Hi everyone, my name is Susanne and I am a german nurse living in NY.
I have read so many post about getting an RN license in NY and now I'm even more confused. I know for sure I need CGFNS CVS, English Test TOEFL and pass NCLEX Exam, right? But what do I apply for first?
I'm not even sure if my Degree is the equivalent to RN anymore, I was trained in Germany and we only have one Nurse Title and that is a 3 year program. Good thing I don't have to worry about the Visa Screen as I am already a Permanent Resident.
Another thing is I have been "out of the element" for 4 years to raise my daughter and I know I'm "rusty" not to mention american medical terminology, can anyone recommend books or anything I can use to catch up on and/or broaden my skills and knowledge, possibly something I can find in the library? My english is fluent but when it comes to practice tests I find that the questions I do understand I mostly get right but there's a lot of words I just don't know and therefore can't understand the question.
I'd also need recommendations on how to study. This may sound funny but I never learned how to really study, up to 6th grade everything I heard just got "absorbed" and I knew it. I changed schools on my teachers recommendation - we (Germany) have a different school system and the new school was far ahead of the previous school, so there was a huge gap in my education I was never able to fill - and from there on I went downhill.
Somehow I managed to get a degree in office management and at the age of 27 my nursing degree doing what I knew best, reading things over and over again and whatever stuck is what I knew, so basically memorizing as much as possible.
I should also add I was diagnosed with Adult ADD not to long ago here in the US and got both degrees undiagnosed and untreated so I'm sure if I can find the right resources and learn what I need to know I can do even better this time.
My most short term goal is going back to work, but I don't know what I could do without my nursing license that will put me close or in a Healthcare related position. I need a job with the highest salary possible so I can provide childcare for my 4 year old daughter as I don't have any Family here so I won't have access to free childcare and if I work only to pay for daycare it really won't get me anywhere because I won't be able to finance the nursing license.
Sorry my post got so long but I'm starting to get desparate, I've been trying to save up money for fees for the last 3 years and so far I haven't been able to. We live paycheck to paycheck and it seems to get worse than better, my husband now has to work overtime just so we can pay rent and I'm not getting any younger either.