Is the italian degree comparable with the US one?

  1. Hello,
    has anyone been through the credential evaluation process as an italian nurse?
    I've been looking forward on working in the US when I graduate. I already am a US citizen. I know I have to get my credentials evaluated by CGFNS, but the process is costy, and I'm not willing to waste my money so I'd like to know in advance if the titles will not be comparable.
    In Italy we have a 3- year university course, we are one of the most qualified in EU togheter with the spanish nurses.
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Guy in Babyland
    If your nursing degree was in a specific unit of nursing (Mental Health, Maternity, Pediatrics, etc), then no they are not comparable. US nurses are general nurses. We are trained in all areas of nursing. You would need to complete the missing sections in order to have a state BON qualify you to take the NCLEX.
  4. by   SilentRain
    My title would be generic too. There are many differences though... I heard you american nurses can prescribe drugs, dismiss patients and do a lot of stuff by your own. Here in italy we have almost 0 independence when it comes to treating patients. I have studied a lot to get this degree, unfortunately us future nurses will use 20% of what we actually study in nursing school. I don't know if I would ever be able of prebscribing any drug to a patient, not because I dont know how that drug works, but because I wasnt trained for it! (I would love to learn more btw)
    I just wondered if anyone had any experience in the comparison between the two titles or heard anything about it.
  5. by   Guy in Babyland
    US RN nurses do not prescribed medications. A nurse practitioner (Masters degree) can prescribe medications under the supervision of a doctor.

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