I am hold both American and Canadian citizenships. I got accepted to transfer into a top Canadian nursing BSN 2 year program and an American BSN 2 year program. However, the Canadian program graduates 4 months faster than the American program.
Ideally, I would like to graduate ASAP because I have already taken physics, ochem, general chem., stats and biochem. I am worried that those pre-reqs will expire (past 5 years!) before I gain ICU experience and apply to crna school. I took them in spring 2009.
However, it is really that beneficial to graduate faster? If I graduate nursing school in Canada, I will work in the US. However, if I go to school in Canada, then it will be that much more difficult to get into an American ICU position right out of nursing school?
Wouldn’t the four months I save by going to an Canadian school be offset/negated by my having to spend time obtaining an American RN license anyways? I know how difficult it is to get into an ICU , let alone get into an ICU from a Canadian program!!
With the American school, there’s a much better chance of getting into an ICU directly out of nursing school as they do externships with critical care units.