I actually started a thread a long time ago in here asking about the differences between UK nursing and US nursing. I actually got scolded because I relayed what I had been told by others. I was accused of being disrespectful to UK nurses, so I wont say a word about what I have heard the differences to be at all in this thread. I am, in fact, English and have nothing but respect for British nurses. I have lived in the US for about 7 years. I am an LVN working on my RN. I figured I would just paint a brief picture of my day as a nurse and maybe a UK nurse could do the same. I work on a post-op floor. We max out at 6 pts per nurse. The floor has 24 private rooms. We have two techs who do vitals, toileting, empty foleys, feeding, walking, blood sugars, linen changes etc. I do these tasks too, but the techs are on the floor to do this only. I do assessments, give meds, deal with Physicians etc. As an LVN in Texas the only I can't do that RNs can is admission assessments, spike blood, d/c central lines. Everything else I can do. Physical therapy does all the CPM, ROM stuff, Respiratory therapy does all breathing treatments, and lab techs draw labs. This is actually a very sweet deal even here in the US. Don't get me wrong, it is extremely stressful and fast paced, but I love it. My only gripe is the paper work. We do computer and paper charting. Nursing would be awesome if you didn't have to chart. The way we chart here, the way we are taught in school anyway, is basically writing out your testimony to protect your licence and your facility in court. We are taught to chart at least every two hours to at least show were have been in the room. Of course, what you actually chart is down to you. I am interested to know how charting works for you guys. I am also interested in how a US RN licence transfers to a UK one. I have heard (by saying "I have heard" I mean that someone else told me. I am by no means assuming this to be true, nor do I mean any disrespect towards UK nurses by relaying this information) that an RN in the US with an associate degree must first obtain her bachelors degree before being able to acquire a UK RN licence. Is this true? The Visa thing is no problem, as I am English. Thanks for reading!