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Any suggestions for a MH Nurse?

Old Jun 29th 2012, 3:59 pm
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Default Any suggestions for a MH Nurse?

I am only just starting to look at the possibility of living in the US but i'm unsure what, if any, job I could get.

I have a mental health nursing degree from the UK. I understand that I would not be able to work as a MH nurse without being general trained too. But does anyone know if my degree could be used for something else. I have been wondering about social care etc. I may consider further training in the future but would prefer to see if I can do it without more studying.

If anyone can offer any advice i'd be most grateful
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Old Jun 29th 2012, 4:04 pm
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Hi. Your first stumbling block will be a visa. Have a look at this link to see the most common methods of getting into the US. The outlook for nurses is not good right now. Retrogression means a waiting time of 10 years plus for those that joined the queue a decade ago, and the queue is closed to new applicants for the foreseeable future. I don't think it's any different for your specialty.
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Old Jun 30th 2012, 1:16 am
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If you're a US citizen, chances are good...if you're married to one, ability to move to the US is at least good.

If not, chances of getting a job, slim to none. Social care jobs tend to be government based, well around where I am at least and then you're required to be a USC or LPR, plus knowing a couple of folks who do this, there isn't any money in it, one person was working in a group of 6 people a few years ago and now there's only two in the office and they're doing 20 hours a week a piece.

It's possibly better in other parts of the country, but not to the point where they will have several thousand spare to fund sponsoring a visa.
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