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by gavinderbayne gavinderbayne (New Member) New Member

gavinderbayne has 4 years experience and specializes in Geriatric, Longterm Care.

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Hello to you all, my name is Gavin and I'm a 31 year old qualified nurse from Scotland (thats the UK to those of you whom arent sure!!!??). I've been living in Dundalk, just outside of Baltimore City, MD, for about 1 year or so.

I qualified under the UK regisatration programme back in June 2005, but due to the timing of my course end and the fact that I was in the process of immigratring to the USA to live with my American wife, I have yet to actually work as a nurse - which is utterly frustrating. Having spent 3 1/2 years doing my nurse training and working as a care assistant during my training (and afterwards for a period of time), it is a nightmare having to continue in a non-clinical field i.e. customer service, because of the length of time and money spent trying to obtain my license to practice (and of course sit my NCLEX before I can even obtain licensure).

About 2 years ago, during a trip over to see my then fiancee (now wife), I spoke with Johns Hopkins Bayview Center, who were full of promise and hope of assistance that they could offer me once I had completed my Nurse training, however after I arrived permenantly from the UK, they were less helpful and so far I am still unable to find a single hospital or organisation that is willing to offer me any kind of help in obtaining my license or offering me some kind of refresher course / NCLEX training - I would even happiuly sign any kind of length of guaranteed / binding employment contract. All I want to do is kick off my nursing career and better provide for my family.

So that's me! A frustrated nurse-wannabe stuck in a customer service call center!

If anyone knows of any hospital / organisation that might be able to help me advance in the right direction, I'd love to hear from you.

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NursePru specializes in Medical/Surgical.

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:welcome: Hello and welcome to the area! I'm still a student, but I thought this would be a good start for you if the hospital hasn't been helpful. You can try contacting the Maryland Board of Nursing to see if they can offer some assistance. They are in charge of licensure in the state of Maryland so they may be able to help. Again, I'm a student so I could be wrong, but I would give it a shot.

Hope all goes well! Maryland might not be the most exciting state in America, but you'll have plenty of wonderful hospitals (and other settings) to choose from.

Here is the link to the website of the MD Board of Nursing:

http://www.mbon.org/main.php

and their contact info:

4140 Patterson Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland, 21215-2254

410-585-1900

1-888-202-9861

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