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A must have trainings after passing NCLEX-RN to be able to be hired

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Hi everyone! I just graduated BSN in the Philippines this April 2014, took the nursing licensure exam on May 2014 and finally a registered nurse by June 2014 (Yikes! I know the pacing was really fast!)

Anyway, I'm planning to take the NCLEX already since I'll be going in Las Vegas soon and start another chapter of my life there. The problem is, I don't know which one will I do first. I need some advice what trainings should I undergo if ever I pass the board exam. I don't have any hospital experience too aside from clinical exposure during my college days.

Also, I heard they don't accept newly grad there with no experience, which kinda disappoints me :( but either way I want to push my luck. 😄 ✌️

I hope you'll be able to help me plan my future ahead ;) Thank You and Have a nice day! :)

P.S. Some of you might think I'm rushing or whatever. But I'm the type of person that plans everything ahead of time. I can't wait to work too because nursing is really my passion ❤️❤️❤️

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Hi everyone! I just graduated BSN in the Philippines this April 2014, took the nursing licensure exam on May 2014 and finally a registered nurse by June 2014 (Yikes! I know the pacing was really fast!)

Anyway, I'm planning to take the NCLEX already since I'll be going in Las Vegas soon and start another chapter of my life there. The problem is, I don't know which one will I do first. I need some advice what trainings should I undergo if ever I pass the board exam. I don't have any hospital experience too aside from clinical exposure during my college days.

Also, I heard they don't accept newly grad there with no experience, which kinda disappoints me :( but either way I want to push my luck. 😄 ✌️

I hope you'll be able to help me plan my future ahead ;) Thank You and Have a nice day! :)

P.S. Some of you might think I'm rushing or whatever. But I'm the type of person that plans everything ahead of time. I can't wait to work too because nursing is really my passion ❤️❤️❤️

Aside from CPR/BCLS there is little additional training for an inexperienced new grad that will help seeking employment. You are ahead of other applicants as NV BoN now requires IENs to be licensed in their country of education. Taking the NCLEX is but one step in the process as you are not applying to take the NCLEX but applying for a nursing license by examination as an internationally educated nurse.

Do you have a visa or status that gives you rights to work in the US? If not, that will be a bigger hurdle than benign an inexperienced new grad IEN. There is no shortage of inexperienced nurses in the US. There is a shortage of experienced specialty trained nurses in many locales (ER, ICU, SICU, PICU, NICU, OR, PACU, etc). Paid experience in addition to BLS/CPR is what is looked at for most jobs. If you do not work as a nurse for a long period of time, such as awaiting assessment by CGFNS for licensing in NV that will be more detrimental than not having additional training. Hospitals provide IV training/assessment and usually offer PALS/ACLS/NRP if applicable to the job applied for. Even LTC will offer trainings appropriate to the job title.

Certifications that have merit generally require RN licensure plus 2+ years of paid experience in the specialty area such as RN-BC, CCRN, OCRN, CEN, etc. as these are demonstrating knowledge, competency & experience in a specialty area.

If you do not have work rights, you will have an extremely difficult time finding a facility willing to sponsor for an employment based visa as the wait is 5-10 years due to retrogression (an employer would have to hold your job for 5-10 years while awaiting your priority date status to become current). You are not eligible as a new grad for a specialist visa. Most nurses don't qualify for specialist visas (H1B).

Aside from CPR/BCLS there is little additional training for an inexperienced new grad that will help seeking employment. You are ahead of other applicants as NV BoN now requires IENs to be licensed in their country of education. Taking the NCLEX is but one step in the process as you are not applying to take the NCLEX but applying for a nursing license by examination as an internationally educated nurse.

Do you have a visa or status that gives you rights to work in the US? If not, that will be a bigger hurdle than benign an inexperienced new grad IEN. There is no shortage of inexperienced nurses in the US. There is a shortage of experienced specialty trained nurses in many locales (ER, ICU, SICU, PICU, NICU, OR, PACU, etc). Paid experience in addition to BLS/CPR is what is looked at for most jobs. If you do not work as a nurse for a long period of time, such as awaiting assessment by CGFNS for licensing in NV that will be more detrimental than not having additional training. Hospitals provide IV training/assessment and usually offer PALS/ACLS/NRP if applicable to the job applied for. Even LTC will offer trainings appropriate to the job title.

Certifications that have merit generally require RN licensure plus 2+ years of paid experience in the specialty area such as RN-BC, CCRN, OCRN, CEN, etc. as these are demonstrating knowledge, competency & experience in a specialty area.

If you do not have work rights, you will have an extremely difficult time finding a facility willing to sponsor for an employment based visa as the wait is 5-10 years due to retrogression (an employer would have to hold your job for 5-10 years while awaiting your priority date status to become current). You are not eligible as a new grad for a specialist visa. Most nurses don't qualify for specialist visas (H1B).

Hi JustBeachyNurse! :) First of all I want to say Thank you so much for your time. :)

Anyway I'm immigrant so yeah I can work in US. ✌️

So, basically CPR/BCLS is the first training I need to undergo, then the rest of the trainings will be offered by the hospitals depending on the job applied, is that what you're implying?

Also, Is there anything else you can advice for a newly grad with no experience like me? I'll greatly appreciate it! :) Again, Thank you so much for answering my post! :) Have a nice day! ;) :)

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Get experience. Look at LTC, acute rehab, LTACH, clinic and other than hospital. Hospitals are looking for experienced nurses. Many new grad programs are intended for US educated nurses, especially those who completed clinical rotations in the hospital.

Get experience. Look at LTC, acute rehab, LTACH, clinic and other than hospital. Hospitals are looking for experienced nurses. Many new grad programs are intended for US educated nurses, especially those who completed clinical rotations in the hospital.

Ohh okay thanks for the advice, I'll take that into consideration :) Though, I'm still hoping for the newly grad programs even if I'm not "US educated nurse".

Have a nice day! :)