work abroad w/out experience.. possible? - page 9

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    Quote from pinoyNP
    This thread just keeps going and going like the Energizer Bunny. Anyway, here's my final thought on gaining experience in the Philippines.

    1. It is quite noble for some of you to think that you have an obligation to serve our countrymen by working in the Philippines for a while before going to work abroad. If that's what you want, more power to you. Just make sure it's a paid staff nurse position.

    2. If what you call as experience is all but volunteer work, you can't use that as work experience. You are basically lying on your resume if you put that in there because that does not qualify as work experience. You may have fooled a prospective employer but you just put your own integrity on the line. In the same manner, you can not put post-graduate training under work experience in your resume.

    3. Post-licensure training in hospitals for a fee is just plain exploitation and should not be patronized. Have some respect for your own RN title and demand nothing less.

    4. BLS, ACLS, IV training etc in the Philippines is OK if you are going to use them to work in the Philippines. You need to know CPR and code blue drugs if you are going to take care of patients. I know there is a code team in the hospitals there (like we do here) but you are responsible to initiate life-saving measures on the scene. IV teams do exist in hospitals here but that does not give you the go-signal to abuse them and ask for their help with each IV start. For the most part, they only assist with difficult IV starts so you have to learn to do them too and practice is the only way you'll become good at it. An IV training session will not make you an expert.

    5. American hospitals require all hospital personnel involved in patient care to have BLS. Because of that they will pay for BLS training for you if you are hired. ACLS is required if you work in step-down, ICU, or ER (PALS for PICU, NICU, peds ER) so those will also be paid for if you get hired in those units. These training sessions are offered on-site in the hospital you'll be working for.

    6. There is an orientation period when you get hired in a hospital here. It's structured and covers every thing you need to learn in the specific unit you are hired into. Hospitals even have lecture sessions and skill stations as part of orientation. In the clinical area, you are paired with a preceptor who is usually an experienced RN. Depending on the type of unit you are hired in, orientation period runs from 6 weeks to 3 months. Take advantage of that training period and try to ask questions, learn skills, and let yourself get acclimated to the unit. Once orientation is over, you're on your own.
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    Yes it is possible. If you have the right connections. I know some people who are now in KSA working as a staff nurse with zero experience here in the Philippines. They just show these letters in SRO office and Bam! They are hired. No exams, No interviews needed. not only in SRO but most companies and hospitals. It is sad but this is how it works most of the time.
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    Being inexperienced and going abroad will surely backfire.

    It shows in your performance and knowledge.
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    working abroad without any experience is a big'll be risking your license and the life of your are handling a person's life so there is no room for must have enough experience first before you can go and work abroad-you are there to work, not to have an OJT..if you lie about your credentials, the truth will come out sooner or later, based on your performance and actions in the hospital, you'll never get away with it.. most employers from abroad require 2-3 years of paid hospital experience, so don't ever think that you could work abroad with no experience at all. sorry, but it's totally impossible.
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    help what will I do with my NCLEX passing rate. I am still here in the philippines. I do not have SSN yet. How can i ask for extensions. Please PM me..
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    The more experience, the more confident you become in working abroad.

    Nothing beats experience. And aside from that, you tend to explore more opportunities.

    Good luck!
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    My Pinay wife graduated with a BSN in 'Pinas in 2007. She completed six months of volunteer nursing at a large tertiary public hospital in 'Pinas in 2008. She passed her NCLEX-RN in September 2009. She was hired as an RN at a large LTC facility here in the U.S. in March 2010.

    Even though her volunteer work in 'Pinas was unpaid, she gained valuable work experience from it. Her volunteer work was one of the reasons why she got hired here in the U.S. Another factor is that she has excellent communication skills in English. Who is to say that unpaid work experience won't help you? It certainly helped my wife.
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    When I came to the US they did not even look at my experiences nor did they even asked where I graduated, all they really needed from me was a valid RN license and a clean background. Certificates? They took care of all that, they paid for my CPR and BLS. I had 3 months of paid training. Basically they will just accept you as newly grad regardless of your experience in the Phlippines.

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