Australian nurse looking for employment

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hellzz in Indianapolis, Indiana

48 months ago

G'day all, I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care and have been a registered nurse for 24 years. I have moved to this country from Australia because my partner of 11 years wanted to come back "home". I have been trying to get my "green card" for the last 7 years and unfortunately the government keeps changing the retrogression dates and I keep facing delay after delay. I am currently looking for a hospital or health service to sponsor my employment under the E3 visa that is specifically for Aussies seeking employment in the US. I have read some of the general postings and the "foreign nurse" postings in particular. Some of the comments seem to be based on ignorance, fear and prejudice and some are supportive. I have left my country to be with the one I have made a lifetime commitment to. I only want to be able to contribute to my adopted community as I have back in Australia. I have a skill that I am proud of and want to share my knowledge and experiences with others. I just don't understand why it is so hard to be able to do this. I understand the economic downturn is having its effect on many health services "bottom line", but when I see jobs that have been posted since June not being filled I am wondering what is going on. Is there someone out ther who may be able to throw some light onto the subject.

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IV Rehab in Kansas

48 months ago

I really enjoyed reading your post and hope you find a sponsor. You've got to be able to see the ambiguity of the situation. People are disappointed with the employment outlook for RNs because there has been a somewhat rapid transition from the days when it seemed like a recession proof job to one with fewer openings; which primarily impacts new grads the most. So your going to hear more complaints. Historically this has been the case--when the economy dips people start thinking about nursing for a stable job prospect. When the economy is sound people don't think about it as much and are able to work in areas they like better, and also the demand opens the gates and cuts the red tape for foreign nurses. I am wondering if you are open to relocating because to me some of it might depend on mobility. There is still plenty of openings out there for experienced nurses in my opinion--today I applied for a Texas RN license I hope someone who knows more about sponsoring sees your post.

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