Hi all, I am an Australian ED nurse in the process of applying for US nursing registration (RN) and had plans to move to Colorado when immigration/license is all organised. My father is a US citizen so we are in the process of sorting out either citizenship/greencard but it's complicated (he lives in OZ, I graduated high school in CO but was only in the states for 7 months). It will just take some time. I wanted a little more local information about places to live, ski-resorts, any aussie nurses around who are already there.... I am moving over to spend some time with family and ultimately settle in the States. I also have experience as a snowboard instructor/ski patrol. One can scoure websites but I felt that the best advice would be from nurses already doing what I am aiming for.
I am trying to work out if the hospitals nearer the ski resorts have much in the way of nursing work, (it appears that Vail and Aspen have the largest facilities), how competitive the job environment is in CO etc. etc. I have 15 years nursing experience, 5 in emergency and am a certified emergency nurse in OZ. I lived in Parker many years ago and have family in Fort Collins although I am told Fort Collins is a fair way away from most resorts. I would work happily in Denver but was trying to avoid big cities (already live in one). I was looking at Boulder / Louisville- I felt that the health facilities near the ski resorts would prefer that I had some experience at a tertiary facility in the US? Am I likely to encounter animosity because I am australian, given the GFC / job market? Any words of wisdom from my fellow nurses would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou!