us recognition of foreign (europe) nursing degree
- 0Aug 22, '11 by fabioruffHello,
I'm new to this forum but I really hope you all can help me.
I am a US citizen, with a bachelor degree in languages, now residing in Italy and attending the local nursing school.
My question is, I hope, fairly straightforward: will my degree, or any European nursing degree, be recognized in the US? will I be able to practice my profession in the US? will I have to take any additional examinations? do you know who I should talk to about this?
any help greatly appreciated.
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- 0Aug 22, '11 by UVA Grad NursingYou will need to pass the US NCLEX examination to get a RN license in the US.
In order to qualify to sit for the NCLEX, you will need to have your degree evaluated by the Council for Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). So after you complete your degree in Italy, you will need to start the review process with CGFNS. After you have the report to CGFNS, then you contact the Board of Nursing of the state where you intend to practice, and start the process to register to take the NCLEX examination.
The international students in my graduate program report that it can take 12-24 months for the CGFNS / BON / NCLEX process.
- 0Nov 2, '11 by KbrnovichHi, I have a question for you fabioruff. What nursing school are you attending in Italy? I am also from the U.S. and have a bachelors degree in psychology and am trying to find a nursing school in Italy to attend. Any help on where you found information is greatly appreciated. Thanks!