There has never been a better time to pursue a career in the USA as an international nurse. International nurses are in demand for their high level of skills and professionalism, and to make up a current shortfall in US nurses. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) the RN workforce is expected to grow to 1.5 million by 2022.
The rewards of working in the USA are many - the pay opportunities are good, you have the opportunity to work in some of the most developed hospitals in the world - and the US is home to some of the world's most vibrant cities and beautiful national parks, making it a great place to live and work. If you are interested in making the step towards working as an international nurse in the US and obtaining a green card EB-3 visa that will provide you and your family with permanent residency, below are details of our requirements and the application process.
When you first apply for the position of a nurse in the USA, one of our experienced advisors will screen your application form and CV. If your experience and qualifications match those required by our partner hospitals, you will receive a telephone call to discuss your application in more detail.
You will then be invited to attend the first round of clinical interviews which will take place via telephone or Skype. These are undertaken by a clinical interviewer who can assess your suitability for the role and will take around 30 minutes.
After a successful first round interview, you’ll then be invited to sit an online Nurse Competency Exam, which is used by a number of hospitals in the USA to assess your suitability. You are required to achieve at least 75 percent in order to pass.
If you pass the Nurse Competency Exam you’ll then have a second-round interview, carried out by our team in the USA. Based on the outcome of this final interview, our team in the USA will then be able to make the decision on whether or not to offer you a contract with Conexus.
Once you have been successful in the Conexus Selection Process and have signed your employment contract, the team at Conexus will start to get your adventure underway! We understand that every one of our nurses has a different journey to take in getting to work as a nurse in the USA, that’s why the Conexus team are on hand to guide each of our nurses through the entire Emmigration journey. You can take a look at the next step in the process by visiting the Emigration Journey page.
So what does the ideal Conexus candidate look like? Preferably we are looking for registered nurses with:
- BSN or Diploma in Nursing
- Clinical experience either 3 years (for candidates holding a BSN) or 5 years (for candidates holding a Diploma)
- A current clinical position
- NCLEX passer
However, we are interested in hearing from any Registered Nurse, or Graduate Nurse, who dreams of working in the USA.
We actively encourage applications from non-NCLEX holders and will be happy to help support you in the process of sitting the exam. You will be able to progress to first round interview and undertake your nurse competency exams before passing the NCLEX exam, but we will then hold off on your second interview until you have it.
It is also worth noting that If you have taken your BSN or Diploma, or nursing education in a non-English speaking country you will have to pass your IELTS exam during the recruitment process (if you haven’t already) in order to obtain your visa screen, which will be required at the embassy interview stage. If you have studied in an English speaking country then you will not need to pass the IELTS exam.
If you would like to find out more information on the interview process, the NCLEX exam, the IELTS exam or have any other questions, please contact the Conexus team today who will be happy to help.
If you are ready to get your adventure started today, apply now!