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  1. nursiebean

    Gap of Nurse experience

    I think it would be easy to explain, as as long as you have worked as an actual nurse in the last few years. Its such a pain getting into the UK. Have you considered applying to work in another country? Australia is pretty straight forward. I know for a fact that let you get a license there with a 5 year maximum gap. There's some paperwork, but I got my license in 6 months and then I applied for a working holiday visa (if you're under 30).
  2. nursiebean

    Health Carousel/Passport USA

    Thanks!! I had the interview before I got the embassy interview, as it was pretty close to the interview date. I was actually interviewed with a Long Term Care Facility in Maine, and even though they offered me the job, I begged PPUSA to not make me accept it, because I really didn't want to get into LTC. They said they can make an exception this once, but as per my contract, I MUST accept the next job offer and I said thats fair enough. They also said they would try to get me interviews for the areas I'm interested in, which was Progressive Care or Telemetry. And they kept their word! Actually, I got an interview for the Oncology floor at the hospital in North Dakota, so I looked at their jobs page and saw they needed Tele nurses and Med Surg nurses so I asked to be interviewed for those (I have a background in Med Surg) and they said that would be fine. The interview went well, even when I couldn't remember a medical term and I felt so embarrassed! It was a skype interview and they told me about the different floors, how the scheduling works, what kind of patients they see, asked me if I have any questions for them. They were super nice. They ask you what kind of experience you have, where you have worked and a little bit about yourself. It was a nice conversation. In answer to your other question about breaking contract, have you signed a contract with PPUSA? If you have, check your contract. You may have to pay damages depending on how far into the process you are. They spend a lot of money on us so I guess they expect to be compensated for it if you change your mind. MelodiusDreamer, congrats!! Don't worry, the hardest part is over. I know waiting is hard too, but it will be worth it!
  3. nursiebean

    Gap of Nurse experience

    They've changed some of their regs, but I think its something like 5 years is the maximum gap but you have to prove that you have had some sort of nursing employment in that time. I would check their website just to be sure. I have a friend who was licensed in the UK and we were in Australia together for a year working as nurses and they got super picky about her renewing her license when she came back (I've never worked in the UK as a nurse myself - LONG STORY), but I know there are a lot of hoops to jump through. Good luck.
  4. nursiebean

    Hospitals that sponsor H1b

    Well, you apply for a work visa, and your employer sponsors you for it. You have to get your Visa Screen completed with CGFNS, which can take a few months to get the paperwork together and then submitted. Once that's done, its like you're "pre-approved" for a visa. You need to do the obvious things like background checks etc. It took me about a year and a half to get myself ready to move Stateside. However, I dragged my feet for a few months as I was working and travelling around Australia at the time and I was having second thoughts (your typical drama - you meet someone and think you're going to be with them for the rest of your life - thank the LORD that didn't happen!). It all depends on which country you're from too and the waiting periods for work visa sponsorships for permanent residency. If you're from say, the UK, there is no waiting period. If you're from the Philippines or China, there is a couple years waiting period for your number to come up Its called priority dates and the date that you file for your visa. Its pretty straightforward - go to the USCIS website for more information on priority dates. I'm from the UK, so as soon as I applied, my priority date (date of filing for work visa) was current as there isn't a backlog for my country. All this being said, once you have done all the paperwork, you become "documentarily qualified" and you just have to wait for them to contact you for an interview at the nearest US embassy. I become document qualified in March this year (2018), about 9 months after I applied. I didn't get my interview until August this year, and then as my visa was approved at the end of the fiscal year, my priority date actually got put back due to so many visa applications. I had to wait until October (this month) for my work visa to be issued. I picked up my work visa 3 days ago. I am now waiting for my agency to book my flights to the USA which should be in a couple of weeks. Once you arrive in the USA, the border agent looks at your visa and stamps you through and they issue you the forms to apply for your green card. Your work visa permits you to enter the country and work, but you don't get your green card until you apply for it on US soil. Once you fill out the forms they give you, it takes approximately 6 months to get your green card. Thats according to the information that the US government gave me in my work visa package. In all, its going to take me about 2 years to go from signing the contract with the agency and beginning the application process to getting the green card in my hands. A year and a half to reach America, but 2 years to actually be permanently residing in the United States. I would say that's not too bad. You get a lot done in that time. I could be faster, like I said, if you're pro-active. If you're already stateside and applying for the green card, I'm not sure what the process is. Since you're still a student, you wouldn't be able to apply for a work visa and get your CGFNS visa screen approved until you had your degree. I'm not sure if they require a Bachelor's or they're okay with ADN, that's something else to look into. I know that when I was on an F1 visa, I was able to apply for an extension of my F1 Visa for 12 months after I graduated, its called the OPT visa. It lets you work and gain experience in the USA in the field you trained for. I got offered a job at the hospital that I precepted at, and it came at no extra cost to the hospital and I was there for a year. It's a good opening. I would recommend you apply for the OPT visa once you come to the end of your program, and then speak to hospitals that might be willing to sponsor you. Good luck, I hope this helps!
  5. nursiebean

