Would you leave for the USA??

  1. Hubby and I are very seriously thinking about heading to the USA when I am done school.

    Just wondering if anyone else is planning to do this? If so, where would you like to go?

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  3. by   renerian
    I love living here. I thank God I was born in the USA!!!!!!!

  4. by   rebelwaclause
    Mayun...I'm trying to get to Canada!
  5. by   fergus51
    I did leave to go to the US for work right after graduation. It's a mixed bag to say the least and I returned to Canada after a few years. The pros: WAY more money, more opportunities for new grads in specialty areas and some hospitals are like hotels. The cons: some hospitals are like hotels (and pts think you're the maid) and some places are absolute dumps (see a hospital before accepting a job and insist on knowing what guarantees they have for staffing ratios and OT) and the immigration is a pain in the behind.
  6. by   PsychoRN
    I am from the USA and have left to a better place!!!!!!
  7. by   epg_pei
    Where is it?! C'mon, let us in on it too!
  8. by   Little One2
    Is there such a thing as a better place?
  9. by   epg_pei
    Bet you wouldn't have said that two months ago :chuckle
  10. by   HollieRN
    I always said i wouldn't ... But i don't know right now. Canada doesn't have CRNA's or nurse-midwives. We have nurses, and we have midwives, but we don't have a program to allow you to become both ... it sucks
  11. by   almondhoney
    Agreeing with HollieSRN06.
    Once I finish my BScN, and if medical school doesn't accept me then off to the USA I go to get my CRNA. Either way I'll end up doing what I'm in interested in doing. That or a Nurse Practitioner, I'm leaning more towards the Anesthesiology end though.

  12. by   fergus51
    You can do your midwifery in the UK or USA and practice as a midwife here though can't you?
  13. by   idol
    Please Please be careful. I was recruited by a hospital in Ct. I resigned from my postion, gave up my home and moved. I was in hospital based orientation for a week. I was then told there was no job for me. They gave me my 1500.00 moving expense and said see ya!! I had a written contract!! Just make sure you get everything in writing and don't trust. I have met many canadians who have many horror stories. debra
  14. by   TravellinGuy
    Sit down and think of the reasons you want to go. List advantages and disadvantages of both staying in Canada and going to the US. Think of what your career goals are and where you could best meet them. You can go on the TN visa but your hubby probably cannot work until you get a green card unless he is in a profession covered on the trade agreement. Other things are what size of place do you want to go to both city, town and hospital. I have had good experiences in hospitals with 36 beds and 300 beds. The big facilities 900 plus beds I felt were harder and less friendly overall although they had a greater variety of positions available.
    If you do go be careful when talking to the hospital and get as much in writing as possible especially the patient ratio and float rules. Unless you are prepared to just move there yourself and take no sign on bonus or moving expenses they might require you to sign a contract for at least one year. I have taken contracts and worked as a traveller and recommend the traveller route. (they usally want one year experience)The reason for this is it allows you to work in the facility for 13 weeks and get a good taste of it and talk to staff, your housing is paid for for the 13 weeks while you look for a place(and it is furnished) and if you really do not like it you are not stuck with a contract.
    Don't forget to talk to the Canaian Tax man to see what youneed to do for filing here while you are in the US.
    I have worked in the US for about 4 years, two two year stints about 10 years apart and will probably so so again once we kick the kids out of home.
    One final thought is that if it is just yo and hubby why limit yourself to the US. A friend of mine went to Austrailia with the hubby and kids on a one year contract and stayed. Look around there is lots out there.
    If you go write the NCLEX right away while you still have school on the brain. I worked in many states and my favourite for both hospitals and people were Wyoming and Wisconsin.
    Good luck