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Hi all!

I just got accepted in DNP program with Acute care NP concentration.

Since I'm under F-1 visa, I didn't have but couple years of experience in nursing (graduated 2012).

I want to know how did you gain experiences in acute care setting without violating immigration law or etc.

Thank you!

P.s. Im thinking about FEMA volunteer nurse in states. If you guys know anywhere I can volunteer or do the unpaid internship, please please let me know!

Not sure what your options are but surprised you got accepted into a program with such limited experience. I just graduated from an FNP program last August. I would not recommend advancing education with such limited experience. Where are you from? Is there any way you can work as an RN in your home country and then pursue school a few years down the road. That RN experience is invaluable and still when you graduate you still feel there is so much to learn but cant imagine how I would feel without that experience. I think our program required concurrent work as an RN while pursuing our degree.

babyNP., APRN

Specializes in NICU. Has 13 years experience.

Not sure what your options are but surprised you got accepted into a program with such limited experience. I just graduated from an FNP program last August. I would not recommend advancing education with such limited experience. Where are you from? Is there any way you can work as an RN in your home country and then pursue school a few years down the road. That RN experience is invaluable and still when you graduate you still feel there is so much to learn but cant imagine how I would feel without that experience. I think our program required concurrent work as an RN while pursuing our degree.

Actually, it's pretty common these days; haven't you heard of the direct entry programs that require no bedside experience? I don't know how I feel about those (mainly because PA program has so many more clinical hours and the NP was traditionally expected to be an expert bedside RN), but it looks like the OP will have 2 years under her belt by the time she starts, which is fine I think.