Countries that will take American license (BSN)?

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by codebrownie (New) New

What countries honor American licenses and don't require additional licensing? I'm obviously not thinking developed/1st world countries. If anyone has experience practicing outside of the US with an American license please let me know! I'm about to graduate and would love to work in the States for a couple of years and then I hope to go abroad.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 13,949 Posts

Each country has its own nursing education and licensing requirements. I don't think there is a single country (aside from perhaps those in the European Union) that accept another country's nursing license in lieu of their own. Plus you would need to secure visa work rights in the country and demonstrate language fluency in conversational and medical linguistics.

The BSN is likely to meet the educational requirements in many countries (other countries like the UK are specialty trained with significantly more clinical hours than US trained) but it is not a license.

suzy12

274 Posts

Each country has its own nursing education and licensing requirements. I don't think there is a single country (aside from perhaps those in the European Union) that accept another country's nursing license in lieu of their own. Plus you would need to secure visa work rights in the country and demonstrate language fluency in conversational and medical linguistics.

The BSN is likely to meet the educational requirements in many countries (other countries like the UK are specialty trained with significantly more clinical hours than US trained) but it is not a license.

Nurses in the UK cannot practice without a licence and that gets renewed yearly to which you have to make the requirements of working actively as a nurse for 450 hrs minimum under the NMC and have continuing education , you also have to have your ILS and soon there will be a portfolio to have as well of reflective study.

caliotter3

38,332 Posts

A portfolio of reflective study? I would be in sad shape then. I guess, "ss,dd" wouldn't suffice.

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suzy12

274 Posts

Yeah thats the latest thing that has been brought into force , it starts 2016 and we need 5 reflective study from different sources for revalidation of our licence.

caliotter3

38,332 Posts

What are they trying to do, get rid of the nursing workforce? This sounds like some crapola that top of the food chain academics in the US would be proposing in order to put a damper on people continuing to work in nursing and to justify jobs for themselves.

suzy12

274 Posts

What are they trying to do, get rid of the nursing workforce? This sounds like some crapola that top of the food chain academics in the US would be proposing in order to put a damper on people continuing to work in nursing and to justify jobs for themselves.

Yeah that sums it up!

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience. 8,343 Posts

We have it here in Canada. Different provincial colleges call it different things. Validation of Competency is the current buzz phrase.

Basically apart from working, what else have you done to improve your knowledge as a nurse.

It sucks

abcde1234

11 Posts

We also have it in Australia, they call it Continuing Professional Development and we have to do 20 hours a year, except if you are dual registered (RN and Midwife) it's 40. I have no problem with the education and up skilling, but I find my two page reflections on said education a bit much, I don't think 'because I have to' would pass the audit.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience. 8,343 Posts

We also have it in Australia, they call it Continuing Professional Development and we have to do 20 hours a year, except if you are dual registered (RN and Midwife) it's 40. I have no problem with the education and up skilling, but I find my two page reflections on said education a bit much, I don't think 'because I have to' would pass the audit.

Yup, the mini-essay for each objective is the deal breaker. No words of reflection and the audit is considered not done.

They say it's random but I and several coworkers have been audited twice in the last five years while others have never been. We still haven't figured out how the random selection can hit some of us multiple times and other are completely missed.

abcde1234

11 Posts

At my last place of work a couple of years ago we thought it had to do with maternity leave since everyone there audited had just come back. Who knows?

iloveleeks

Specializes in NICU, missions. 28 Posts

Not necessarily true....I have worked in a number of countries whose language was something other than English and used English to work.

Also, I have worked in some countries (outside Europe) where my original license is accepted and I am exempted from getting the national license.

However, these jobs are few and far between and I have been lucky to get them. I have had to undergo about 9 foreign nurse licensure procurements and it is a pain in the neck!! However, persistence pays off.

Your first and most difficult hurdle will be trying to find somewhere that will sponsor you without holding the correct passport. You'll be pretty much limited to the Middle East or any US Military job that might be advertising (rare but not impossible to get),