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I'm a nurse from Ireland and would like to work in Boston. How do I find employers and hospitals that provide visa sponsorship?

Monday February 18, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I'm a nurse from Ireland and would like to work in Boston. I have more than six years RN experience and I am an EMT. I would like to work in cardiology because I have experience in the catheterization lab. I am hoping to attend the career fair in Boston in March to find potential employers. I plan on taking the NCLEX exam in March or April. How do I find employers and hospitals that provide visa sponsorship?

Needs a Visa

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Needs a Visa,

Attending the upcoming career fair (www.eventbrite.com/event/5075426738) is a great place to start. You'll have access to many employers and staffing agencies and can gather information and make valuable contacts. Ask the nursing agencies and hospitals if they can assist you with the process. Read “How to get the most out of attending a career fair” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Career-fair).

Also attend an area chapter of the American Nurses Association (www.nursingworld.org) as a guest for now. Once you get your license you should join. Attending now is important because you will meet many nurses who work for various facilities and in a variety of specialties. Networking, especially face-to-face, is a very effective way to find a job. Belonging to and attending meetings of the ANA is a great way to build a support system, stay current on trends and issues and get better acclimated to nursing in the U.S. Nursing associations provide a sense of community, which is important in order to thrive in the profession.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.