I am a RN who lives in British Columbia, Canada and looking to obtain US license. I graduated in 2010 and have both a perioperative specialty and a neonatal specialty. I have 4 years labour and delivery experience and my last 7 years of work has been in a large level 3 NICU working in all roles including PICC insertion and management, charge nursing, and clinical support nursing. I also worked for a local college in the neonatal nursing specialty training program as a clinical nursing instructor.
I am looking to relocate to the US to be with my long term American partner. I am hoping to obtain a nursing license in Oregon but from what I read sometimes it makes more sense to start with initial license in a different state that may be easier to secure (please correct me if I am wrong). We also have ties and family in Hawaii, which is another option, but I am unsure if Hawaii would be more difficult. In 2017 Canada switched from the CRNE to the NCLEX, which unfortunately was years after I graduated, so this is something I need to complete as well. I am currently enrolled in a prep course, but I know I cannot write the NCLEX until I have been approved by a state.
After reading countless threads, I am still finding this process confusing. I know I would need to apply to the state, complete a visa screen, CGFNS, write the NCLEX, etc, but am finding it impossible to find clarity around this process and order of steps. I also realize this may take over a year. If anyone has insight and would be able to advise me on next steps (or a reputable company to help assist me with this process), that would be incredible.
Thank you in advance for your help.