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FreshWater Cleveland: An exam away from certification, Hispanic nurses rise above language barriers to reclaim careers

June 12, 2019

The women come from a variety of backgrounds. Some work in factories or grocery chains, others as school lunch ladies, making $8 to $9 an hour. Others are Hurricane Maria refugees who work for Burlington, some for U.S. Cotton, supporting families as they tilt on the poverty line. All have one thing in common: the dream to one day be registered nurses.

Starting on June 3, the Spanish-American Committee (“Span-Am” to residents), one of the first social service agencies for Hispanics in the state of Ohio, began offering a free 12-week course to aid aspiring nurses in passing the NCLEX (the national test for nursing licensing commonly referred to as “the boards”). Currently, 23 local nurses are registered. With RNs in the U.S. making up to double or triple as their companions in Puerto Rico and Latin America, passing the NCLEX isn’t just a positive uplift for the ego. It’s the difference between surviving and living in the United States.

For Yvonne Torruellas, 55, who practiced and taught healthcare for years in Guayama, Puerto Rico, getting back her career is a strong notion of self-pride, especially after months of working in a factory in Cleveland. Yasmilez Del Moral, 24, who aims to land a general manager role at MetroHealth one day, agrees with Torruellas when she says that for every person that passes the NCLEX, the resounding pass reverberates throughout the community.

 

For Original Article: https://www.freshwatercleveland.com/street-level/nclex061219.aspx

 

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