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Settling in the States: the importance of building a supportive community

  • Publish Date: Posted 11 months ago
  • Author:by Conexus MedStaff

Building a community around you is crucial for your success, happiness, and overall well-being. It becomes even more important after moving country, whether you move on your own, with family or with friends. Creating connections with the people around you will help settle into your U.S. home as you adapt to a new healthcare system, meet new coworkers, and learn the cultural nuances of your new environment. In this article, we cover why community is so important, and provide tips on how to create a community after relocating.

Moving to a new country is an exciting adventure, and Conexus MedStaff will be there at every step of the process to help things run as smoothly as possible for you. We believe that building a community on arrival in the United States can make your transition smoother and more enjoyable, while opening doors for personal and professional growth beyond the ongoing education you’ll receive through us. Remember to put yourself out there, remain optimistic, and be open to new experiences and relationships. You never know where building a community can take you.

The benefits to building a community

  • Support system: Moving to a new country comes with its own set of challenges. You might face language barriers, cultural differences, and homesickness. Building strong ties in your community can provide you with a support system to navigate these challenges.

  •  Career development: Networking is crucial for advancing your career. Building a community of fellow healthcare professionals can help you find job opportunities, learn about new technologies and best practices, and even find potential mentors.

  •  Cultural integration: Building relationships with people from different backgrounds is key to learning about and integrating into a new culture. By building a community, you’ll gain insight into American culture and customs.

  •  Social life: Moving to a new country can be lonely, especially if you don't know many people. Building a community will help you create new friendships and connections.

  •  Mental health: Establishing a support system and social connections are key to maintaining good mental health. Living in a foreign environment can be challenging, building a community can provide a sense of belonging and purpose.

 Top five tips for building your community

  1. Join professional associations: Research relevant nursing and medical technology professional associations in your state or region. Attending meetings, conferences and events can help you meet people in your field, learn about new opportunities, and develop professionally.

  2. Get involved in local communities: Once you arrive in the U.S., get involved in local communities, such as faith-based organizations, community centers, or volunteer groups. These opportunities allow you to meet new people and learn more about your new home.

  3. Utilize social media: Join social media groups and platforms that cater to your field and location. These groups are a great way to connect with other healthcare professionals and share ideas, opinions, and advice.

  4. Attend meetups and cultural events: Attend local meetups or cultural events in your area. You’ll learn about different cultures and meet people with similar interests.

  5. Consider roommate arrangements: Co-living with a roommate who has similar professional experiences and interests can provide an immediate support system while building new connections and friendships. It also makes good financial sense too, if you can share rent costs and bills.

 As an international healthcare professional working with Conexus MedStaff, you’ll be part of a community of registered nurses and medical technologists who have made the move to the U.S., just like you. Our in-country Engagement Managers will introduce you to other Conexus community members, but there is plenty of opportunity for you to build your own network as you build the life you love in the United States.

Are you an international nurse or medical technologist looking to start a new career in the U.S.? Find out how Conexus MedStaff can help you. Apply now.