Hi, I like to share my $ 0.02. I graduated from Dalhouise University with a BScN, Halifax, NS. I am now living in Toledo, OH. The easiest state to get your NCLEX through is the State of Minnesota. They do not require CGFNS certification. I took the NCLEX and then got my Minnesota license and had applied for my Ohio license through endorsement. If I had applied for an Ohio license outright, I would had to have CGFNS and English test.
I do not have an Ontario license, but I want to work in Michigan, specially at he Henery Ford Hopsital. I want to take the CGFNS after I work a year or so in Ohio. I feel the cost for the CGFNS is high but it is well worth it, because in Michigan, the hourly wage is higher, upwards to $30/hr. Right now I earn $16.92 at the Toledo Hospital. They did offer a $2000 sign on bonus.
What I relly wanted to do is to work at the Henery Ford Hospital in Detroit and live in Windsor, only beause of the lower living costs and safer neighborhoods . But my husband, being an american can not stand the slower place of life in windsor, although he loves to shop there. I have convinced him that we should move, but from talking to other people who communte across the border they say that they do not recommend it.
I like working in the states, but eveetually I want to go back to Canada, because I lke the Banks there, like TD and I feel more comfortable raising my children there. I know some nurses from Nova Scotia go down to Florida to do one to teo years of nursing then they return, they say it's not all cracked up to be so pleasant, they are looong hours, with hight nurse to patient ratios, but all hopsitals are different. You just have to find your "niche" A lot of times I find that it is your co-workers taht can make alll the differnce of whether or not you stay at a particular hopsital, because I as a novice nurse needed their guidance at times and they were more then happy to help me climb the ropes of learning hospital routines and policies. If I felt that I was in the way or not keeping up with rest of the nurses, I would have tried a diferent hospital. But if I had a choice, I would go back to Canada, if things didn't work out for me here, toledo, Ohio. But things are going fine for now.