Irish Nurse working in the USA

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Hi All,

I am a 4th (final) year psychiatric nurse in an Irish University. I am looking for help regarding working in the USA. I heard that you have to be trained in both general and psychiatric nursing in order to work in the USA as a nurse. Our degree programmes in Ireland are devided into general, psych, ID and midwifery so students can only graduate in one of them.

My question is, is this true? or will a degree in psychiatric nursing suffice for employment in the USA?

Also, i have heard about an exam that international nurses must sit in order to enter the USA.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

US RN's are educated as generalist. Must have education in Medical Surgical, Maternity, Psychiatric and Pediatric care in order to obtain licensure in all states.

Moved your thread to our Advice on Immigration forum.

See the infomation stuck thread at bottom of section:

Must Read International Nursing Topics - All users please read

especially Start here: A Primer For All That Wish To Work In The US

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

It isn't just International nurses that have to pass exam. NCLEX is required by everyone if wanting to work in the US as a nurse. Also read up on retrogression as current status is 6 plus years wait for a immigrant visa as nurses come under EB3 and current processing time is June 2006

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