Oh no not at all, You jump to such conclusions and I haven't even mentioned my reasons. You don't even know anything about me. If this conversation was in person, it would come off as offensive to say to someone you just met. Although some have negative reasons, you shouldn't generalize US citizens who go abroad for their education as having no value in a US education. We all have different reasons but I believe it is far from belittling a US education. In other fields, their reasons would relate to their career choice for ex. becoming a Japanese translator, or a lawyer specializing in international law or some go abroad because of a course that isn't available here. Some are just plainly fulfilling their dream to study in a different country. I value both the US and Filipino education that I have attained. And although I did not take my nursing education here, I respect the education here.
It's funny 'cause usually it is foreign education that is looked down upon. I have family and friends who attained their nursing education here and abroad. And all of them are equally accomplished. I don't look down or highly on either or. Some of the foreign educated ones have even been for a long time nursing educators and have been contributing to the US education to help maintain its standard. The elder ones are mostly educated in the Philippines, my mother included. She was part of the first wave of recruited nurses that were needed to solve the lack of nurses in America during her time. And for decades, there was never a problem similar to the current concurrency problem for Filipino educated nurses, not until last year.
I respect the CA law that although old, is being now enforced for IE nurses. I see their good intentions and I am more than willing to comply. But it can't be denied how there are inconsistencies and it could have been executed better without raising suspicions of discrimination. Also, it is undeniable their solution is difficult to accomplish and almost impossible (limited foreign student slots in schools and, for most, financial limitations). The best we can do is try to help one another. Yes, being US educated would have made things easier but no one should be made to feel bad for where they were educated, especially just because of this new challenge.
I would have preferred to not share anything too personal but my reasons to study in the Philippines had nothing to do with undervaluing US education nor had it to do with trying to opt for a cheaper tuition (But for those who did, there's nothing wrong with that. It makes me feel upset that there are people who hold the misconception our nursing education is of any less quality because of the cost. It is the mushrooming of diploma mill, money focused nursing schools that ruined our credibility-thus the low NCLEX passing rate- and bad people who tried to get away with false documents. There are many successful nurses in America and all over the world who began with a Filipino or non-US nursing education). I came to the Philippines around my preteen years for the main reason to spend more time with my grandparents and family there. My grandma died within the year I came. And my grandpa died a few years later. And although I was supposed to come back here for college, while I was there, I was inspired to become a doctor in my father's alma mater. It was also the alma mater of my grandfather and several of my relatives (my dad, grandpa, and some relatives are doctors and the other relatives are nurses). It is known to be the best medical school in the Philippines and holds one of the highest passing rates for the local nursing exam. So I enrolled in nursing as my premed course.
During my third year, when my parents came to visit, I saw how old they were getting and how they also had the responsibility to put my sister through med school; it was that time that she voiced it out. My father married late and he shouldn't have to retire late nor should my mom. And i didn't want to spend another 5 years away from them. I made a decision that I thought would benefit everyone, which is to go straight to pursue my nursing career here and later on shoulder my own med education if ever I decide to continue it. And it was also during college that I learned about there being specialties in nursing.. I learned that some of my aunts had done so and a cousin of mine that time just finished her education as a nurse anesthetist here in the US. This enticed my interest in pursuing a specialized nursing career instead. I personally discovered in college I enjoyed the work of a nurse more than a doctor. Although, I am still open to the possibility of going back to med school later on.. but with the current tightened restrictions for IE nurses, they said perhaps it's a sign that I should go now to med school.. but I'm still having doubts if I still want to and I don't want to give up just yet my career in nursing. As of now, I'm focused on being an RN and all other dreams are temporarily on hold. It is hard and feels almost impossible but it is still quite possible, especially if I decide to practice in another state like Nevada. Even fulfilling the requirements for CA is still possible, it will just take more time. And hopefully over time, there will be more opportunities for IE nurses to fulfill it without retaking courses that weren't affected by the concurrency issue.
Yes, thanks for clarifying. The MSN program does not have the required OB and Med-Surg to be licensed in CA unless it is entry level MSN. I hope others will be aware of that 'cos it can be misinterpreted that any MSN can cover the CA concurrency issue. I can choose to study my MSN in Nevada but it won't be accepted in CA unless it is an entry level MSN program. I can take my post-BSN MSN in Nevada but I can only practice in CA if I have found a school that allowed me to accomplish the OB and Med-surg courses concurrently.
The road block is not a course with an attached grade, it is finding a physical assessment
course that I can enroll in that provides a grade. That is why I am inquiring here if anyone knows or if anyone received a similar requirement. As of now, the schools I inquired do not have it or do not cater to a single course enrollment. I only found one school that provides the physical assessment course that an IE nurse can enroll in but it only provides a certificate, not a grade. I heard of online physical assessment courses but the ones I found so far are for post-grad credit.