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    St. Alexius Bismarck - new to US health system

    hello, I arrived in Bismarck in May this year and have been working since. I like it a lot. Vince
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    I-140 sent, now what?

    Don't do your immunisations now. They will do it at your medical exam. They may or may NOT accept immunisations done from a non-approved health provider so to be absolutely certain, just wait until you have your medical exam. They can give you all the vaccines you need.
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    Questions regarding applying to NZ nursing programs

    Hello, I would directly contact the university or polytech you are interested in. NZ nurses do their Bachelor of Nursing straight after graduation from high school. There is no need to do prerequisites. The BN programme in NZ is 3 years long. I thik NZ education is cheaper than in the US but as a non-resident, and I'm presuming you are, you will not be eligible for government subsidies or loans and will need to pay the fees upfront, if and when you are interested. On a student visa you are allowed to work a maximum of twenty hours per week unless it is semester break then you can work however many hours you wish. The cost of living is high in most places, especially food. You will have to factor that in when making a decision. As a nurse with 10 years experience I was earning $32 per hour basic pay, but after weekend and shift differentials I ended up earning more than $NZ80,000 last financial year of which $21,000 was taken out in taxes (so left me with roughly 6 $60,000+). My rent was $1,560/month for a very tiny studio in Auckland. At the end of the day, it is not bad. NZ has an excellent healthcare system that is totally free for residents and citizens, so you don't have to pay for health insurance. The working conditions are so worker friendly. Kiwis love their work-life balance and I got so used to it that when I moved to the US I was appalled at the working conditions here. Kiwis get a minimum of 4 weeks annual leave, an additional 1 week if you work shifts. The weekend penalty rates are 150%, night and afternoon shifts 125%, public holidays 200%. On my 12 hour shifts I got three (yes three!) 30-minute breaks (here in the US I get one 30-minute break and one 15-minute break). The nurses union is powerful and there is no culture of frivolous litigation like in the US (unless you are negligent of course). I had the time of my life living there for 5 years. I enjoyed every single corner of the country I explored and if only my family and friends lived there I would've stayed for good (not to say I didn't make any close friends,I did). New Zealand is a beautiful country and it will all be worth it. I wish you luck!
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    Help with my contract

    Unfortunately you need that contract to get the visa. You can still attend the interview but without it they consul will invoke section 221g of the INA and refuse to give you a visa until you provide them that document. You are lucky to get a hospital directly sponsor you. Nowadays they almost always go through a staffing agency to minimise risk and financial loss.
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    Help with my contract

    First of all who is the petitioner? Is it the hospital or the agency? It should say on your USCIS notice of receipt or notice of action.
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    NCLEX and applying for tourist visa in the Philippines

    Will you be taking the NCLEX in the US? You need to convince the consul that you will go back to your country and you can only do that by showing proof that you have conpelling reasons to come back i.e. real estate, significant financial interests, immediate family members, a job (with a letter from your employer saying you are on leave and will still have a job when you get back). Those are just a few of the many examples.
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    Nurse immigration

    I would probably start with improving your English-language skills. You will not get anywhere without IELTS and looking at your spelling and grammar, it doesn't look very promising. Take some English lessons at least to improve your chances of attaining an acceptable IELTS score.
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    Nurse pay in Wellington

    Hi, Your hourly base rate would be $32. Saturday and Sunday rate is $48/hour. Afternoon and night (20:00 to 07:00) is $40/hour. Your base annual salary would be $66,755 if you are full time (40 hours per week). I get roughly $80,000 per year with all the shift and weekend work. After tax thats around $60,000.00. I used to live in Brisbane as well ( I was a clinical nurse at the RBWH) so the pay cut was a tremendous shock. NZ does not have tax-free tresholds or salary sacrificing to make it worse and everything is much more expensive. If it is for a lifestyle change I would think about moving to regional Queensland (e.g. Toowoomba or Warwick). The South Island is very beautiful but you can always visit with the money you make in Oz.
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    Australian nurse wanting to work in America

