Working as an rn in puerto rico - page 2

I read some of the other threads about pr, and had some questions. I briefly met an rn in passing who was working at presby in san juan.she spoke zero spanish. My impression was that to work in pr... Read More

  1. by   SoCaligirl_RN
    A BSN is a bachelor's degree, the ADN is a diploma program not a 4 year university degree. I don't think that diploma programs are offered anymore in the U.S. I'm not sure what an ASN is, possibly and associates degree in which case those are usually 2year degrees from community colleges. I think it's just a difference in the educational foundation that the RN has.
  2. by   RNmr
    The ADN is an Associates Degree in Nursing. The diploma program was given by hospital-based nursing school programs. These hospital-based diploma programs no longer exist. The ADN program was a great and affordable way of getting your nursing degree, but most hospitals with Magnet status want their nurses to have a BSN. Both the ADN and BSN educated nurses take the same boards (NCLEX) to receive their registered nurse license to practice. Do some research on the BSN in 10. If you can afford to go back to school and get your BSN, you should do it because over time it will be difficult to find a nursing position in most Magnet status hospitals.
  3. by   Ramy326
    Hey jmeadows,

    I know your post here is from a few years back, but I found it to be extremely helpful. I was wondering if I could pick your brain more regarding the licensing process to get a PR license with a current States license, as well as jobs and more. I would really appreciate your advice!
  4. by   lacehunt
    I'm also trying to get my PR nursing license. I called this number [FONT=Arial,Bold](787) 999-8989 which is the Department of Health. They answer the phone in Spanish but they were able to transfer me to someone who spoke English. He emailed me the paper work that is needed for license endorsement in PR. They require a lot of documents so be prepared for the process to take awhile. I would attach the document but I can't figure out how! [/FONT]
  5. by   Graduation2016
    Question, you don't speak Spanish but you're trying to work in Puerto Rico? Not trying to offend anyone. Just wanting to figure out why you would want to, and are you aware that PR nurses make half of what a US nurse makes?
  6. by   JustBeachyNurse
    If you don't speak Spanish/medical Spanish fluently what is your goal in working in PR? It's a Spanish speaking territory. I believe the licensing exam (they don't use NCLEX so no endorsement) is in Spanish.
  7. by   MiAmorPickles
    I don't speak Spanish except for maybe 20 words and have been dreaming of moving to Puerto Rico for the past few years. Don't know why. Life is not always about the rate of pay but the experiences along the way.
  8. by   Graduation2016
    True, but when the cost of living is higher than what you will be making to live comfortably, life experiences may need to wait. Plus you will definitely need to learn the language in order to get a position. Another thing to consider is that this may not be the best time to move to PR. Lots to consider before a change like this.