Transitioning from US to Europe after obtaining NCLEX

  1. Hi, I'm a last semester nursing student in 4 year program for BSN.
    I'm an international student currently studying in Florida, and am planning to take NCLEX in Florida as well around June/July.
    My Fiance lives in Portugal at the moment and I was hoping to find any advice on how to be able to find a job in Portugal right after obtaining NCLEX without job experience. I have no idea what the steps would be and would love to find someone who knows more about the process of becoming a nurse over there with US Nursing License.
    I was wondering if it was at all possible to move straight to Portugal after getting the license or if I would have to get at least a year of nursing experience in US before I actually move to Portugal.
    I would love any advice from experienced nurses from US/EU.
    Thankyou!
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Rose_Queen
    Much like nurses who immigrate to the US must take the US licensing exam, I am sure that US educated nurses seeking work in another country must take the licensing exam for the country in which they wish to be able to work. Have you reached out to resources from the Portuguese government to see what the requirements are?
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    Are you fluent in Portuguese?
  5. by   aelin76_76
    I'm so so at Portuguese, I'm fluent in Spanish though. I've heard a lot of Spanish speaking nurses did work in Portugal so I still have some hope.. I'll probably have to pass their language proficiency exam though, I'm assuming.
  6. by   aelin76_76
    I haven't yet, I tried looking online but I didn't really get much information in English as most of them were information for working in UK and wasn't sure exactly what to search for.. I'll try though. Thankyou.
  7. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Are you an EU citizen?
    A US license means zero in Portugal
  8. by   aelin76_76
    No I'm not EU citizen.. does that mean that I will have to go through their program of schooling all over again to become a nurse?

    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    Are you an EU citizen?
    A US license means zero in Portugal
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    It means you have to meet the country's requirements and each country is different and there may or may not be an exam
  10. by   loriangel14
    Coming from an non EU country will make it hard to get a work visa.
  11. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from aelin76_76
    No I'm not EU citizen.. does that mean that I will have to go through their program of schooling all over again to become a nurse?
    priority for work, work visas and all benefits including education are for citizens, legal permanent residents and EU assport holders. You need to be fluent I not only conversational Portuguese but also medical Portuguese

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