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The Pros and Cons of Being an International Nurse in the United States

Do you have dreams of traveling to new places, meeting new people and building your nursing career? As an international nurse, you can do all of these things!

It’s true that nothing worth having comes without hard work, and even international nursing is not without its challenges. But if you’re prepared for what may lie ahead in your international nursing career, you’ll be ready to meet difficult situations head on—and launch a successful nursing career in the United States! Here’s what you need to know.

Advantages of international nursing jobs

There are plenty of reasons to become an international nurse by accepting an extended placement in the United States. Through foreign nurse recruitment, you can experience the following:

  • United States culture, sights and events. We’re a country of varying climates, landscapes, festivals, historical landmarks, cuisines and so much more! Whether you enjoy the outdoors, arts and music, sporting events, history or just a good meal, the U.S. is a prime destination. You could be placed in a big city, small town, tropical climate or cooler mountainous region. Your options are open in the U.S.!
  • New patient populations. Building your resume through new job experiences is a great way to move ahead in your nursing career. You can work with your nursing agency to find a placement that suits your experience and career goals, and treat the type of patients you’re ready to serve.
  • Travel with support and guidance. Traveling overseas can be stressful, but international staffing agencies are extensively familiar with documentation and other requirements to be a nurse in the USA. Your recruiter will work with you every step of the way—from licensure to visa screening and everything in between.

Challenges faced by international nurses

This line of work is not without its challenges, so it’s important to be prepared for the following:

  • Language barriers. You may run into co-workers or patients who do not easily understand your primary language. This can make team work and patient education more difficult. However, being bilingual can have its advantages if you choose to work in a population that speaks your native language. Bilingual nurses are in high demand in the United States.
  • A different way of life. Getting used to a new culture can be stressful. As you adapt to your new surroundings, you may feel a little out of place. However, remember that all nurses must go through an adjustment period, just like anyone who begins a new job. You’ll be able to build your skills to adapt to new situations while staying open-minded and flexible—qualities of all successful nurses.
  • Being a long way from home. Though your extended nursing assignment is temporary, you may feel a long way from home and miss your friends and family. Fortunately, technology is on your side! You’ll be able to connect with loved ones instantly by phone or email, and can use video communication such as Skype or FaceTime to catch up practically in person. Plus, social media allows you to share photos of your experience with everyone back home.

Your international nurse assignment is waiting!

The only question is: Are you ready to take it? Working with a specialized nursing recruiter can make it much easier to embark on an international nurse assignment and boost your nursing career. The experienced healthcare staffing professionals at MedPro Healthcare Staffing are ready to meet you! Our expertise in nursing requirements, guidance and support will help you find a great job in the U.S. that meets your career needs and goals. To apply for a nursing job opportunity in the United States, call MedPro Healthcare Staffing at 1-800-866-8108, or apply below!