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Thursday May 9, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I’m a nurse with a BSN and I am working on my master’s in community health in Malaysia. In Iran, I worked as a head nurse in an operating room for 10 years, and in Malaysia I worked as an interpreter. How can I find a job online in the U.S., and how can I register for Nursing without Borders?

On The Move

Dear Donna replies:

Dear On The Move,

To find a nursing position in the U.S, I would suggest you contact an international nursing agency that places nurses from your current country in the U.S. You can find these agencies online. It would be ideal if you could find another nurse from your country who is in the U.S. and has used such an agency, to be sure the agency is legitimate and reliable. You also can get referrals through the Iranian-American Nurses Association (http://www.i-ana.org/) and the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (http://www.aapina.org/). Both of these associations can advise and support you coming to the U.S. to work as a nurse.

Regarding Nursing without Borders, I'm not sure if you are referring to working as a nurse with the organization Doctors Without Borders, doing other medical volunteer work or something else entirely. For DWB contact the international office at

For medical volunteer work, there are many agencies that offer this, depending on the country or specialties you are interested in. So search the Internet for medical volunteer agencies for nurses and further specify a country or specialty.

Best wishes,

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.