One thing I'd wish I'd known before going to the USA...... - page 4

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   madwife2002
    Myt last electricity bill for the month was $333
  2. by   madwife2002
    Quote from SueIP
    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.
    It is very difficult to make friends where I live too.
  3. by   suehp
    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???[/QUOTE]

    That is the same in the both places I have worked - dont know whether it is the same state wide....it is a hospital thing......when the census is low which is usually is in the summer months it is more likely for us to be called off....now we are heading for the winter months it will be rare this will happen...
  4. by   geordiegirl2
    Quote from 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.
    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???[/quote]

    In AZ its state legislation I'm not sure about the rest of the country, we we're initially told it would be worst in the summer as the population of Tucson drops then but truly last winter was quite bad as lots of travel nurses come to AZ then as the weathers good and it makes no difference to the hospital to overstaff as they can call people off!!
  5. by   english_nurse
    trouble is it extends your contract i suppose, as well as reducing your paycheck
  6. by   geordiegirl2
    Quote from english_nurse
    trouble is it extends your contract i suppose, as well as reducing your paycheck

    Thats right and when you only work 6 days per pay period then one day makes a big difference.
  7. by   english_nurse
    Quote from geordiegirl2
    Thats right and when you only work 6 days per pay period then one day makes a big difference.
    and i think my contract is long enough thanks lol
  8. by   RGN1
    I heard that in Florida you can make extra money (which would compensate) when the snowbirds come. A friend, who is a nurse, said she works extra during "the season" & makes plenty $$.

    Our parents in Florida pay about $250 per month elelctricity (less in spring, winter & autumn) & they leave the kitchen light on all day, put all their lights on at night, cook a plenty - at least for 4 hours a day - & have no energy saving light bulbs, or low energy washing machine! Mind you there is a nuclear power station in the county!

    One thing I wish I had known already was just how tedious all this paperwork was going to be & how much you have to duplicate things. It's driving me nuts!! So if you don't like paperwork then don't apply to go to the USA!!:chuckle
    Last edit by RGN1 on Sep 19, '06
  9. by   letina
    Quote from RGN1
    I heard that in Florida you can make extra money (which would compenstae) when the snowbirds come. A friend, who is a nurse, said she works extra during "the season" & makes plenty $$.
    I just worked an extra shift and got an extra $25 an hour on top of my regular hourly pay......it's called 'unscheduled bonus'......but this is only given when you are asked to come in due to low staffing levels, not when you self-schedule for overtime. You do get an enhanced hourly rate after the contracted 36 hours, but not as much as unscheduled.
  10. by   RGN1
    Quote from madwife2002
    It is very difficult to make friends where I live too.
    I think these comments are the hardest ones to read. Especially as in the UK we tend to think of Americans as out-going & friendly.

    We have already made friends in the area we are going to be living & they always spend time with us & just "drop in" or invite us over when we vacation. Maybe it's because it's a rural area & not a big city?

    Also my son is welcomed by the local swim team every time we go over & they let him train with them for free. All the kids & adults there are so nice to us.

    I find it sad that other UK nurses have found themselves so isolated.
  11. by   english_nurse
    Quote from RGN1
    I think these comments are the hardest ones to read. Especially as in the UK we tend to think of Americans as out-going & friendly.

    We have already made friends in the area we are going to be living & they always spend time with us & just "drop in" or invite us over when we vacation. Maybe it's because it's a rural area & not a big city?

    Also my son is welcomed by the local swim team every time we go over & they let him train with them for free. All the kids & adults there are so nice to us.

    I find it sad that other UK nurses have found themselves so isolated.
    its lovely that you have friends already out there, it makes a big difference to how you feel about the whole thing
    i am lucky too i have a friend who already lives in AZ, she has been so helpful and kind during the last 12 months, that i dont feel half as scared as i probably should!
    its also nice as things have worked out quite well for her, she has a good job and lives in a lovely area and has a great social life, so you get to hear some positive aspects of the whole nursing and living in the USA saga.
    its unfortunate that it doesnt work like that for everyone, the way of life, work ethics, etc are not for everyone but its nice to hear that it works well for some people
    good luck rgn1
  12. by   Belinda-wales
    I think making friends and fitting in can be hard where ever you live for us we have moved around so much just when we start fitting in we are on the move again

    A friend that i worked with last year has moved to states and she has been really lucky she says the poeple that she works with are great she has a lovely big home her husband has found good work luckly his sklls were transferable. And both her children have settled well in to school and life out there she has even been offer to sort her madwifery qualifcation out for her to go back to madwifery if she wants too all this in one year did i mention she has a new car as well- she is really happy at presnt and is glad that she made the move. She says that she has suffered from some homesickness missing family and friends but that is to be expected and normal. I asked her what was the one think she wished she had known befor going she said how good life could be why did she wait so long.

    I know that life has up and downs bur who knowes what life going to be like untill you try
  13. by   madwife2002
    Quote from english_nurse
    its lovely that you have friends already out there, it makes a big difference to how you feel about the whole thing
    i am lucky too i have a friend who already lives in AZ, she has been so helpful and kind during the last 12 months, that i dont feel half as scared as i probably should!
    its also nice as things have worked out quite well for her, she has a good job and lives in a lovely area and has a great social life, so you get to hear some positive aspects of the whole nursing and living in the USA saga.
    its unfortunate that it doesnt work like that for everyone, the way of life, work ethics, etc are not for everyone but its nice to hear that it works well for some people
    good luck rgn1
    I take it you not referring to me

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