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    Obama likes nurses

    So True - I was a presceptor at an ER and we only gave 1 day to PRN's but keep in mind - if you are hired by someone - ask them for an RN mentor....someone you can go to with questions or concerns...if you are open and upfront about wanting one it will go a long way in showing your new employer that you want to learn the RIGHT way of doing things the first time. Normally, they will put you with someone they respect themselves. The RN will be pleased that you know "you are not God's gift to nursing" and that you realize there is so much that is not taught in school in the way of practical critical thinking and practical knowledge. Also, keep in mind, there are often things that you can teach an old nurse....but be sure to back up your up to date knowledge with concrete proof.....some old nurses are resistant to the "new" way of doing things. :yeah:Kudos to all new nurses that take their future into their own hands and get the extra lessons from the senior staff. And extra Kudos to those that are willing to share their new knowledge with those of us who graduated before you were born.
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    Having a hard time...

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family of your friend. Emotional attachments can be difficult to deal with in nursing but amazingly it is just that which sets apart good nurses from the bad. All I can say is this....if you can set aside your feelings and emotions to see what your friend needs from you in the here and now, you will be a great nurse. You are seeing the patient and her needs. Administering what little help you can. Medicine is wonderful, but compassionate nursing care is not to be replaced! One of the things I have learned in my 20+ years of nursing is that the human side must show through. Your patients become family and you will grieve their loss if you witness it but you will realize that the rest of your family still needs you and go on with your duties. When my mother had a massive MI and was in a coma - I realized that my years in nursing gave me the strength to say she will never recover - she will always be like this and I was able to let go of her. I am a better man and a better nurse for it. Strength........
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    Rejecting the Transplant

    Just to update anyone watching this thread. The amendment to the Oklahoma Citizen and Taxpayer act of 2007 was squashed by right wingers......they are apparently under the misguided information that all you need to get a visa at the border is a letter from your employer! Even after giving the Code of Federal Regulations, the house of representatives in the State of Oklahoma is not amending the law to exclude nurses. We are disappointed to say the least but now we are pressing the Govenor for an audience and hitting the press.....someone will pick up the story.:banghead::banghead::banghead: Anyone on here who wants to help and is residing in Oklahoma - please call your House Rep and tell him/her that the law needs to be changed!
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    "Fired for NO Reason"

    AMEN AMEN AMEN nothing more.....
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    Obama likes nurses

    Okay...now have you tried the correctional facilities (this is where I got my start and I can never replace the experience I received there) in your area - or how about nursing homes..... Secondly - MOST per diem companies will ask for a years experience - but go in person - book an appt with the HR dept and bring your transcript - sell yourself on your grades. Get letters of reference from the profs and keep at it. Make sure to call all the places that you have applied to...at least once a month just to touch base. Maybe the job that your suited to just opened up and they forgot about you......refresh their memory. Ask about new postings of positions - websites for hospitals are NEVER updated as often as you think. Look at night shifts - most hospitals are desperate for this shift as it is the most "undesirable". Finding a job is never easy, especially if you have no experience in the field, but by keeping your nose to the grindstone and keeping your name at the top of the pile you will succeed!
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    Immigration Issues that you need to be aware of

    The first organization actually helped with getting the law in Oklahoma passed. Unfortunately, nursing got caught up in the stuff. If you are here legally as I am, you should not be looked down upon from all your American co-workers. My education, received in Canada, is the equivalent to 3 years college here.........hmmmmmm secondly, If the American Government worked a little harder - using their grossly oversized heads - they woudl figure out that opening up the worker visas - and following them closer, would generate more tax revenue, foster a more open approach to immigration on a country that was built on immigration, and resolve alot of the problems they have now with illegals. But no- let's take the heavy handed American approach and spend millions of dollars to ship these illegals back home just so they can run across the border again with their 10 gallon jug of water. Open your minds - not all foreigners are here illegally............
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    Immigration Issues that you need to be aware of

