UK ICU nurse to Texas...hopefully

  1. Hi everyone,I'm a nurse in the UK with 15 years of ICU experience....wow it seems so long. Anyway I've just passed my NCLEX-RN this January. Now I'm trying to choose between O'Grady Peyton and Assignment America. I was wondering if anyone has had any recent experience with these agencies? I would appreciate any advice or insight you might offer.
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  3. by   simkale
    its a year since you passed you NCLEX just curious to know who you went with O'Grady or Assignment America?
  4. by   ICunursey
    Hi , I passed my NCLEX this January, I signed on with Assignment America. We'll see how it goes. People I've talked to have signed with OGP, and had a good experience. Are you in the process as well?
  5. by   CardiacDork
    How cool! I'm an ICU RN in Texas. May I ask what part you're of Texas you're coming to?
  6. by   ICunursey
    Hi . I don't know where yet. Up until the last minute it's up in the air. What sort of ICU do you work in? Also where about in Texas do you recommend?
  7. by   sammylp
    I am looking at agencies also. Tentatively looking Into relocating to the US. Can I ask how you did the NCLEX from the UK? What state did you register with? There is so much information everywhere!

    Good luck
    Sam x
  8. by   ICunursey
    Hi Sam, well I applied for my NCLEX via the Texas BON. They don't require a Social security number-SSN....yet. Go on the Texas BON website to apply and while you do that also go to the CGFNS website to get your transcript and nursing license assessed-CES. During this process keep following up with your College and the NMC . Make sure they send in the transcript and license validation forms in a timely manner. This process takes a while.The NCLEX can be done in London, so not too much travel needed. 😀
    Last edit by ICunursey on Feb 6 : Reason: more info
  9. by   ICunursey
    Also I forgot to mention that US nurses are generalist trained so I hope you did didactic and Clinical hours in obstetrics and paediatrics along with the other areas. UK nurses sometimes don't do some areas and this makes it very difficult if not near impossible to be able to do the NCLEX exam.
  10. by   sammylp
    Quote from ICunursey
    Hi Sam, well I applied for my NCLEX via the Texas BON. They don't require a Social security number-SSN....yet. Go on the Texas BON website to apply and while you do that also go to the CGFNS website to get your transcript and nursing license assessed-CES. During this process keep following up with your College and the NMC . Make sure they send in the transcript and license validation forms in a timely manner. This process takes a while.The NCLEX can be done in London, so not too much travel needed.
    Thanks so much for the advice. Will have a look at Texas. No the hours is the one of the main things I am concerned about. I am an adult nurse so no real clinical or theory hours concerning other specialities. However I would like to further my career in the UK first anyway so don't know if that would count towards hours. How long has the process taken for you? I have been looking at passport USA as a possibility. Realistically though relocating is in our five to ten year plan as opposed to near future.

    Thanks again
  11. by   ICunursey
    I have noticed that if you do your midwifery it might help with obstetric and paediatric hours. It takes a long time. I have been at this for 18 months to the visa screen stage. It's a long frustrating process, patience is key. 5-10 years is realistic .
  12. by   sammylp
    Quote from ICunursey
    I have noticed that if you do your midwifery it might help with obstetric and paediatric hours. It takes a long time. I have been at this for 18 months to the visa screen stage. It's a long frustrating process, patience is key. 5-10 years is realistic .
    Yes midwifery is something I have always wanted to do and was always going to top up my nursing degree with it so will look into that in more detail. Had a look at Texas and at the moment can still apply without social security number. Glad our timeframe is realistic. Certainly not expecting to wave a magic wand in a few years and it happens hehe. But looking into it is eye opening and interesting.
    Thank you
  13. by   ICunursey
    I saw something that might help. King's College in London has a 16 week course called " Gateway to Nursing in North America ". I think it's to cover the areas some nursing programs miss so you can apply for the NCLEX. Have a look and see .
  14. by   sammylp
    Oh amazing will look into that. Thanks so much for all your advice and help xx

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