New LPN Grad and wanting to travel

  1. Hi There, I'm a new grad as of Sept. 7/04 and I write the LPN exam on Sept. 15/04. I am from British Columbia, Canada and want to know more about travel nursing. I have been doing some research and am really confused about what agency to use. I want to travel to California or Hawaii. I am new to all this so any useful information would be of help. Thanks.
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  3. by   nightingale
    joyb:

    Try doing a search on this BB; better yet, read through the many posts regarding this topic on the Travel and Agency Forums.

    First and foremost, get at least a years experience in the real world. Experience is needed to be able to walk in and take the lead when you get little to no orientation; do this for yourself, your patient, and the facilites/agencies liability.

    Let us know how we can help!
    Last edit by nightingale on Sep 6, '04
  4. by   CRNAsoon
    http://www.delphiforums.com has a huge travel nurse forum. Many nice people to network with and to learn about travel nursing.



    Quote from joyb
    Hi There, I'm a new grad as of Sept. 7/04 and I write the LPN exam on Sept. 15/04. I am from British Columbia, Canada and want to know more about travel nursing. I have been doing some research and am really confused about what agency to use. I want to travel to California or Hawaii. I am new to all this so any useful information would be of help. Thanks.
  5. by   suzanne4
    Before you go any further, are you a resident of the US or do you hold a green card? If not, you won't be eligible for working in the US. NAFTA agreement only covers RNs, unfortunately. Also to work as a travel nurse, most companies want at least one year of work experience, if not more.

    Hope that this helps............
  6. by   ddc101
    You gotta get down and dirty for a whole year before you can travel.But you may be able to relocate to the area of interest and later travel?????
  7. by   suzanne4
    This nurse has to be a US citizen to be able to work in the US, or qualify for a green card, or NAFTA treaty. NAFTA doesn't cover LPN's, just because she has gone to school possibly in the US, doesn't help much.
    She states that she is from British Columbia.
  8. by   chelsea32
    Quote from suzanne4
    This nurse has to be a US citizen to be able to work in the US, or qualify for a green card, or NAFTA treaty. NAFTA doesn't cover LPN's, just because she has gone to school possibly in the US, doesn't help much.
    She states that she is from British Columbia.
    i know many canadian lpns that work in the states. check out your local job fairs and there well be people trying to get you to work for em down south. lpns are just as important as rns nowadays, good luck!
  9. by   suzanne4
    Quote from chelsea32
    i know many canadian lpns that work in the states. check out your local job fairs and there well be people trying to get you to work for em down south. lpns are just as important as rns nowadays, good luck!
    There are many Canandian LPNs working in the US, but they are not covered unbder the NAFTA agreement, nor are they fast-tracked for a green card, which menas a wait of over three years. Most of them aremarried to an American, and can work because of that. There are also very few travel positions via travel companies for LPNs. You would be much faster along by getting the RN, and then you are covered by the treaty and can begin working in the US almost immediately.

    Good luck.....................

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