FAQs

Welcome to the the Knowledge Base. These are question that have been asked over the last year and a half from nurses all over the world..

FAQs Archive (5)

I’m a BSN in Brazil and,although I have lived and studied my entire life here,I’m an American Citizen and speak fluent English.I’m interested in taking the CGFNS to work in the USA.Do I need to take the TOEFL first?

Because you have completed your education in Brazil, you will need the TOEFL. However, you can take the TOEFL after you have completed your CGFNS exams. You can also skip the CGFNS, if your state allows and just take NCLEX┬«, … Continue reading

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bsn i am from cuba i recently passed the florida board and got my license in usa, what can i do to get my bsn from cuba recognized here, i studied there for 5 years, nursing licenciate, thats the equivalent to a bsn in the states, thanks

If you had a review by Florida or by the CGFNS of your nursing education, then you are set…no problem. The recognition of the BSN from Cuba will only be a problem academically. For example, if you want to persue … Continue reading

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Requirement to qualify Are you accepting non-cgfns passers? If yes? what are the necessary requirements? We would like to know which states do not require cgfns.Please inform me of future hiring of no-cgfns passers.Thank you!

California and Arizona are examples on states that do not have a requirement of foreign educated nurses to demonstrate passing score of 400 or better on the CGFNS.

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nurse without experience i’m a registered nurse in the Philippines and graduated last 1994 but i never worked as a nurse due to economic reason,I worked in an office instead. What is my chance of working in the US? I am willing to work even as a nurse assistant.

You need to have more experience than an office nurse. You should consider going back to hospital nursing, otherwise you do not have much chance of being selected for sponsorship by US employers who are seeking nurses in the Philippines.

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N O 1 HOW CAN I GET EMPLOYMENT IN USA AS NURSE WITNIN 6MONTHS

That may be tough. You probably cannot do this in 6 months.

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Nurse Certification (5)

Doctor certifications Hello, I am a neurosurgical doctor from Israel. Would you please advice me what exams and certifications should I have in order to work in the USA?Thank you in advance for your advice.

For physician requirements, please go Carl Shustermans web site. I have a narrow area of knowledge and it relates exclusively to nurses.

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nursing test . I am phisycian in my country since 5 years ago,can itake the test to be a licensed nurse and work in the usa ?if the answer is positive what can i do?

You must be a graduate of an approved, equivalent nursing program with a degree and for immigration, you must be licensed in your country as a nurse.

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how to speed up the process have applied for the california state board since sept.2002 but no reply yet; cgfns as well replied but permit isn’t in yet am due for march 2003 testing ;is there a way of speedying up the process? please advise. thanks

I wish! This is one of the biggest frustrations is the long waiting times and slow responses from the agencies. Stick in there!

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NCLEX

California. Remember, if you take your license in a non-CGFNS state and you wish to transfer to another state, some may still require you to take the CGFNS. So, it is best to start with the state you wish to … Continue reading

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Nurse Education (4)

CREDENTIAL AM CURRENTLY LIVING IN THE USA AND WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A RN IN BALTIMORE MARYLAND. I WENT TO NURSING SCHOOL IN JAMAICA WHICH IS A ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY WHAT MY NEXT STEP? THANKS FOR YOUR ADVICE ALSO I WAS A NURSE PRACTIONER

Baltimore is tough for foreign educated nurses. If you go to their web site, you will find that the Board of Nursing in that state will require you to take the CGFNS and may also require the TOEFL. I realize … Continue reading

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Studying to become a nurse and being sponsored Is it possible to start a course of study as a nurse and be sponsored at the same time by a hospital? I have a BS in computer science and I am thinking of changing careers.

The employment based immigrant visa does not provide for students of the professional category. You must be a graduate and a licensee…

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NCLEX

You must be a a graduate of a qualified and equivalent nursing program for most states. It is for the INS that the foreign nurse must also hold a valid and full license….for the Visa Screen.

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other exams to take What other exams aside from nclex do we have to take when we are to work in california?

All the requirement of the Visa Screen. That includes TOEFL and TSE.

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Nurse Employment (3)

RN hello, my name is Lizbeth Johnny from the Island of St Lucia. I was wondering if you can help find a hospital or an agency that will help/allow me to work here in the states.

I have no knowledge of agency or recruitment from St. Lucia. You may need to travel to the nearest city-larger islands,for a job fair….such as Peurto Rico?

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Nursing employment What’s the fastest way to employment in california if I just past the local boards as a physician and I want to work as a nurse with a sponsor waiting, can you give me an estimate of how many years it will take including all the exams CG & Nclex?

For the INS and for some of boards of nursing, you will need to be a graduate of a nurisng educational program which is equivalent to the US requirements. A course by course comparision of the school transcripts will be … Continue reading

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Nurse Immigration (4)

how to make aplication if she are in USA I’m a nurse from Colombia, I have 7 years of nurse experience, and two certifications in intensive care unit and another in surgery,, what I need to do if I have a tourist visa.

your nursing skills and expertise are irrelevant to the tourist visa process…if you have stated intent to persue employment – you will be denied the tourist visa. You can proceed to the INS web site to learn about the requirements … Continue reading

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H1c VISA what is H1c Visa?

You can read about this at Carl Shustermans web site. The INS program is for a few hospitals and is only for a few hundred nurses. The program is stuck….not moving, and no nurses have been approved, that I am … Continue reading

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INS is it possible that my INS be applied even I don’t have NCLEX or CGFNS exam?

Not for a employment based immigrant visa as a nurse,

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ICHP Having achieved my goal to become an USA Licensed RN (WI)almost two years ago, I am still not in the US, Is there any possibility for ICHP to change their requirements?

Currently, there are some proposed requlations to expand the types of english exam to others besides TOEFL and TSE. Otherwise, I think additional changes are unlikely in the next year….one can always hope for next year!

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