HELP! HELP! RN in the Philippines recently relocated to CA what should I do?

  1. Hi I am a Regsitered Nurse in the Philippines and I recently passed my requirements to the BON and they are still processing it. It has been three months now and my cash is running low. I need a job ASAP that is related to the medical field so that I can gain more experience. So please tell me should I pursue a CNA, LVN, psych tech or nurse tech? I really dont know what to do.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   not.done.yet
    If your cash is low, any job is better than no job.
  4. by   Pixie.RN
    OP, are you a CNA or LVN?
  5. by   Nurse Beth
    To be a CNA in CA, you must be certified, but the courses are short, and they are offered in adult schools. If you started working as a CNA in a facility, you stand a better chance of being hired as an RN once your are licensed.

    I don't see the benefit of working as an LVN, because you still have to apply for licensure (it's a different board).

    I hope you get an answer soon, good luck!
  6. by   rabidlark
    Thank you for your reply I am now applying to be a CNA program that will pay me while training but I am having second thoughts you see I have a spinal problem and I am not allowed to stoop or bend for a long time and lift and carry objects that are more than 20lbs. If I strain myself I could get a spinal compression so my relatives are very skeptical with my decision applying as a CNA. I wouldn't strain myself with the job right?
  7. by   rabidlark
    I am neither of the two you see I am starting here California we recently just moved here from the Philippines?
  8. by   rabidlark
    Quote from Pixie.RN
    OP, are you a CNA or LVN?
    I am neither of the two you see I am starting here California we recently just moved here from the Philippines?
  9. by   rabidlark
    Quote from Nurse Beth
    To be a CNA in CA, you must be certified, but the courses are short, and they are offered in adult schools. If you started working as a CNA in a facility, you stand a better chance of being hired as an RN once your are licensed.

    I don't see the benefit of working as an LVN, because you still have to apply for licensure (it's a different board).

    I hope you get an answer soon, good luck!
    Thank you for your reply I am now applying to be a CNA program that will pay me while training but I am having second thoughts you see I have a spinal problem and I am not allowed to stoop or bend for a long time and lift and carry objects that are more than 20lbs. If I strain myself I could get a spinal compression so my relatives are very skeptical with my decision applying as a CNA. I wouldn't strain myself with the job right?
  10. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from rabidlark
    Thank you for your reply I am now applying to be a CNA program that will pay me while training but I am having second thoughts you see I have a spinal problem and I am not allowed to stoop or bend for a long time and lift and carry objects that are more than 20lbs. If I strain myself I could get a spinal compression so my relatives are very skeptical with my decision applying as a CNA. I wouldn't strain myself with the job right?
    Do you think those limitations won't also affect your future employment as a nurse?

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