I am a BSN graduating student from the Philippines-This comming march 2007. I am planning to take NCLEX by September ( I am filling for California, I am not planning to take the local board exam for nursing, their questioning is next to moronic and I felt it is just a waste of time, in short it is not all competitive). I am a consistent very good student. My family is from texas, but I dont like it there. I like California, specially San Francisco. I like to work in a company that I can grow-I am well, I would go to school to proceed as a Paralegal nurse in the next 2 years.
This is my first course but I actually it's my third. My first course then was nursing in ateneo de zambo., but unfortunately since I am an orphaned at the age of 2, I have to work to go to school. Well, to cut the story short, i work for how many years so that i can finish my nursing and I will be graduating by this coming March.
Feb 13, '07
Good luck to you.
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Feb 13, '07
If you are an American citizen, the route is easy. If you are not, it is long and difficult. Currently there are large numbers Filipino nurses with experience, excellent grades and credentials that have been working hard to get into the USA to work. Thre has been a "retrogression" going on and they are stalled and waiting for it to end, before they can come in to work....anywhere at all in the USA, even the jobs with low/poor potential.
Please review the very, very many posts on this topic in the International forum. There is also a great deal of information on immigration and getting permitted to work in the USA. Suzanne, the moderator of that forum can help you with your questions, should you have any not addressed by the posts there. But I would suggest reading through many of the posts there, to see if it has the information that you seek, as she gets many questions that are already answered there.
Feb 13, '07
Thank you but please be informed that there is a lobbying going on to provide visas for scheduled a occupation (nurses and pt's) please read at http://hammondlawgroup.blogspot.com/
, if this will be a reality it will provide visas of up to 90,000 please go this forum and maybe you can help because this is a grassroot effort. Those who are american citizen and owners of hospital can really help.
With regards to going to America, i just need an employer and i can go to the u.s. anytime, but i prefer to do that after I passed my NCLEX-RN this coming September or earlier depending on when will my ATT arrives.
Thank you for the attention.
Feb 13, '07
Be aware that there are thousands of lobbies for many special interest groups in the USA. Just because there is a lobby does not mean very much at all here.
As many American nurses have interest (and lobbies also) in improving nursing conditions in American hospitals so that current licensed nurses return to working (thus eliminating the fictious shortage), most are not really interested in increasing visas. There would be no need whatsoever for increased visas if conditions were minimally improved.
Hospitals will support increased visas as an overabundance of nurses will drive wages down and permit them to continue to treat staff poorly.
As such, many are okay with "retrogression" as it does force employers to improve working conditions.
It is good that you can come to the USA without worries at any time. I suppose that you are a citizen?
Feb 14, '07
check out both the international forum and phillipine forum, plenty of info there
Feb 14, '07
For what's it worth, I would STRONGLY suggest you rethink your push for California and take a look again at Texas. California is lovely, but it seems that every immigrating nurse wants to go their.
The cost of living in San Francisco is MUCH, MUCH, MUCH higher than in any city in Texas. You would have more money to live on and send home to your family. Rent in San Fran for a decent neighborhood is in the $1,000's for a small 1 bed room apartment. I lived in a trendy neighborhood in Dallas/Las Colinas for $570. (Pool, gated, jacuzzi, gym, curb side trash pick up, office center, etc)
You could also buy a nice home for yourself in Texas for $150,000 or a bit less. In California that will get you nothing.
You might make more money in California, but after you pay taxes (everyone pays taxes), rent and expenses, you would make MUCH more money if you lived in Texas. Studies have shown that Texas nurses take home the most money after taxes and expenses.
Texas is a BIG state. You don't have to live in the same city as your family. Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Forth Worth and Dallas are all big cities with hospitals that will sponsor a nurse.
We are in retrogression. I do suggest you get your paperwork in order and take you NCLEX, but until the US Congress passes a new law (perhaps by late summer or this fall) you will not be able to come over... Unless of course you are already a citizen or have a green card.
Last edit by sunnyjohn on Feb 14, '07
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