New Swedish student saying hi!

  1. Hi!

    Just thought I'd better introduce myself.

    I'm Andy, 26 years old, and I'm just finishing up my first semester at the University of Vaxjo, Sweden (http://www.vxu.se/english/). I'm taking the RN program which also leads to a BSN. I've never worked in the health care field before, but I've always had a great interest in nursing and medicine. When the job market for the IT industry failed, I decided to finally take up learning what I've always wanted to work with. Let's just say I have NOT regretted my decision! I absolutely love it and going to school every day has never been this easy!

    My wife is a native Texan and we plan on moving there when school's over, so any help or advice regarding this (or anything!) will be greatly appreciated.

    I'm looking forward to spending some more time on this forum and getting to know some of you people!

    /Andy
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    Ohio welcomes you!

    renerian
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    Welcome to All Nurses Andy!
  5. by   suzanne4
    Welcome to Allnurses.com............................
    Since you are already married to an American, you will have it much easier
    to begin work soon after you finish your studies. Many states will require you to take at least the TOEFL exam since you will have graduated from a foreign school. Some states will also require the CGFNS exam. And of course, you will need to sit for the NCLEX exam. Per the rules in effect right now, you do not to complete the Visa Screen process, however, that can always change in the next few years.

    Hope that this helps and good luck.....
  6. by   purplemania
    Wow! I could not believe how much we have in common. I live in Texas---what town is your wife's hometown? My son married a Swede 10 years ago, and has lived in Taby, near Stockholm, for more than 6 years. He works for Computer Associates. They come here once a year and I go there once a year, but it is not enough now that they have 2 children. I am so proud of my little vikings. Stay in touch.
  7. by   Tweety
    Nice to meet you. I'm always impressed with how well you guys speak and write English. Had a good friend from Denmark who was living in Sweden and we corresponded a lot.

    Ask anything, and you'll find your answers here. Good luck in school!
  8. by   Swedandy
    Thank you all for your kind words!

    suzanne4:
    It would appear that Texas require the TOEFL, CGFNS and two years work experience before taking the NCLEX. I only found out the other day that I need the two years work experience, which is a bit of a letdown as we were hoping to move as soon as I was through with school. Oh well, we'll just see what happens.

    purplemania:
    That's cool! Small world, eh? My wife is from El Campo, just west of Houston. We're hoping to move to somewhere on the Gulf coast, maybe around Corpus.

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