    hahahaha first of all - due process of law even immigration violations entitle you to rights - under your constitution............. ins cannot even patrol the border effectively - who would believe that they could run rampant across this vast country demanding documents from all to prove citizenship status? i would respectfully laugh in your face if you told me that you have been stopped by an ins agent going to the grocery store on saturday. realism....... this is really funny - what about the citizens of countries that are not required to obtain a visa for visiting? like lets say a canadian citizen - who btw is allowed to be in the usa for up to 6 months without a visitors visa is stopped at a border patrol station? they hand over the passport and no visa - hmmmmm are they going to detain them - no! my step daughter legally entered the united states in january on a one way ticket for oklahoma - then a month later i took her to a border crossing to obtain her td visa - they didn't detain her! not even when she enrolled in school - or went to the irs to apply for her itin.......... you are partially right.....if you are caught and proven to be violating uscis laws, you can have a restriction placed on your name for reapplication but it is not ten years every time and in every case - it depends on what you have done.
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    Immigration Issues that you need to be aware of

    for starters.........you have failed to mention one thing, what about the number of tourists who are entitled to enter the us without a visa every year and some of those are entitled to stay up to six months like that. secondly, ins has shown throughout the years that they do not have the resources to do sweeps as you say. hey if they don't have the manpower to guard the border every ten feet - they certainly don't have the manpower to sweep through california - lining everyone up and demanding identification. maybe a few sporadic stops here and there but certainly not to the degree that you are talking about. now here is some information that is verifiable - some states like oklahoma have passed laws which restrict the issuance of professional licenses (nursing included) to legal immigrants - others are following on their coat tails. the law that was passed and enacted is also tough on illegal immigrants. the local police and sheriffs are now entitled and empowered to pick up, detain and soon(if another law is passed this year) send home illegal immigrants. if you are a foreign trained nurse who is here legally, on visa, or as a tourist, or as a student on visa - you of course who have nothing to worry about.
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    Colorado employer, Legal or not?

    I hold a Associates Degree in Nursing Suzanne. And I have 20 years experience in a variety of areas like dialysis, er, trauma. And I have NEVER encountered any difficulties with obtaining a visa under NAFTA with the TN classification. I have crossed the border and obtained a visa every time I wished with no problems. Additionally, my wife runs an educational seminar for employers in the hiring and retention of Canadian and Mexican trained nurses. I have no idea where you are getting your information from but it is obviously wrong. The H1B visa is so widely used in the US for foreign trained nurses that the Feds are talking about making a separate category for nurses altogether. Watch the uscis site for rule changes and legislative enactments that alter the visas. It's the only way to stay current. I like your comment that the H1B has nothing to do with nurses. The last time I checked, nursing was a health care profession right? did you even read my message post? Additionally, you have said that hospitals will not hire based on temp visas, they will only hire in TN etc. The TN visa is a TEMPORARY WORK VISA. Curious, have YOU ever crossed into the US on a work visa?
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    Moving from Canada to US

    Actuallu Suzanne, you are incorrect. I have held over 20 TN visas in the past 15 years and have NEVER been asked for my NCLEX pass score sheet. The USCIS employees that process you for the TN visa have NEVER requested a passing score for the NCLEX. The list is very specific for documents required when applying for a TN visa: original diploma ffrom nursing school - with seal original CGFNS certificate - with seal nursing license for the State in which you intend to practice - card SSN - card passport letter of intent from future employer (which has it's own requirements as to content) where the NCLEX comes in as important is that most of the State Boards require it for licensure by endorsement.
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    "Fired for NO Reason"

    even when she was given a list of her shortcomings (and they were her shortcomings, not everyone else's) to sign, she didn't get it. did anyone happen to give her a list of what she was doing well at? you attract more bees with honey than you do with vinegar. somewhere along the way, nurses in this role need to realize that to only point out shortcomings deflates the learning ability of everyone. additionally, if one's shortcomings are pointed out after they are told that they excel in other areas, it becomes a positive experience, not a negative one. she admitted to my orientee that she never studied at home, and my orientee suggested to her that she might want to start doing so. that is second hand knowledge. are you sure this actually happened? maybe you should not have been speaking with your orientee about the other - this is unfair and typical in the nursing industry. however, there are times when it's not the preceptor, it's the orientee. and sometimes, that orientee just doesn't get it no matter what hoops you jump through to try to help her get it, or to make her understand what the problem is. all people learn differently. if we were all the same - wow the world would be boring. i am in no way defending the new grad or her "mistakes" but if people are talking about her/him behind the back - well maybe there is justification for her reaction. i have seen one too many times, new grads be the subject of sneers and snickers instead of supportive environments. every teacher, every nurse, every manager should be forced to read the book of why nurses eat their young. i think there are probably a lot of "sals" out there . . . and i hope maybe i've convinced one or two of them to take a look at what they're doing or not doing to contribute to their problems before it's too late for them. i agree, there are a lot of new grads who fall below the average knowledge base. but there are also a lot of 20 to 30 year experienced nurses who fall below this level too. let's all be fair in judgment - not every nursing student will become a "good" nurse, some will just "nurse", but we must give justice to our profession by teaching with positive roles and positive approaches to learning, not negative. if i had been in the role of her teacher, i would have said, let's review what occurred with patient a - and then maybe given some journal information or textbook information and said, i would like to test you on this next week on our lunch break because it is important to under stand the "why", then treat him/her to lunch while you review the information.
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    Moving from Canada to US

