Thinking of moving to UK - page 5

Hi! I'm obviously new here. My DH and I have been discussing a move to the south UK for some time. We currently live in Northern California. His parents are from Liverpool and Manchester. We have... Read More

  1. by   cariad
    being a nurse both sides of the atlantic has both ups and downs, as a uk nurse who has been here 3 years and has lived and travelled here, i feel that my experiences are unique to me. i have worked my 18 month contract with ogp worked 4 travel assignments and have now started as a permanent member of staff at another hospital.
    i didnt rely on my nhs wage back home, i had my own business, so only remained as a lowly paid d grade working 32 hour a week contract. if you come here as a 2 nurse working family then you are better off, as you were better off back home. good luck to everyone who comes here and works in any way that suits them, we have had good and bad placements, i have worked in horrendous conditions over here, and had really good conditions in the nhs.
    we are in the middle of health insurance hassles but we have just moved into a large house with our own pool, something that wouldnt have happened in the uk. but the choices we make are our own, if someone wants to work and survive then its up to them.
    we have survived with one wage more or less since we came here, mostly through choice, now because of health issues.
    but our lifestyle is still good. i wouldnt change it for anything.
  2. by   Belinda-wales
    Quote from cariad
    being a nurse both sides of the atlantic has both ups and downs, as a uk nurse who has been here 3 years and has lived and travelled here, i feel that my experiences are unique to me. i have worked my 18 month contract with ogp worked 4 travel assignments and have now started as a permanent member of staff at another hospital.
    i didnt rely on my nhs wage back home, i had my own business, so only remained as a lowly paid d grade working 32 hour a week contract. if you come here as a 2 nurse working family then you are better off, as you were better off back home. good luck to everyone who comes here and works in any way that suits them, we have had good and bad placements, i have worked in horrendous conditions over here, and had really good conditions in the nhs.
    we are in the middle of health insurance hassles but we have just moved into a large house with our own pool, something that wouldnt have happened in the uk. but the choices we make are our own, if someone wants to work and survive then its up to them.
    we have survived with one wage more or less since we came here, mostly through choice, now because of health issues.
    but our lifestyle is still good. i wouldnt change it for anything.
    cariad- what ever life puts you through you always remain positive you are the sort of person who would do well where ever you work in the world - your glass is always half full.

    as lots of people have said there is good and bad both sides of the pond- if we return to the uk i can not say hand on heart that i would return to nursing or midwifery as i was really burnt out over my last few years working in the uk.- truthfully our choice to travel to the usa was not money baised it was more about the oppotunity to travel and experience new things.
    since being here in the states i have began to love my job again- its very different from the uk. so for me that has been great but i am well awear that not everyone has the same experience- just as my experience in the uk was different from other peoples.
  3. by   gobejo
    I have recived a BSN from a university in USA. I fell in love with a Romanian girl and we decided it is better for us to be in the United Kingdom. I was wondering if there arenurse anaesthetists programs in England and how much do they get paid. I know i can earn a salary of 70,000 pounds here in the US if i do my CRNA here. Anyone would like to give me suggestions. I would truly appreciate it.
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from gobejo
    I have recived a BSN from a university in USA. I fell in love with a Romanian girl and we decided it is better for us to be in the United Kingdom. I was wondering if there arenurse anaesthetists programs in England and how much do they get paid. I know i can earn a salary of 70,000 pounds here in the US if i do my CRNA here. Anyone would like to give me suggestions. I would truly appreciate it.
    Are you married or have been cohabitting for I think it is 2 years? The reason being as you may have problems otherwise getting a work permit. She should be OK as she is a member from the EU but very hard if you can't get a work permit through her as requirements is employers have to employ from the UK then EU before the rest of the world and have to prove that they could not fill it from EU first. Also you have to go through the NMC and meet their requirements first before you can look for an employer and apply for work permit and the NMC process can take several months plus you have to complete a recognised ONP course which not enough places for everyone. All requirements are here http://www.nmc-uk.org/aArticle.aspx?ArticleID=1653

    Also to add many hospitals have a staff freeze due to many suffering financial problems. The best thing would be check nursing times website and see what jobs are advertised or approach hospitals in the areas you want to live and see if they are employing anaesthatic nurses, what the pay is like and if they have a job would they be willing to help you with work permit.
  5. by   RGN1
    Well you won't earn that here! Right now it's nigh on impossible to get a job as a nurse if you're from outside the EU, or inside the UK for that matter!!

    There are a few anaesthetic nurses dotted around but for the most part another group of specially trained personnel - namely the ODA (operating department assistant) - works with the anaesthatists here in the UK. They certainly don't command premium pay though - either the nurses or the ODA's!

    Honestly I think you're best off where you are. That would hold true, in my opinion, even if it was easier to get here.
  6. by   RGN1
    Hi SD!! Looks like we're posting at the same time...........AGAIN!
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from RGN1
    Hi SD!! Looks like we're posting at the same time...........AGAIN!
    well you know they say 2 minds
  8. by   RGN1
    may catch you in the chat room one time if we UK nurses ever get ourselves organised!
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from RGN1
    may catch you in the chat room one time if we UK nurses ever get ourselves organised!
    trying for a day next week but I can't do thursday. Sure something can be arrange for chat

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