One thing I'd wish I'd known before going to the USA...... - page 7

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   english_nurse
    Quote from Kelky
    I wish I had known how to speak Spanish!
  2. by   RGN1
    My eldest has taken Spanish at school - I'm trying to learn along with him. the younger ones have had the "BBC Muzzy" for years but because they're learning French at school it's becoming a bit confusing for them!
  3. by   RGN1
    I wish that I had known that we would eat out more and gain weight.........something that I didnt need !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/quote]

    I'm afraid of this too !!
  4. by   suehp
    Quote from english_nurse
    thats the thing about working 3 shifts a week plenty of days off
    hurrah for days off, i am looking forward to using them to visit and explore places that so many people on here have told me exist in AZ

    We do self scheduling here which for the most part works. I work 3 x 12 hour night shifts and at least once a schedule (4 weeks) I give myself 6 nights off (I could have 8 nights off if I wanted) and i can do this without taking holiday time (although I am using this for when they call me off)

    As long as I have 6 nights off together once a month that is ok - I havent had a vacation as such since I got here 11 months ago...although I was off for 8 nights when my Brother visitied in August...I dont feel deprived yet!!! LOL
  5. by   Kelky
    Quote from RGN1
    My eldest has taken Spanish at school - I'm trying to learn along with him. the younger ones have had the "BBC Muzzy" for years but because they're learning French at school it's becoming a bit confusing for them!
    I have to admit in desperation I've sometimes tried my schoolgirl French on people! and yes sometimes the words are similar enough that it gets me understood. My oldest is learning French in school so he's no help to me trying to learn Spanish
  6. by   twotrees2
    Quote from cariad
    the biggest shock to us was the lack of work for the husbands. he was offered plenty of work at $5 and $6 an hour. so because we were in the carribean we discussed and decided for him not to work while we were there apart from the occasional painting and house sitting jobs, it wasnt financially viable for him to work and for us to buy another car and to insure it.
    even here in the states we are wary of committing to the hours that they want him to work still for low wages or not for full time hours. he worked with adults with learning disabilities in the uk, but over here you need a college degree in special needs education before they would consider it, and he doesnt have that.
    he had plenty of inservice and training on the job but none of that is recognised over here. so we exist on one wage.
    the overtime for me is good, but i dont get much as they give ot to their regular staff first. but i could earn a weeks wage for him in one shift.
    weird - i worked teaching autistic adults - i was the staff nurse on as that was required but the other woman that worked with me did not have a college degree. wonder why wherever you are they expect a degree in special needs - do they not have assisstants wherever you live. but then i am sure they arent paid that much either so probably wouldnt matter.
  7. by   twotrees2
    Quote from english_nurse
    hi kenny, i just wondered how old your children are?
    only 91 days till Xmas - good lord i am screwed - crap - knew i should have started shopping already - sigh - thanks for the reminder though.
  8. by   twotrees2
    Quote from english_nurse
    thats a relief, i had visions of your 12 year old having to have afternoon naps!!

    i think i should have had more sleep today

    when i was a kid - even in teens ( mind you i did not stay there often haha) my grandma made us nap after lunch " to help digest our lunch" roflmao - nowadays - id kill for that nap after lunch heheheh.
  9. by   groundinghubris
    sorry and we moved the conversation to pm that same day.
  10. by   RGN1
    I wish I knew where English-nurse's packet 4 was.

    I wish I knew exactly to the day when I'd get to the USA so I could plan appropriately.

    I wish I knew that retrogression was really not going to affect me.

    I wish I didn't have to keep photocopying the same documents for different forms.

    I wish this was all over & I was on the plane!!
  11. by   Silverdragon102
    I wish things would move for everyone
  12. by   english_nurse
    Quote from RGN1
    I wish I knew where English-nurse's packet 4 was.

    I wish I knew exactly to the day when I'd get to the USA so I could plan appropriately.

    I wish I knew that retrogression was really not going to affect me.

    I wish I didn't have to keep photocopying the same documents for different forms.

    I wish this was all over & I was on the plane!!
  13. by   Owain Glyndwr
    Quote from RGN1
    I wish I knew where English-nurse's packet 4 was.

    I wish I knew exactly to the day when I'd get to the USA so I could plan appropriately.

    I wish I knew that retrogression was really not going to affect me.

    I wish I didn't have to keep photocopying the same documents for different forms.

    I wish this was all over & I was on the plane!!
    I wish I knew someone in the US Embassy

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