Are You An International Registered Nurse? CareerKnacks Needs You!

Are You An International Registered Nurse? CareerKnacks Needs You!

 

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The increase in demand for nurses in America means that here at CareerKnacks our needs are also growing. We work closely with our American clients to find them the best international nurses we can to fill their growing need for quality Registered Nurses. As we head into 2017, we need you more than ever. If you are an international nurse that is looking for a bit of adventure and an incredible opportunity to further your career in America, we can help! And the best part is, we are a no placement fee agency! That means that you pay us nothing for your placement with one of our American clients. We have worked with nurses in dozens of countries, and have plenty of experience to walk you through the entire hiring process. Read more

The December Visa Bulletin Brings More Good News

The December Visa Bulletin Brings More Good News

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If you find yourself confused the all of the legal jargon surrounding U.S. Visas, you are not alone. That is why staying current on the latest visa news is our job. And with more than 25 years of experience, you can rest assured that we are looking out for you. The December 2016 update came out today and it looks like the priority dates have jumped forward again. We love seeing this as it just means you could be arriving in the U.S. even sooner than you thought to begin your brand new career in America.

We are currently in the process of bringing TEN nurses over for placement with a really great hospital and knowing the visa process inside and out has proved invaluable to both the hospital and the nurses. If you find yourself with questions about U.S. Visas, feel free to let us know. We are always happy to answer your questions.

Most Frequently Asked Questions About H-1B Visas

Most Frequently Asked Questions About H-1B Visas

What is an H-1B visa?
An H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign nationals in specialty occupations such as engineering, architecture, mathematics, Science and medicine.  

How long is an H-1B visa?
The H-1B visa is normally granted for 3 years and can be extended for up to 6 years.

How long does it take to obtain an H-1B visa?
The H-1B visa can generally be obtained within 4-6 weeks if premium processing is utilized.

Is there a cap on the number of H-1B visas that can be issued per year?
We are fortunate that our US hospital clients are not subject to any numerical cap.  As they are magnet facilities and teaching hospitals they can apply for H-1B visas year round with no numerical limit attached to them. Read more

How to Reduce Stress At Work For Better Performance

How to Reduce Stress At Work For Better Performance

 

Nurses tend to have jam-packed, and often stressful, schedules consisting of late nights, early mornings and 12-hour shifts. Getting accustomed to a new country, a new job and a new time zone all while working around a crazy schedule are contributing factors to the stress you might be feeling. Balancing your home life, work life, and social life may seem impossible. At CareerKnacks we want you to enjoy this new adventure in a stress-free way. Below are some stress-reduction tips to help ease your hectic schedule.

Make a list — Creating a prioritized “to do” list will make you feel tremendously more organized. Write down a list of all the things you have to do, work-related and not, then put them in order of importance. Check off one item at a time. Don’t do the following item until the one before it is complete. Focusing on one task at a time instead of the mountain of tasks as a whole will make things feel less overwhelming.

Take a breather — Nursing jobs can be very intense work. It might seem like everything needs to be done quickly, but if you begin feeling too pressured it can result in sloppy work. The shifts are long and the work can require you to be very focused, because of this five minute breaks can be crucial. Take a lap around the building or step into the break room and take a moment to breathe.

Use your team for emotional support — Your coworkers are the only people who truly understand what it’s like to have the stress that you do. Use your teammates as an emotional support system. Whether you need to vent to someone or you just need to share a laugh remember that you have people who are in the same place you are.

Maintain a healthy personal life — As much focus as you put on your patient’s health, put the same amount on yours. It’s incredibly important to remember to exercise, eat well, sleep plenty, stay social and maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of work. Your work life will only be successful if your personal life remains in check also.

Cut yourself some slack — You’re going to make mistakes. In the nursing industry, where the work is so intense, it’s really easy to hold yourself to extremely high standards. Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and, most importantly, that you’re only human.

To read about some other stress-reduction techniques for nursing professionals check out the list courtesy of HealthLeadersMedia.com and NursingWorld.org.

