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@Silverdragon102: Hi. I'm sorry for my late reply. I didn't log-in or browse the net for almost two days. Thank u very much for the clarification about CES and the link.
@steppybay: Hi. I also want to apologize to you for my late reply. I didn't log-in or browse the net for almost two days. I really appreciate your very informative insight. You are absolutely right! It makes more sense the way you put it that I have to choose the state where I wanna settle in. I will think of this thoroughly then. Thank you.
Before, I was thinking of maybe there's a state that I can pass NCLEX faster and be USRN right away so that I could help out my family already. Now that you have mentioned about settling-in, it got me thinking double time or actually its more like stunned. I guess I really have to look into a lot of things before deciding which state then. Ahm, may i ask you if you don't mind, where do u work now or which state u have chosen to be an RN? How is the treatment of foreign nurses there? How much roughly is the pay and the benefits for newly hired RN and without field experience except school related or few hospital exposures? Are there any sign-in bonuses? How's the climate or living expenses? Where should I work first, in the nursing home or hospital or somewhere else? Sorry, I have too many questions. I just want to have a general idea of things I have to look at and have an idea of how it is in your state. So, I hope you don't mind me asking those questions. But, if you do, then I understand. Again, thank you for your reply and in advance. :spin:
Hi, no problem, questions are more than welcome and I prefer to answer them here versus using PM's so that everyone can share in our common plight.
I am not a USRN as of yet, I am looking into which State I want to one day raise a family in, CA would be nice, but it's not reality in today's times.
My friend and I plan to go on a USA tour one day after doing some research from our couch, lol. So with that in mind, I really can't answer some of your questions, but you can skim thru the other State's Nursing threads here to get a feel for those already in the workplace, as far as salaries and maybe benefits.
Sign-in bonuses, those went out a few years ago, there's no real incentive for any hospital to offer that with thousands of potential unemployed nurses. The same thing with finding a hospital sponsorship, no hospital is going to wait 6 years or more to hire anyone and it cost them lots of money to do that. There's no nursing shortage at all.
Myself and like my friend, she wants to work with kids and prefer to work in a Pediatric unit, we don't care to be with adults in a nursing home, LTC or assisted living. We rather listen to a whining and crying child and not an adult, lol. Just a personal preference, nothing wrong with the adult side if that's your thing. Kids need nurses too.
But yes, ideally, it would be great to find work in a good hospital whereby usually the salaries are pretty good, benefits like those of paid vacations and sick leave, sometimes they offer better retirement plans and is more the norm than those working in a nursing home etc.
I prefer to work with a nurse to patient ratio of a few versus the nursing homes of 20-30-35 patients to one. I know of several friends of friend, who just get so stressed more and not really liking working with that much pressure and it's expected of you to work even harder. We all have choices and that's just my personal opinion, no offenses to anyone that wants to work in those places, more power to you as those patients needs your help too.