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Who can help an RN in Nigeria get through registration and exam preliminaries in the U.S. so they can study for a BSN in the U.S.?

Thursday March 13, 2014
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Dear Donna,

I'm a practicing RN with about three years of experience in Nigeria. I've my diploma in nursing and would love to work and study in the U.S.to improve myself by getting my bachelor’s degree in nursing, which I understand is the norm now to progress in the nursing profession. It takes four to five years to convert a nursing diploma to the equivalent of a BSN in U.S. here whereas in the U.K, U.S and other advanced countries it takes between nine months to a maximum of two years to do so.

I need a scholarship to study in the U.S or a lead to a recruitment agency that recruits international nurses and helps them to get through the process of registering with the appropriate nursing regulatory bodies and writing the NCLEX exam. While I have tried doing all this on my own, it’s not easy. I was advised to get a recruitment agency that can help with the process.

Nigerian Nurse.

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Nigerian nurse,

For starters, I suggest you contact the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (www.nannna.org) and The Nigerian Nurses Association of the U.S. (http://nigeriannursesassociationofusa.org/). They would be the most likely groups to help and support you since many of the members have already made the journey you want to make. Try contacting the National Black Nurses Association (www.nbna.org) as they offer scholarships.

Once you get accepted into a U.S. BSN nursing program, there is scholarship money available. Read “Master the scholarship game” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Scholarship-Game). There also is scholarship money and grants available for international nurses who want to study nursing in the U.S. Do an Internet search for “scholarships for international students in the U.S.”

There are a number of international nursing agencies that will assist nurses from other countries to come to work in the US. O’Grady Peyton is one such organization (www.ogradypeyton.com) but there are others as well. Do an Internet search for “International agencies recruiting nurses to
the U.S.”

Best wishes,

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