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Working in Canada and the US

Just to clear up any misinformation that is being put out there by some agencies: Canada, as well as the US, require that the RN have a "generalist" training for licensure, not the "specialist" that you are now receiving in your programs. Even with the adult branch, you will still need to make up the other hours in Maternal/Peds, as well as Mental Health. Same goes for a specialty in any of the other branches as well. If you are determined to work in the US, it is easier to make up classes when you do have training in the Adult branch, but again, you will need the training.

Several provinces in Canada are now actually requiring a four year degree, such as Ontario.

Please do your own homework first, before trusting what an agency has told you.

misswoosie

Specializes in ICU,ANTICOAG,ACUTE STROKE,EDU,RESEARCH. Has 26 years experience.

Suzanne

I'm starting to get concerned that maybe I will have problems getting any job other than full time nights on ICU or a floor.

Realistically. what do you think the chances of me getting something that's not on the bottom rung without a MASTERS?

How does the employer prove to immigration that they cannot fill a post with a US Nurse?

I am changing jobs at the moment from CNS Anticoag to Acute Stroke Research Nurse and hope that I will have about 5 years experience in this area (have done this before)by the time we go. North Carolina are pushing hard to reduce numbers of strokes in NC/SC and ?Georgia I may be able to get a job in this area.

Not sure if contract research organisations may be worth a try eventually as there is a huge research Park in Raleigh and seems to be lots of jobs around for research Associates.

Hope you can help

hi

my course was a 4 year degree and even though i am classed as an adult nurse in the degree my regisration states i am a general nurse (RGN).

i completed 150 hours in mental health, peads, and maternity.

yet with all this and reading the difficulties in getting recognised abroad and dodgy agents i think i will stay in england, devon seems nice

Hi debbieUK

how could yo compare the salary for RN's there & here in the US?

hi

my course was a 4 year degree and even though i am classed as an adult nurse in the degree my regisration states i am a general nurse (RGN).

i completed 150 hours in mental health, peads, and maternity.

yet with all this and reading the difficulties in getting recognised abroad and dodgy agents i think i will stay in england, devon seems nice

As long as you have the hours, then you should be okay. It isn't as much the classification as it is the number of hours in each of the required areas.

madwife2002, BSN, RN

Specializes in RN, BSN, CHDN. Has 26 years experience.

Hi debbieUK

how could yo compare the salary for RN's there & here in the US?

The salary can be better here in the US but consideration should be taken into account the perks that UK nurses have once they have been employed for several years and carry from job to job, if they work for the NHS.

7 weeks vacation time paid

up to six months full paid sick leave and then upto 6 months half pay.

This adds up to a considerable amount of money

Hi guys,

a quick addendum to the hours or lack of them . I was the working manager of a large hospital in calgery based in the Er before relocating back to scotland. One particular RN was short due to her training in the Uk but I was able to appeal her case with the licensing board due to her vast experience and the fact nurses are a rare commodity . So, i think every case has its own merit but I understand thats not the generalised situation

hello everybody!

I just joined the forum today and hope that am gonna have a nice time on this site.

Am actually s nursing student from holland.

God bless

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

hello everybody!

I just joined the forum today and hope that am gonna have a nice time on this site.

Am actually s nursing student from holland.

God bless

hi and welcome :wink2:

english_nurse

Specializes in renal,peritoneal dialysis, medicine.

my advice regarding hours would be to get a copy of your transcript from your university if you are unsure, it may save you some stress

janelola

Specializes in Medical, Diabetes, ICU.

Hi Misswoosie [great name!]

I realise it's some time ago since your post, I am a research nurse who is also considering moving to US but I have come across problems as agencies want me to have RECENT clinical experience and do not count research nursing.

Have you tried any research agencies direct? One thing I have found is that research nurses seem to get paid less in the US. There is a separate forum for us research nurses somewhere.

So, I just wondered if you had got anywhere with it, maybe any tips?? I'll certainly tell you anything I know if it can be of any help.

Thanks

Janelola

madwife2002, BSN, RN

Specializes in RN, BSN, CHDN. Has 26 years experience.

Hi Misswoosie [great name!]

I realise it's some time ago since your post, I am a research nurse who is also considering moving to US but I have come across problems as agencies want me to have RECENT clinical experience and do not count research nursing.

Have you tried any research agencies direct? One thing I have found is that research nurses seem to get paid less in the US. There is a separate forum for us research nurses somewhere.

So, I just wondered if you had got anywhere with it, maybe any tips?? I'll certainly tell you anything I know if it can be of any help.

