UK RN Attempting to Live/Work USA

  1. Hello Everyone, I am a newly graduated RN, now living in Arizona. Finding this site has been a 'godsend'; was feeling very alone in a new (tho wonderful) country. I have left all my family and friends in the UK in an attempt to start a new life in the USA, not easy. To stay here I need to pass the dreaded NCLEX; took it Thursday; did not pass; arrrrrrrrgh!!! If I dont pass,I dont work and I dont get the green card. Any UK trained nurses (especially fresh out of Uni) out there who have navigated the USA system, NCLEX etc? Really want to make my life here and I have the greatest respect for all the US nurses, they must really know their stuff. If anyone has any advice would be very grateful. I have a husband (here on his temp visa at the mo)and a wonderful small border collie and I feel they are depending on me. As a newly graduated RN have limited experience of course but I am soooooo keen to learn and be the best nurse I can, I love the job but am concerned that as a newly qualified I wont get thru the NCLEX has anyone heard of a UK 'newbie' getting thru? Take care all and thankyou.
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  3. by   Sunshine97
    Don't worry about failing keping trying you will make it. Am still in the UK but will be joining you soon.

    take care
  4. by   ladywiggler
    Quote from chacha17
    Don't worry about failing keping trying you will make it. Am still in the UK but will be joining you soon.

    take care
    Thanks for the reply, your encouragement is greatly appreciated. Very best wishes for your move to the US, its a fantastic country with great people. You wont regret your move; hope all goes well for you.
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from ladywiggler
    Hello Everyone, I am a newly graduated RN, now living in Arizona. Finding this site has been a 'godsend'; was feeling very alone in a new (tho wonderful) country. I have left all my family and friends in the UK in an attempt to start a new life in the USA, not easy. To stay here I need to pass the dreaded NCLEX; took it Thursday; did not pass; arrrrrrrrgh!!! If I dont pass,I dont work and I dont get the green card. Any UK trained nurses (especially fresh out of Uni) out there who have navigated the USA system, NCLEX etc? Really want to make my life here and I have the greatest respect for all the US nurses, they must really know their stuff. If anyone has any advice would be very grateful. I have a husband (here on his temp visa at the mo)and a wonderful small border collie and I feel they are depending on me. As a newly graduated RN have limited experience of course but I am soooooo keen to learn and be the best nurse I can, I love the job but am concerned that as a newly qualified I wont get thru the NCLEX has anyone heard of a UK 'newbie' getting thru? Take care all and thankyou.

    hi and welcome to the site,

    Check out the UK forum and you will find there are already a couple of nurses from the UK already working in Phoenix, I am towards the end of the process and just waiting for a visa. Also check out the NCLEX forum and Suzanne's sticky as she has done a programme. Be aware at the moment of retrogression and you can't do AOS at the moment, check out the international forum as plenty to say on there on retrogression and it's affect on everyone. PM me if you want anything. I passed on 3 attempts found it hard as an experienced nurse taking the exam
  6. by   ladywiggler
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    hi and welcome to the site,

