Originally posted by neuro6:
Here's the scoop. I have been an RPN here in Canada for seven years (neuro/neurosurg unit) and am currently upgrading to my RN. At the large teaching hospital where I am employed RPN's are responsible for their own patient assignment. We give meds (narcotics too),phlebotomy, monitor IV's (don't start them)tube feeds, ventilated patients the list goes on. I will be doing my 4 mos. consolodation in the emerg dept. I am seriously considering relocating to N.Carolina (Duke emerg). I have excellent assessment,organizational and communication skills and my co-workers and superiors tell me I would make a great emerg nurse (my dream job). I am 42 with a 15 year old daughter (single mom). I would love some input on relocating, esp. with a child, the place itself and my choice of emerg after graduation. Also I have been told that I do not need to write the NCLEX if I go to N.Carolina. Thanks.
I have relocated many times, and I'm also a single parent. I have done travel nursing with two kids, and the biggest problem have been helping them adjust to their new surroundings, and finding the best schools. I worked in South Carolina, and ended up having to home school my daughter, as they weren't the best where I was. I had no problem doing this, with the Board of ED's approval, and assist. Did I understand correctly, that you will be an RN when you relocate? I'm not a recruiter, but have you thought about relocating with a Travel Agency? It would sure take out some of the expenses, and give you a chance to see if Duke is really where you want to be, instead of finding out afterwards. If you will be a new RN when you travel, most hospitals(not sure about Duke), would prefer you took a 6mos or 1 yr contract, if you don't have the experience needed to work independently. Also a recruiter could assist you in getting whatever you need to work here in the states. Just an idea you might want to keep in the back of your mind. I'm sure you're aware of the need to get ACLS, PALs, and a critical care course also, prior to applying. I hope you have a safe, uneventful move, that you enjoy your new home, and all goes well with your plans!
[This message has been edited by Brownms46 (edited March 20, 2001).]