In 2017, approximately 4.4 million Caribbean immigrants resided in the U.S., accounting for 10 percent of the nation’s 44.5 million immigrants. And due to a major nursing shortage, hospitals are increasingly sourcing nursing talent from abroad, meaning this figure is set to rise in the coming years.
Right now, nurses from the Caribbean who have passed their NCLEX are particularly qualified for our clients in the U.S.
Why Caribbean Nurses?
The answer is two-fold:
The standards of nursing education in the Caribbean are high, with specific standards for the training, certification, and registration of nurses established in the 1950s.
English is the first or second language spoken in most Caribbean islands.
How Do You Get To The U.S.?
It’s one thing to contemplate a new life and career in the U.S.; it’s quite another to set the process in motion. While securing the right paperwork, role and home in another country can be complicated, there is specialist help at hand when you work with the right international staffing agency.
Here, we offer our tips on what to look for in a staffing agency partner, and what you can expect when you make the move to the U.S. with Conexus MedStaff.
What opportunities does a staffing agency provide?
Before you partner with an agency, ask them the types of opportunities they can provide, with types of facilities, specialties, and locations. This is to ensure you don’t end up working with an agency that only provides nurses to a particular state, which will limit your options, both in location and in opportunity.
Conexus operates in states throughout the U.S. and works with hundreds of hospitals and healthcare facilities, so there are many options open to you. In addition, we provide paid orientation and ongoing education and support throughout the life of your employment with us.
Will The Agency Sponsor You?
They should! Remember, your skills are in high demand in the U.S. right now, which is why staffing agencies should help to cover costs and provide guidance and support along the way. Conexus covers the cost of sponsorship and visa applications AND up to your first 30 days of accommodation in the U.S. for all of our Caribbean nurses.
Will You Be Alone?
A lot of nurses are nervous about transitioning to work and life in the U.S., especially if they’re coming to the U.S. alone, though many of our nurses do bring their families with them. This is why you need to find a staffing agency that offers you support before and during your assignment.
We don’t just place Caribbean nurses into the U.S.; we match them with the right facility and help prepare them to be ready for American life and U.S. healthcare working practices, remaining with them every step of the way.
Our International Nurse Professional Pathway (INPP) program includes our US Ready educational program made up of six modules and assessments and were designed to improve your knowledge of nursing in the U.S. to help with a seamless transition. Plus, our training programs are delivered in conjunction with free and unlimited access to our education and training portal where you can access a continuous learning database.
Are You Interested In Continuing Your Nursing Career In The U.S.?
Get in touch with your local Conexus team today by applying now to take your first step to a new life in the U.S