Working as an rn in puerto rico - page 2

I read some of the other threads about pr, and had some questions. I briefly met an rn in passing who was working at presby in san juan.she spoke zero spanish. My impression was that to work in pr you have to pass boards a second... Read More

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    Hey Abihabichuelas,

    Thanks for the great info. My wife and I are both hispanic (not PR) and speak spanish. Im an RN going on two years experience (8months LTC, currently 9months medsurg) now. PR seems like a beautiful place to live, enjoy nature, some of the best of latin america but still technically be in the USA.
    Ive been calling the hospitals on the list (mostly northwest, southwest coast, dont want SJ) but none seem to be hiring at the moment. They said to fax the resume and they will have it on hand when something comes up. Considering I only got a hospital job here in the US (as a relatively new nurse) thanks to a personal connection, do you have any suggestions? Are there other jobs in the medical field (or other) that are easier to get while I work on getting an RN position?
    I would be very greatful to message with you some more about the ins and outs of it all.
    Thank you,
    franciscopenaloza @
    Last edit by FranciscoP on Sep 20, '12 : Reason: forgot something

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    Here is a question based off of this conversation. Is there a difference in having a BSN vs ASN/ADN. Both are RNs so I didnt know if its like that there as here in the states, an RN is an RN is an RN.

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    I am Puerto Rican raised in the U.S and recently returned from visiting family on the island. I have a cousin that recently graduated with her BSN and the things she was sharing with me regarding the hospitals and nursing care are both shocking and extremely sad. I did a 2week trip to Africa at the end of nursing school where we worked with and as nurses and from what my cousin told me it seems that there were more resources in Africa than in Puerto Rico or pretty comparable. She mentioned that during one of her rotations the hospital where she was at had one RN/BSN for a floor of patients and that nurse was in charge of total care for all of these patients. There were no gloves, no hand sanitizers, and they were being told to reuse gloves by cleaning them with hand sanitizer. My cousin was mortified and she showed up the next day with her own supplies. Nurses get paid at most $13/hr, jobs are scarce. I have no personal experience in any Puerto Rican hospital, and this was from one hospital in the metropolitan area. I don't know that the situation is as severe in other hospitals. My cousin also told me there is one nurse practitioner on the island that works at the V.A, otherwise NPs can not practice. Good luck in your investigation.
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    A BSN is a bachelor's degree, the ADN is a diploma program not a 4 year university degree. I don't think that diploma programs are offered anymore in the U.S. I'm not sure what an ASN is, possibly and associates degree in which case those are usually 2year degrees from community colleges. I think it's just a difference in the educational foundation that the RN has.
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    The ADN is an Associates Degree in Nursing. The diploma program was given by hospital-based nursing school programs. These hospital-based diploma programs no longer exist. The ADN program was a great and affordable way of getting your nursing degree, but most hospitals with Magnet status want their nurses to have a BSN. Both the ADN and BSN educated nurses take the same boards (NCLEX) to receive their registered nurse license to practice. Do some research on the BSN in 10. If you can afford to go back to school and get your BSN, you should do it because over time it will be difficult to find a nursing position in most Magnet status hospitals.

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