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Old Jan 9th 2005, 11:43 am
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Hi,

I have been working in the community for the last 4 years and have 6 years experience in itu. Would the agencies who deal with jobs in the usa take into account my previous experience in itu or would they only be interested in those nurses who have current experience.

Can anyone recommend a good agency and those to avoid.
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Old Jan 9th 2005, 5:56 pm
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Hi,

I have been working in the community for the last 4 years and have 6 years experience in itu. Would the agencies who deal with jobs in the usa take into account my previous experience in itu or would they only be interested in those nurses who have current experience.

Can anyone recommend a good agency and those to avoid.
You do not need an agency, you could manage it on your own. You will have to deal with CGFNS regardless and they are slow. I would not recommend doing the CGFNS exam unless you have no choice, just do the CES report with CGFNS and you will also need to do a visa screening with them. If you want further information PM me and I will try and help as I am already in the process and just waiting for immigration

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Old Jan 9th 2005, 7:16 pm
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Firstly, yes they will probably take into account your ICU experience, but you may have to start at the bottom rung so to speak. I'm in ICU and in my first job in the US they started me at the bottom and now in my second job I'm one rung up. It helps if your ICU experience is more recent but it's all on the CV anyhow.

Secondly, yes you can do it all on your own but from personal experience I wouldn't recommend it. I went through an agency, and although they gave me the runaround and were a pain in the proverbial to deal with, the entire process is such a headache and such a complicated chain of events, you're probably better off going with an agency because not only do they deal with all the stuff that you have no idea about, they also cover the cost, set you up in the US with housing and support etc. The only down side is that you might get sent somewhere you didn't really want to go, as I did, and you might have to work in a hospital that can't get or retain staff, which is usually for a reason i.e: it's a crap hospital, bad area etc.

If you're going to go it alone, it might help to have an online CV/resume, as I did. Some hospitals you can approach directly and might sponsor you for the green card, and also monster.com is a great resource on which you can post your resume etc. Beware of travel agencies touting for you though, if you're trying to find a job online. Travel nursing is not a term that UK nurses are familiar with, and it's kind of like an agency nurse. If you go it alone, get employed by a hospital. If you go with an agency, go with a travel nurse agency that specialises in UK to USA. If you have any questions then PM me. I've been here over a year now and it all worked out just fine, and I just landed a superb job in ICU for which they're paying me silly money! Good luck.
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I can see Rockgurl’s point and I am doing it with the help of a recruiter that has helped with going to my choice of place to live, not the agencies, but it can be done alone. I haven’t found it too expensive approx £400 and the hospital sponsoring my husband and me is paying for everything else. I have heard of a few who have done it on their own and again once they have found a hospital to sponsor them the cost was minimal.

The choices are out there it is up to you how to go for it and whether you want to go to a particular place or happy to go anywhere to start with.

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Hi !
I am still going to school at the moment to get my RN (well I was until I just finished all my pre-reqs and co-reqs, and now I'm on the Nursing School waiting list.
(It's a community college and at this rate it'll take me about 4 years to get a 2 year degree !)
Hey Rockgurl, if you don't mind me asking I have a few questions for ya . . .

1. Can a newly licenced RN go straight into ICU work?
2. Would you recommend doing that?
3. Do you have a 4 year / 2 year degree?
4. Do I need a 4 year degree?
5. Never done nursing before, but I'm 38 and it's time for a change - do i start off in a hosital or somewhere else?
6. Do you need extra quals to work in ICU?
7. Do certain RN jobs pay more than others ie: ER, ICU, etc etc? or does it mainly go by experience?
8. If I get licenced in TX, is it easy to move states and get a licence from the new state?

Sorry for all the questions - I'll be grateful for any replies you can give.
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Hi Tracy
I am an RN and I live in Texas
small world, hey
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Originally Posted by dylan101
Hi,

I have been working in the community for the last 4 years and have 6 years experience in itu. Would the agencies who deal with jobs in the usa take into account my previous experience in itu or would they only be interested in those nurses who have current experience.

Can anyone recommend a good agency and those to avoid.
you will stuggle to get an hospital who will recognise your itu experience, all the see is your last two years, I too had community experience (4yrs) and had to go back to a hospital to refresh my experience although I had 15yrs hospital experience some hospitals were still reluctant to interview me
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Hi Tracy
I am an RN and I live in Texas
small world, hey
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Hi txmogga !
Yes, it is a small world.
If you don't mind me asking, whereabouts in TX are you?
As you can see I'm in Austin.
Been here since 1999 - it's a great place but I still don't feel settled.
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Originally Posted by Tracy in Texas
Hi txmogga !
Yes, it is a small world.
If you don't mind me asking, whereabouts in TX are you?
As you can see I'm in Austin.
Been here since 1999 - it's a great place but I still don't feel settled.
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Hi
I live in a rural area outside of Fort Worth.
Any idea how long you have to wait to get accepted into nursing school?
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Hi
I live in a rural area outside of Fort Worth.
Any idea how long you have to wait to get accepted into nursing school?
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Hi ! Thanks for your quick reply !
Well, they are supposed to review the waiting list twice a year - Jan and June, so I'm waiting to see where I'm ranked at. (I've done all my pre-reqs and co-reqs and have a GPA of 4.0, so that should help.) I think I'll get into the Nursing School this Autumn, hopefully. In the meantime I just got my old job back at a credit union I used to work at, albeit P/T (30 hr/week) this time, but that's ok. S'funny really, as full time in the UK is only 35 hrs per week. Oh well.
Bye for now,
Take care !
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Hi,
Sounds like you are in a good position for being accepted soon.
You might even consider doing a nurse's aid job for a few hours a week too. It would give you more exposure to the medical environment, which can only help in the long run. I have a friend that has worked in a rehab for years as a tech. She is not allowed to do the actual nursing things because she doesn't have the license, but she has so much experience and has seen so much, I am sure if she *were* allowed to sit for a nursing exam, she would have a good chance of passing.
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Hi there, I am considering a move to the U.S and would be grateful if anyone has any info on Geneva or OGP agencies. Thanks, Lou
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Hi there, I am considering a move to the U.S and would be grateful if anyone has any info on Geneva or OGP agencies. Thanks, Lou
It can be done without an agency. Cannot give anything re geneve but OPG have a habit of not placing you where you want to go and contrary to what they say support once you get out their isn't what they promise.
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Originally Posted by dylan101
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I have been working in the community for the last 4 years and have 6 years experience in itu. Would the agencies who deal with jobs in the usa take into account my previous experience in itu or would they only be interested in those nurses who have current experience.

Can anyone recommend a good agency and those to avoid.
I have gone through an agency and found them to be very good. Understanding the process yourself also helps you along the way. I started the whole thing in August 2003 and I'm leaving for California on March 15th 2005, which I think is pretty good going. The agency I am with have a few hospitals that they work with regularly and so you know where you are going from the beginning, if you are accepted. I don't think I would want to go it alone, although I understand the US immigration process pretty well now! The only downfall is that you are tied to that agency for the period of the contract.
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Hi there, I am considering a move to the U.S and would be grateful if anyone has any info on Geneva or OGP agencies. Thanks, Lou
I came to AZ 7 months ago with OGP and to be honest they haven't been bad i haven't needed much support but they've always helped if i needed them,it was a bit of a struggle to get where i wanted but i held out for AZ and turned down 2 jobs in California and no one really put any pressure on me.
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