You are an international nurse, and you're either thinking about embarking on your journey as a U.S. nurse, or you've already begun. You're coming to the United States to work in a hospital or clinic, but you know very few people, or you may not know anyone at all.
You might be alone and afraid of making mistakes. You may feel that no one understands your culture or language. But this is not true! There are many people who can help you adjust to life in America and become successful at your job as an international nurse in your first job as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States.
The purpose of this article is to explain how important it is for international nurses to have support systems during their first jobs in the U.S. This can include:
Family members back home who can provide emotional support via phone calls or email
Friends from school whom they met while studying abroad
A community of international nurses provided by your employer/hiring agency
A dedicated resource to help you adjust to your new home and career
Access to immigration experts who can help you navigate the path to permanent U.S. residency (green card).
Educational opportunities to help you feel secure in your role as well as grow in your career
The Benefits of Having a Support System
Moving to a new country can be a daunting experience for international nurses who are coming to the United States to work. In addition to the challenges of adjusting to a new culture and way of life, international nurses also face the challenges of navigating the U.S. healthcare system and adapting to the demands of a new job.
Having a support system is important for an international nurse in their first job in the United States. The benefits include:
Emotional and professional support
Building confidence and trust
Creating a sense of belonging
Helping adjust to life in America
A Supportive Community of International Nurses
An important aspect of a support system for international nurses is having a community of peers who can relate to their experiences.
International nurses face unique challenges in adapting to the healthcare system in the United States, including different terminology, practices, and expectations. Having a network of fellow international nurses can provide a sense of camaraderie and understanding, as well as a source of advice and guidance.
When you have access to a community of international nurses like you, you’ll find support from others who have experienced what you are going through and can provide guidance or simply listen. Your peers can share advice on how they were able to best navigate difficult situations while working abroad, and guidance on adjusting their expectations about what life will be like in America.
The support system required in a new community and a new U.S. career is why Conexus MedStaff prioritizes placing international nurses and medical technologists together in cities across the U.S. This helps our healthcare professionals create a home away from home and build friendships with other Conexus nurses, medical technologists and their families who are on the same journey.
Conexus also has a dedicated Deployment team to help our nurses and medical technologists get settled into their new communities, and Engagement Managers who meet regularly with Conexus healthcare professionals to provide additional support, guidance and coaching.
Navigating the immigration process can seem overwhelming when moving to a new country, as there may be aspects of the process and requirements that are unfamiliar for international nurses looking to move to the United States.
Immigration experts can provide a valuable resource for international nurses, helping them navigate the complex process of obtaining visas, work permits, and other documentation. In addition to providing practical support, immigration specialists can also offer guidance and reassurance, helping international nurses feel more confident and secure as they go through the process.
At Conexus, we provide access to our experts at no cost to you, because we are committed to helping our healthcare professionals build a future in the U.S., and we want to ensure that every box is checked throughout the process.
Support from Nurse Educators for Professional Development
In addition to the challenges of adapting to a new culture and healthcare system, international nurses also face the challenge of adapting to new professional expectations and practices. The role of a nurse may be different in the United States than in their home country, and international nurses may need additional training and support to ensure that they can provide the highest level of care and grow in their careers.
Having a team of nurse educators who can provide mentorship, training, and ongoing professional development can be invaluable in helping international nurses adapt to their new role and excel in their careers.
Through our award-winning education program, Conexus Academy, we offer free professional development, skills training and educational opportunities that are personalized to help you meet your personal and career goals.
Having a strong support system is essential for international nurses who are moving to the United States. A supportive community of international nurses can provide a sense of camaraderie and understanding, while in-house immigration support can help international nurses navigate the complex immigration process. Finally, support from nurse educators can provide the training and mentorship needed to ensure that international nurses can excel in their new role and provide the highest level of care. With the right support, international nurses can thrive in their new environment and make a valuable contribution to the healthcare system in the United States.