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    American nurse in cardiothoracics in London?

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    Hi Kaylesh,
    Scotland was where I originally wanted to go, but I went for London given the impression the money was way better..
    I am still considering a move up there in the future.. I have travelled frequently in Scotland and love it there. Where are you and where do you work? Email or PM me?

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    cause I've already been here for about a year!

    My apologies to people who have replied here and mailed me, I have not been lurking here in a long time!
    It's had it's ups and downs, but all in all it's been a wonderful experience. I just wish it paid more..
    I've found some friends, managed to brave the jungle of British real estate to find a flat with two people I work with and I've been very lucky so far in how that's worked out. I've done a bit of travelling, learned a whole new way to spell, and taken many many deep breaths but I would not have traded this experience for the world.

    Perhaps if I do go back to further my education, I could do my thesis on the differences between US nursing and UK nursing.... hmmm

    In the meantime, if anyone has any questions about working or living here I'd be glad to help.. mind, I'm no great authority and I can only call on my own experience.. but I'll give it a shot..


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    Hi all,
    I have added my voice to all of yours and wrote to Mr. Leno and Mr. Letterman. I have also passed this info along to all of the nurses I have emails for.
    I am considering writing his advertisers too..
    Better late than never I guess..

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    1. BSN
    2. 19 years
    3. ICU/CCU
    4. Base rate $28.17 per hour plus night and weekend diff and $8.00 per hour extra shift bonus. Total last year with a LOT of overtime=$80,000

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    futurenur14 likes this.

    Hi there..
    Thank you for your reply. After months of waffling back and forth, I finally went with a recruiting company in London called Health Professionals. (
    They recruit for hospitals throughout the UK..they aren't an agency per se, they are a recruiter..
    I never did find a way of checking out the different agencies and recruiters before dealing with them.. it seems the UK doesn't have a Better Business Bureau as we do here in the US (and if they do, it isn't easily found!)
    I have been actively working towards relocating to the UK since last October. Through all my queries and online research, Health Professionals provided the quickest, most consistant replies and therefore I decided to go with them.
    Each and every time I call them or email, the person assigned to my case either calls me back within the hour (during business hours that is) or emails me the same day. With each question I ask, if they don't know the answer they find out and get back to me usually the same day or the day after. They seem to be very interested in what is right for me rather than just jobs to fill.

    From your note it seems you are interested in agency or 'bank' nursing. I did check into the Thornbury website and in fact I emailed them back and forth a few times. They replied promptly, but were unable to tell me that I would have a full time position as they filled temporary positions on a day to day basis. Since the area I work in is very specialized, and I won't have access to a car when I get over there, I wanted to be sure that I found a job that promised me a steady paycheck and a full time position.
    Also, when I emailed the RCN (Royal College of Nursing), they told me that the UK doesn't normally issue work permits for agency employment as the jobs are technically 'temporary'.
    Something you might want to check into before you decide..

    I'm not sure what your situation is so it's hard to know what else to say.. (especially here on a public board Have you been to the UK? Are you familiar with the way the health system works over there? Will you be travelling alone or with family? Have you looked into salaries?
    If you would like, you can email me at and I will try to answer any questions you have the best I can.

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    I understand that HCA has hospitals overseas as well, six in London that I know of, and one in Switzerland..
    Anybody have any experience with them?

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    Hello all,
    I am a registered nurse who is currently researching jobs in the UK. I have found one or two agencies online who recruit from overseas and have started the process for my UKCC application.
    However, I hesitate to make such a commitment without first checking these agencies out thoroughly. Does anybody out there know how I can do this? Does the UK have anything like our Better Business Bureau? Also, if there are any US nurses out there working in the UK, and you have any advice at all that you think would be useful, I'd be grateful for your input.
    I have been a nurse for 18 years, 15 in ICU/CCU and in Open Heart Surgery for the last 10 years..
    Thank you