Puerto rican RN wanting to move to Miami.

  1. Hello everyone,

    I am an RN with a bachlor's degree in Puerto Rico, but i just got my permanent license about a month or two ago. Therefore, i am not able to move and work in Miami Fl. as an RN until i complete my 2 years here in PR. Either that, or i take the NCLEX. I have decided to take the NCLEX but as everyone knows, its a long process and it takes a long while for the state of FL. to get all of your information and proof of english competency ...etc. Now, the problem is that i want to move to Miami immidiatley. I know that i can work at the veterans hospital in miami without having to have taken the NCLEX or without having to have the required 2 years of experience under my belt. But i dont want to sit around in PR waiting for the VA hospital in Miami to give me a call. So my question is if theres anyone that knows of some other way i can find work in Miami? I looked into this and found out that i can "challenge" the CNA test and when i pass it, i would be able to work as a CNA in miami until i pass my NCLEX exam. Is there any other job in my field that i can take up in Miami while i go through the process of taking the NCLEX? The problem is that i want to move asap... what can i do???

    -Thank you in advance for all of your help and opinions.
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   caliotter3
    Do you have any other job skills? Maybe you could find similar stories in the international forum where working in the US is often discussed.
  4. by   AMIRA15
    Hi!
    I am from Colombia. I moved to USA 6 years ago, currently studying for my second try with NCLEX. I do have CNAI certified, but since it is not well remunerated and you have to work you ass off I will recomended to see for something else to do. I work as an early infant-toldder specialist and I know about others types of job that you can do here. If you don't mind you can send a private message or post you email and I will be in contact with you.
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Florida state forum
  6. by   spfd
    Quote from AMIRA15
    Hi!
    I am from Colombia. I moved to USA 6 years ago, currently studying for my second try with NCLEX. I do have CNAI certified, but since it is not well remunerated and you have to work you ass off I will recomended to see for something else to do. I work as an early infant-toldder specialist and I know about others types of job that you can do here. If you don't mind you can send a private message or post you email and I will be in contact with you.


    Helli AMIRA15,

    Sense i am new to this site, I am not able to send you a private message. but i think that i can receive them from you. If you can please send me a private message with your email maybe we can be in contact alot better. I dont want to just post my email here because of obvious reasons. But i am very interested in what you have to say based on your expirience. I really want to find some type of job in miami in the same type of field and/or profession. or the closest match asap.

    Thank you for your time.
  7. by   BOOYARN
    I graduated from interamerican univ of puerto rico in 2003 and it took a month for me to get my att (athorization to test) letter. I had the inter send all the paper directly to tallahasee and with that letter you can work as a gn for i beleive is 4 months or you pass or fail the nclex here. I even think you can take the nclex in puerto rico a friend of mine did and came here to miami with his rn license on hand ....... The only thing is good luck finiding a job ,,,, its not easy here..... At the moment
  8. by   InesRN
    Hello all:
    To: Puerto Rican I'm just moved to Miami thinking it was going to be easy to find a job here. I'm not sure what your situation is or the reason you want to moved to MIA but knowing what I'm going through it would tell you to think about it before. You are doing great trying to find a connection before getting here. Needless to say I've been here since August applying for job nothing yet not even one interview. I was a CNA, LPN and now a new grad RN I still have my CNA and LPN available I'm applying for everything and nothing. I live in the Hialeah area and don't know any nurses I feel alone with nobody that understands my situation so if anybody wants to share any information I'll be grateful. Stay strong and positive, positive thinking positive results!!!! Good luck to everyone!!!
  9. by   resilientnurse
    Are there any PR nurses that have come from the island and have successfully secured hospital-based positions? I would like to know how you made the adjustment from PR hospital nursing to Stateside hospital nursing (because it is not the same thing). Thank you.
  10. by   lisy321
    how didi you get the interamerican university to send alll paperwork? i asked them about helping nurses to migrate there and no one knows
  11. by   cranberrie
    You can work as a Phlebotomist until you get your US license. I did it and it was a good experience.
  12. by   PabloNieves
    I am looking for information about how endorsement works in Florida for a licensed nurse moving from Puerto Rico to Florida. I understand that one of the requirement is that worked in Puerto Rico for three years as a nurse. Do you still have to take the NCLEX? Is the endorsement as a reciprocity? Thanks
  13. by   FeMaMaFutureRN
    What ever happened with your situation. I just completed my ADN in PR and would like to work in Florida. Please reply and let me know what you decided. thanks in advance.
  14. by   kellyjoeann
    Ive been trying to get my nursing license for the past ten years here in florida,graduated in 2003 from puerto rico,took the nclex twice didnt pass it and now and when i think im going to sit for the nclex the state board says requirements change.i really would like to get my license.but its to much money when they tell you everything is good and than no you have to send for this and that.how can you get your license if they make it impossible.

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