Changes to the Texas Board of Nursing Endorsement License Process

Changes to the Texas Board of Nursing Endorsement License Process

 

You may have noticed some news the past few weeks with regard to the Texas Board of Nursing endorsement license process. The notable changes include the following:

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Up until June 16th, 2016 the Texas Board of Nursing has permitted nurses without an active license in another US state to endorse into their state.  This was a great licensing solution for nurses who possessed a California NCLEX pass letter, but who could not obtain a physical license without a social security number.  The Texas Board of Nursing will honor the applications they received before June 6th, 2016, but if your application for endorsement expires you will not be permitted to continue.

CareerKnacks is always seeking solutions to these problems, so if you are stuck in the process or need some advice please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help you in any way that we can.

What is a Magnet Hospital?

What is a Magnet Hospital?

 

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At CareerKnacks we are excited to place a number of the nurses that we bring to the United States in a Magnet Hospital. What is a Magnet Hospital? A hospital that has achieved Magnet Designation is a hospital that has been recognized and awarded for outstanding quality of care for its patients. The Magnet Designation is the highest ranking award that a hospital can receive. The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, with only 6% of hospitals in the nation have been awarded Magnet Designation. The status of “Magnet Hospital” can be used as a benchmark for potential patients and employees alike. Patients checking into a Magnet hospital can rest assured that they will receive the best quality of care, and nurses taking jobs at a Magnet Hospital are entering into a work environment where they will be encouraged to flourish and sharpen their skills as professionals. Nurses working at Magnet Hospitals have reported higher rates of job satisfaction. 

According to the UC Davis Medical Center, here are some of the benefits that come with being a nurse at a Magnet Hospital:  

Benefits for Nurses Working at a Magnet Hospital:

  • A culture that focuses on improving patient outcomes
  • Professional growth and development by educational opportunities and support
  • A structure that encourages decision making at the bedside over clinical issues
  • High job satisfaction
  • An environment that recognizes and rewards competence
  • Low turnover and vacancy rates
  • Focus on professional autonomy
  • Enhances interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Professional growth opportunities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Opportunity to practice professional nursing with strong interdisciplinary teamwork that supports autonomous practice of nursing
  • A culture that supports you to be the best nurse you can be

For more information on the Magnet Designation and what it means to be a Magnet Hospital check out this FAQ page on the UC Davis Medical Center’s website.

How to Find A Good School in America

How to Find A Good School in America

 

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Finding good schools for your kids is a top priority for all parents moving to a new country, and for good reason. Moving to America can be just as good for your child’s education as it can be for the advancement of your own career. But it is best to do your homework and research what schools rank the highest in the area you will be moving to. 

There aren’t many places in the country that don’t offer some really great schools, so be sure to check out these helpful resources to find the best fit for you and your family. 

Believe us, finding a good school will take a big weight off your shoulders when it comes time for your international move!

RESOURCES:

Fast Facts from the National Center for Education Statistics
Public and Private School Rankings
School and District Rankings
School Performance

 

CareerKnacks Presents the NCLEX-RN® Assistance Program

CareerKnacks Presents the NCLEX-RN® Assistance Program

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Taking the NCLEX-RN® Exam can often feel stressful and overwhelming, taking your focus and energy away from the most important part of it all: studying! CareerKnacks has been helping nurses navigate this process for more than 25 years. We have heard your concerns and  created a program to help. The CareerKnacks NCLEX-RN® Assistance Program was designed with you in mind and we would love to ease your stress with this helpful service. The benefits are too long to list here, but here is an idea of what you can expect to find when you enroll in our Assistance Program.

  1. Personal Advice and planning on the most appropriate Board of Nursing for your license application.
  2. Comprehensive instructions enabling you to obtain and correctly complete the appropriate Board of Nursing application forms.
  3. We will liaise with the Board of Nursing and keep track of your application and inform you on a regular basis the status of your application.
  4. We will liaise with MorphoTrust USA regarding your fingerprints and criminal background check.

The best part of this program is that you are in no way committed to CareerKnacks for your job placement. We know that you will have such a great experience that we can offer this service contract-free. However, if you do find placement through CareerKnacks, your program fee will be refunded in full upon commencement of your new job in America.

