Can an American nurse work in England?

  1. I may be wrong but I read somewhere that in England, there is a shortage of nurses in that country. I am a nursing major who will be starting her sophomore year at my university next month and I always dreamed of moving to London after I graduated. But my dad suggested that after graduating, I should work here (in the U.S.) for about two or three years before I go to London and search for a Nursing job.

    Is this goal seem impossible or will it turn into a reality?

    Thank you for your answers.
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   dawngloves
    I know I've seen ads for agencies looking to send nurses to England, but it escapes me where.
    I think most of your dad's apprehension is from seeing his child move overseas on their own. I'm sure he'd like you closer and I bet you'd be homesick very quickly.
    Starting as a new nurse is hard enough, but in a new country where you have no friends or family?
    I'd listen to dad (goodness knows I wish I did on several occasions!) and work here for a year or so. Then if you feel the need to go, look into being a travel nurse there.
    Good luck!
  4. by   Grace Oz
    Listen to your Dad, Gain experience in both your new career AND in life first! There'll be plenty of time to travel once you're that little bit older & more experienced.
    Good luck with your career.
    Cheers from "Down Under"...
    Grace
  5. by   cargal
    You may never have another chance again. Go for it, I say.
  6. by   JAYNE :DANCE:
    FROM SOMEONE THAT WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ENGLAND (LONDON)...THE REASON THERE IS A NURSING SHORTAGE, (JUST LIKE HERE) IS (ONE OF THE MANY REASONS) B/C OF THE PAY....ENGLAND WORKS ON THE N.H.S. (NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE) AND UNLESS YOU GET INTO WORKING FOR A PRIVATE HEALTHCARE COMPANY...(VERY FEW EXSIST, BUT MORE ARE POPPING UP)....ENGLAND IS NOT THE PLACE TO GO, (EVEN IF YOU DO DREAM OF LIVING OVER THERE). PLEASE DO NOT GET ME WRONG, I LOVE ENGLAND, MY FAMILY ARE STILL ALL LIVING OVER THERE, BUT FOR A CAREER IN NURSING YOU WOULD BE BETTER OFF WORKING HERE, OR EVEN IN ANOTHER COUNTRY BEFORE YOU DECIDED TO WORK IN THE U.K......I HOPE THIS INPUT HELPED ANY ? PLEASE FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME :spin:
  7. by   karenG
    hey its bad here but not that bad! there are lots of jobs here- some in very nice places. ok the pay is lousy but you would get some great experiance and it is a totally different way of working. you dont ask about insurance- just treat the patient! and cost is almost irrelevant! I may moan about my pay- as an Nurse practitioner I earn 26000 a year- but its not all bad. the NHS can rise to the occasion when you need it!!
    Karen
  8. by   GPatty
    Shoot~ I would love to go...I have a dear friend who lives there and I haven't gotten to see her FOREVER!
    Wouldn't it be a kick to go and work for a few months?
    Check out different options before you go....
    Thoroughly research everything...
  9. by   semstr
    GOGOGOGOGOGO!!!!

    I was very young inexperienced RN as I left my country and never once did I feel sorry about it!!
  10. by   donmurray
    Check out www.ukcc.org.uk this is the registration body for nurses & midwives. I hope this url works, they changed their title to the "Nurses & Midwives Council" but nmc gets you a motorcycle organisation! They have a message board as well as info.
  11. by   khemvika
    Hello everyone!

    Thank you so much for your comments. They are very helpful. Your inputs helped me more about what I wanted to do with my goal. Thanks again.
  12. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    I dont know the answer, but to have a chance of working in the home of GOLF, would fascinate me



    fore
  13. by   donmurray
    You must mean Scotland Tom. (Different country, and touchy about it!)
  14. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Yes an American RN can work in London, but you need to think Long and hard about the decision. I live overseas and I can tell you the healthcare systems overseas arent what they are cracked up to be. I have been to a hospital in London and the interview was nice , but lets listen to the downsides:
    Cost of living: OMG its huge, the sterling pound which you will be paid in is yes higher than the us dollar but it doesnt go nearly as far. Consider a small apartment (studio) in london near the hospital will run you about 2000 sterling pounds(which is cheap IF you can find one) thats about 3500 us dollars. Food: add another 50% of your regular cost in the states, then add for your utilities and such.
    The average pay in london is compriable to the pay in the states in us dollars but when you convert the exchange rate to sterling pounds , the pay doesnt go as far.(because cost of living in london is like the cost of living in New York City or San Fransisco).
    Yes I do suggest that you work in the states for atleast 2yrs to get grounded on your likes and dislikes, because in another country you will be shifted, to what they need to fill not necessarily to your speciality.
    Listen to the person that was from the UK , that person knows what their talking about I declined the position because I dont float to other areas I specialize for a reason.
    Zoe

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