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    BC RN to Washington State

    You probably saw my thread before, but I'll share some more info. To get a WA License you need to prove your education equivalency using CGFNS. CGFNS is $300+ and takes time, took me a few months to get things in order. Once you have that, getting the WA RN license is easy. Getting a work visa is another question however, I came in on a TN. Finding employment was not difficult for me. I previously worked for BC Cancer Agency, so Oncology nurses were in high demand no matter where you go. I basically went down for interviews, accepted a job offer, and a few days before I started work I drove to the border and got my TN visa. Practice/culture: Drug names are different. Sometimes the utilized drugs are different too. I want to say that Canada uses the "cheaper" drugs, while in the US, doctors prescribe more expensive drugs, because $$ and insurance pays for it. I also had to learn to bill for my services, ie, bill for how long patient's infusion is, bill for what drugs I pushed, bill for dressing change, etc. Crazyness. Furthermore, things get done a lot quicker here.... Primary care doctor at some outpatient clinic orders an MRI, a few days for insurance to approve it, and voila, MRI is scheduled next week. In Canada, unless a patient was in-patient at a hospital, no way they'd get MRI that fast. I get paid a lot more $$ here, and am not stuck working for a single medical/hospital network (closest equivalency to BC's health authorities?). Your pay scale is based off years of experience ANYWHERE, not seniority in the same health authority. Hope that helps.
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    Infusion position

    If you are ever worried about becoming a stale nurse, remember you can always find jobs in outpatient care in medical clinics. Safe stuff, not high acuity, and sometimes pay is even more than hospital nursing.
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    Question about Patient load with infusion

    That seems like a really bad patient:nurse ratio. Don't do it.
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    Moving to Seattle from Vancouver, BC

    I'm from Vancouver, moved to Seattle. I did not go through a travel agency, rather I just found a full-time job here. - Travel agency usually requires at LEAST 1 year of experience in the particular field. - Nursing pay in Washington (and the rest of the U.S.) is based on years of experience. In BC it was based on years of seniority per union. Meaning ... if you have 10 years of nursing experience coming into Fraser Health, you still start at rock bottom pay because you are new for them. But if you have 10 years of experience coming into the U.S, say for example UW or Swedish Medical, then you get bumped into the 10 year slot on their pay scale. Housing situation in Seattle is as bad as Vancouver. You should look further south, like Texas ._. Job market is alright. Plenty of online schools in the U.S., WGU for example. Lots of ARNP jobs. Lots of manager sort jobs. To give pay numbers. In BC its like $35 for starting ER nurse? In Seattle it's about the same starting (but in US dollars), however different hospitals have different scales. Travel agency will pay more but its temporary contracts. Oh, and meds have different names. Nurses are responsible for BILLING patients on what care was provided. Crazyness I tell you. In Summary, work in BC for at least a year before you decide on working in the U.S.
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    Canadian RN (BC) moving to Seattle

    Sorry for the late responses folks. It took me 5 months for all the CGFNS b/s to go through, since it there were a couple requests back and forth with my university.
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    Canadian RN (BC) moving to Seattle

    I got a FT perm position. Travel positions pay more, but I wanted to stay longer than a couple months in 1 location so I got a FT. The TN is good for 3 years with option to renew if you want, so I felt a FT would be more convenient.
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    Canadian RN (BC) moving to Seattle

    For TN, its a matter of showing up at the border crossing with all your documents in hand, ie the CGFNS certificate, your BSN degree, WA State license, employment job letter, etc. The last piece was important, you have to get a job offer first, then you can apply for TN. Walked out with my TN in less than 45 minutes. With your EAD you can get that without a job offer, correct? So I basically waited until I got my WA State license, then I started looking for jobs. I made it clear I am Canadian upfront, but most big hospitals have immigration council in their recruiting department so they weren't too put off. You will qualify for a nurse residency.
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    Canadian RN (BC) moving to Seattle

    Swedish, Evergreen, and UW Hospitals would be a good start.
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    Canadian RN (BC) moving to Seattle

    I was in a similar boat. I graduated and worked 1.5 years in BC before working in Seattle. You may want to look into an RN "nurse residency" program, its basically like an extended new-grad program which transitions you into a full time position. Apply for those at the various hospitals here. There are no health authorities here like in BC, instead there are several non-profit, for-profit hospital networks, you have to apply to each one individually. As for becoming licensed, it was a long process for me with CGFNA. As for your idea about working as a nursing aide while you wait for RN license... I'm not sure what your current capacity to work in the US is? Are you a dual citizen or Green card holder? You need a visa to work. I work under a TN visa as an RN, but nurse aide does not count towards that.
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    UNBC's reputation?

    I'm a 1st year Nursing student at CNC (UNBC/CNC Program) Like yourself I'm also from the lower mainland, and I ended up in Prince George. What do you want to know about the program? So far I've found it to be very easy, in terms of academic/grade wise. I attended UBC and Kwantlen before coming here, where it was hard for me to keep a 3.2 GPA, and now I have a 4.0 GPA without breaking a sweat.