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need to boost confidence..help


Hi. Im a BSN-RN graduate from the Philippines.My family and I will be migrating very soon to U.S. I really want to be a nurse but I never had the chance to work as one except right after I graduated in 1992 where I was a volunteer ER nurse. When I get to US I have all the intention of working but since I have been way out of line for "years" I really need your advice on what steps I can do to orient myself again and boost my confidence as well.Would you know of any course or

refresher that I can join? I dont want to start working unprepared,nervous,afraid,etc..you know.I was informed that hospitals usually gives a month of orientation for new comers but still I want to have a background of what im going into..Would it be better for me to start working in a nursing home first or can I go right away to a hospital.Please help me answer these questions and fears in my mind. What I know for sure is that Im willing to learn and that I love nursing.

rninformatics, BSN, RN

Specializes in Informatics, Oncology, IVT, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.


Sounds like you are on on the right track. Since you have never practiced as an independent clinician (I don't consider being a "volunteer nurse" adaquate experience) I would stronly encourage you to seek a refresher course. Take a look at what the community colleges or hospitals in your new area offer related to content. The course(s) should cover both theory

and provide you with a clinical component. Why don't you post your question to the Nursing Educator's forum also to get feedback/suggestions on the optimum length of a refresher course.

Good Luck!

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