hello guys.. im very thankful that this forum exists because it has been a great help to me during my undergrad years (got my research topic idea here) and it is a great venue for nurses all around the world to help one another, share info and etc.i just passed the local philippine board exams given last june 2009 and while waiting for the license to come out, i am a bit paralyzed planning what to do next. reading about the different comments here sometimes depresses me because it seems like it is so hard to find jobs (locally and internationally) and i had taken up nursing as a second course in hopes that it might make my (and my family's) life better in the long run, but at 26 years old, i feel somewhat of a failure:(nclexi am considering taking up nclex but i am uncertain as to what state to apply in.. i have family in ohio and friends all over BUT reading about some of the changing requirements and the application waiting time of the different states really boggled my mind. i hope that some of you guys could point me in the right direction...i have also read about other forum members' comments about the retrogression and how the USA isn't the country we'd all like to be applying for right now, considering the many changes Obama will be making about the healthcare industry and the anti-immigrants stance he has...do you think taking nclex now would be a waste of money and time? (i am hoping, like many other nurses out there... that maybe it would be prudent to have an nclex under our belt while we work in the philippines in the meantime to get experience, then when and if opportunity would arrive in the future, we'd already have our nclex ready..)australiai am also considering australia as my mom also has family there... some forum member mentioned that some hositals in queensland are hiring nurses even without experience and i hope someone here could elaborate on that. i know there is a bridging program of some sort before you get to work there... but do i also need to take their board exams afterwards?new zealandive read that NZ won't hire second courses because most second courses completed their nursing degrees below 4 years... but i graduated and completed a 4 yr nursing curriculum... could i apply there or does my being a second courser nurse immediately disqualify me?middle eastis that a good idea?? saudi arabia, dubai and abu dhabi? thanks so much to everyone who can give me a little advice... i really would appreciate it, specially that you guys already have the experience..