    Check out the UK forum and you will find there are already a couple of nurses from the UK already working in Phoenix, I am towards the end of the process and just waiting for a visa. Also check out the NCLEX forum and Suzanne's sticky as she has done a programme. Be aware at the moment of retrogression and you can't do AOS at the moment, check out the international forum as plenty to say on there on retrogression and it's affect on everyone. PM me if you want anything. I passed on 3 attempts found it hard as an experienced nurse taking the exam
    Many thanks Anna, do you know where to get the Saunders guide Suzanne mentions? Also wot's AOS? Pardon my ignorance!!
  7. by   chuck1234
    I took a course in Kaplan...I paid $350 for that...and I passed it...the computer stopped asking me questions when I finished question #75.
    "Practice makes perfect!"
    Good luck!
    And I can't wait to see you working side by side with me....
  8. by   ladywiggler
    Quote from chuck1234
    I took a course in Kaplan...I paid $350 for that...and I passed it...the computer stopped asking me questions when I finished question #75.
    "Practice makes perfect!"
    Good luck!
    And I can't wait to see you working side by side with me....
    Thanks Chuck, if I ever get thru the rotten NCLEX I would be delighted to work 'side by side' with you and every other wonderful US nurse. As a newly qualified nursing can be daunting at the best of times, but hey who wants an easy life eh? If we wanted that we have chosen the wrong career I think. Once again thanks for the support. By the way what was the title of the Kaplan course?
    Last edit by ladywiggler on Apr 1, '07 : Reason: missed info
  9. by   chuck1234
    Quote from ladywiggler
    Thanks Chuck, if I ever get thru the rotten NCLEX I would be delighted to work 'side by side' with you and every other wonderful US nurse. As a newly qualified nursing can be daunting at the best of times, but hey who wants an easy life eh? If we wanted that we have chosen the wrong career I think. Once again thanks for the support. By the way what was the title of the Kaplan course?
    It got to be NCLEX-RN...you can take this course on-line....or off-line
  10. by   Tweety
    Welcome to Allnurses. Good luck.
  11. by   ladywiggler
    Quote from Tweety
    Welcome to Allnurses. Good luck.
    Many thanks; all support greatly appreciated. New to this site and sometimes may take a while for me to acknowledge; tend to navigate to strange areas (rubbish at map reading too).

    Take care and thanks again
  12. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from ladywiggler
    Many thanks Anna, do you know where to get the Saunders guide Suzanne mentions? Also wot's AOS? Pardon my ignorance!!
    You should be able to get it from any book shop, think I got mine from Barnes and Noble also Amazon will sell it. AOS is adjustment of status which you can do to GC once visas are available. You won't be able to work unless your husbands visa allows you to work until visas are available
  13. by   ladywiggler
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    You should be able to get it from any book shop, think I got mine from Barnes and Noble also Amazon will sell it. AOS is adjustment of status which you can do to GC once visas are available. You won't be able to work unless your husbands visa allows you to work until visas are available
    Thanks again, youre a star
  14. by   RNGrad2006
    Hello Everyone, I am a newly graduated RN, now living in Arizona. Finding this site has been a 'godsend'; was feeling very alone in a new (tho wonderful) country. I have left all my family and friends in the UK in an attempt to start a new life in the USA, not easy. To stay here I need to pass the dreaded NCLEX; took it Thursday; did not pass; arrrrrrrrgh!!! If I dont pass,I dont work and I dont get the green card. Any UK trained nurses (especially fresh out of Uni) out there who have navigated the USA system, NCLEX etc? Really want to make my life here and I have the greatest respect for all the US nurses, they must really know their stuff. If anyone has any advice would be very grateful. I have a husband (here on his temp visa at the mo)and a wonderful small border collie and I feel they are depending on me. As a newly graduated RN have limited experience of course but I am soooooo keen to learn and be the best nurse I can, I love the job but am concerned that as a newly qualified I wont get thru the NCLEX has anyone heard of a UK 'newbie' getting thru? Take care all and thankyou.

    Where were you planning to work? I am a Canadian RN but trained in the US and had no trouble with NCLEX but would highly recommend Saunders and Kaplan to prepare for NCLEX. I also thought the Mosby computer adaptive test was a good way to build up confidence because it gives feedback and shuts off just like NCLEX and then you can go back and go over questions. The questions were not as hard as some but I think just practicing as many different types of questions as possible is helpful and the format is also so foreign for most with having one question at a time and then shutting off depending on how well you do. I studied for 3 weeks and passed with 77 questions on my first try. It is possible!!! But when you start working I would highly recommend a good teaching hospital that has a good new grad orientation program. I started at St. Joe's in Phoenix and would highly recommend them. I have had an excellent experience. Everyone is very welcoming and don't mind answering my questions. St Joes has excellent benefits and lots of fringe benefits like discounts, referral bonus etc... A very professoinal and employee friendly facility!!! Good luck. I guess you have to wait to write the exam again but don't wait too long sometimes that just increases the anxiety.
    Take care. PM me if you have any other questions.

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