Go back and read the tread "Quickest way to get things done and get licensed..." in this forum (international nursing) and you will find a lot of answers to your questions. You have to pass the NCLEX (objective exams, which I suggest you practice with the prep. books, can be tricky. You may be used to essays as I was, coming from Canada (Quebec), I never had a objective exam overthere!).
If your primary language is not English, make sure you learn the abbreviations. Otherwise, latin is latin! Lots of paperwork, studying... be strong and don't give up!
I would think that the shortage is all over but personally, I would take the occasion to visit Maine, NY, California, New Mexico...
It is a beautiful country here. Hope you'll love it as much as I do!:hatparty:
Let us know, how you are doing!