i graduated from nursing school in my home country, finland, last december, worked as an rn there for about two months before moving to the us. i am just about to take my nurse licensure exam here. i have so many questions about nursing here, but i am hoping someone could answer at least some of them>
1. what are the chances of a new graduate to get a job in an er?
i believe your chances will be pretty good, but be careful and choosey about what facility you work in (inner city vs suburban) make sure it's a place where you want to be!
2. how long is the orientation time in an er?
i know of one inner city type er that was offering 6 month orientation for the er, and even with that the nurse i know couldn't stand it (still being on orientation and left) .... i would think a minimum should be 3 months and no less
3. how much do new graduates get paid here?
there are 'shift differentials' so if you work days (7a-3pm) that would be the 'lowest start pay' - here in the the tri-state ny,nj,ct area i would say it's about $27.00 an hour. you would get a $2.00 extra differential for evenings and probably $3-5 difference working nights. plus the er unit may pay a little more to start actually....days imho (in my humble opinion) is the best place to learn though!
i have heard that calif is a great place for young nurses - many of our young rns took the adventure and moved out there and love it!
4. do they have evening/night/weekend bonuses here?
see above (weekends could be just part of the shift you work, or could be an extra $$ option, depends on the facility)
thank you so much for taking the time to look at this. i am a little bit nervous to start working in this country!
good luck! i'm sure you will do great!