firstly i would like to say hi to everyone
as i am new to this message board.
i am looking for advice on the requirements for british nurses to apply for nursing positions in the us.
my husband and i love florida :1luvu: and have decided to buy our first home there. i was just wondering if anyone could offer any advice on the requirements. is a minimum of six months experience once qualified or similar required?
i am due to qualify next year and am interested in oncology, palliative care and elderly care. i currently work for a nursing agency and my local hospice to develop my skills and knowledge whilst studying.
any advice greatly appreciated as i am not sure where to start!
thank you very much
Sep 4, '06
Welcome to Allnurses! I moved your post out of the Florida Forum, because honestly we Florida nurses do not really know how to come to the US because we're already here.
There are several UK nurses on this forum that have been there and done that and can help you.
There also might be some general information on the International Forum here: http://allnurses.com/forums/f75/
that you might be interested in.
Last edit by Tweety on Sep 4, '06
Sep 4, '06
Quote from eternalsunshine
Hi all thank you so much for all your responses. Just to answer some points which were raised: I have completed some hours under the new EU directive which included Health visiting which was ante natal clinics etc. for 2 weeks but no actual training in Maternity. I have not done any mental health placements whilst training although I have worked as a health care assistant in these areas such as caring one to one with a young man with Picks Disease in a secure unit, plus a very close relative suffers from Schizophrenia so I have been involved in their care on and off since I was 15.
I was placed on a Surgical ward for my first year and learnt a lot.
RGN1 what is BON? and when you say you need at least 1 years experience in an acute clinical setting do you mean once you have qualified?
and are you moving there permanently from the UK?
Great to hear from everyone than you all! and will have a look through all the suggestions given.
Oh my I've been on this site too long -sorry for writing BON istead of Board of Nursing! It just flowed off the old typing fingers without a thought!
As has already been said only hours spent in an "approved school of nursing" i.e.your university count I'm afraid.
Yes I am going permanently but I trained 1989-92 so did the old style course.
Clever people here have managed to go it alone & find direct placements but I have found it hard to find a hospital willing to file I-140 (the job visa as I've named it) for me but I'm fussy as to where I want to go (have a house already). Therefore, I am with an agency and they did absolutely want 1 year minimum post registration experience prior to even accepting me. This is just my personal finding though - others will have different tales to tell.
Vermont, where I got my license from, wanted at least 120 hours clinical in maternity plus the theory (?what they asked for theory), at least that's what the agency said. The reason I used Vermont was because at the time they were processing the fastest. All I know is my hours were enough, I don't know their complete requirements I'm afraid. So your best bet is to actually contact them and find out.
Last edit by RGN1 on Sep 4, '06