Interested in learning more about the NCLEX-RN® Assistance Program? Contact Us TODAY!
Why Immigration Might Be the Deciding Factor in the Election

Why Immigration Might Be the Deciding Factor in the Election

 

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The U.S. election is a topic of conversation for people around the world, in particular those who are interested in relocating the America. The two candidates have vastly different platforms on the topic and understandably has many on edge with what will happen if/when each of the candidates get into office. How will it impact you in your quest to move to America? 

Lucky for you, CareerKnacks is on your side. We know immigration inside and out, and are happy to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. Check out our post on both the Republican and the Democratic platforms on the topic of immigration for more information.

It is the belief of many experts that the rise in black, Hispanic, and Asian voters will continue to have a critical impact on the outcome of Presidential elections for years to come. In 2016, it does not appear as though immigration had much impact, but it is expected that the impact immigration will have in the general election will be huge. Candidates with anti-immigration policies come into the general election with a 24-point disadvantage in key electoral groups – white women, Hispanics, and young voters. These are the very groups that are expected to be the deciding factor in the 2016 Presidential election. Foreign-born citizens appear to be twice as likely to self-identify with conservative views, but that vote almost exclusively Democrat due to the issue of immigration alone. 

The topic is critical to the work that we do and we will continue to follow and stay up to date with the latest in immigration. If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them. Contact us with any questions or concerns. It is our job to help you navigate the tricky waters of immigration!

 

Facebook Group for CareerKnacks Nurses – invite only

Facebook Group for CareerKnacks Nurses – invite only

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With any international move, comes plenty of questions. So when it comes time to consider your move to the United States, we do our very best to ensure that you are prepared. What is the language like? Is it easy to transition to American customs? Will I be able to drive there? The ability to connect with others who have done the move before you is the best way to settle your nerves and arrive in your new home town as prepared as possible.

We decided to set up an exclusive CareerKnacks Nurses Facebook Group where all of our nurses can connect and share information, give advice, and just build a community. You may even find other nurses that are located in the same town, at the same hospital that you will be going to. Built-in friends!

We will also be adding frequently-asked-question guides, area information, resources, and more to support you with your big move to America. And, as always we are always here to answer any questions that you might have. So don’t hesitate to contact us directly!

 

The CareerKnacks Difference For Placing Nurses in America

Here at CareerKnacks, we recognize how overwhelming it can be when it comes to choosing an agency for your international move. It’s important that you feel comfortable, taken care of, and have a smooth experience from start to finish. But these are just a few of the things you should be looking for. One of the most important criteria to consider when choosing an international recruitment agency is what your costs are going to be with that agency.

For us, each nurse that we bring over to America becomes part of the CareerKnacks family and it is important that everyone feels comfortable with every aspect of their move. This is why we choose to be a NO PLACEMENT FEE agency. What does that mean for you?  That we won’t charge you any fees for our help in finding you a US nursing job. 

Our London Hiring Event Was A Huge Success!

Our London Hiring Event Was A Huge Success!

We really enjoyed meeting everyone that came out to our hiring event in London last week! We had three jam-packed days meeting really great candidates, and we can’t wait to help so many of you realize your American dream with StatesideRN! If you weren’t able to make it to our event, but are still interested in pursuing your nursing career in the U.S., submit your resume HERE and we will be in touch very soon!

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What Impact Will Each Presidential Candidate Have on Immigration

What Impact Will Each Presidential Candidate Have on Immigration

With the rising demand for RNs in America, a topic of concern for those considering a move to the U.S. to take a job in the nursing industry. In an election year, there is always a spotlight on the candidates’ immigration platform. We decided to break it down for each Presidential candidate, and what their platform says about their stance on immigration.

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Hillary Clinton

The immigration plan for Hillary Clinton’s platform is the most accepting of immigrants who want to come and/or stay in the country. Her plan includes:

1 – Introduce comprehensive immigration reform

2 – End the three- and 10-year bars.

