As I've read the posts here, it made me think that I was in the same situation years back when I graduated. I have the very same dreams the members have here. During my time most RNs are trying their best to get to US. This is my dream also. After I graduated last 2005 I started working for my dream right away.
Things I've achieved so far:
1.Passed NLE (June 2005)
2.Volunteer Experience (Oct. - Dec. 2005)
3.CGFNS (July 2006)
4.IELTS (Sept 2006)
5.NCLEX (Jan 2007)
6.VSC (May 2007)
7.PD (May 2007)
I've provided a timeline for you guys. So silly to think that after passing all the exams and have provided all the requirements you still can't go. If it frustrates us that we are already halfway through, how much more for those who are still beginning. But don't lose hope, there will be good things that will happen along the way. For example, I'm still working here in one of the hospitals and the supervisors are very supportive when it comes to your plan of going abroad. They even have on-call programs that if you want to take an exam just ask the supervisor for a vacation leave. Then after taking the exam you can apply again to the same hospital to be back on their on-call program. They don't discriminate me for passing all the exams. I just explained to them that there is really a retrogression going on and that it would still be years when I'll leave. To think that nowadays they even prefer those that have already a pending visa application for a regular staff knowing that they will not stop working just to take an exam. Almost all of the regular staff here are only waiting for their PD(priority date) to be current.
After more than a year of waiting I finally decided to take my chances in applying for New Zealand. I have a one year experience and have 7+ Ielts. I'm now waiting for my approval. So, guys if you have big dreams don't let anything steal it away. Work each in attaining your goal. Step by step we'll reach our dreams. Goodluck to us all.