Florida University Program Retrains Foreign Doctors As Nurses

  1. 0 by [color=#0000a0]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 that are joining with florida international university to fund a unique program to recruit foreign doctors living in the united states and fast-track them to careers as registered nurses....

    full story here:
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/...ors-in/1116049
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  4. Visit  PacoUSA profile page
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    I like the idea of a nurse who has been trained as a doctor, brings a good perspective to the job. I in fact consult with a nurse in a clinical trial in which I am participating; she was a doctor in India, and I must say she is excellent.

    BUT, I am sure this does not sit well with the hundreds of unemployed new grads in the Tampa Bay area, that's for sure I would be upset if I were one of them.
    fludddwrn and MsbossyRN like this.
  5. Visit  Suethestudent profile page
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    "It was also hard making the transition from doctor to nurse. In the beginning we felt embarrassed to say we were nurses..."

    I won't write what I said when I read that statement because my post would be just one long row of these **** ***** **** *****. Ugggh.
    4hana9, MsbossyRN, and tokidoki7 like this.
  6. Visit  Ace587RN profile page
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    this program has been going for a long time now. I know many MDs from Cuba who underwent this program.
  7. Visit  RN1980 profile page
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    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? i can hear them now, "if i cant pass doc boards i can always be a nurse."
  8. Visit  KeyMaster profile page
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    I worked with two CRNAs who were originally doctors in Bosnia. They fled the country because of the war. They were both great to work with and I am glad that they were able to come here and start a new life.
    4hana9 likes this.
  9. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
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    Community colleges in Miami have been doing this for a while.
  10. Visit  elkpark profile page
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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?
    Because the US medical community does a great job of looking out for the interests of US physicians. It's extremely difficult for a foreign physician to get licensed in the US -- they not only have to pass the US licensing exams, they have to go back practically to the beginning of their education and complete a US medical residency (alongside the people who just graduated from medical school), regardless of how long or how successfully they've been practicing in their home country. It's much quicker, cheaper, and easier to retrain as an RN, and the average salary of a US RN is still much better than what the physicians from most other countries were used to in their home countries -- so it's a "win-win" for the foreign physicians (except for that unfortunate "embarrassed to be a nurse" part ... ).

    I just wish TPTB in nursing did half as good a job of protecting the interests of US nurses ...
  11. Visit  NinA 56 profile page
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    Wow seems like Florida really has an nurse shortage ,but it is good that the opportunity is there for the Docs from other countries can work in healthcare field again
  12. Visit  cherryames1949 profile page
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    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.
    Circulator, RN likes this.
  13. Visit  NinA 56 profile page
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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?
  14. Visit  KatieMI profile page
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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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  15. Visit  azhiker96 profile page
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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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