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Working for military with foreign degree

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Ellemental has 4 years experience and specializes in PICU.

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I'm a US citizen, but I earned a BSN in Australia in 2013. I got my CGFNS eval in 2015, which said I was deficient in obstetrics and psych. To rectify that, I completed those classes at an ACEN certified for-profit college in Florida in 2016, and got an associate's degree. 

Now, I'm applying for positions at military hospitals, and am considering joining a service. However, I am running into issues with my bachelor's degree not being accepted, even though CGFNS said it was comparable to a US degree, except for my obstetric/psych, which I did complete in the US. My education was fine for WA state; I've been working at a nurse here for almost 3 years. 

Has anyone been in my situation and have any advice? I've contacted some military recruiters and am waiting to hear back. It's been hard to find anyone at a military facility to speak to. I've been considering doing an rn-bsn (hoping that most of the credits from Australia will transfer) or doing a Master's degree. I'm just not sure what the best option might be, so any advice would be greatly appreicated! 

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Pixie.RN has 12 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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I believe the military requires your BSN to be CCNE or ACEN accredited, so yes — look into an RN-to-BSN program! 

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Hi. We have a similar situation. I had my BSN in the Philippines back in 2013. Got it evaluated by CGFNS through Professional Credential Evaluation report and is all similar to a BSN degree here in the U.S. I passed NCLEX and became a nurse last Aug 2015. Worked as a licensed nurse in the state of Nevada until now. I became a U.S. citizen last year Oct 2019. I wanted to serve in the military, airforce branch. However, my school back in the Philippines is not CCNE or ACEN accredited (obviously). I've asked the airforce recruiter if I can appeal my case but he told me that my current situation is not waiverable. I think at the very least they should consider a nurse work experience in the U.S. and not only require that you came from a U.S. accredited nursing school. I'm disappointed and I think it is unfair. My patients who were veterans were my inspiration. I'll try to ask another military branches. 

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Pixie.RN has 12 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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10 hours ago, Alyx C said:

I'll try to ask another military branches. 

You're probably going to get the same answer; this is pretty standard across the board. Your best option is to do an MSN program at a US school and then try again. 

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jfratian has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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An RN/ADN to MSN program would make you most competitive when applying.  It would be more work up front, but it would allow you to come in at a higher rank too.  A nurse with an MSN and at least 4 years of full time RN experience in the U.S. would enter as an O-3.

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Thanks for the info! I applied for army nurse once with my CA license too, but they don't accept my Master of Nursing degree from Hong Kong. So I would need to get a RN-BSN from an accredited school in U.S. Hope will get some credits transfer! 

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jfratian has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Or just get another master's degree from a U.S. school.

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