Advice On Right Path To Take

  1. i just graduated as an R.N 2 months ago, in Africa. i graduated from a university teaching hospital .i really am interested in working as a nurse in the U.S.A. i am willing to work in any field for now. but the problem is i need the right advice on how and what to do, what steps i should take considering the fact that i am a foreign national.
    is it possible i get a job now in the u.s.a perhaps as an intern.
    please ill appreciate ur advice on the right steps to take.:spin:
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  3. by   EricJRN
    I moved your thread to the International Forum for the best responses. Take a look around this forum, as there is great information here.
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from 2lip
    i just graduated as an R.N 2 months ago, in Africa. i graduated from a university teaching hospital .i really am interested in working as a nurse in the U.S.A. i am willing to work in any field for now. but the problem is i need the right advice on how and what to do, what steps i should take considering the fact that i am a foreign national.
    is it possible i get a job now in the u.s.a perhaps as an intern.
    please ill appreciate ur advice on the right steps to take.:spin:
    There are currently a retrogression at the moment affecting visas and you are looking at approx 5 years before getting a visa to work in the US. Also to work you need to meet US requirements and pass NCLEX, find an employer who will then start the process.

    You need to decide which state you want to work in and apply to their Board of Nursing (BON) and follow requirements for foreign nurse. Some BON's require CES from CGFNS and we recommend full course. We do not recommend California for initial licensure and plenty has been written on that.

    Suggested reading is sticky Primer to working in the US and threads on Retrogression and immigration issues as you are affected and no quick way to get to the US
  5. by   suzanne4
    As a nursing intern, that still requires a visa to be able to work in the role of the RN and those are not available at present as mentioned above.

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