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Old Feb 5th 2008, 2:45 pm   #1
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I am a Midwife and would like to move out to work and live in the USA and are at the moment living in Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK.
We are a family of four - wife & two children.

I am aware of the licensing that is needed to work as a midwife and also that as I am not a fully trained nurse I am at the moment limited to the states of New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey - although NY have said you have to be a citezen first - so a catch 22 there!

I am just a little baffled by what process is the necessary one and what sort of visa is the best approach.

It is very early days, but in an ideal world I would hope to come out next October for the midwifery conference and take the licensing exams then, with a view to hopefully making it out to America within the following year.

Is anyone laughing now? Am I expecting too much? Is the process much longer than that??

Can anyone tip me in the right direction ? I am guessing that the H1B will be no good as birthing centres are an unlikely sponser - but i could be wrong...

Are there any british midwives out there, recently moved over?

ANY advice, information is greatly received as I'm stumbling in the dark at the moment!

Thanks,

Andy
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Hi!

I am a Midwife and would like to move out to work and live in the USA and are at the moment living in Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK.
We are a family of four - wife & two children.

I am aware of the licensing that is needed to work as a midwife and also that as I am not a fully trained nurse I am at the moment limited to the states of New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey - although NY have said you have to be a citezen first - so a catch 22 there!

I am just a little baffled by what process is the necessary one and what sort of visa is the best approach.

It is very early days, but in an ideal world I would hope to come out next October for the midwifery conference and take the licensing exams then, with a view to hopefully making it out to America within the following year.

Is anyone laughing now? Am I expecting too much? Is the process much longer than that??

Can anyone tip me in the right direction ? I am guessing that the H1B will be no good as birthing centres are an unlikely sponser - but i could be wrong...

Are there any british midwives out there, recently moved over?

ANY advice, information is greatly received as I'm stumbling in the dark at the moment!

Thanks,

Andy
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No expert, but I would think you need to get your nursing qualifications first.

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No expert, but I would think you need to get your nursing qualifications first.

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Sounds like Andy (the hubby) IS the midwife. He said it's a family of four - himself, wife, and 2 kids.

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Sounds like Andy (the hubby) IS the midwife. He said it's a family of four - himself, wife, and 2 kids.

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Ok then, what does the missus do.
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Takes years even if a qualified nurse....there's been a few threads on the subject of nurses recently...
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hi Andy
I am also new to this excellent forum too and a RN, It is very, very tough (and very frustrating) to go to the US as a nurse. Definately look on the Allnurses.com website there is soooo much information on there, you will find it so helpful, I am also trying to move to the US and it is very tough to get in. I am looking at taking an additional examn (NCLEX) which is required to work in the US wherever you move to, so I am guessing you will probably have to take this too?
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You need to be a registered nurse, with theory and clinical experience in: maternity, pediatrics, psychiatric, medical and surgical nursing before you can apply to sit the NCLEX exam.

I have never heard that a midwife can apply differently to the states you mentioned.

State requirements differ a lot, so it's best to decide where you're going and then check the state nursing board's website for their requirements. Most states have a lot of licensing info online.
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I have to say you are in for a bit of a shock.
As has been said check out All Nurses.com, a great informative site.We started the process over 3 1/2 yrs ago and everything went OK as the wife was all qualified BUT retrogression is here and without that lifting you will be looking at 6 + years before even getting a Green card under the EB-3 category.
We now have GC's but no job yet! So still in the UK.
Best of Luck but I warn you seriously, go look at Oz or Nz as the US is now and will be, a very lengthy process.
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Why don't you have a job if you have a GC?
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Because we are with a nursing agency who arranged a job last year which 4 months later fell through.We are now awaiting another job suitable to us in states(4) which we requested.
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Because we are with a nursing agency who arranged a job last year which 4 months later fell through.We are now awaiting another job suitable to us in states(4) which we requested.
Any hospital in Florida will give her a job ..starting yesterday ...
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Ah, the dreaded agency. Hope you get something suitable soon. What states are you looking at?
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Any hospital in Florida will give her a job ..starting yesterday ...
And I'm sure you want that extra cover around the corner, just in case your ill again, eh Ray.! LOL
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here's todays list of Jobs there ..

http://www.rmchealth.com/CPM/BP.htm

Tell the agency to sod off ...
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Ah, the dreaded agency. Hope you get something suitable soon. What states are you looking at?
1st SC... 2nd NC... 3rd GA... 4th FL (for no other reason than its hot & hot & not cos of Ray LOL) But have been offered a couple but miles away and very cold, which is not what we want.Our original one was ideal but .
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