My friend who has done nursing there in India told me that they are not required to do as many chemistry classes as compared to in U.S.
When you say "done nursing in India," do you mean received her education in India? You use the same phrase in the previous sentence, referring to nursing education. If so, is there a specific reason she is able to compare the two? Her comparison confuses me -- that the difference is Indian schools require less chemistry... many US programs don't require ANY chemistry classes.
I work/have worked with many nurses who were trained in Kenya. Once one of them told me that in Africa (at least to her knowledge) nursing ed is more focused on maternal/child, and less focused on acute care with NO focus on critical care.
You would be schooled according to....
India's primary healthcare needs -- is there equal incidence of diabetes, heart disease, obesity? What about infectious disease -- are the major ones similar to the US?
Indian scope of nursing practice
the Indian healthcare personnel models -- do hospitals in India utilize nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, rehab professionals, speech pathologists, dieticians, nurse practitioners etc. in a similar fashion?
Indian health policy and culture -- how is healthcare financed? Are nurses discouraged from refusing inappropriate physicians' orders, or like in the US are nurses EXPECTED to? How are ethical dilemmas resolved? Are core measures similar? What about vaccination practices? What efforts are made to prevent re-admission to the hospiral? How does organ donation work?
Indian standard care -- Are Indian women discharged 24 hrs after giving birth? Do cardiac surgery patients walk out of the OR? Okay I jest there
-- but it's true that hospitalizations are shorter for a lot of people than they were in the past. How is polypharmacy viewed? Does elder care look the same in India and US?
Healthcare among the greater Indian culture. Granted, learning about the myriad cultural groups in the US is tricky, and I feel like nursing textbooks grossly simplify things. That said, I have cared for members of two different refugee groups, bloodless surgery patients (typically Jehovah's Witnesses), the big Native American nation in my area, Amish... I do feel that my program have me a good starting point for awareness of the area populations.
Now to be clear I am not saying that Indian nursing education is inferior -- just that it is different, with content that is unique to nursing in India, as it should be.
Add to all of that the very real hoops you would need to jump through to become licensed as a foreign educated nurse...... for me, any $$ saved would be outweighed by the trouble of this process.