I am not a US citizen, but hope to be some day.
Thanks for elaborating on the compact state deal, Elkpark.
Silverdragon: It is the specific amount of hours I am interested in knowing - so I can make sure I have them. I can't find this information anywhere, unfortunately.
I don't know what H1b is, I'm afraid, but I am in contact with an agency recruiting foreign nurses to US jobs, and I hope I can get a job offer that way (and thus, get this process started). I have read nothing about a six-year wait though - quite the contrary: it looks like the USA will need many more nurses than they "produce" in the next several years.
I'd love if you could elaborate on all this though, particularly the amount of hours. Since I will be finished in two months, my school has given me permission to have all my papers translated on their dime until I graduate, so getting whatever breakdown I have correctly over to English will be a good start for me. Also, it will allow me to get started on a job where I might "catch up" some hours if need be, before I start my US-nursing dreams.
(and if I have a six-year wait, I better get started hehe)
Thanks so much for the replies so far!