hi everyone! this is my first time to join a forum and post a message. i have read some of the messages here and i find it very informative. i would like to address this message to all filipino nurses who are now successfully working in the us
. it was last year when an opportunity knocked my door. an agency offered me a scholarship
program (sponsorship in all exams, review and visa processing). i passed cgfns and ielts. but i felt frustrated because they have only few employers. the ones that came were very particular with hospital experience. that's the reason why i was not called for an interview. the agency now requires us to go back to hospital while waiting, or attend their training program(which will cost arnd p17k), for us to be marketable.this was not cleared to us when we signed the contract with them. they have accepted us even without hospital experience. in our present economic situation, i can’t afford to give up my job without the assurance that i will be deployed very soon. i have 2 kids to feed and i can't take the risk just like that. right now, i am exploring other options and i hope you would help me on some concerns:
1) is hospital experience really necessary? i heard some were able to emigrate and work there even without experience?
2) which is better? safer? faster? going thru an agency or direct hire?
3) is it really 12 – 18 months of processing for immigrant visa?
that’s all for now. i would greatly appreciate if you could find time to send your comments or share your experiences. thanks and god bless!