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Old 03-11-2007, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Northamptonshire UK
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Hi everyone,

I'm looking to relocate to New England, from England

Just not sure how to go about getting sponsorship. Is Vermont dog friendly? I have 2 which will emigrate with us when we go. How easy is it to get pet friendly accomodation?

I speak english and german, and some spanish. Qualified as an RN for over 15 years. Worked in South Africa, Germany and England. I'm aware there are agencies recruiting foreign nurses for USA, but I wonder if I could just simply apply to a big teaching hospital for sponsorship for a green card, like Fletcher Allen Healthcare. Maybe one of the forum team even work there and can tell me a little about them?
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Old 03-12-2007, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Hmmm...I would say that the nursing field is a pretty good one to be in if you're looking for a job here. I always see ads in the paper for various hospitals looking for nurses.
I can't help answer your other questions unfortunately, but along with Fletcher Allen I'd investigate Dartmouth/Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH (just across the VT border).
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Old 03-13-2007, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Northamptonshire UK
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Thanks vter,

I'll look into the one you mentioned. It seems the east coast are very short of nurses and I wonder why

Over here in the UK we are being made redundant by the government to save money. I've been looking for another post since November and despite many interviews, there are sometimes 75 candidates for 1 post, I haven't been successful. It's crazy. In the meantime the states are crying out for nurses

What are the rents like in Vermont? Are the people friendly and welcoming? Are they pet friendly? Which small rural towns would be a good place to stay? As my husband doesn't drive, he'd be dependant on public transport.
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Old 03-13-2007, 08:28 PM
 
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Thanks vter,

I'll look into the one you mentioned. It seems the east coast are very short of nurses and I wonder why

Over here in the UK we are being made redundant by the government to save money. I've been looking for another post since November and despite many interviews, there are sometimes 75 candidates for 1 post, I haven't been successful. It's crazy. In the meantime the states are crying out for nurses

What are the rents like in Vermont? Are the people friendly and welcoming? Are they pet friendly? Which small rural towns would be a good place to stay? As my husband doesn't drive, he'd be dependant on public transport.
Yes, Vermont definately has a nursing shortage. I read in a Nursing Journal that a high % of nurses in Vermont are over 45 years of age and this shortage will only get worse. . . They are trying to recruit young blood. Brattleboro has a small hospital and the Brattleboro Retreat, if you are interested in Psyche Nursing. I believe they offer a bonus. . Brattleboro is a great little town although extremely liberal (I'm conservative) but if this fact doesn't bother you it is a nice place. Also Bennington has a hospital. And of course Burlington is a fantastic city, it is more north and colder but a beautiful city but expensive also. And I would say Vermont is very pet friendly.
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I am driving East from the South West and listening to all sorts of unusual radio stations.

It appears that "nurses" are scarce in the Midwest (where I am now). I heard a talk show just yesterday about the shortage in Illinois, and it appears that turn-over because of long shifts, and short pay are the two reasons given for the scarcity.

You might want to do a search to see comparative salaries in different New England areas, and elsewhere to see what the market bears and what benefits can be accrued at individual centres and hospitals.
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Old 03-15-2007, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Northamptonshire UK
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Hi everyone and thanks for the feedback

I know a lot of foreign nurses and they do tend to go where the money is great and the weather "fantastic", but my expectations are a little different. One of the reasons I'm relocating is that the British goverment have cut the money in the health services so badly that we as nurses can no longer specialise in our chosen fields, which means I can't improve and can't advance and with 15 years experience gained in several coutries I have too much to offer to let it all go to waste. So I started researching in the States where many areas have a nursing shortage. US medicine is way more advanced than the UK and they are very keen to have nurses educate themselves further. I'm looking to work in a modern hospital, but live in a quiet semi rural area. If taxes are higher, then so be it, as it seems that you pay for what you get and MA, VT, and NH are the areas where people most want to live, so that says something

Generally Americans are seen as friendly, chatty people here in the UK, where
Brits are rather a miserable, unfriendly lot anyway. I've read a lot of negative posts about people in Vermont which I take with a pinch of salt. It's so hard to generalise. Anyway I feel if one approaches someone in a friendly manner, chances are mostly that this will be returned
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