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Why Are All Africans Studying Nursing In America?

There is this funny stereotype going on that "all africans are Nurses" even bankers in Nigeria are into Nursing abroad, men sef are into Nursing, Almost every african chick you find, ask her what's she majoring in and she say Nursing, what's up with that? What if to make a living in yankee, you had to be a policeman, are you telling me that everyone would go into becoming a cops all in the name of survival for yankee

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@ OP. Some people (especially women) tends to gravitate towards Nursing primarily because of the following:

> it is relatively easier to find a Job with less competition as a black person;

> Love taking care of the sick/love nursing as a profession (majority in this group are most likely trained nurses in Nigeria before coming to America)

> Some abandon their original occupation and switch to nursing because they are unable to overcome the road block and challenges required to get back to their original field of specialization (most men in nursing fall into this group - Unable to find employment in their primary occupation due to inadequate soft/hard skills, and knowledge of their chosen occupation required to get hired)

Generally, nursing is not only a good paying job, it is also a very stressful and dirty job that many Africans/black women default to in order to pay the bills and survive.

In today North America, anyone going into Engineering, and Medical/Health related occupation will certainly find a good paying job, unless the individual can not defend his/her degree/certificate or lack the desire experience/skill required to do the job.

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Helo, please my cousing wants to go for nursing in America, but please does anyone know the salary of a working Registered nurse in America. Your contribution is appreciated. Thanx.

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Thanks askshukrah

She has sent her transcript to WES already but noticed one of the requirements in all the schools is that she has to be licenced or rn (whichever its called) . She has applied to Nigerian nursing council but wouldnt want to wait another year for that.

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@santos, all she need is for the US international exam body to evaluate her degree after which she can apply to any school of her choice for admission . Course of study depends on his/her choice! Follow this trend from the begining and you'l understand what I meant by the evaluation of her degree. Hope you find this helpful

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Hi everyone, My friend (a Nigerian) studied bsc nursing in ghana and want to get a masters degree in nursing or any medical related field and also work in the U.S. can any suggest any course that will be useful to her there? does she has to be a rn in ghana where she studied or in Nigeria before she can get admitted for masters there?

NB: those residing and in the nursing field in U.S wld be of great help. Thanks

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If you're in Rome, do like the Romans. Go with the trend

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Oh well, I was majoring in nursing (LVN/LPN) until I was thrown out of nursing school in my last semester for failing grades in one of the classes. I am so scared of waiting till next year to start applying to other nursing programs afresh and waiting for admission letter. Then, studying the same things over and repeating the same classes at my school or another school. Does anyone know of any online correspondence LPN school or even any school at all that can help me finish my last semester and write the nursing board licensure exam, PLEASE??

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the reason why nurses are well paid in California is the relative high cost of living.

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I thought all male Nigerians study Engineering!

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Everyone in the states is a nurse same way everyone in Nigeria is in "business admin"

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Not all Africans. . none of the family members in my generation are studying nursing. .going for sth higher. .

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there is money to be made in nursing and the length of study even for the CNA classes can be over in at least six gruelling weeks. I understand their pay ranges from 15-18. Now, if you are an LPN, you can command upto 25 dollars upwards. In California, there are some people who work 3 and 4 days on a twelve hour shift. And then, the remaining days, put their services 'on call'. Now, when you are 'on call', you get paid double (I think throughout that week) even if your services are not needed that week.

One of the local papers in my area featured an RN who makes about 60 dollars an hour. Has a very house in Nevada, but commutes out here, because of the pay. She expressed her desire to work here because of the double pay she accumulates from being 'on call' which is 120 dollars an hour. In her residential city in Nevada, "on call nurses" dont get paid double.

So, that should explain why some Africans get into nursing. Another beauty of it is the relative job security in the field.

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@@@@@@ Wills, Hello. U said u want to help ur girl. Well America might be good, but schools there are too expensive. Canada might be good, but the tax we pay in this country is too much. Added to the fact that she is international. I heard University of Manitoba is relatively cheap, not sure how much, also heard university of Lethbridge is like $6 k for fees, ie comparing to others who pay between 10 and 17k.

