I want to work in the U.S as a nurse

  1. Hi, everyone , I am a Chinese student and I have graduated from a nursing college for two years. Now I am in a master's program of medicine. Recently I hear that the U.S is very in need of nurses and it is recruiting nurses abroad. I want to know whether I have the qualifications to be a nurse and how do you think of nursing in the U.S.

    My profile:
    graduated from nursing department of Zhejiang University in 2001

    have no work experience except one-year 's practice

    Now taking the master degree program in the same university and will graduate in2004: confused:
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  3. by   purplemania
    I do not know the answer to your questions, but I hope you find out soon and are able to work with us. Good luck.
  4. by   Katnip
    I don't know either. A good start might be to go to the Boards of Nursing sites and check out their criteria. I do think most have sections on such requirements.
  5. by   Dayray
    flyingbird the US is looking for nurses from overseas. sometimes you have take a skills test or finish a short class but Im sure you could find a job here.

    Try this URL: http://jobs.escapeartist.com/Opening...g/By_Location/

    you can also just use a US search engine like www.yahoo.com and send emails to soem of the recruitment agencies.

    One thing to remeber is that China and the US have very different healthcare systems. Im sure you would be able to teach Us nurses a thing or 2 about chineese medicine but it might be a huge culture shock for you, if you arent expecting it.
  6. by   live4today
    Are you sure you want to work as a nurse in this country?

    What is nursing like in China?

    How are nurses in China treated where they work?

    How much do nurses in China make per hour?

    Thanks! I'm curious about nursing in other countries, too.
  7. by   flyingbird
    Hi, everyone, Thank you for your response and sorry for not replying in time.

    I have known the requirenemt for working as a nurse in the U.S and now I am applying for the NCLEX-RN in New York, which is a troublesome procedure.

    In order to find a nursing job in America, the most important thing for me is improve my spoken English ,pass the NCLEX-RN and build up my work experience. I am going to work at part time , but I don't know whether American employer acknowledge my part-time work ewxperience. Do you know it?

    As to the questions of Cheerfuldoer, I think I really want to work as a nurse in the U.S,
  8. by   Tweety
    A lot of employers take no experience at all. So part-time experience will be a plus.

    Good luck!
  9. by   flyingbird
    Sorry, I haven't finished my post today, because at that time ,my advisor came back, I had to stop. Now let me answer the questions ofCheerfuldoer. As what I said ,I really want to work in the U.S as a nurse,because I think it is a good chance to know about American nursing and it will be beneficial to my future career in my country.

    In China, nursing is just a job which is affiliated to doctors, so many people look down on the job. Apart from that, nurses often work overtime but they are not be paid for their extra work,which I think is very unfair. As to their sarary, they are paid by month, about Rmb2000-3000,that is $250-400(very low).

    What about nursing in the U.S? Although I know some from the internet , Iwant to hear the voice of the native nurses from the U.S. Ok?

    Thank 3rdShiftGuy for your response ,which build up my confidence.
  10. by   I_Love_Donuts
    Hey flyingbird...have you ever been to the states?
  11. by   tylerrose
    Hi flyingbird, as a graduate and licensed outside of the US, in order to practice nursing here, you need to pass the CGFNS,TOEFL, TSE, then you can apply to take the NCLEX. It's a lot of paper work but that's just the way it is.

    The CGFNS Certification Program is designed specifically for first-level, general nurses educated and licensed outside the United States who wish to assess their chances of passing the U.S. registered nurse licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN examination, and attaining licensure to practice as registered nurses within the United States. www.cgfns.org

    TOEFL (test of english as a foreign language) www.toefl.org
    TSE ( test of spoken english)
    TOEFL and TSE are required for applicants whose native language is not English.


    hope these will help..

    wishing you the best in your venture.!
  12. by   I_Love_Donuts
    I think California doesn't require the CGFNS certification...
  13. by   fourbirds4me
    As far as experience goes... there is a saying that as long as you have a license and are breathing..... you're hired!
  14. by   USnurse
    California does not require CGFNS. Many other states do, as well as the TOEFL and TSE. The California Board process takes about 5-6 months to process due to the high demand of applicants. I work for an International Scholarship program that recruits International nurses...but we are targeting English speaking countries due the difficult testing that the US requires them to take if their education was not in English. I think it's great that you have found a way through New York and I wish you the best of luck taking the NCLEX-RN.