    For the original posting - you must pass the NCLEX for all but 4 states - check online to see what you are looking at. Currently it is taking about 12 weeks to get a CGFNS Visa screen certificate after the test is written. Then, apply to the nursing board of the state in which you are looking at. Once those two things are in place, all you need is a ORIGINAL letter from the employer, your ORIGINAL diploma from nursing school, your passport, your ORIGINAL Visa Screen Certificate and you will be awarded a TN visa at almost any border crossing. If your husband is not a nurse, but another occupation in the TN fields, he will have to undergo the same process with the exception of the NCLEX and nursing license....there may be other things that he is required to do for his field. My original stuff took about 3 months to get into place but after that it was easy. With the new rule change to the TN visa, your visa will be good for up to 3 years if you get a letter stating they need for up to three years. Remember though that your visa is employer specific, if you want to change jobs, you will have to leave and reapply for a new visa under the new employer. If you have been practicing for 20 years, then the NCLEX should not be a problem. I passed in 76 questions with only 5 years experience. Pearson International has 3 test centers in Canada for the NCLEX now, so it is easier to get to a testing facility. The cost of the TN visa is $50.00 plus $8.00 for the card. So it is not that expensive. For onelonenurse - if you are applying for the College of Nurses of Ontario re-instatement, you MUST declare all jurisdicitions, including Ontario, in which you have obtained registration as a nurse. You must also list all Canadian provinces in which you have applied for, but not yet received, registration as a nurse. You must also declare ALL nursing employers since graduation from your nursing program. It is a reall pain in butt but they will reject your application if it is not complete - and they may even seek disciplinary action against you if you are not truthful on the application.
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    Health Care Aide Program

    My sis ter took the course 15 years ago - she loves it. She now works for Extendicare.
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    Colorado employer, Legal or not?

    I am curious - how many people posting answers to this nurses questions have actually worked in the United States under a visa from a foreign country?
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    Colorado employer, Legal or not?

    The use of the H1B for nursing is quite common because they hire a nurse who has had 2 to 5 years experience in let's say NICU - who also holds a minimum of a bachelor's degree. When I said this, I was actually arguing with a previous posting on the blog. A specialized OCCUPATION is all that is required. The H1B is used by hospitals and facilities for both experienced and non-experienced workers. All they HAVE TO SHOW is that the new hire conforms with this description - "A specialty occupation requires theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge along with at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. For example, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, business specialties, accounting, law, theology, and the arts are specialty occupations." USCIS does not get into qualifying each individual application - they take it on the face of the application. If the employer qualifies the individual - they will get it (subject of course to the caps). Additionally - you can be qualified without the education portion, if you can prove that hold exceptionally specialized knowledge and hold an associates degree.
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    Colorado employer, Legal or not?

    After consulting with my immigration attorney, she said that the EB2 visa would ONLY be used for a masters degree nurse IF that nurse was being paid an extraordinary salary such as research specialist or hospital administration etc. Additionally, the numbers are lower and the cutoffs earlier for those applying under the EB2. The use of the H1B for nursing is quite common because they hire a nurse who has had 2 to 5 years experience in let's say NICU - who also holds a minimum of a bachelor's degree. That qualifies them as a specialist under USCIS rules for a H1B. There are numerous regulations for the visa applications, unfortunately, that are confusing to most non-attorneys. The requirements are not as simple as what reads on the USCIS website, and additionally, each case is based on it's own merits and the processing agent for USCIS.
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