Conversely, while i dont know much about this stuff, a lot of people are going to sweden, norway, and other scandinavian countries, becos SCHOOL IS FREE. All u need to worry about is convincing d embassy that u can take care of urself, and probably show a little money. If it works out for u, tell me becos i am thinking of leaving canada to maybe sweden, holland or norway. My friends friend is in Finland, and his tuition is of course free, but according to him, through her, the only problem in finland is that u have to learn their language. Good luck sha. If u need more info,(dont need info too many times abeg, cos b/w my cousin in malaysia who wants to come here, and my work and mid term exam in school this week, I aint got too much time) u can reach me at LadyYesu_beauty@yahoo.com.au. Good luck.

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If you can tell me why everyone in Nigeria is reading "Business Admin" then I'll answer your question.

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Chinani, maybe, nurses are underpaid in Houston, but in California, they were well compensated. LVN's usually average a little over 20 dollars, excluding overtime, while RN's can command upto fifty dollars an hour. Infact, there is a girl who told me that there is a hospital in the East Bay of California who is recruiting RN's, with a starting salary of 50 dollars an hour. I dont blame people who delve into nursing when they arrive here. You have to survive, and the course requirements for an LVN is less than 3 years.

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Well, I agreed with you guyss that people are into Nursing because of the pay. An average African  need money and kudos to the RN, etc They work for it and they deserve the pay how i wish they can go back home and our Government give them the respect they deserve

Am currently on Holiday in the US a friend of mine who is a chartered accountant in Nigeria is a RN and people always respect him.

So give them a credit and shame on the so called Politicians that turn our talented professionals to something else.

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lots of NAIJAS go into medicine & engineering b/c of their parents encouragement (and threats). most (99.5%) were raised to believe that being an M.D. or engineer is the only way they can secure their future. believe me, i know HUNDREDS who from 5-15 swear they're gonna be an M.D. so DONT HATE! ppl are jsut trying to do their best

and nurses DONT NECESSARILY get PAID. theyre overworked (there's a nursing shortage etc) and some are underpaid for what theyre worth.

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nursing in america is very good

u get paid very well

dats why

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if it's not your problem then don't reply me or comment

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I know you got offended. It's not my problem though.

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you don't take everyone seriously eastcoast

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pharmacy is in the business toooo

is either nursin or pharmacy 4 da african over herrrr

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but majority of nigerians here doesnt go to 4 year college. which means they get paid between $12-$18. am i right?

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can someone tell me how much they get paid an hour. i know many nigerian that are nurses and they always complain. when i first came to the state, people are telling me to study nursing but i refused because i hate anything related to medical stuff. i am studying computer information management now and i am working at pepsi distribution center. no nurse (except the one that goes to four year college) can tell me that he/she is getting paid more than i do. right now i am still using my high school diploma to work. so look at what the different will be when i finish college(2 year),

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lol i also want to be a nurse i cant wait to start university and train to be a nurse then i might go to the states or stay in canada which ever has more money

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tochi

Thanks for all the Info............... i God Bless

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Ok wills,

there are numerous nursing schools in the United Sates. Almost every four year university has a nursing program. You are suposed to fufill your undergraduate requiremets (usually 2yrs) then go to nursing school for another two years then thats it! However, since your friend already has a BSC in anatomy, she has to contact whichever school she decides to apply to and they are usually good with tellling you which credits they will accept and which ones they will not accept. If she has completed all the prerequisites and they are accepted, ONLY THEN can she be eligible to apply to nursing school! Then again, it differs from school to school.

About medical schools that you asked me about, there are no CHEAP medical school honesly. They barely give scholarships to US citizens for med school not to talk about international students. If you do insist on applying for a scholarship, you have to have scored like one million on the entrance exam . The cost anyways is $30,000-40,000 a year for med school.

In my opinion, these are some good scchools :

Howard University ( nursing + medicne and this school is FULL of Nigerians and they are good with the visa stuff).

