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Becoming a Nurse in Romania
Although it is not as costly as becoming a doctor, becoming a nurse in the United States can still be an expensive matter to undertake. Furthermore, given the number of people looking to become nurses, the schools that provide nursing programs are backed up with excess applicants in some areas of the country. In this case, you may be forced to either go to another part of the U.S. to study, or be put on a waiting list that may be years long – hardly the way to jumpstart your career in nursing.
As an alternative, you might want to consider attending a nursing school in Romania as the quality of its CNA Classes rivals North America. This former Eastern Bloc country houses around half a dozen major universities that offer nursing programs in English, as well as other medical training. You can earn your nursing degree and broaden your mind with a trip to an interesting foreign country at the same time – although you will need some sort of resources to keep a roof over your head while you are there during the two years of your training to be a nurse with first aid kits at hand.
Eastern European countries are still much cheaper, in many regards, than the West. Food is inexpensive and generally very clean and fresh, especially if you get it from one of the major grocery stores. You can use the (rather crowded) public transport system to get around, since public transport is well-developed, serves most locations in the city, and is fairly punctual, as well as being safe most of the time. Long-term passes can usually be bought at subway stations, giving you greater savings over buying a ticket every time you want to take a ride.
Although making a few local friends – hopefully ones who speak a little English – will be a major help, you should be warned that the Eastern European idea of hospitality consists of stuffing as much food as possible into a guest in the shortest possible time. It is also very difficult to refuse this avalanche of food without offending your hosts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Nurses_Association
Nursing training in Romania
Training to be a nurse in Romania is much like training for this profession in other nations of the world, although there are a few differences, such as the Romanian focus on maintaining a good body temperature as a means of increasing physical resistance to disease. The tuition cost for this training is roughly the same as that for a doctor – 3,600 to 5,000 Euros per year – with the main difference being that the training is considerably shorter than training for a doctor.
Admission involves the usual battery of documents and recommendations – including, but not limited to, proof of a minimum of high school graduation or its equivalent; vaccination and medical records; proof that you do not have HIV or AIDS; and several other documents, all with English and Romanian versions. You will also need to register with the police and obtain a temporary residence permit so that you can stay for the duration of your training – although several renewals of this may be necessary for the full term of your nursing studies.
The best schools that offer medical training in English CNA Classes are those in Cluj, Timisoara, and Bucharest, while the Universities of Oradea, Iasi, and Constanta also offer good services. The medical training arena was tainted with corruption as recently as seven or eight years ago, with bribes being demanded for advancement through some courses. Even then, many professors provided honest training, of course, while the dishonest attempted to milk as much as they could out of the students. However, the Romanian government and the universities themselves have made an effort to purge the system of this problem, and you can now acquire a nursing education without these difficulties.
Becoming a nurse in Romania has its own special challenges and details to be attended to, but it is a viable way to get your nursing degree at a reasonable price and start building the medical career you are dreaming of.