CCU starting salary

  1. i am an ICU/CCU nurse here in Austria, Europe for 10 1/2 years with ICU Nursing Care Course Diploma with units in Anaesthesie & Dialysis (a one-year course for certification -- giving a nurse the right to practice icu). i am about to migrate to los angeles, california 2 months from now. question: given my experience and icu certification, will my starting salary be the same as the starting rate for new graduates? or will there be any consideration?

    2nd question: do i still have to take acls & bcls courses? these courses are already integrated in my icu course's curriculum. i understand that there are differences between the u.s.' and europe's standards and guidelines.

    what do you think?
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  3. by   Marty1
    It should not be however I am not sure of the differences between here and there as far as certification and liscensure
    The difference though is that with all that experience although you may have to go through a similiar training program as a new grad you should be able to negotiate for a higher salary simply due to the years of experience
  4. by   healingtouchRN
    you'll do fine!!!! just review the American Heart ECC 2000 guidelines. that is how you'll be tested. I have taught these course for the last 14 + years. We are glad as Americans to have your experience in our country:kiss & to share what you know with us! Best wishes.
  5. by   bless
    Hello Suz,

    I am very interested with American Heart ECC 2000 guidelines. Can you please explain to me what ECC is? Is there a handbook where I can review it? Thank you very much.
  6. by   healingtouchRN
    go to www.american heart & follow the website for education (emergency cardiovacular care= ECC) & you will find what you need. Very easy to manuever. Ciao!
  7. by   Cookie1
    Wherever you decide to work there will be an orientation for a specific amount of time. At that time my guess is you will be evaluated and given your experience; will progress to your level very quickly. Good nurses are definitely in demand and you will be welcomed.