Job opportunities for a newly licensed international RN

  1. Hi all,

    like my title says, I am a newly licensed RN in Pennsylvania. Just passed my NCLEX this march!
    I have a BSN, and 5 years of experience working in Singapore.

    I started my nursing career in a Surgical ICU, 3 years of great experience. While I was on perm night duty, I was given the opportunity to be Charge nurse.

    After the 3 years in the SICU, I spent about 1 year working with an agency. I was working as a floater ICU, ER nurse and also dabbled in some research nursing work for a pharmaceutical company for about a year.
    For the past year I have been doing private home nursing jobs.

    As I am soon moving to the US, I am looking at job opportunities.
    I am really keen to go back to working in an ICU! I miss working in the ICU so much.

    However, I was wondering, if any hospitals in the US will take into consideration the experience I have had, and consider me for a job in the ICU?
    Additionally, how is the market like for nurses these days?

    I will be looking to tell my BLS and ACLS once I am residing in the US. Your help will really be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   pmabraham
    I know PinnacleHealth Systems is hiring RN's in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. Though I don't know if there are any openings in the ICU.
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    Pennsylvania is a big state.... where are you planning to live so we can give you ideas of facilities
  5. by   ghillbert
    I would recommend taking the CCRN certification exam so you can prove equivalence since your ICU nursing is from out of country. I know my hospital is always hiring SICU nurses, including new grads so I am sure they would consider someone with ICU experience. I would probably try to get a job in any capacity in a hospital in the US so you get used to the electronic medical record etc.

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