Graduate UK nurse making move to USA - page 3

Hi, I'm a graduate trained as an adult nurse in the UK! I currently have a job on an acute medical assessment ward and I'm looking at moving the USA in approx 1 year. I spoke to a London based... Read More

  1. by   Freya008
    Hey Everyone,

    I just came across this post and thought I'd add my experiences so far of doing the same! Hopefully, it might be helpful to other people wondering about applying to the US.

    I applied to CGFNS in Sept 2015 and got my final evaluation back in May 2016. I am an adult trained nurse and as expected did not get enough hours for midwifery and paediatrics. It took a long time to get the report as my school of nursing were particularly unhelpful and CGFNS only accepts paperwork via post which takes about 3 weeks each time. And when they do receive it, there's not much of a hurry to scan it and upload it on to their system! There was a lot of to and fro-ing as I wanted CGFNS to consider my PgDip in health visiting towards maternal/paediatric nursing hours. Long story short, they won't consider any post registration/post qualification modules. They literally just consider your pre-registration nursing and getting any other transcripts/degrees evaluated is a waste of time and money.

    Despite not getting enough hours, I applied to the BON of my choice only to be told 8 weeks after I applied that I was deficient in those hours and I would need to make those hours up. Only hours at a US university would count. The BON I applied to could not tell me of any place in their state that could help me do this and that this was something that I had to find myself. I came to a dead end with this one too but not after shelling out more money for another evaluation (this time an academic one), because one admissions tutor at a university reckoned I might be able to do the required modules as freestanding modules. Then, when I applied, another admissions tutor for the course said that I couldn't.

    However, what I did want to add was this.

    After all those setbacks, I decided to ring round three UK based nursing agencies to see if could get any advice. The resounding response was they basically won't touch you until you have your NCLEX and license. Only one agency bothered to call me back and he was particularly helpful. According to him, most sponsored job contracts are 2-3 years in length and in the acute sector. This was particularly insightful for me as I'm a practice nurse and I like working in primary care. I was essentially told I'd need to go back to working in a hospital. Also, personally speaking, i'm not keen to be tied to working in the same place for so long!

    What the recruiter did tell me was that in his opinion, the better option for me would be to re-apply to CGFNS and that I should draft a letter outlining the hours that I have done in child/maternal and mental health nursing and get someone from the school to sign this, preferably an academic lecturer then send this to CGFNS. He stated that we should have enough hours in our first year/CFP year of nursing. In his experience, this has worked for him to get British trained nurses into the US. He did not know of anyone managing to top up their hours in the US after they had got their CES back.

    After all the setbacks, I'm still considering my options to be honest and wondering if Canada might not be a better fit for me personally. I'm not an acute nurse anymore and whilst I'm sure I could go back to being an acute nurse. I much prefer primary care nursing. I hope I haven't sounded too bitter whilst writing this, just thought i'd give an honest account of what it's been like.
  2. by   Silverdragon102
    Freya008 for Canada you will still be required to have similar requirements as the US for your transcripts so if missing hours in training would still affect you, I do think however the provinces may make some exceptions if you can show courses done as post grad
  3. by   Freya008
    Hi Silverdragon,

    Thank you. Yes I'm aware of still needing to have the same hours in those disciplines in Canada but thankfully it seems that they have bridging type courses for nurses lacking in them!

    Sadly I don't hold out much hope for them to consider my postgrad experience as NNAS is basically run by CGFNS.
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Freya008
    Hi Silverdragon,

    Thank you. Yes I'm aware of still needing to have the same hours in those disciplines in Canada but thankfully it seems that they have bridging type courses for nurses lacking in them!

    Sadly I don't hold out much hope for them to consider my postgrad experience as NNAS is basically run by CGFNS.
    NNAS may not but some members have posted that the provincial colleges do take experience into account
  5. by   Freya008
    Thanks for that! That's super useful to know!

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