Published Oct 4, 2004
I have a couple of questions about resumes and cvs.
I'm a foreign trained RN and I've been living in the USA for 3 years. I have my permanent green card, visa, social security, etc. My "educational package" will be ready by the end of October. The board should get all the documents they need for evaluation by the end of October.
I was wondering, when is it a good time to send my resume? Do I have to wait until I have my license or can I start sending it as soon as the board has my complete file?
I know that most of the nurses trained here send their resume before even graduating for school. Is it the same case for a foreign trained nurse?
And also, in the case I decide to send my resumes before getting my license, how do I specifiy that I don't have my license yet and I'm looking for a RN position (or trainee)?
I hope this is not to confusing...
Thank you all for your help :)
Who will have your education package in October? California Board of Nursing?
You can go ahead and send your resume now, but I usually recommend setting up an appt to meet with the nurse recruiter at the facility, especially since you are already in the US. Have you worked the past three years as a nurse? What type of experience do you have as a nurse?
Good luck............ :balloons:
Thanks for your help. So yes, the Board will have everything by November.
I don't have any nursing experience in the US. Only worked as a customer service associate for 8 months. But I have 2 years experiences as a home health nurse in my country (Belgium)... if it can help in any ways...
Having US experience is not needed to qualify to sit for the NCLEX exam. But please be aware that California will not actually issue a license to you until you have a SSN#. This means that you cannot endorse to another state, if you decide not to work in California.
I have my ss# and everything else. What I wasn't sure of was how could I apply for a job as a RN if I haven't passed the nclex yet (hopefully I'll get my ata pretty soon). Plus do I have to consider myself as a rn (because I'm already a nurse in my country) or should I start as a new grad (that doesn't bother me at all)
I plan to go to a job fair this month. I'm sure it's gonna be very interesting.
Any way, thank you Suzanne4 to be there for the "international nurses".
Best to you!
Since you have not had any RN experience over the past three years, as well as that you trained overseas, you more than likely will be starting as a new grad salary and level. Nursing in most other countries is quite different from the US, especially in terms of responsibilities and procedures that you can do.
You may also want to consider wating until you at least have your ATT letter before applying, becuase you are essentially an unproven commodity to the hospitals at this point. Having a license in your home country will not hold much wait at all, and especially since you do not have hospital experience as an RN. If you do go to the fair just to get an idea of what is there, be up front with the hospitals and let them know that you are just applying for your ATT letter at this time.
Hope that this helps and good luck.................... :balloons:
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