Can I work as a Nurse or any related health profession even if...?

  1. Hello..! I am a BSN, RN in the Philippines. I am very interested to work outside the country but I am afraid to take the CGFNS or NCLEX exam, even the IELTS exam. Know why? Cause I am afraid to take a risk. I am afraid to fail the exams and lose money, it's not because I worship money and doesn't want to lose a penny, but because I am concerned with my family. There is a great responsibility I am shouldering. We are not financially stable,I had finished my studies because of a good person who help us but now she's gone. I am the eldest, and my mother is sick. I want to help them! The only thing I can do is to work hard. I would just like to know if there is a bigger chance that I can work as a nurse or any related health profession even if I am not a passer of those examinations? Please help... Thanks.(",)
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    Company Nurse; from PH
    Specialty: industrial and hospital nursing

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  3. by   elkpark
    It is not possible to work as an nurse (RN or LPN/LVN) in the US without passing the NCLEX. I imagine that is true in most other countries, as well (that you have to pass their licensure exam, that is, not the NCLEX ).
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    For a lot of countries you have to meet their requirements and pass English exam (if English is required) As mentioned NCLEX is just for the US, Canada require CRNE. Australia and Canada require either a bridging program or assessment. UK/EU at the moment is hard to get in without experience in certain areas. US has retrogression

    A lot will depend on where you want to live and what that country's requirements are for foreign trained
  5. by   Nurse!Nurse!Hello?
    It's normal to be apprehensive about taking exams. I don't know a single person who wasn't nervous about taking the NCLEX! If you want to be a nurse in a foreign country, you need to pass the licensure exam for that country. There is no other option, if you want to work as a nurse.

    From what you are saying, though, you are also afraid you will disappoint your family--that they are counting on you to help them financially. That's a lot of pressure, too!

    Basically, if you want it badly enough, you will just have to study hard, gather up all your courage, and take the test. You have nothing to lose except the cost of the exam, and if you don't pass, you can always try again. Or you can stay in your own country and try and find a job there. Or you can emigrate to a foreign country and find a job in a field other than nursing.

    You are afraid to take a risk...but then we all are! Just don't let your fear paralyze you. Good luck.
  6. by   Itzallgood
    Very wide open question. You can work in a health profession in USA without passing / taking NCLEX. You will not be able to work as RN or LVN in USA until you pass NCLEX.

    If you passed the NLE in PI, then I am confident you will be able to pass NCLEX.
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Itzallgood
    Very wide open question. You can work in a health profession in USA without passing / taking NCLEX. You will not be able to work as RN or LVN in USA until you pass NCLEX.

    If you passed the NLE in PI, then I am confident you will be able to pass NCLEX.
    But still need to meet immigration requirements therefore will depend on what health profession they are as not all will meet immigration
  8. by   5cats
    And no matter what, everything is gonna cost money and time. If you need money that bad, I would rather look at a job in your homecountry (callcenter etc).

    5cats
  9. by   Mark Perry
    Quote from 5cats
    And no matter what, everything is gonna cost money and time. If you need money that bad, I would rather look at a job in your homecountry (callcenter etc).

    5cats
    Gonna have to disagree with the above statement

    You can make it to USA and work as a Nurse and get a signing bonus that is 3 to 5 times the annual salary in Philippines, and you will earn for a 1 day salary as nurse in USA what it takes a RN in Philippines to earn in a month.

    If working in the USA is your dream, then make your dream happen
  10. by   5cats
    If you read the OP, she doesn't want to take the exam, because she's scared. So won't qualify for immigration to start with, won't be able to work as a nurse, plus the family situation...

    I never said there's no chance to go to the States or give up dreams, but reading the post, that's the best advice for her now, that I can give.

    If you don't want taking risk or exams you need to find a different way. And that might be a different job in her homecountry, especially when you don't have any money to spend.

    5cats
  11. by   Mark Perry
    You don't need to pass NCLEX for a Visa to USA

    Many visa available to USA that NCLEX has no bearing one way or the other
  12. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Mark Perry
    You don't need to pass NCLEX for a Visa to USA

    Many visa available to USA that NCLEX has no bearing one way or the other
    To work as a nurse in the US the OP at some stage will need to pass NCLEX. No way around it. Even if they take CGFNS exam they still need to take and pass NCLEX.

    What other visa can she apply for?

    H1b is a specialist visa so unless they are specialised in some area then not going to get one. Could come as a student but needs funds up front and no guarantee once thy have finished their training that they can stay in the US. Student visa it is generally accepted that you will return back to your home country. Getting a work visa for the US isn't easy
  13. by   iamnomad
    if you want to work within the ASEAN member nations, then your Philippine RN license may be enough (plus 3 years experience I think)....

    as per ASEAN MOA, your license should be recognized by countries like, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore (?), Indonesia, etc.
  14. by   kachidekuyua
    To all who have answered my post, thank you very much... I will try to do my best. Maybe from now, I will work hard to save money for the fulfillment of my dreams... Facing fear is too difficult, but maybe, it will help a lot. Never say die, Don't lose hope and never say I can't, right? ^_^ God bless you all...!

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