Thanks

Janelola

You know what I would be doubtful if you would get a job as a research nurse here in the US, and I am not sure I would recommend doing it straight off. Nursing in the US is so different than the UK that you should get a few months med/surg nursing under your belt first. I am a pretty switched on, bright person who picks up things really easily-but I have struggled to understand the vocabulary and medical terminolgy.

i am a third year adult nursing student who wants to work in usa.can someone tell me how to make up hours in psychiatric and pedeatics.

madwife2002, BSN, RN

Specializes in RN, BSN, CHDN. Has 26 years experience.

You know what I would be doubtful if you would get a job as a research nurse here in the US, and I am not sure I would recommend doing it straight off. Nursing in the US is so different than the UK that you should get a few months med/surg nursing under your belt first. I am a pretty switched on, bright person who picks up things really easily-but I have struggled to understand the vocabulary and medical terminolgy.

Gosh Dont I sound like I am blowing my own trumpet:trout: to me

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

i am a third year adult nursing student who wants to work in usa.can someone tell me how to make up hours in psychiatric and pedeatics.

you could try the university and see whilst you are a student making hours up. The other option is find a place at a school of nursing in the US as a guest student and make your hours up but you will have to fund it yourself and also be able to fund your time as you will not be able to work

misswoosie

Specializes in ICU,ANTICOAG,ACUTE STROKE,EDU,RESEARCH. Has 26 years experience.

Hi Misswoosie [great name!]

I realise it's some time ago since your post, I am a research nurse who is also considering moving to US but I have come across problems as agencies want me to have RECENT clinical experience and do not count research nursing.

Have you tried any research agencies direct? One thing I have found is that research nurses seem to get paid less in the US. There is a separate forum for us research nurses somewhere.

So, I just wondered if you had got anywhere with it, maybe any tips?? I'll certainly tell you anything I know if it can be of any help.

Thanks

Janelola

Hi Janelola

Haven't been around for ages! I have not used an agency for the process so far . I have my NCLEX exam out in North Carolina April 2nd. I have spoken to a magnet hospital near where will be living and they have encouraged me to apply for a stroke co-ordinators post as my specialty is acute stroke. I am not sure about this as I have been told that the adjustment is quite difficult but I have applied and then maybe I can discuss other jobs with them.I have to say looking online I haven't really found research nurse posts except for the big university medical centres (thinking of Duke University-Durham NC) who do loads of clinical trials. Otherwise jobs are CRAs for drug companies and I don't want to be non clinical. Hope this helps!

Can I ask anyone who may be reading this how long the process generally takes after employer petitioning? Also ,do you have to use a lawyer? I guess lawyers come in good and bad-how do you find a good one ?

janelola

Specializes in Medical, Diabetes, ICU.

Hi Janelola

Haven't been around for ages! I have not used an agency for the process so far . I have my NCLEX exam out in North Carolina April 2nd. I have spoken to a magnet hospital near where will be living and they have encouraged me to apply for a stroke co-ordinators post as my specialty is acute stroke. I am not sure about this as I have been told that the adjustment is quite difficult but I have applied and then maybe I can discuss other jobs with them.I have to say looking online I haven't really found research nurse posts except for the big university medical centres (thinking of Duke University-Durham NC) who do loads of clinical trials. Otherwise jobs are CRAs for drug companies and I don't want to be non clinical. Hope this helps!

Can I ask anyone who may be reading this how long the process generally takes after employer petitioning? Also ,do you have to use a lawyer? I guess lawyers come in good and bad-how do you find a good one ?

Hi,

Thanks for your reply. Good luck with the NCLEX, I've got my exam in London early June. I've not gone thru an agency as yet either, I think I'm kind of seeing how far I can get on my own really. The job sounds good! Are you going to go for it? I think I may end up going back to the wards for more recent experience after all, but we'll see. As for how long the whole process takes - it seems to be a pretty sore subject on the forum at the moment due to retrogression, I'm sure a few of the others that are caught up in this will fill you in! I'm hoping by the time I'm 'ready' it'll all have blown over, but there again, it'll have a huge knock-on effect for nurses in the future. So, there you go! My 2 pence worth. Good luck with everything, keep us all posted.

Janelola

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

yep, everyone at the moment is caught up with retrogression and not really sure how long it will last but hopefully some movement to be seen in the summer. Look on average of 12-18 months from petition but only as a rough guideline and with no retrogression

Definitely recommend that you use an immigration attorney, one that specializes in nurses. There are quite a few that know nothing about the nursing field and still are telling all that they are required to write the CGFNS exam before they can do anything. And we all know ho true that that really is.

One wrong item on the petition and it can take you months if not more than a year to get it sorted out.

Same as you normally would not file divorce papers on your own in most cases, this is another time to use the attorney. Most facilities are going to pay a relocation bonus, so that will more than cover the attorney fees, and then some.

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