I've been working as an RN on a telemetry/stroke unit for the past two years out of school. My wife is from Japan and appears intent on keeping her job there, at least for another year or two. Up to now we have been spending significant periods of "long distance marriage", but we decided that within the coming months one of us will have to quit so that we can finally live together.
As I am a nurse my tendency has been to think that I may be able to more easily find a job in the future as long as I keep my nursing license. For her finding an equivalent job in the US would not be as likely (she works in a large company's HR department as a recruiter).
Working in Japan as a nurse doesn't appear likely, at least from what I gather from nurses' input on this website (US military jobs there are not so many and appear to be mostly hiring either active duty nurses or spouses; knowing Japanese, a challenge in itself, may not be enough for working in Japan as a nurse)
I wonder if anyone here has some idea on whether it would be a likely ordeal for me to find work in the US if I quit for a year or two.
Thanks in advance for any input
In the current economy the responsible thing to do would be for one of you to try to invest in financial security for your family.
As for two years ahead, we are all hopeful that jobs will be more plentiful. You are at an advantage in that you DO have experience. Whatever you do, at least try to get involved in the health care side by volunteering or SOMETHING while you are away. Make use of the opportunity by trying to find ways that this adds to your career, or at least be able to show the effort for when you come back and begin searching for a job.
You may want to attempt for licensure and a job in Japan. None of my business, but one wonders what will be different from now that in 1 to 2 years your wife will WANT to leave her job/home?
Last edit by favthing on Dec 21, '10