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Using Your Healthcare Degree Nationally and Abroad

21 November 2017 By Lucas

Do you have a Practical Nursing (PN) diploma and are willing to travel? With your PN training from Pioneer Pacific College opportunity awaits in a number of ways and places. Here are some tips and steps for researching the process of taking LPN exams in other states or abroad. Have you thought about taking your talents to a new location outside of Oregon?  While Oregon is like no other state, who hasn’t thought of traveling the world and experiencing new cultures? This goes hand in hand with helping during catastrophic events, such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Given the natural disasters happening nationwide and globally, many healthcare professionals may want to help those in need at any given time. We will also shed light on volunteer and organization programs that bring nurses together to help out abroad.

LPN Exams

All PN’s must take the NCLEX exam with the state nursing board to become a nurse. The NCLEX determines whether you are prepared for an entry level nursing role. Your LPN license is permanent, but continuing education and renewal may be needed. You can only retake the NCLEX test every 90 days if you fail, so make sure you are prepared! Once you have passed the NCLEX and have obtained your LPN license, it is typically very easy to transfer to different states. If the state you are relocating to, is in a nurse’s licensure compact, the license simply transfers, otherwise you may need an endorsement. Oregon, unfortunately, is not a part of this compact so extra steps will be required as you transfer.

Volunteer Organizations Abroad

Taking your nursing skills abroad can be rewarding, since many developing nations are in desperate need of compassionate healthcare professionals. Becoming a nurse abroad provides an invaluable hands-on experience, sense of purpose, and great perspective. There is also a strong correlation between better health and volunteering, as it has been found that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.  Goabroad.com is a good resource for finding organizations that can help you use your Healthcare degree abroad. You will also want to research if your LPN can transfer internationally.

 Hurricane & Natural Disaster Relief

Many nurses will feel the need to help out and volunteer in humanitarian disasters like recent Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The best way is to be ready before the disaster strikes! Nursing demand is immediately high, and by signing up beforehand, you can ensure your expertise will be impactful right away. The Red Cross is your best resource for becoming a volunteer nationally. Medical Reserve Corps are another national organization that mobilizes in times of emergency that uses volunteer healthcare workers. Locally in Oregon, the State Emergency of Registry of Volunteers is where you can sign up to offer your healthcare degree in times of need.

Pioneer Pacific College wants you to be successful in whatever you choose. We provide a variety of resources to help you choose a degree that best fits you and your schedule. If you are interested in learning more about PPC’s nursing diploma, go to www.pioneerpacific.edu to get a start on your future in healthcare today!

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