The Official Guide for Foreign-Educated Nurses

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The Official Guide for Foreign-Educated Nurses

SKU# 9780826110657

What You Need to Know about Nursing and Health Care in the United States


  • CGFNS International
  • Barbara Nichols DHL, MS, RN, FA
  • Catherine Davis RN, PhD

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[This book] will serve as your guide before and after you come to the United StatesÖ. [A] 'must-read' for every nurse who is contemplating migrating to the U.S.

-Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN

This book is the only guide to the United States health care system for nurses immigrating to this country as well as foreign-educated nurses who are already here.

The contributors provide a wealth of insight on how to address the challenges of being a foreign-educated nurse in the United States. Nurses can learn what is expected of them, how to prepare for the journey to the United States, and how to adapt to their new communities. The book can help foreign-educated nurses understand the health care system as well as their rights and roles within that system.

Written in simple, accessible language, the guide will address the topics and issues that foreign-educated nurses care about, including living in the United States as a foreign-educated nurse, nursing practice in the United States, and the U.S. health care system.

Key topics discussed:

  • Preparing to leave the home country
  • The process of entry into the U.S.A.
  • Nursing education in the U.S.A.
  • Understanding the U.S. health care system
  • Employment challenges and guidelines for entering the U.S. workforce
  • Foreign-educated nurses' roles, rights, and obligations

Most importantly, this book will help foreign-educated nurses learn how to avoid being misunderstood by others, form enduring relationships with American colleagues, and join them in working to improve the quality of health care in this country--and worldwide."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 13, 2009
  • Page Count 432
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826110657
  • EISBN 9780826110664

Table of Contents 

1 Foreign-Educated Nurses in the U.S. Health Care System
2 Preparing to Leave Your Home Country
3 Entry Into the United States
4 Entry Into the U.S. Workforce
5 Employment in the United States
6 The U.S. Health Care System
7 Nursing Practice in the United States
8 Communicating in the U.S. Health Care System
9 Adjusting to a New Community
10 Continuing Your Education
11 Resources at Your Disposal
Appendix A: Job Interview Materials
Appendix B: U.S. Government Visa Information
Appendix C: Migration Resources
Appendix D: CGFNS International Reports
Appendix E: Slang Terms, Idioms, Jargon, and Abbreviations
Appendix F: Educational Resources