    Hi AussieRN123, The first step would be to apply for licensure by examination with the relevant state board of nursing. Each state has a different criteria and requirements but they all have commonalities as well, like the NCLEX requirement. The relevant nursing board will assess your education (as well as other licensure requirements) and will determine if you are eligible to write the NCLEX-RN. If your education is found to be deficient in obs or paeds, you will need to sort that out by attending classes either in the states or Australia (check the other posts here, some Aussie nurses have been able to complete that requirement in Australia). Some Aussie nurses have reported some state boards like Massachussets accepted their Australian degree but take note each application us considered in an individual basis. After writing and passing the NCLEX-RN, then you pay for the license fee and you become officially licensed. You only need to sit the NCLEX-RN once in your lifetime once you pass. You may also need to write the CGFNS exam and the IELTS exam if you plan on immigrating to the states. A Visa Screen certificate is required prior to granting an immigrant visa. A visa screen certificate requires both the CGFNS and the IELTS. Some states will require either an SSN or an ITIN so check which ones don't. My advice is: 1. Pick another state that does not require the SSN or ITIN and will not require supplementary courses in obs and paeds. New York and Montana are two states that I know don't require this. You have to be flexible in terms of where you want to live and practice. 2. Find out what Australian universities offer obs and paeds courses so you can make up for your deficiency. If you want the option of being able to move to anywhere you want then you will most definitely need these supplementaries. You have to apply for a separate license each time you move states and they all assess your education as well so you will be assured that they will ask for obs and paeds as well. 3. Whatever you do, start your application ASAP. The licensure process can take several months. 4. Share your experiences on allnurses so other Aussies nurses can learn from your journey. Hope this helps.
  10. Why don't you try and get your obs and paeds requirement out of the way while youre still in Oz. I'm sure there are unis that offer supplementary courses there but do you research to make sure California BON recognises these.
  11. Any advice for an RN who has only ever worked in the Australian and New Zealand healthcare systems? What is it like working at St. Alexius Health? How is the pay for an RN with 10 years experience? What are the patients like? What are the staff and doctors like? What is it like living in Bismarck? Any advice or input will be greatly appreciated.
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    PassportUSA unresponsive

    I would consult a lawyer before breaking the terms of the contract. Keep or print all copies of correspondence, including sent emails. I would prefer to print because I have experienced a sudden deletion of all emails from my yahoo account once. Send them a letter as well (make it registered mail or signature only on delivery). If you can prove Passport USA have been negligent in their duty, you may be able to break the terms of the contract.
  13. Processing will take 2 to 3 years under current processing timelines anyway. I would take a shot at working in the UK while waiting. Ask your agency if they can ask for consular processing to be done in the UK.
  14. Hello NatNes1823, I would suggest getting in contact with Conexus Medstaff as they can get you work in the States on an E3 visa. It is challenging to get registration in California. First of all, you need to hold a social security number or an ITIN. For you to hold an SSN you need to be or have been in the States on a visa with work rights. For you to hold an ITIN, you need to have filed a tax return. Without the SSN or the ITIN, California BON won't even look at your file. Once you are successful in obtaining your visa, and land in the states and get your SSN or ITIN, only then can you apply for registration in California. And you have to take the supplementary course for obstetrics and paediatrics and the number of schools that offer them are limited in number and only offer limited spots! They don't make it easy! I suggest you apply for registration with a state that doesn't require the SSN or ITIN so you can get they NCLEX out of the way. Once you land in the states, you can apply for licensure by reciprocity with California BON. You will still need to attend a supplementary course but at least a significant amount of time has been saved by sitting your NCLEX and getting licensed in another state before you arrive in the US. All of the processes involved in the US licensure and immigration journey each involve months of correspondence, tons of paperwork, money, and WAITING so I suggest you get started ASAP.
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    Transfer courses from Philippines to Australia

    Hello Shindy, Technically, you can apply for the Philippine nurse licensure even if you're not a Filipino citizen. Article 13 (a) of the Philippine Nursing Act states : He/she is a citizen of the Philippines, or a citizen or subject of a country which permits Filipino nurses to practice within its territorial limits on the same basis as the subject or citizen of such country: Provided, That the requirements for the registration or licensing of nurses in said country are substantially the same as those prescribed in this Act; Why don't you find out by contacting the Philippine Board of Nursing first. As the Act implies, eligibility of foreigners to sit the PNLE is determined on a country-by-country basis. It is not a blanket rule. If your country of citizenship allows Filipino nurses to practise in your home country based on requirements that are similar to the Philippines', then you should be eligible to sit the exam. If not, try contacting the universities you are interested in studying at. They will assess your completed courses and determine which ones they will accept or not.