ATT: CDN Nurses

  1. I would love to hear from Canadian nurses working in the US regarding the "move", planning on staying?, never coming back? Was it what you expected?
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   canoehead
    I moved from Nova Scotia about 4 years ago and was very nervous. I vowed to move back as soon as I possibly could but after working here a year I would never go back. The difference in respect, working conditions, workload, and supplies and resources is huge. Plus better pay, and loer cost of living, AND the nursing shortage has not hit home as a reality in my home province, they are still treated like lowly minions, no full time jobs but lots of per diem hours.

    My experience in the US does not match the troubles I see posted on this site, if it did I would be home in a heartbeat. Maybe it's the hospital I am in (community owned, not for profit) or maybe it's because we are so far to the north that the true crunch of the shortage has not hit yet.

    The best part- I can drive home in a day and spend long stretches of my off time with friends and family.
  4. by   fergus51
    I am one of those rebound nurses. Went to the States and am now back in Canada. I enjoyed some of the things about the US (like the fact that they gave me a job), but other things just drove me INSANE!!! HMOs are the devil and I hated the fact that people who didn't have money didn't get care. Not to mention the fact that I was not making that much more money and I was being worked to the bone. But, I did work with some fabulous nurses and enjoyed the experience. Who knows, I may even go back someday. Just don't use the word "EH" if you go... people just giggle.
  5. by   ClariceS
    I've been a transplanted Canadian for over 8 years now. I was blessed to find a hospital that gave me full time hours in Texas. The weather is much warmer which is what I was looking for although we did see a couple weeks of snow this past winter. "The move" was a little scary for me as I was moving out on my own for the first time. The hospital here took care of all the paperwork regarding the immigration. They even helped me get my green card (it's actually pink!). The recruiter here at the time helped me locate good housing and showed me around to banks and grocery stores - they're different here than where I grew up in Alberta. I also was mentored with another transplanted Canadian RN who really smoothed my transition. I was lucky and realize that the experience isn't that good for everyone who moves from Canada but I am proof that it can be. I have been able to work up the ranks here from floor nurse, to preceptor, to charge, to staff educator and now into management. If you are thinking of a move, I hope the best for you also.

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