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kermit27 has 2 years experience and specializes in med/surge.

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  1. Hello Texas nurses, I haven't posted for many, many months but used to be active on the UK forums while I was a nursing student. Have moved to Austin a year ago and been getting organized with family, schools etc. Then went through the bureaucratic hoops with CGFNS etc and Texas BON to get my UK license converted and TODAY I heard that I've passed the NCLEX! what a relief! Am now scoping around the internet looking for RN jobs and wondered if any Austin nurses have any advice of where to start? I have about 15 months UK RN experience in a big London hospital - pulmonary and upper GI wards. I think they would fall under Med-Surg here??? I really prefer hospital work but am aware that the shift patterns might not be great for school-age children, if they demand 12hrs x 3 days a week? I worked that in London but had a baby who was easier to manage for childcare. I am also a little concerned that there are a few skills that UK nurses do only once qualified (eg., IVs/cannulation; taking blood) and I was still in the queue for the training budget for that when I left. I am hoping some big group like St Davids or Seaton will be willing to give me a bit of training so that I can do the job properly on the wards... Am a little worried at all the posts about how few jobs there are!!! Any advice appreciated, and I hope to be a regular poster here and get to know y'all!!! thanks Amy
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    Just How Difficult is NCLEX?

    Hi all, have read many of the UK->US forums in the last few years but nothing about the exam itself.... Is it difficult to pass if you are a UK trained RN? I see that about 85% of US nursing grads pass it the first time. What about Brits? I always think that according to the hype a US RN's job is more clinical? or is that just Too Posh to Wash propaganda?https://allnurses.com/forums/images/smilies/lol2.gif Any real life experience would be interesting to read? Are the prep courses worth the time and money or could you do it through a book? thanks!
  3. I've been a member here since I started as an HCA and then student nurse 3+ years ago. I've now qualified and got a great job ( I think!) on a respiratory ward. I love the work, the other staff have been incredibly helpful and I'm learning lots. The ward sister is very supportive,and I'm about to do my single drugs ax... I know nurses need to let off steam, but we could at least moan about local issues: district nurses being pushed aside by community matrons? Lack of job prospects for newly qualified nurses? Does the RCN really push our interests? Maybe there should be a separate forum for all those trying to get across the pond, and UK nursing could focus on UK issues? jsut a thought...
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    UK->USA: What's it like once you're there?

    Thanks Madwife! It's pretty cool. And pretty scarey too. All those chest and bowel sounds are pretty intimidating. I just hope it's as much fun (!) as I think it is here...xa
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    Looking for a friend in the UK

    I've talked to you guys in the past - delighted, expat, to see that I'm not the only US student nurse in the UK??!! (was going to say Yank, but then remembered that you're a southerner :) !) This has been a long and involved thread, but getting back to the original question, I too would be happy to be a UK Nurse friend to a US nurse. What do you all think about the prospects in the US for UK-trained midwives? are there any opportunities, or are "all" US births overseen by obstreticians? Expat and I have conversed in the past about how difficult (or not) it is to get over tothe US but I too have been mega intimidated by the prospect of not being able to measure up to US RN capabilities because of less strenuous "diagnostic" training in the UK. Maybe that's just a risk we foreigners have to take? I know loads of people have moved to the US from UK nursing posts (see my recent post about what's it like). Most of them have been Philipinos, who are generally trained according to a US "medical" model )(according to them!) I'm hoping to hear from people who've made the jump and can tell us how they've coped. xx to you both Amy
  6. Hiya.. I know there's been lots of talk about agencies, fees, contracts, NCLEX etc. But I'd love to hear from UK nurses who have already made the jump... *What's it like in US hospitals -- just like ER? locker rooms and in-house laundrys? *What's it like without 6-bedded bays? How do you keep an eye on critically ill patients in single and double rooms? *Is it true that US nurses don't have to make beds? (Are there are little house elves who do it for them?) *Is it really "goodbye Roper Logan Tierney, hello medical model" as I read somewhere here? I've also heard that US nurses are more like UK junior doctors and do much more diagnosing? *Are there district/community nurses in the US? *Is it true that US nurses can easily earn $80K + per year? I actually read here some nurses criticising new recruits for going into nursing FOR THE MONEY!! :rotfl: There are so many rumours about Nursing in America! Some you can toss out just by reading these forums and learning that many of our issues are the same the world over. But others? And maybe US nurses would be tickled to hear what a paradise (?!) they're supposed to be working in...
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    Newly qualifed UK nurse wanting to emigrate to US

