Caribbean Nurses: Making The Move To The US
In 2017, approximately 4.4 million Caribbean immigrants resided in the US, 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 sought after by both acute care and long-term care facilities across the US.
Why Carribean 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 US?
It’s one thing to contemplate a new life and career in the US; 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 out for in a staffing agency partner, and what you can expect when you make the move to the US.
How Much Ground Does A Staffing Agency Cover?
Before you partner with an agency, ask them how many states they operate in and the number of hospitals they supply nurses to. This is to ensure you don’t end up working with an agency that only provides nurses to a particular state, which will severely limit your options and potentially force you to settle somewhere you don’t want to.
Conexus operates across 25 states and works with more than 200 hospitals and healthcare facilities, so there are many options open to you.
Will They Sponsor You?
They should! Remember, your skills are in extremely high demand in the US right now, which is why staffing agencies should help to cover costs. Conexus covers the cost of full sponsorship and visa applications AND the first 30 days of accommodation in the US for all of our Caribbean nurses.
Will You Be Alone?
A lot of nurses are nervous about transitioning to work and life in the US, especially if they’re going it alone. This is why you need to find a staffing agency that offers support both before and during your assignment.
We can blow our own trumpet again on this one. We don’t just place Caribbean nurses into the US; we also ensure they’re ready for American life and working practices, remaining with them every step of the way.
Our Practicing in the US training and education program, followed by our transition to practice program, US Ready, were designed to improve your knowledge of nursing in the US to ensure your transition is seamless. Plus, our training programs are delivered in conjunction with free and unlimited access to our education and training portal where you tap into the CINAHL continuous learning database worth $5,000.