Experience Requirements

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    when applying as nurse in us hospitals (any state) do they require a specific years of experience?

    i am a fresh graduate and a bit confused of what plan of action to take next..

    which you think is more practical, time-wise and appropriate..

    1. take nclex first before working as a nurse here in my country to gain experience...??

    2. work first as nurse then take nclex later???

    hope you could enlighten my confused mind ..

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    when applying as nurse in us hospitals (any state) do they require a specific years of experience?

    i am a fresh graduate and a bit confused of what plan of action to take next..

    which you think is more practical, time-wise and appropriate..

    1. take nclex first before working as a nurse here in my country to gain experience...??

    2. work first as nurse then take nclex later???

    hope you could enlighten my confused mind ..
    welcome to the site

    all depends on the hospital although there are phillipine nurses moving to the us with no experience, a lot of the times it appears to be agencies that are asking for experience. at the moment there is retrogression in progress so there is no reason why you do or don't look for a job in the phillipines as the process will take you over 9 months or more depending on which state you apply licensure to, take and pass nclex and find an employerand go through the immigration consular process . i suggest you check out the international forum especially the threads on retrogression and primer to working in the us
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    Quote from irin
    when applying as nurse in us hospitals (any state) do they require a specific years of experience?

    i am a fresh graduate and a bit confused of what plan of action to take next..

    which you think is more practical, time-wise and appropriate..

    1. take nclex first before working as a nurse here in my country to gain experience...?? it's totally up to you.

    2. work first as nurse then take nclex later??? i think it is a good idea.

    hope you could enlighten my confused mind ..
    i am sure you heard of what they called " retrogression" by now, it means there are no visas available for nurses who wants to work here in the usa. as for experience, it is always nice to have a work experience so at least you know what it is like to work in real workplace. but, if you are planning to work here in the us, work experience may be required for some hospitals, but not required if you are coming from foreign country like pi. even if you have 20+ years of work experience in the best, or the biggest hospital from pinas, when you come here, you will still be considered as a new grad. you will go through a lenghty work orientation, ( which you are being paid at the same time), you need to complete your competency skills before your employer will let you work on your own. in addition, your experience in pi is nothing compare to whatever you will experience here. i suggest take your time, find a place to work there to earn money ( at least for yourself), then gradually review for nclexrn. do not rush it because there are thousands of new grads like you are scrambling to get here, but the problem is there is no visa available. i hope this helps?
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    Different US hospitals have different requirements. There are those that consider only experienced nurses while some hire newly graduates. Generally speaking, the agencies in PI recruiting nurses for US require work experience.

    If your main goal is to work in the US, I suggest you get done first with NCLEX, IELTS and get a Visa Screen Certificate. Then, find a reputable agency/petitioner and let them begin the petition for you. While waiting for your visa, work in PI as a nurse and hone your skills. One advantage of this is that while reviewing for the NCLEX, you will keep the "ideal" or "ivory" standards of nursing practice, which you will need to pass the test. I mean as a fresh grad you will avoid the mistake of holding true the usual nursing practices in PI hospitals, which often do not adhere to those standards, especially in government hospitals.

    This is just my humble opinion.
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