Foreign trained nurse. Scared..

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    H everyone. I've been applying in different SNF's here in LA county. I'm nervous as hell! I haven't gone in any interview yet so I have no idea what to expect.. Except from those I have read on this site, which is actually pretty helpful yet scary.. Makes me feel more nervous! Hehe. I've read posts where new RN's were being bullied and unrespected by their colleagues. I absolutely don't want it to happen to me. I'm getting more scared because I'm a foreign trained nurse, and I just got here in the US a few months ago.. I am a RN but I've been unemployed for 3 yrs now so I don't feel confident anymore. There are so many things I have forgotten and I'm trying to review and study by my self but I still I can't find my confidence to go back.. I wish I could get a job where senior staff/ nurses will be nice respectful and understanding.. Especially to nurses like me who were anxious to be back in track but still dying to get a nursing job and practice her dream profession. Reading posts about bullying makes me doubt about applying for jobs or anything.. I'm an immigrant and I'm still trying to adjust with the culture here so everything is so overwhelming for me. Help!
    Last edit by scarlet14 on Feb 7, '13 : Reason: Spelling
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    I have no advice but wanted to say good luck. It is especially hard in nursing homes. I hope you are able to find a place where you can be comfortable. Unfortunately nursing isn't very friendly in many areas of the u.s.
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    I appreciate you wishing me good luck. Well I guess I have no choice but to try and to just learn how to deal with it.. No pain, no gain... Sigh! Thanks.
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    We're in the same boat scarlet14. I'm still job hunting and in dire need to find one but to no luck, cant find any. I was told to try SNF's since hospitals require a year or two of experience. But reality check, it takes one to know someone in facility or even in hospital to be able to land a job. Stay focus and persistent and most importantly be optimistic. I know we can overcome all this.
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    Moved to nursing career advice forum to elicit further response.

    It's tough out there right now, good luck in your job search.
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    Curious as to why, really, I mean- foreign nurses are being recruited with the job market here as awful as it is? Does not add up, sorry.
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    Quote from SuzieVN
    Curious as to why, really, I mean- foreign nurses are being recruited with the job market here as awful as it is? Does not add up, sorry.
    Inappropriate comment!
    Besides, she came and is LOOKING for a job, not recruited.
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    Quote from SuzieVN
    Curious as to why, really, I mean- foreign nurses are being recruited with the job market here as awful as it is? Does not add up, sorry.
    :sigh:....responding As a foreign nurse:. I don't want to be rude. But You don't know our stories... Besides here I find the nursing work way more easy. And I think that's why foreigners are sometimes more demanding. As a PHRN I was in charge of 18 programs. (Immunizations, HIV, TB, Maternal Health, management, and others) and here I'm just in charge of one ! Good for me!!! But o can't decide which one, lol! I love them all!
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    Quote from SuzieVN
    Curious as to why, really, I mean- foreign nurses are being recruited with the job market here as awful as it is? Does not add up, sorry.
    They are no longer being recruited. Employers don't want to sponsor them when they have a glutton of cheaper new grads to choose from. (Cheaper compared to sponsoring an IEN, but orienting a new grad is expensive compared to an experienced RN)

    The only shortage is for EXPERIENCED nurses. Many of these IEN are coming over, passing NCLEX and then waiting years and years to find work - just like locally educated and trained nurses.

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    Quote from mali_santizo

    :sigh:....responding As a foreign nurse:. I don't want to be rude. But You don't know our stories... Besides here I find the nursing work way more easy. And I think that's why foreigners are sometimes more demanding. As a PHRN I was in charge of 18 programs. (Immunizations, HIV, TB, Maternal Health, management, and others) and here I'm just in charge of one ! Good for me!!! But o can't decide which one, lol! I love them all!
    That's all fine and good that you can do those things, but it effects our nation when unemployment rates for US citizens and educated nurses are so high because they cannot find work because of recruitment of IEN.
    Just because work here is "way more easy" doesn't mean we need foreigners taking the job from US educated nurses. Especially if you are so demanding.

    Why not go demand things from your country? Demand change. Demand better working environments. Advocate for your profession. Demand better for your country! They owe you that, they are your country of education and birth. Demand better from them!

    US educate nurses can't even advocate for their profession because we are battling to just get a job. If we get one we are forced into silence for fear our job will be taken from us.



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