other than undertaking midwifery, and no University in my state (QLD) offered courses that were suitable. Which other universities offer courses that meet the paeds/maternity requirements? I would love to know because as you said it is horrendous trying to organise everything externally and I still have to cover the paediatric side of things myself. Any pointers in the right (or better) direction would be great! What do you mean by "non-award" basis? I was led to believe that I had no other options.
    I acknowledge the sentiment, which is why I replied to your post with the view that others will not waste time and monetary resources. Personally, I have already wasted $3000.

    The part where you stated "a particular university" is the only university that offers Paeds and Maternity to the standard required by US boards is not correct.

    All universities that offer Paeds and Maternity are recognised for US registration.

    Many universities will welcome and accept applications from RNs wishing to complete singular units from their nursing program. As you will not be completing the entire program, these singular units are deemed as "non-awards" but they are recognised and an official transcript will be issued.

    The uni of QLD offers "Paediatric Care" as part of a nursing program. Perhaps, you may wish to consult with the university to undertake this singular course.

    Personally, I have written to the Dean of four universities within my state and all have authorised my application for "Paeds and/or Maternity".

    Like you, I, too, thought I had no other options until I started researching.

    PLEASE do NOT repeat my mistake!!!
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    Quote from joeldew
    I acknowledge the sentiment, which is why I replied to your post with the view that others will not waste time and monetary resources. Personally, I have already wasted $3000.

    The part where you stated "a particular university" is the only university that offers Paeds and Maternity to the standard required by US boards is not correct.

    All universities that offer Paeds and Maternity are recognised for US registration.

    Many universities will welcome and accept applications from RNs wishing to complete singular units from their nursing program. As you will not be completing the entire program, these singular units are deemed as "non-awards" but they are recognised and an official transcript will be issued.

    The uni of QLD offers "Paediatric Care" as part of a nursing program. Perhaps, you may wish to consult with the university to undertake this singular course.

    Personally, I have written to the Dean of four universities within my state and all have authorised my application for "Paeds and/or Maternity".

    Like you, I, too, thought I had no other options until I started researching.

    PLEASE do NOT repeat my mistake!!!
    Thankyou so much for this information, much much appreciated. I will start looking into this myself as the process of organising my own clinical placement is a nightmare. I feel a bit silly now but I thought I had looked into this pretty thoroughly (a bit duped perhaps?). It never even occurred to me to try and undertake it the way you have suggested. Will do my research and hopefully find some more options. Unfortunately I have already completed the maternity theory at said Uni, (and paid for it) so will see through the clinical if I can arrange it. Thankyou so much for taking the time to respond.
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    Quote from NO50FRANNY
    Thankyou so much for this information, much much appreciated. I will start looking into this myself as the process of organising my own clinical placement is a nightmare. I feel a bit silly now but I thought I had looked into this pretty thoroughly (a bit duped perhaps?). It never even occurred to me to try and undertake it the way you have suggested. Will do my research and hopefully find some more options. Unfortunately I have already completed the maternity theory at said Uni, (and paid for it) so will see through the clinical if I can arrange it. Thankyou so much for taking the time to respond.
    I still have not completed my clinical and it's been 12 months! My local hospitals (including my own place of employment), whilst very understanding and sympathetic, have informed me that clinical placements should have been booked many months in advanced by the university, and NOT by the student. As such, they cannot and will not accept my request.

    Hence, I have breached the "concurrency" rule. In simpler terms, I have to start all over again.

    There are, at least, three universities within your state that offer Paeds and/or Maternity; one of which offers "Paeds and Maternity" as a singular unit.

    Please do NOT repeat my mistake!!!
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    Hi I am a recent graduate from Newcastle university in NSW and my husband has just been selected to play for the Hawaiian College Footbqll team we will be moving Jan 2014. To add to my constant worries we are currently living in the UK as he plays professional rugby over here so I haven't had the chance to get a new grad year : ( I have been looking through the process. I am aware that we need to do further study however I am a bit puzzled.... I would like to know:

    1. Has anyone passed CGFNS without doing further study? As I studied a subject called "sexuality and families: which incorporated paediatrics and maternity health. I also completed 4 weeks of paediatrics and 2 weeks of maternity placement. Do you think this will be enough?
    2. Should I apply to CGFNS first then wait to see if i require further study or start the search for a university to complete these modules? I know it can be a costly process thats all.

    Sorry for all the questions but i am so worried where to start?

    thanks : )
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    Wait and see what CGFNS come back with would be my suggestion.


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