    Out of attempts for NCLEX

    I mean, I know its not the RN, but have you tried taking the LPN exam? I know someone that did that. He couldn't pass the NLCEX RN, but he works as an LPN now. We went to school together and graduated with a BSN. Its maybe something you can consider.
  6. nursiebean

    Hospitals that sponsor H1b

    I doubt you'll find anyone willing to sponsor on the H1B as the government has cracked down heavily since a lot of people were abusing the system. H1B is usually not an option for nurses. However, look at getting sponsored for permanent residency. It takes longer, but there are agencies and maybe even hospitals that will be willing to do that. I've gotten my greencard with Passport USA/Health Carousel. They've been fantastic.
  7. Did you end up going with Passport USA? I'm English, and I signed with them. I wanted Texas where my boyfriend is, but I'm going to North Dakota, where its cold! But I have heard so many good things about that hospital, and I got the unit that I wanted - they're so desperate for nurses! Plus, PPUSA has good pay.
  8. nursiebean

    St. Alexius Bismarck - new to US health system

    I really need to look at the dates of when people make these posts! Haha, glad you're enjoying yourself. Which floor are you on?
  9. nursiebean

    Interview at St. Alexius!

    I just realised how old this post was, haha. Nevermind!!!
  10. nursiebean

    Interview at St. Alexius!

    Oh, out of curiosity, which unit did you interview for? I'm heading into their PCU/Tele floor sometime next month. And I'm sure you did fine!! They seemed friendly with me - mine was a skype interview as I am living in the UK at the moment. That was fun. Never done one of those before. To tell you how rough mine was, I couldn't remember a Lap Chole. To put it in my exact words, I said, "the one where you take out the gall bladder." No joke. I was so embarrassed. But hey, I got the job! Haha! I'm sure you did great, and don't sweat it!! They understand! At least I made them laugh. I'm a good nurse, I promise. There is a major nursing shortage there. I've signed on for a 3 year contract, but I get permanent residency sponsorship. I'm British. I trained in the USA, but not a citizen. I have a friend who's American, she's from Texas and she's just got a contract up there and I've heard good things. Best of luck! Let us know how you did!
  11. nursiebean

    St. Alexius Bismarck - new to US health system

    I've just come from Australia and I'm heading to St. Alexius next month. I can't tell you how it is, as I haven't arrived yet. But I've heard good things. If you want to stay in touch, just PM me. :)
  12. nursiebean

    Health Carousel/Passport USA

    Hey!! I'm sorry - yes, everything has been approved. I went for my embassy interview in August, got approved immediately. However, I had to wait until October to get my visa issued as it was the end of the fiscal year. I picked it up yesterday. I'm being deployed to North Dakota, and that's not my first choice. But I've heard good things about the hospital, and I got offered three different positions and they liked me so much after the interview (which happened over Skype in July), that they said I could pick whichever floor I wanted, so I picked Progressive Care/Tele. I'm super excited! It's taken me about a year and a half for everything to happen to get to this point. I'm now just waiting for the next orientation dates and for them to fly me out. I'm so excited!
  13. nursiebean

    Mobitz II vs. Third Degree Heart block?

    Thanks very much for the help. That makes more sense. I'll definitely be practicing and looking up some videos and practice strips online!
  14. nursiebean

    Mobitz II vs. Third Degree Heart block?

    I'm about to start working on a progressive care unit/tele floor in a couple months, and I'm just polishing up on my cardiac knowledge and I have been reviewing EKG's. I could always understand your basic rhythms being a surgical nurse that would have patients on tele, but I will say, I always had a harder time understanding heart blocks. However, since reviewing, its making A LOT more sense to me and I feel more confident in my tele knowledge. But I've come across a bit of a stumbling block (block, haha, no pun intended) in trying to figure out how to determine a second degree type II and a third degree heart block? I understand that the QRS is occasionally missing from a Mobitz II, and a third degree is where the P waves have no relationship with a QRS, right? But looking at practice EKG's, I can't tell the difference! Anyone with a bit more tele experience have any tips for how to discern between the two? Thanks so much! Sincerely, an excited PCU RN-to-be
  15. nursiebean

    Health Carousel/Passport USA

    I just became document qualified yesterday! So I am waiting for an interview date now with the US Embassy.
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