Australian RN wanting to work in US Mental Health system.

  1. Hi folks,
    I have been researching a potential move to the US. I have completed a Bachelor of Nursing here in Australia and have worked in mostly locked acute psychiatric wards and forensic settings since graduating almost seven years ago. I also have six months staff development experience and various periods of CN experience. I have no post graduate qualifications. I have read extensively on the requirements for entry to the US and to gain registration with state boards. My preference is the San Diego area in California. I have a few questions.

    How long does the process take?

    Considering my qualifications could I work as an RN in a psychiatric setting?

    I hear the job market is tight for RN's in the US. What states would I be more likely find work?

    Any other tips or recommendations on agencies and the like would be great.

    Thanking you in advance!
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