need help in job searching

  1. hi,

    i am a BscN nurse from Pakistan. I recently passed my NCLEX exam for TEXAS on 1 attempt. I live in Sugar Land but willing to travel anywhere in order to get a job. Being a foreign graduate i want to know that what extra efforts require to get a job. I have done BLS and ACLS and i also have other certifications. I have 1 year experience as a medicine unit registered nurse in Pakistan. Rite now i work as a sales person that has improved my customer dealing skills and i think it will some way help me in my nursing career. Please assist me that how should i start searching for job like directly hospitals or first i should apply in nursing homes. please suggest me names of nursing home and hospitals that recruit foreign graduate nurses. your comments would be appreciated. thanx
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    Joined: Mar '14; Posts: 7


  3. by   caroladybelle
    Do you have a green card that permits you to work in the US, or citizenship ?
  4. by   Hina Ali
    yup i have a green card
  5. by   HouTx
    Since nursing practice differs in the US, most organizations will consider you a "new grad" in terms of nursing experience. Although Houston is very diverse, you are competing with the tons of new grads for entry level jobs in local hospitals. I would encourage you to focus on smaller, independent hospitals in the area rather than the big systems. They have much more flexible employment practices.

    Here's another thought. Since I assume you are multi-lingual, have you considered obtaining certification as a medical interpreter? The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) This is a regulatory requirement now for non-English speaking patient care. It would be a real bonus for potential employers.
  6. by   not.done.yet
    Just start applying. Most places have an online application process. The first RN job can take 6-12 months to find, so apply everywhere.

    i do not know much about immigration, I will admit. If you require sponsorship you will have a very hard time, that much I know. There are a lot of American born nurses having trouble finding work, making paying for visa sponsorship both unnecessary and unattractive to employers.

    I wish you good luck in your search!
  7. by   Hina Ali
    I am a permanent resident here. I have a green card so I don't require sponsorship
  8. by   inchii
    Some hospitals don't consider experience outside the US, so they might consider you as new grad. BUT, there are some who do. It doesn't matter if it is a hospital or rehab or nursing home. Just keep on applying.
  9. by   Hina Ali
    Thnx for suggestions. If they consider me new grad so m I eligible to apply for new grad internship ?
  10. by   Hina Ali
    Can someone suggest me that how can I apply at different doctor's office or clinic becuz job searching sites doesn't show appropriate results plz share ur suggestions
  11. by   Nonetheless
    Apply for everything, new grad positions and experienced positions: your 1 year of experience in Pakistan may count as experience in some settings, so just apply to all of them.
  12. by   Esme12
    Quote from Hina Ali
    Can someone suggest me that how can I apply at different doctor's office or clinic becuz job searching sites doesn't show appropriate results plz share ur suggestions
    The job market in the US is saturated right now in most areas. Apply at all the hospitals, nursing homes. rehab, clinics. Many doctors offices do not hire RN's. They use medical assistants. They are cheaper. Empasize you are bi-lingual.

    Welcome to the US...good luck!
  13. by   Hina Ali
    Thnx for replying. M searching n apply job via different website, can someone plz tell besides websites what r the others sources for searching m also searching na plying via direct organization websites