3 – Defend President Obama’s executive actions—known as DACA and DAPA—against partisan attacks.

4 – Do everything possible under the law to protect families.

5 – Enforce immigration laws humanely.

6 – End family detention and close private immigration detention centers.

7 – Expand access to affordable health care to all families.

8 – Promote naturalization.

Donald Trump

The immigration plan for Donald Trump is based on three principals:

1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.

2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.

3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

Other key factors include: enhanced penalties for overstaying a visa, mandatory return of all criminal aliens, increase number of ICE officers, make Mexico pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border.

 

Day 1: London RN Interviews for Direct-Hire Positions in the US

Day 1: London RN Interviews for Direct-Hire Positions in the US

Day one of our London interviews was a huge success! As many of you may already know, we are actively hiring RNs in ALL specialties for direct-hire positions in the US and are holding interviews in London this week. Lisa and Sara are running the show, answering all of our candidates questions, providing invaluable information and making plenty of friends along the way. We have met so many great candidates today and can’t wait to help them realize their American dream. A big thank you to the Royal College of Nursing for hosting us in such a beautiful space. We have two more days of back-to-back interviews this week for one of our US clients. 

Are you interested in becoming an RN in the US? We are currently hiring for all specialties! Send your resume to Lisa@StatesideRN.com or submit it directly through our website HERE to see if you have the experience needed to move to America and work for our direct-hire US client!

 

Nearly 1.1 Million Registered Nurses Needed by 2024 in the US

Nearly 1.1 Million Registered Nurses Needed by 2024 in the US

As we have been predicting, the latest projections Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate that there will be nearly 1.1 million job openings for registered nurses in the United States. Since we know that the educational system in the US cannot possibly keep up with this demand, along with so many nurses retiring during this time period, the need for international nurses has never been higher. 

Also check out our NCLEX Timeline, H-1b Visa Timeline, and our Licensing Assistance Program for more information on becoming a nurse in the US.

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CareerKnacks at the 32nd Annual Barrio Fiesta sa London

CareerKnacks at the 32nd Annual Barrio Fiesta sa London

CareerKnacks had a great time being a part of the 32nd Annual Barrio Fiesta sa London this past weekend. We met some really great people and look forward to returning again next year. We are honored to support such an incredible organization like the Philippine Centre and all the wonderful work that they do in the community. Thank you for such a wonderful event!

 

CareerKnacks Has Represented Nurses From Around the World

CareerKnacks Has Represented Nurses From Around the World

Here at CareerKnacks we pride ourselves on the number of countries represented among our growing CareerKnacks family. We have placed RNs in their dream jobs in America from more than twenty different countries, and we aren’t stopping there! If you don’t see your country represented, get in touch! We would love to help you realize your American Dream!

Does a career in America inspire you? We would love to help you achieve this dream. 

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CareerKnacks Will Meet You At the Airport When You Arrive

CareerKnacks Will Meet You At the Airport When You Arrive

We know how intimidating it can be moving to a new country, so we do our very best to help get you settled into your new city with ease. In addition to meeting you at the airport upon your arrival, we also provide you with a complete guide to getting settled into your new home before you even arrive. This allows you to do plenty of research in advance so that you feel comfortable with your big move. And the best part is, we are just a phone call away if you have any questions along the way!

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The CareerKnacks Orientation Includes:

  • picking you up at the airport

  • assistance with obtaining a social security number

  • assistance setting up a US bank account

  • help locating permanent housing near your new job

  • resources for obtaining household goods and furniture

  • school and daycare information (if necessary)

  • information for obtaining a driver’s license in the US

  • assistance with getting a US cell phone

  • connecting you with your new employer

  • information and resources on your new city

  • connecting you with our Meetup group of international nurses

  • and so much more!

We can’t wait to help make your American dream come true!

U.S. Nursing Visa Bulletin – July 2016

U.S. Nursing Visa Bulletin – July 2016

The U.S. State Department has released the Visa Bulletin for July 2016. For your convenience you can download by clicking HERE. Please let us know if you have any questions about the Visa process, we are happy to help make your dream of moving to America come true.

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