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Become a Nurse without Nursing School

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Longa Longa (New) New

Anyone know of any opportunities abroad to become a nurse thru apprenticeship rather than thru traditional education?

(I'm fed up with looking for accelerated programs, having to meet bogus requirements, etc. I'd rather just do on-the-job training for 3/4 the pay in some other country. Anyone know of anything like this?)

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Well this is new...

AnthonyD

Specializes in Critical Care, Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

Subscribed.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Lol. I don't think any of the classes are bogus. You need to know A&P, micro, algebra & etc. Plus why would you want to get paid less when nurses already get paid so little compared to how much work they do. But it's your life. If you want to get worked to the bone & get paid beans for it, more power to you.

Think you missed this by several decades. I saw some description of the practical nurse path to licensing that incorporated references to on the job learning, but that was referencing a very outdated process even then. Had reason to look up the education system in one of the south or central American countries and that country had a formal education program for nurses.

Cafelattee

Specializes in ER/SICU/House Float.

I didn't subscribe I just googled nurse apprentice using internet explorer and the article came up.

Sorry its now saying it needs a subscription but the article basically says it will take the "best and brightest" nurse assistance and train them for nursing. it didn't go into how the program will be ran.

So the op can head to Britain

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OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Government announces apprentice plan to boost nursing careers | News | Nursing Times

NHS I think is British and the program sounds like old style diploma nursing that is obsolete in the US.

I still can't read it. There is one diploma program here in Texas but you still have to take classes for it.

I read up on it. It just sounds like they want you to be a CNA/tech/etc first, then you apprentice & go to school. So the short answer is no. You have to go to school to be a nurse.

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If you dont want to do the work now, maybe this career isnt for you. You will need to understand pathophysiology amongst many other things to make clinical connections. Although we will never know everything as a nurse, having a good rationale for everything you do (or why you dont) is best practice. Contrary to many non-nurses belief, nurses dont just do things because there is an order. We do it because it makes sense for the patient and dont do it if it doesnt make sense. If you dont spend the time learning, how will you know if its right or not for the patient. Similarly, if there is an order for a medication and you hold it, you need to document why, etc etc. This post scares me.

My advice to you would be if nursing is what you want to do, take the proper steps to save yourself in the long run. Also know that many experienced nurses as well as new grads from accredited programs are having difficulty finding jobs. Not having a degree and with more and more hospitals looking for BSN these days may put you at the bottom of the list for selection if on the list at all. Why short change yourself now and have to do it all again anyway?

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

I want to be a millionaire but I don't want to work or play the lottery.

See how that works?

I would love some! Only if it has chocolate drizzle. Lolololo. Mmmmmm.

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I would love some! Only if it has chocolate drizzle. Lolololo. Mmmmmm.

Just so you know, the Boy Scouts sell a popcorn that had white and dark chocolate drizzle and it is amazing.

That is all. Carry on.

K+MgSO4, BSN

Specializes in Surgical, quality,management. Has 12 years experience.

Government announces apprentice plan to boost nursing careers | News | Nursing Times

(the link is not longer working without subscription sorry)

I believe this is the national health care system Britain. It seems to be based on the old model of nurse training prior to getting the college degree.

This has got to be from the 90s, most likely 80s about ENs id guess. Nurse education is degree level in the UK and is specialized you need to decide if you want to do adult, child, mental health, midwifery.

NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

I want to be a princess, wear a tiara, and have my own castle. Is that possible without having to marry a prince since I'm not on a bloodline? I'm really tired of having to try and find these princes everywhere. You just have no idea how difficult it is to find a decent prince these days. But I would so love my own castle and tiara!!! Lol

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Anyone know of any opportunities abroad to become a nurse thru apprenticeship rather than thru traditional education?

(I'm fed up with looking for accelerated programs, having to meet bogus requirements, etc. I'd rather just do on-the-job training for 3/4 the pay in some other country. Anyone know of anything like this?)

What are you considering bogus requirements? And why the need for an accelerated program? There is absolutely nothing wrong with going the traditional degree route and meeting the standard requirements of a community college or university.

As for finding "opportunities abroad thru apprenticeship", have you considered the fact that it is very unlikely that should you choose to return to this country, no state BON would recognize that program (if it even exists) and give you a nursing license?

Tiaras aside, even if you could find such a program, it would not mean you could return to the U.S. and work as a nurse.