Florida University Program Retrains Foreign Doctors As Nurses - page 2

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by irene maher, times staff writer in print: thursday, august 19, 2010 if you check into largo medical center any time soon, there's a chance your nurse could be a former doctor. the hospital is one of several locally... Read More


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    [quote=cherryames1949;4494911]It would be a waste of talent not to use these foreign trained men and women in some capacity. I can only imagine what challenges they face as immigrants.[/ I agree with you ,why not use them?
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    Quote from RN1980
    why would a person who has trained half their adult life to be a doc wear nurses scubs? is it because they cant pass the foriegn doc licensure exam?
    Some of them, yes. Some passed Boards but couldn't secure residency position. Some did both but couldn't actually start for family or immigration reasons. And some just see by their own eyes that a RN/BSN nowadays has much more options than a physician has regarding career choice, career change, flexibility and working style.
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    One of my classmates in nursing school had been a cardiologist in Russia. She said that the US recognized none of her education. She would have had to start with college -> med school -> residency -> etc. It was much faster for her to get a nursing license. As far as being a nurse versus a doctor she said it didn't matter. In either case she's part of the team helping patients.
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    This is not the case with this particular issue. Most of this foreign doctors that become nurses here in the US do so because of money. An RN here certainly earn a lot more money that a Medical Doctor in many other countries. They mainly decide to do this career change for money and not for the inability to pass the board exam.
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    luiscarn, why would they settle making nurses wage vs. doctors wage if there was no inability to pass the foriegn doc entrance exam. nope the inability to pass the exam and their previous programs lack of credentials is the cuase.
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    Quote from RN1980
    why would they settle making nurses wage vs. doctors wage if there was no inability to pass the foriegn doc entrance exam. nope the inability to pass the exam and their previous programs lack of credentials is the cuase.
    Most of CRNAs and quite a few of PAs/NPs/APNs are making more on the average than primary care doctors. There were a few discussions on this forum about chiropractors who couldn't even dream of making low 6-numbers while working 36 hours/week like some ICU nurses, and chiropractors are usually considered being better off than the majority of primary care doctors.
    If a person could get into CRNA school or pass exams for Critical Care APN, he could pass USMLE as well, and with flying colors. I just know it. There are other reasons for choosing US-style nursing for FMGs, from purely personal to research-related interests and bypassing immigration obstacles.
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    RN1980 The explanation to your questions is easy to my eyes. Because I am a reason a foreign trained professional I can tell you that it is very expensive to apply for the medical board exam and as you know they are several. On top of that you have to spend several years doing your residency. Most foreign professionals like Cubans for example lack of economic resources and the time to face this challenge. Meanwhile they still have to work and to put food on the table for their families. It is very very hard to start from zero again in a foreign country with a different language, especially after you reach certain age. Maybe you are not able to understand this because you were born in a country where you have all possible privileges. I know what poverty looks like since I learn to face it since I was a child. God now gave me the opportunity to become the professional I always wanted to be.

    Often professionals like them chose to go through the short route to be able to keep the harmony in their families, work for good wages while they try to reinsert themselves into a new society.
    Last edit by luiscarn on Aug 27, '10
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