Planning ahead

  1. Hi all!

    I'm new to this board so bear with me if you've heard my questions a million times before.

    My name is Andy, I'm 26 and I come from Sweden. I started studying to become an RN (with BSN) January this year and I just absolutely love it! I've never worked with health care before, but it's been a dream of mine to do so for many years. My wife of four years was born and raised outside Houston but is obviously also living here in Sweden. Our goal is/was to move to Texas after I finish school here, but we just found out the other day that Texas apparently require foreign nurses to have two years of work experience prior to taking the NCLEX. Now I realize this is some two and a half years off, but it's better to plan ahead as there are so many steps to be taken before we can move.

    What to do? Do we simply stay here for another two years to get the work experience? Move to another state? Also, I was thinking of getting some sort of extra education after graduating as schooling is completely free here and it would be stupid not "using" that before moving. If so, what would be most useful? I am at this point (I realize this might change before I graduate!) very interested in working in the OR, but it seems there is no way our anesthesia education can be translated into a CRNA and I have no idea how it works with certification for OR nurses in the US. The classes available at my university at this time are anesthesia, OR nursing, ICU nursing, paramedic, psych and of course the MSN.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated!

    /Andy
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  3. by   mrigas
    It seems to me that you have answered your own question when you said "...
    I was thinking of getting some sort of extra education after graduating as schooling is completely free here and it would be stupid not "using" that before moving..."
    My advice would be to stick it out here, finish what you started, but keep your eyes open for better opportunities. If something better comes along, take it.
  4. by   Swedandy
    Thanks mrigas!

    True, the sensible thing to do would be to stick around here in Sweden, but both me and my wife are so ready to move.

    I guess I'll be asking around in the career forum what classes would be of use in the US.

    Thanks again!

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