I would like some nursing input from countries other than the US about nursing education i their country. How long does it take to become RN? Is this a Diploma or Bachelors program? Are there any recent changes in nurse education in your country? email daly#slip.net
Jan 21, '99
In Germany it takes 3 years to become an RN an it is a diploma program. I spent more time in the hospital clinicals than in the classroom.
I don't know of any recent changes since I have been in the US for 5 1/2 years. The major differences between nursing in the US and Germany is that RNs do everything, there are very few nurses aides. This is one of the reasons I would prefer working in Germany, I don't have a lot of minimally trained people around me. The other thing is that I have been trained to look at the whole person rather than just the illness the patient is being treated for. The other RNs at my so far only job in the US weren't too concerned about that.
Jan 25, '99
i am from the u.s., but might have a little advice about finding out about education. you might try contacting the embassy or consulate in the countries where you are interested in practicing. this is how someone close to me found out about some teaching opportunities/education. best of luck to you. i'm sure you'll miss the u.s in some ways. we have a lot of support staff to HELP us with our jobs. boy are they important! *S*
Jan 25, '99
I was not trying to say, that the support staff here is not important, they are absolutely vital. But where I used to work were enough nurses so you didn't need a lot of nurses aides. And I did like that better because I had a smaller group of patients and enough time to take care of their needs. I also could be sure that somebody else didn't forget to tell me about important changes in their condition such as signs of complications. And I'm not saying CNAs are unreliable. I just felt more comfortable and I'm sure the patients did too because they knew exactly who was the responsible person for them in each shift. I would have the same patients all week and they would pretty much have the same 3 nurses all week. On the other hand when I delivered my baby in the US I had to wait 1 1/2 hours for some Tylenol on the Post Partum ward and my husband had to help me on the bedpan because nobody showed up to ask what I needed after I rang the call light. And I bet the RNs on the floor never even knew who I was when I walked by them in the hallway. But after all I wasn't exactly sick and with a bottle of Tylenol and a megapack of maxipads from home I did just fine until I was discharged.
Jan 27, '99
Nursing in Australia is a 3 year program, and you end up with a BN degree (which articulates with a MN and/or honours program and subsequently PhDs if you wish.
It is all taught in Universities, and we have links with clinical environments. Most of our workforce is RNs, but we also have enrolled nurses (a 12 month course) and assistants in nursing (untrained or a 3 month course)
Nov 14, '08
In Nepal,it's three year programme for nursing;RN,it's proficiency ceritficate level(diploma program),Then,there is another two year program for bachelor in nursing(BN).
Nov 14, '08
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