If you enjoy a wide variety of cultures and like learning about other people, then you will find a career path as a transcultural or international nurse rewarding. Since America is becoming more diverse with a variety of cultures to consider, the demand for this position is increasing.
Education Requirements for Transcultural and International Nursing
To become a transcultural nurse, you must first attend a nursing program to become a registered nurse (RN). The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is only two years in length, where the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four year program. To gain entry into these programs, students often must take the TEAS test, have good high school grades, and meet physical requirements.
After completion of either program, you will then need to become certified by taking the NCLEX-RN test. This examination covers different procedures, knowledge, and activities that you need to perform as a healthcare professional. Once you pass the test, you will then receive the title of RN.
Transcultural Nurse Certification
The Transcultural Nursing Society offers an exam to certify nurses in the specialty areas of transcultural nursing and international nursing. The Basic Certified Transcultural Nurse examination (CTN-B) is available for those who hold either an Associate or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program. Other requirements for this credential include current employment in nursing, a minimum of 42 continuing education hours, and the completion of 2,400 hours of transcultural nursing practice.
Transcultural Nursing Career Opportunities and Salaries
A nurse in the field of international and transcultural nursing has a deep understanding for the many different religious practices, beliefs, and cultures. Nurses in this specialty tend to work in urgent care facilities, hospitals, physician offices, travel agencies, and overseas organizations.
The average salary in this field depends on how many years you have been working, your expertise, education level, and also your location of practice. According to most web sources, the annual pay ranges from $49,000 to $71,000 per year.
Job Duties of the Transcultural Nurse
When choosing a career in this nursing sector, make sure you understand the diversity of people. It is helpful to earn a degree in a foreign language, particularly one that you will use most often. You will also need to fully understand the different health practices and procedures that various cultures and ethnic groups employ.
TCNS (2013): http://tcns.org/
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