University of Miami (nursing + medschool..........kind of expensive though)

Mercer University (my friend goes there and i heaerd its alrite)

University of wisconsinp- madison( my school but its pretty pricy but they have GREAT programs)

Morgan State University (its a black school and my cousin is in their nursing program)

University of Maryland-Colllege Park

Anyways, i am not a specialist but i have tried my best.

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itz through, every1 is going into nursing even here in CANADA(black ppl) esp. ones dat goes 2 community college. Although they say it pays but 4 crying out loud, do sumthing you love doing..good luck 2 u'all

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It certainly does make things easier in life. One can significantly increase his or her comfort level as needed. However, money can't buy you love. At least not the type that'll stick with you through thick and thin or till your golden locks turn silver.

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For you to enjoy the "more"... you must have Money.

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the money ,what else.............

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Are the men also going into nursing?

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Not only in America, same thing in UK, i think this is beacuse Nursing a general course, as in Job, u can do it anywhere unlike other Job. If you study Nusring in Africa, or Nigeria anywhere you will surely get job as a Nurse anywhere you go. Also like others say, Nusring is Money, but not only Nusring though.

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Good day All, I just saw the topic above, and it’s quite interesting. I sent out personal messages to some folks that indicated they are either ststudying nursing or medicine .

I just want to leave this message here ,if there is any one not studying nursing or medicine but can give us useful info

Please I will need assistance to find or helping me to carry out a search for good schools that are relatively not expensive in terms of cost (tuition, housing, insurances etc), where my friend(female) can undergo nursing program.

She graduated from the University of Port Harcourt Nig, with a Bsc in Anatomy, and now wishes to Study Nursing in the US or Canada.

I will be most grateful if there is any information any one can give in this regards,

Thanks and God bless.

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but y are all africans like you put it studying something in the medical field because we all know like hot_angel said we all like the money

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I really dont think its true that many Africans are studyin nursing abroad. I mean, those that work white collared jobs are into stuff that will pay well, like eng, nursing or something medical, but believe me, there are lots of others are who other stuff too...a whole lot than u can imagine..

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i know that so u better not do RN because there is a little money there like u said u love money so why don't you go ahead and do BSN.

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Ok, nursing is one of the qucikest ways to make money here. Quickest is not always the best but Africans dont care. They have already converted the amount they are going to make to naira and it is more than they ever dreamed they could be making! My parents or i should say my dad almost forced me to read nursing so i can start making 60,000 dollars a year straight out of college. I refused knowing i can quadriple that amount by becoming a doctor. Long story short, its all about the benjamins!

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Well, d money is definitely one of my reasons, then again..i couldn't get into medical skool cos of d darn Calculus..i hate maths of any sort n plus in Canada, u have to have at least a 4yr first degree. so when maths failed me, Nursing was my second choice,then again, it's something i've alwayz wanted to do... plus it gives me d opportunity to go into medical skool afer i finish if i still want to!

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word. WHat they think is the white gown and running abt doing everything the doctor tells you to do. They dont really take it as serious as when you say DOCTOR.

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men i am impressed by your truthful post y'all. pple at home don't understand that nursing is hot cake. if u call your friend in a uni at home and tell them ur major is nursing, their reply will put ya off.

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Because they want to...

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I saw the topic and just bursted out laughing, yes my dear, even my friends asked. If it's not nursing, it's something in the medical field.It's like that everywhee. Well we're very determined people and we know what we want.so we go for it(even if we have no business there)

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hahaha

this be soo tru, am  doin nursing

so is half of the africans i know,

is not only nursing africans just like the

Medical field........either that all u become a lawyer.....

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I think Nursing is a profitable career these days, thousands of men and women are going into this profession every day, one question though ? has any one stop to wonder what would happend to this money making ventore in the next four to five years. I'm pretty sure all the Economics majors know where I'm coming from (Demand and Supply). If you think I don't know what I'm talking about, ask all the people that went in to computer programing in the early 90's when we had the dot com boom.

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There is no doubt that nursing is the bomb, however I aint gona do something I know am not gifted to do for the sake of being confortable or "what the society wants" attitude. I am an engineer and loving it, also started a company last year and doing very well. I have also scheduled to release my first book in the first quarter of next year.

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