I graduated in Argentina 10 years ago, and I worked there as a NICU Lvl III RN for 4 years. Then, I moved to US, and it took me 3 1/2 years to learn English to be able to pass the NCLEX, which I did 1 1/2 years ago.
Ever since, I have been looking for a job, without any luck until now.
Last Saturday I was introduced to a clinic's administrator. This lady could not believe that I hadn't been able to find a job given the "nursing shortage" in the country. She said her daughter, who is also an RN, has to turn down many shifts because she doesn't have time to work all the days the registry wants her to!
The lady then offered me to work at her clinic as an LVN as they don't hire RN because of their budget. She said she could have me train in many different areas and get experience. Thus, after 6 months or a year, I will be able to start looking for an RN job. When that moment comes, she said that she will say I was actually an RN, so I won't get that "oh, but you still don't have RN experience" Also, she said that after a while, she might even be able to help me get into a NICU setting because of my previous experience in that field...
As she was telling me all this, I could not believe what my ears were hearing. It sounds unreal, like a dream. I will go Sunday to get to know the place; I'll start training in Urgent Care
OH!!!, WOW, I am so happy, so, so happy!!! I'll be wearing scrubs and working as a nurse again!!!
Nov 18, '11
by nursel56 Guide
I think you should hire on as an RN - there is nothing binding you to any particular wage so when you go to apply for another job it will be "RN" experience and there will be no need to be less than truthful with your prospective new employers. I don't think you can sign an LVN after your name if you haven't taken and passed the NCLEX-PN (LVN) and have a license in good standing.
You may run into hiring managers who don't count clinic experience as experience for a job in an acute care hospital, or a highly specialized area like NICU as well.
I don't tell you this to discourage you, but to maybe help you avoid big disappointment later on.
It's a huge accomplishment to learn English and pass the NCLEX after such a short time here in the US. Best of luck to you!
Last edit by nursel56 on Nov 18, '11