I am extremely new to 'allnurses' and would like to gain some insight as to which route I should pursue my nursing career. First off, I have 4 years medical/surgical experience as a LPN/LVN. I decided to transition to the BSN program after getting bumped from my regular full-time position. I have done my research and read through the BON website for the specific state I plan on taking my NCLEX and hopefully landing a permanent position. I am set to write the CRNE next month and soon after that I would like to take the NCLEX-RN.
As a new graduate registered nurse, I am aware that a year or two of hospital experience as a RN is expected from me, and I feel that this is the best time to organize and plan ahead. I have school-age children and a husband, who is reluctant to make a move or leave his work. Being married for 14 years, we have decided to make some compromise. I am considering travel nursing next year to explore the way of living in the states, specifically California or Hawaii, where we have quite a few extended family members. A new change, exploring the technology, and earning a descent pay are all the factors I need to consider before deciding to settle. Also, I am basically sick of the cold and rainy weather we have here in Vancouver. I am willing to take the kids with me or they can stay with their dad and my parents, and these are sacrifices WE have talked about and are willing to make.
I am also interested correctional nursing as I am emotionally, mentally, and physically strong, but my parents and husband are not supportive of that idea. All I hear is that "you are a female and that is not a suitable work environment for you and so on." Regardless of their opinions, I have not given up on the idea of correctional nursing.
Any Canadian nurses with kids or any nurses in general who can provide me some suggestions as to whether my decision to work and live from Canada to the USA is realistic? It is basically starting all over again if I were to pursue this goal of mine, or am I being selfish and putting my family in jeopardy? The only thing that my husband and I seem to agree on is wanting to live in a warm and sunny place like California or Hawaii. I would like to start my nursing career next year in Washington State since it is closer to home and the drive to the border is an hour and half a way. I would then have to endorse my license (and meet specific BON state's criteria) in order to work in California or Hawaii.
I hope to hear from fellow nurses who was in my situation and decided to pursue their nursing career in the states. What was your experience like? Any regrets?