One thing I'd wish I'd known before going to the USA...... - page 3

Hey all you wonderful nurses who have made the journey across the pond, or are nearly there bar the flights! I thought it might be fun/interesting/helpful if you could post something along the lines... Read More

  1. by   Nurse1966
    If ya'll don't mind me asking, and I don't mean this to start a debate, but why do you come to the US? I love America, think it's the greatest place to live. I'm just curious...I lived in Germany for five years and loved it. Do you come for the jobs? schooling? family? Krispy Kreme Donuts? Whatever your reasons, welcome and I appreciate the cultural diversity you bring.
  2. by   madwife2002
    Quote from Nurse1966
    If ya'll don't mind me asking, and I don't mean this to start a debate, but why do you come to the US? I love America, think it's the greatest place to live. I'm just curious...I lived in Germany for five years and loved it. Do you come for the jobs? schooling? family? Krispy Kreme Donuts? Whatever your reasons, welcome and I appreciate the cultural diversity you bring.
    Has to be the Krispy Donuts that gets my vote

    Seriously I lived here as a child and I always wanted to come back and live here, and be near my American Family.
    Now I live 3000 miles away from my American family, and my cousin whom I love wont let me move to Ohio because she wants to come live here near me one day.
  3. by   Geena
    Being lonely is probably what I fear the most - many of you are coming with your families, which is great.
    OMG - I'll have to start that dating scene again, won't I...
    sentence followed by nordic curses...
  4. by   letina
    Quote from Geena
    many of you are coming with your families, which is great.
    I'm here with my husband, but we have a son back home who we miss so much. Add to that, our first grand-child was born 10 weeks ago and I thought I'd cope with seeing him maybe 3 or 4 times a year, but now I'm not so sure......feels like I'm missing out on so much. Hopefully for those who are coming as a complete family, loneliness won't be an issue.
  5. by   madwife2002
    Naw you're lonely for a while regardless of who you come with
  6. by   RGN1
    Quote from Nurse1966
    If ya'll don't mind me asking, and I don't mean this to start a debate, but why do you come to the US? I love America, think it's the greatest place to live. I'm just curious...I lived in Germany for five years and loved it. Do you come for the jobs? schooling? family? Krispy Kreme Donuts? Whatever your reasons, welcome and I appreciate the cultural diversity you bring.
    Krispy Cremes?......Mmmmmmmmmmmmm but we have those here in the UK not 10 minutes from where I live sooooooooooo no not them!

    I'm coming over for the space, the freedom my kids will have in the lovely little backwater we have or house in. The BEAUTIFUL 5 bed house with pool, jacuzzi, 3 car garage, master suite at the OPPOSITE end of the house to the kids & bonus room for the kiddie's den & 650 foot of forest at the back that is State protected & can't be built on. The waterways where we can poodle up & down in a boat & swim with the manatees. For the lovely people we've already made friends with & can't wait to see more often. For the swim team my son loves to train with when he's on vacation. For Cody's Roadhouse & waffle House! (hehehe) Because of the congestion charge, the fact that certain denominations seem to take precedent over the Christian values that we used to have, the stealth taxes, the petrol - sorry gas - prices, the traffic, the lack of parking anywhere & the draconian measures the councils use to enforce their stupid parking rules.

    I don't see the USA through rose tinted glasses. My best friend is USA born & bred (met her at university) & we've been annual (at least) visitors for some 25 years now both east & west coast. I know there's a downside but I know there's an up side & I want the up-side!
  7. by   NurseLatteDNP
    Why I came here:
    I met my husband in Germany while he was stationed there in the US Army. We got married there and lived there for a year after we got married....until they moved him back to the US. So, as his wife I came with him
    (6 years ago). At first I wanted to fly back every day, but now I am glad I am here, because I have met some great people and we have a daughter who loves it here.
  8. by   cariad
    i came here because i like it !!!!
    [color=#483d8b]been here for over 2 years and yes sometimes have missed my family and my grandkids and my youngest daughter in particular.
    [color=#483d8b]but for me i wanted a lifestyle change, sometimes things have been a hassle but for the most part its better....lots better.
    [color=#483d8b]you learn to do without the uk food and make do, even forget sometimes what it is that we miss. near us there is a world market that sells heinz beans, hp sauce, foxes and mcvities biscuits, gravy granules and pataks curry. just a few bits and pieces for when you dont mind paying a fortune for it. $1:99 for a small tin of batchelors mushy peas ! $1:79 for the beans,
  9. by   madwife2002
    Quote from RGN1
    Krispy Cremes?......Mmmmmmmmmmmmm but we have those here in the UK not 10 minutes from where I live sooooooooooo no not them!

    I'm coming over for the space, the freedom my kids will have in the lovely little backwater we have or house in. The BEAUTIFUL 5 bed house with pool, jacuzzi, 3 car garage, master suite at the OPPOSITE end of the house to the kids & bonus room for the kiddie's den & 650 foot of forest at the back that is State protected & can't be built on. The waterways where we can poodle up & down in a boat & swim with the manatees. For the lovely people we've already made friends with & can't wait to see more often. For the swim team my son loves to train with when he's on vacation. For Cody's Roadhouse & waffle House! (hehehe) Because of the congestion charge, the fact that certain denominations seem to take precedent over the Christian values that we used to have, the stealth taxes, the petrol - sorry gas - prices, the traffic, the lack of parking anywhere & the draconian measures the councils use to enforce their stupid parking rules.

    I don't see the USA through rose tinted glasses. My best friend is USA born & bred (met her at university) & we've been annual (at least) visitors for some 25 years now both east & west coast. I know there's a downside but I know there's an up side & I want the up-side!
    Sounds great.
  10. by   english_nurse
    Quote from RGN1
    Because of the congestion charge, the fact that certain denominations seem to take precedent over the Christian values that we used to have, the stealth taxes, the petrol - sorry gas - prices, the traffic, the lack of parking anywhere & the draconian measures the councils use to enforce their stupid parking rules.

    I don't see the USA through rose tinted glasses. . I know there's a downside but I know there's an up side & I want the up-side!

    you forgot the wheelie bin police, as in they are now bugging our wheelie bins to work out how much to charge us to take out our rubbish and who is guilty of not recycling!!
  11. by   RGN1
    Quote from english_nurse
    you forgot the wheelie bin police, as in they are now bugging our wheelie bins to work out how much to charge us to take out our rubbish and who is guilty of not recycling!!
    Oh man..........that too!!!! & the black boxes they want to put in our cars so they can charge us by the mile instead of a blanket road tax - with London in rush hour coming in at a whopping 1.83(or similar) a mile in places!!

    Mind you we're digressing a bit from the topic but this is fun as well!!!!
  12. by   suehp
    Awww Tina, I can understand how you must be feeling...I feel lonely at times too for different reasons - it is very hard making friends here...(call me for a chat if you want I am off for a few nights now)

    Apart from that I wish I had known the utility bills would be sooooo high!!! Also I wish I had known they can call you off a shift with only 2 hours notice and you have to use your vacation time up or you dont get paid for the shift.
  13. by   RGN1
    Apart from that I wish I had known the utility bills would be sooooo high!!! Also I wish I had known they can call you off a shift with only 2 hours notice and you have to use your vacation time up or you dont get paid for the shift.[/quote]

    Have you seen the recent prices here in the UK? Domestic fuel prices have risen by 98% in the last 6 months!!!!!!!!!!!

    Not so good about the shift thing - I'll be wary of that - but NO WAY would my vacation time go - that's going to be little enough as it is!!!! Is it an agency or hospital thing??? Or both???

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