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Australian Nurse Looking to work and live in PA

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Specializes in ICU, education, peer support & paediatrics. Has 35 years experience.

Hi,

I am an Australian nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing, Post Grad qualifications in Adult and Vocational Education, Critical Care Nursing and Masters in Education. I also have family partnership certificate, immunisation, community family care experience and lecturing at university. Do you know if I need to contact CGFNS or just do the NCLEX and apply for licensing in PA?

Many thanks the process is complex, I'd appreciate any advice.

Ingrid.

Forever Curls

Specializes in Nursing Student. Has 2 years experience.

I don't know, but wanted to say welcome to Pennsylvania!

Your resume is impressive, best of luck in your search!

Ingrido

Specializes in ICU, education, peer support & paediatrics. Has 35 years experience.

Thank you so much, I’m not there yet!! I’m just starting the process. I’m very excited to be moving to Pennsylvania 😊

Froody, RN

Specializes in Case Management. Has 32 years experience.

First of all welcome to PA! It's a wonderful state.

Here is a link to the CGFNS information for PA.

cgfns.org/licensure/pennsylvania/

Looks like you will need to obtain a CES report (link to CES is on the CGFNS page). Oh, and provide English proficiency, LOL 😄

ghillbert, MSN, NP

Specializes in CTICU. Has 20 years experience.

Hi I am an Aussie who lives in PA.

Check out the International forum for better info. It's many years since I did the PA licensure, but I ended up getting a Vermont license first and then endorsing to PA so I didn't have to take the CGFNS exam (but just get the CES report).

Do you have a visa for the US? Do you have a SSN? Did you do psych, paeds and OB-Gyn theory and clinicals?

Ingrido

Specializes in ICU, education, peer support & paediatrics. Has 35 years experience.

Hi, that’s exciting, thanks for sharing, where are you in PA?

yes, I did psych, paeds in my bachelor but not Obgyn! I’m in the CGFNS process now. Fingers crossed.

I might look at getting sponsored by going with a nursing agency.

thanks 😊

ghillbert, MSN, NP

Specializes in CTICU. Has 20 years experience.

It would be much easier to find an employer and get an E3 visa than to commit to an agency.

Do you have a visa or a SSN? This affects licensure.

Ingrido

Specializes in ICU, education, peer support & paediatrics. Has 35 years experience.

I’m not sure my last message went through.

your advice sounds good.

So, Do I find an employer then get an E3 & a SSN from there?

thanks for your advice.

ingrid