Aussie RN's in Illinois?

  1. Hi,

    I'm wanting to start the process to getting my rego through in illinois

    Any Aussie's working in Chicago?

    Looking for some info on whether you enjoy it, and how it differs to working in Aus

    Anyone have problems with getting their Authoity to Test for the N-clex?
    I'm nervous about whether or not my Bachelor of Science (Nursing) will be recognised, or if I will have to consider doing a bridging course for mid/paed hours (please God NO!)

    Any info appreciated
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    About West Aussie RN

    Joined: Jan '05; Posts: 22


  3. by   traumaRUs
    Jobs are tight right now in IL. Are you experienced?
  4. by   West Aussie RN
    I've been qualified for 19yrs, but I spent many of those years working outside of the hospital setting. At the beginning of this year I got into a perioperative nursing program, and have been working in the OR ever since.
    My aim is to look for an OR job.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I don't live in Chicago but after you get your license, you might want to do a search for Chicago hospitals and contact their HR depts.

    Are you licensed already in IL and have the proper visa?

    We do have an International Nurses forum where you can find the answers to these issues.
  6. by   West Aussie RN
    No not licensed yet. Just about to start the process. I posted here because I was looking specifically for info about Chicago and dealing with the Illinois BON
  7. by   NICU_babyRN
    The job market is toooooough in chicago. good luck on your search! Getting the visa may not be hard but I don't know which facilities would "sponsor" you since there are plenty of RNs in the USA w/o jobs.
  8. by   West Aussie RN
    I can't believe how tough it is to get work.
    Who would have ever thunk it?!

    I'm hoping that my OR experience may lead me to some work, but I have to admit, the whole process is very discouraging (which is why I haven't done this sooner)
  9. by   traumaRUs
    I don't know anything about immigrating to the US but I know its not a simple process.

    Currently unemployment in IL is >10% and the jobs are few and far between.

    Before you focus on Chicago, you might want to consider the steps to immigration.