    Well, that's all pretty interesting... I've been reading student comments here over the last many months and thinking they all sounded pretty stressed out and high powered, and wondered whether they were just taking things pretty seriously or whether the course work was a lot harder and more specific. I had suspected it was the latter and from your reports, that's right. I had been hoping part of it was just cultural. Brits, my husband's always reminding me, like to pretend that things come easily, and do tend to be less cathartic, and I was hoping that there wasn't much difference between what we were being taught here, and a US training programme.... I mean, how many UK nurses do you know carry palm pilots around to check drug calculations or normal values??? I used to have a palm, because I used to work in business, and most other nursing students had never even seen one before... I've also noticed that so many of our textbooks are US based, and the quality levels and expectations seem much higher there. This has worried me, because I feared that I might not be being trained adquately to cope over there.
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    Newly qualifed UK nurse wanting to emigrate to US

    How nice to know I'm not Alone!!! I'm a 2nd yr, just over half way, and about to start my acute placements -- ITU, theatre and recovery during the summer. can't wait. What do you mean 40/40 hours? for the UK course I thought we needed something like 2300 hours, evenly split, theory/practice? And do you know what other requirements there are? I found a book called Nursing in America on Amazon, which I've bought. I've not gone over it in detail, but I think it's sponsored by o'gradypeyton. I've thought about contacting them for info, but figured they'd only want to talk to me once I've qualified. Hey..I'll send you a smilie on Thanksgiving...
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    Newly qualifed UK nurse wanting to emigrate to US

    Hi expat, not sure I understood you correctly...are you a US citizen studying nursing in the UK? I've lived over here for 15+yrs with a Brit hubby, and decided to become a nurse a few years ago after many years in office jobs. I love it, but I'm addicted to these US/UK discussions, because I keep wondering what would it be like to go back, how best to do it, will I be qualified enough? I keep reading about US nursing students and their course work sounds lots more technical than ours... Any thoughts appreciated.
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    Questions For Uk Nurses Living And Working In Usa

    Good points, Kay... It's helpful to hear from someone who's on the other side of qualification. I've worked long enough to know it's very different on the inside of any job. Almost everyone I've seen on placements is incredibly conscientious and a real inspiration. or at least, at every placement I've had, I've been able to latch on to one or two really dedicated, inspirational nurses. that's what I plan to be!!!
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    Questions For Uk Nurses Living And Working In Usa

    Hi again, I posted further up and have been interested in your comments.... As Yank, born and bred, but Brit resident for last 15 yrs (with Brit hubby), I am constantly comparing quality/speed/costofliving/ between the two places.. I'm not sure pace of life is so different, but my observation, when I went back to live in NY for 2 yrs, 6 years ago, is that it's the "volume" that seems "turned up" in the US. Media, hype, billboards, 120 tv channels, even the SUNSHINE and weather (real thunderstorms) all seem louder or Turned Up somehow. I like that; it's fun. But I also appreciate the Lower volume over here-- the watercolour light, beautiful mossy greens and fields and sheep and no billboards, lower buildings in london, footpaths everywhere, uh what else? pubs... anyway, you know what I mean. I've concluded that different strengths are important at diferent points in life, for me. Just wondering whether Living Wage as a nurse, is going to become Tremendously Important once I'm qualified!!! :chuckle
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    Changing Uniforms

    What is a pam? Maybe I've been asleep for the last millennium, but I've never heard the expression? thanks xx :imbar
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    i am a tall girl - need advice!

    Please do it! I'm a mature student too; 15 years of office clock watching and now I'm a second year student and I love my new life. Hours fly by; you learn something new every day. some UK nursing schools require an access course, but if you've done ANYTHING even vaguely cerebral in the last few years, mention it on your application. I included Girl Guide leader training (not insignificant, mind you) and a lot of music, and I was offered interviews at 2 London area programmes that DEMAND access courses, without one. good luck
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    Reminiscence therapy in EMI?

    Hi Sam, Don't know if this helps -- I'm only a student. I visited a number of Anchor care homes when out in the community last year, and they used it pretty regularly. You might try talking to them or to one of their activity directors -- the guy I saw was reallly enthusiastic. Don't know where abouts you are or whether Anchor is nationwide. The ones I saw were in Surrey. good luck
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    No More Excuses......

    HEY! As Garfield said many years ago... "....DIET???? YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS?....IT'S 'DIE' WITH A 'T' ADDED!!!!" I try to remember that, and just try to fit in 5 fruits & veg a day around meals... and go for walks if not up to exercise. Good for the soul.
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    Questions For Uk Nurses Living And Working In Usa

    Hi again, Well, in answer to Madwife's concerns, I think its always healthy to broaden one's horizons by remembering that all cultures have differences... having lived in a "foreign" place (which does now feel like home) for the last 15 years, I've had a lot of practice in comparative sociology I've also learned that you just end up being what you are, and that may be an assertive British nurse, or a weird American nurse who insists on washing patients or a petite submissive-looking filipina who gives people hell. Cultural stereotypes are made to be broken. Job descriptions, however are another thing. I keep finding myself going through the many US textbooks we're recommended on my course to see "how the Americans do it" in case blood sugar monitoring, for example, is done differently? how silly is that. But I keep wondering how I'd cope over there. Probably ought to concentrate on just getting finished and registered over here first!!! xxa