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Bachelor or not?

by DariaKost DariaKost (New) New Student Pre-Student

I am currently studying to become a nurse in Russia and I am getting a professional education (It’s not university grade, it’s like pre-university professional education. After school education, but before university. It lasts 2,10 years and after 2,10 I can work a professional nurse in hospital, not assistant).
I would like to finish my studies and immigrate. But I ran into a problem. All nurses must have a bachelor's degree. But I don't have one. In Russia, it just appeared. If I get bachelor's degree in Russia, I won't be able to work as a nurse here. Stupid system. The bachelor of nursing only manages, not treats. I can become a teacher, or a senior nurse (although no, I can't be a senior nurse. This position is appointed by the hospital administration and usually senior nurse are women without education, but with a lot of experience, they are 60-70 years old). But a bachelor of nursing in Russia will never be able to become an operating room nurse or in Pediatrics or a midwife or a resuscitator or an anesthesiologist. Just the senior nurse, that's all. The Russian healthcare system is not ready yet. There is a bachelor's degree in Russia, but there is no job for it.
That's why I wanted to ask. If I don't have a bachelor's degree, is it true that I can only be a nursing assistant? If I already have an education, is there a reduced program of study at universities? Do you have any tips for me? For example, to finish my studies, and get a specialty here, and then move? Thanks. Sorry for mistakes))

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

Some countries require bachelor’s degree but generally the requirements all depend on your training transcripts and what they say.

OncologyCat, BSN, RN

Specializes in Medical Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant. Has 4 years experience.

Not necessarily. We still have nurses with associate degree, though they sometimes have a harder time getting jobs in the hospital, and most of them go back to school to get their bachelors. The bachelor degree in your country might not be equivalent to the bachelor degree in the US either, depending on what courses you take back home and if you’re missing any courses/clinical hours per the guidelines in the US. I had a colleague who had a bachelor degree and was a nurse in her home country for 15 years, but still had to work as a nurse assistant since she needed to take another class before she could take the NCLEX.