Canadian New Grad to USA?

  1. Hello,

    I am a Canadian new graduate RN (BScN) who has a job offer to obtain employment in the United States, specifically Florida on a Cardiac PCU unit full time. I am curious as to if anyone has any advice or tips in pursuing this career opportunity, and if you would recommend starting my practice in the USA over Canada?

    Thank you.
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    Joined: Apr '18; Posts: 15; Likes: 2
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  3. by   kat18
    Hey,

    This doesn't really answer your question, but I was wondering how you'll be able to register with the BON in Florida? Did you have to get your educational backround checked. I go to school in Toronto and I plan on practicing in the USA next year.

    Thanks.
  4. by   SurfCA40
    Don't do it, stay in Canada =P
  5. by   CDNtoUSA
    What would be your rationale for staying in Canada?

    The lack of opportunities within the acute care field (casual positions only) along with the limited orientation availablility (2-5 shifts) certainly encourages Canadian trained nurses to obtain employment in the United Stated, where full time positions are available as well as nurse residency programs which aid in the transition from student to RN.
  6. by   SurfCA40
    Quote from CDNtoUSA
    What would be your rationale for staying in Canada?

    The lack of opportunities within the acute care field (casual positions only) along with the limited orientation availablility (2-5 shifts) certainly encourages Canadian trained nurses to obtain employment in the United Stated, where full time positions are available as well as nurse residency programs which aid in the transition from student to RN.
    I'm half joking, half serious, mainly because it's hard enough for US citizens to find new grad RN jobs as it is.
  7. by   CDNtoUSA
    Interesting. Nearly every hospital I have interviewed with has offered a position due to shortages. Perhaps it depends on the state?
  8. by   SurfCA40
    Quote from CDNtoUSA
    Interesting. Nearly every hospital I have interviewed with has offered a position due to shortages. Perhaps it depends on the state?
    I'm sure that's a big factor. You said Florida and I'm not sure the job market there. I'm in California and although there is a huge nursing shortage here, many hospitals don't want to hire new grads because it's too costly for them to train them and the potentially lose them to another hospital after 1-2 years.
  9. by   The_Gift
    your best bet is to try and stay in Canada and work and get some experience then try to move the US if that's what you want to do you will look more appealing to them cause you'll have 1.Experience 2.BSN which is not necessary in the US & some RN's don't have
  10. by   CDNtoUSA
    Quote from SurfCA40
    I'm sure that's a big factor. You said Florida and I'm not sure the job market there. I'm in California and although there is a huge nursing shortage here, many hospitals don't want to hire new grads because it's too costly for them to train them and the potentially lose them to another hospital after 1-2 years.
    That must be very frustrating for all the new grads out in Cali!!
  11. by   CDNtoUSA
    Quote from The_Gift
    your best bet is to try and stay in Canada and work and get some experience then try to move the US if that's what you want to do you will look more appealing to them cause you'll have 1.Experience 2.BSN which is not necessary in the US & some RN's don't have

    Thank you for the response! I have actually accepted a position within the USA as I feel I will have more of an opportunity to gain experience there through both a nurse residency program as well as through obaining full time employment in an acute area, rather than obtaining casual employment within Canada.
  12. by   The_Gift
    oh ok thats great to hear if its set up for you like that by all means take the opportunity and good luck
  13. by   Marmaladey
    Quote from CDNtoUSA
    Hello,

    I am a Canadian new graduate RN (BScN) who has a job offer to obtain employment in the United States, specifically Florida on a Cardiac PCU unit full time. I am curious as to if anyone has any advice or tips in pursuing this career opportunity, and if you would recommend starting my practice in the USA over Canada?

    Thank you.
    I'm a Canadian nurse with less than 1 year experience who's in a nurse residency program in a hospital in the USA. I would take the career opportunity honestly. Its hard getting a new grad initiative program in Ontario I'd take advantage and work there plus in the USA depending on the hospital you work for they can pay for your tuition if you are interested in furthering your education and you're not gonna find that in any hospital in Canada. I worked a few months at the hospital in Ontario before taking the new grad position in the USA. Congrats on getting the job.
  14. by   CDNtoUSA
    Quote from Marmaladey
    I'm a Canadian nurse with less than 1 year experience who's in a nurse residency program in a hospital in the USA. I would take the career opportunity honestly. Its hard getting a new grad initiative program in Ontario I'd take advantage and work there plus in the USA depending on the hospital you work for they can pay for your tuition if you are interested in furthering your education and you're not gonna find that in any hospital in Canada. I worked a few months at the hospital in Ontario before taking the new grad position in the USA. Congrats on getting the job.
    Congrats on your new position!! I am thrilled to have accepted the opportunitity for the residency (with a relocation bonus) and my hospital does offer incentive to obtain further education!!

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