Moving from wales to AZ

  1. Hello- My husband and I are both RN and are moving to Az to work for two years with our two boys aged 2 and 6 we will be working for Banner Health we think is this good? Also we have no idea how the american education system works for our boys, how and when are the holidays what age do tthey start school ect any info about relocating would be great. Thank you.
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  3. by   suzanne4
    First, Welcome to Allnurses.com................
    Banner Health has hospitals in various areas, which one will you be at?
    In the US, public school usually begins at 5 years of age with kindergarden, age 6 is first grade and so on.................middle school usually begins at 12 years with 7th grade but can vary with school district. Secondary school normally begins with 10th grade and 15 years of age. Summer vacation usually starts about mid-June and they return to school the end of August.

    If you tell me what area of town you will be in I can offer more help. I lived in Arizona for about 14 years.

    Hope that this helps...............
  4. by   Renee' Y-Y
    Many places also have a Pre-Kindegarten that starts around age 4-5. If you find a good day-care, they start education activities with children pretty young.

    Holidays also include: Spring Break - usually a week off in March-April; Thanksgiving - usually that Thurs & Fri; Christmas Break - eve until usually Jan 2 or 3 depending on how the days fall; and Summer Break - as mentioned above.

    Best of luck on your new jobs. Hope all goes well.
  5. by   Belinda-wales
    Thankyou for the information so far. Unsure which hospital at present but we intend to live on out skirts of Phoenix, scottsdale, chardler or gilbert. The relocaion procedure is very long but we hope to under take the neclex late summer.( We hope to pass we have got 39 yrs experience as RN between us but we are taking no chances and are studing hard)I hope to work part time, in wales I am a midwife but I unerstand that in the us the midwife role is different but I do not mind where I work as long as a can rent a nice house with a pool and go skiing in the winter months at the weekend. Thank you from wet and cold wales.
  6. by   Repat
    Having lived on 'both sides', I wish you luck!! And good luck with your studying - drug names and some language differences may cause difficulty, so just look carefully. I am sure that you will do well, and enjoy your move. My kids have settled in fine at school (they were 4 and 10 when we moved). The 4-year old started off in kindergarten, the 10 year old is a year ahead of his counterparts because Britain does start a year earlier.
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Belinda-wales
    Thankyou for the information so far. Unsure which hospital at present but we intend to live on out skirts of Phoenix, scottsdale, chardler or gilbert. The relocaion procedure is very long but we hope to under take the neclex late summer.( We hope to pass we have got 39 yrs experience as RN between us but we are taking no chances and are studing hard)I hope to work part time, in wales I am a midwife but I unerstand that in the us the midwife role is different but I do not mind where I work as long as a can rent a nice house with a pool and go skiing in the winter months at the weekend. Thank you from wet and cold wales.
    Hi Belinda
    I have just sat the NCLEX and passed so all the best, it is hard and covers alot of stuff and I found Kaplan and Saunders good books I also did a study on www.learningtext.com which explained alot of stuff on how the health system works in the US. We are hoping to relocate and I have been offered a job at Phoenix Baptist. We are just waiting for the immigration process and have started the screening process at cgfns and have been told it could take 6-8 months.
    Hope all goes well
    anna
  8. by   suzanne4
    To all of you that are considering going to work in the US, get the Visa Screen process started as soon as possible..........................Belinda, Have you and your husband applied to take the CGFNS exam yet? What type of visa are you planning on going on since you stated that you would be going for just two years..............If it is an H1-B, they are full for this year and probably will not open next year for nurses, so please follow up on this so that you get everything done properly.

    Good luck to you........................
  9. by   Belinda-wales
    Thanks for your concern our relocation is being handled by a firm called inter staff they seem very sure that when the time comes we will get a visa I am unsure of the code they have just called it the green card. We have also been told thet we are not required to do the CGFNs that the enclxe is all that we require...........

    Cheers
    Bel
  10. by   Belinda-wales
    Sorry very tired that should read NCLEX
  11. by   suzanne4
    Belinda,
    Good, a green card is what you want.................but I would take a look at Arizona's website for their BON when you get a chance. Unless they changed their laws quite recently you are required to have CGFNS exam for them as a foreign grad. There are only 5 states in the US that do not require it, and they aren't one of the five.

  12. by   suzanne4
    Belinda,
    I just checked the Arizona statutes, for my interest as well, unless you have a Canadian nursing license, you will be required to complete the CGFNS exam. You may want to check closer into this for yourself because the next exam time that you will be able to sit for will be November, 2004. Please always verify these things yourself also, do not leave everything up to the recruiter. You can save yourself a number of months that way.

    Hope that this helps...............
  13. by   Belinda-wales
    Quote from suzanne4
    Belinda,
    I just checked the Arizona statutes, for my interest as well, unless you have a Canadian nursing license, you will be required to complete the CGFNS exam. You may want to check closer into this for yourself because the next exam time that you will be able to sit for will be November, 2004. Please always verify these things yourself also, do not leave everything up to the recruiter. You can save yourself a number of months that way.

    Hope that this helps...............
    Thank you suzanne for your information I have been on to the recruitment agency and I am waiting for a reply other sources inform me that as I am trained in an English spakiing country we may not have to do cfgns exams but in order to sit the NCLEX we need clearence from the cgfns they will check all of our training docs etc........It is complexed. Are there any midwives in AZ and what is a lay midwife.
  14. by   suzanne4
    Since you trained in England you do not have to write the English exams, you aer exempt from those. However, you are not exempt from the CGFNS exam if you want to work in Arizona and you do not hold a license already in another state. I would definitely get started on the appication for them as it can take quite a bit of time for your university to send verification, etc. All forms can be downloaded from the internet. You normally do not need clearance from CGFNS to sit for the NCLEX exam. You just apply to Arizona BON by completing the application and submitting the appropriate documents to them. Once accepted, they will issue you an "Authority to Test" letter, usually referred to as "ATT." You must have this letter in hand before you actually register and schedule a date for the NCLEX exam.

    In answer to your question, CNMs in Arizona are Master's prepared, as they are in most of the other states. In the US they can have staff privileges at hospitals, can write prescriptions, and can actually have their own clinic. But this also depends on the state. A lay-midwife is a non-medical person, usually a woman, who has been trained to assist in deliveries at home. They so not fall under any type of medical license. They usually have training through various programs around the US.

    Hope that this helps. And Arizona has some fabulous midwives. Used to work with quite a few of them.
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Apr 10, '04

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