Dr. Nurse

A program at Florida International U. puts foreign-trained physicians on the nursing track

Nine years after hanging up his scrubs as an emergency-room physician in his native Cuba, René A. Rodriguez is back in the hospital -- this time as a registered nurse in Miami.

His circuitous journey from doctor to nurse included shifts as a produce sorter in a Winn Dixie supermarket, a security guard in a Key Biscayne condominium, and a bellman in a Coral Gables