Quote from rookieq
I had a feeling that would be the case, i am quite familiar with the area, when you say 1.5 hours away, which areas are you referring to? i see you are from the valley. I was in Mt View just 2 weeks ago. I visited the El Camino hospital (my relative gave birth) it was a nice hospital.
Thats good for your sister, did she have US experience? or was she a greencard holder already?
She only have sub acute experience and is a green card holder. She went to a job fair at Stanford and was told they do not accept foreign graduates with only sub acute US expereince. They only accept new graduates fron US schools and foreign nurses with US acute experience. But she applied anyway via online and was called for an interview. Found out later that not alot were applying for medical surgical areas so she was lucky.
I have been to jobs fairs held by Kaiser Permanente, went to El Camino Hospital, ValleyMed, O' Connor, etc but no luck. Same explanation given. Foreign nurses with no US acute experience are not qualified and their new graduate program are only for US graduates and not for foreign nurses who want to enter that program. But when I went to ValleyCare at Pleasanton, they told me I can join their new graduate training program this coming June. And that place is a 1 hour drive away form Mountain View where I lived.
For LTC and sub acute, starting salary is between $30 to $35/hour.
BTW, El Camino Hospital is just a 15 minutes walk from where I stay.
Been there, done that..... Talking about "equal opportunity employment."