Do i need to be working full time?

  1. here is a history of my employment

    1997 -1998 - general medical ward (full time)
    1998 - 2000 - ITU (full time)
    2000-2002 - haemodialysis (full time)
    2002 - 2006 - haemodialysis (part time 24 hrs per wk)
    2006- present - bank nurse working on ITU, dialysis, medical and surgical admissions and acute wards (20 hours per week)

    I have had to work as a bank nurse for the past year since we moved up to Scotland due to not being able to find any childcare for my kids and the NHS trust here is very unfamily friendly and no wards, even though desperate will let me do set shifts so i can get childcare. At the moment i am happy doing the bank work as it means i can spend time with my kids, work when i want and it also meansi am getting to maintain my skills in several different specialities, but a few agencies i have approached have said i need to be working full time on a ward to take me on.

    I have since decided that i am going to go it alone at least for taking the NCLEX and looking at several boards of nursing criteria the bank nursing does not seem to pose a problem at this point, but when it comes down to getting a visa screen certificate and applying for jobs and my green card will this be a problem. I am planning on taking about a year to get my nclex passed as i am in no rush and want to make sure i get it right and pass first time, so by the time i am ready to start applying for jobs I could manage to get a contract with ful time hours either in ITU or on medical admissions, but if i don't have to then i would rather not as I would like to stay at home until my daughter goes off to full time school. By the time we get to the US she will be at full time school anyway so working full time + then is not an issue.
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Quote from suzanne7575
    here is a history of my employment

    1997 -1998 - general medical ward (full time)
    1998 - 2000 - ITU (full time)
    2000-2002 - haemodialysis (full time)
    2002 - 2006 - haemodialysis (part time 24 hrs per wk)
    2006- present - bank nurse working on ITU, dialysis, medical and surgical admissions and acute wards (20 hours per week)

    I have had to work as a bank nurse for the past year since we moved up to Scotland due to not being able to find any childcare for my kids and the NHS trust here is very unfamily friendly and no wards, even though desperate will let me do set shifts so i can get childcare. At the moment i am happy doing the bank work as it means i can spend time with my kids, work when i want and it also meansi am getting to maintain my skills in several different specialities, but a few agencies i have approached have said i need to be working full time on a ward to take me on.

    I have since decided that i am going to go it alone at least for taking the NCLEX and looking at several boards of nursing criteria the bank nursing does not seem to pose a problem at this point, but when it comes down to getting a visa screen certificate and applying for jobs and my green card will this be a problem. I am planning on taking about a year to get my nclex passed as i am in no rush and want to make sure i get it right and pass first time, so by the time i am ready to start applying for jobs I could manage to get a contract with ful time hours either in ITU or on medical admissions, but if i don't have to then i would rather not as I would like to stay at home until my daughter goes off to full time school. By the time we get to the US she will be at full time school anyway so working full time + then is not an issue.

    No problem at all, you do not even need work experience for the green card. Just the RN behind your name and passing of the NCLEX exam.

    But as an RN, you will be petitioned by an employer, and they expect that you will be working for them full-time, at least for the length of your initial contract, usually two years, then you are free to do as you please.

    You should be able to get three 12 hour shifts and that makes a full-time week.........or five 8 hour shifts. How old is your daughter?
  4. by   suzanne7575
    Quote from suzanne4
    No problem at all, you do not even need work experience for the green card. Just the RN behind your name and passing of the NCLEX exam.

    But as an RN, you will be petitioned by an employer, and they expect that you will be working for them full-time, at least for the length of your initial contract, usually two years, then you are free to do as you please.

    You should be able to get three 12 hour shifts and that makes a full-time week.........or five 8 hour shifts. How old is your daughter?
    my daughter is 3 and my son is 5, so another 2 years from now they should both be in full time school, and the initial plan is that i will be the breadwinner and my husband will just get some work once we get out there and he will provide the childcare if needed.

    So as long as I am prepared to work full time once i get out to the states it won't be a problem to carry on bank nursing? although I am considering getting some sort of a contract job at the moment, although maybe only 24 hours at the moment
  5. by   suzanne4
    Not at all, you can easily continue what you have been doing.

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