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Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 1:49am On Jan 14, 2016
This thread is dedicated to all Nigerian trained nurses and midwives in search of greener pastures either in Uk, USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA etc.

GREAT NURSES!! Together we stand, divided we fall.
I would like to use this medium to share my journey and experience as a Nigerian nurse aiming to be registered as a nurse in USA. Please feel free to comment and bring up suggestions as i share my step to step guide to nursing registration abroad. No man is an island of knowledge.

MY JOURNEY TO NURSING REGISTRATION IN TEXAS, USA : A GUIDE FOR NIGERIAN NURSES.


As we all know or must have heard, nurses are paid very well in USA, the opportunities, possibilities and career growth is endless and if you are ambitious like me, you would have thought of relocating too. if you have, then i have good news for you, it's not as hard and complicated as it seems if you follow the right steps.

You don't need any agent to assist you with your nursing registration, you can do it yourself. I repeat, YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF.

Now enough with this chatter and let's start already.

To register as a nurse in USA you have to first of all decide on the state you want to work in, I'm not going to give the pros and cons of each state because this post is about my personal journey so I'm going to be limited to what I did and didn't do.

I decided to choose the state of Texas because in my opinion the Texas Board of nursing is not as strict to foreign nurses when compared to some other states. For example, they don't require English exams, they are customer friendly, they take their time to respond and answer all your questions. I know this because i took a long time to research and arrive at this conclusion. Moreover working as a nurse in Texas also has its benefits like no income taxes, it's a compact state and most of its population are black. I'm not racist but i figured being in a new country with no friends and family close by it would be comforting to see more blacks around you. shocked

After choosing a state, the next step is to register with CGFNS

This can be done at www.cgfns.org
Take note that the application fee is $350

CGFNS registration /application procedure


Log in to https://www.cgfns.org/cerpassweb/register.jsp to create a new application. Your application is only valid for 1 year so i would advise that your application fee of $350 and your credentials are readily available. Your documents has to be sent by the appropriate authorities issuing them and must not come from you the applicant.

When you log into the cgfns page, go to the drop down menu and scroll to the almost the last part where you will find..

LOGIN
Cgfns connect (for applicants)
Cgfns connect (for state boards of Nursing)
Click on the cgfns connect for applicants. It will take you to another login page where you can register as a new user.
PLEASE ENTER THE REQUESTED INFORMATION The form is something like this.

*Please indicate type of user : Applicant

*Have you ever used cgfns service : No

*If yes then enter your cgfns I'd: I left mine blank

* Would you like to receive CGFNS News updates?: Yes

*First (Given) name : your name

*Last name: your surname

*Email address : use an email you have access to. If necessary open one specially for this purpose but do well to write your password down cause this is what they will use to communicate with you

*retype email address:

*Text message number :

*Registration/License Number: R. N 000000

*Required Icon Date of Birth: Month, Day and Year: Date must be two digits. Add 0 in front if yours is 1 digit

*Please Indicate Your Birth Country:

*User Name: (6 - 10 characters long):

* Password: (6 - 10 characters long):

*Re-type Password:

*Please select a question you would like to be asked if you forget your user name or password:

*Please select an answer to the security question:

*How would you like to receive correspondence? : choose email

*How did you hear about us?: internet

*Enter characters you see in the picture below: take note of the upper and lower case letters.

* Accept CGFNS International Terms and Conditions:

click on CREATE USER.
Congratulations you have started your cgfns application. Now wait for some seconds to receive the verification email from cgfns.

When you get the email from autoreplycgfns, click on the verification link and it will take you back to the cgfns connect page. Now put in your username and password and log into your account.


*upload your passport sized photo online. I didn't.

*Click on purchase services from cgfns international
Read the service wizard information and click on Begin selection process

* cgfns id number finder : click on I am a new user and have not used CGFNS or any of its affiliates before.

*CGFNS Connect Service Purchase Wizard

Now answer the following questions as it applies to you.

*Are you a nurse?: Yes
*What is the country of your entry level nursing education?: Nigeria
*Do you have or have you ever held a registration or license issued by the respective authorities from the country where entry level nursing education was completed? : Yes

*Select a service

Choose credentials evaluation service (CES). For Texas and other states except New York.
Or Credentials verification service(CVS) for New York state only. (the pathophysiology of New york state registration is totally different from other states. Please do not apply my experience if you are registering with new york)

Click on NEXT to take you to the next page.

*CES RECIPIENTS

*What type of CES report would you like? Choose professional report if your aim is to register with a state Board of Nursing, get licensed and start working. Choose Academic report if your aim is to send the report to a university where you want to further your studies or upgrade to a Bsn. I chose the former.

Wait for the page to refresh itself so that the other questions following your chosen report will come up.
If you picked professional report then read on, if not then this is where our journey ends for those choosing the academic route.

*CES report type: Professional Report

*What type of license are you applying for?: Registered Nurse. (you cannot use two stones to kill a bird here like for Canadian registration where you can choose both LPN and RN. It's either you pick lpn or RN. I had to deliberate for a long time before finally going for RN because I was thinking "what if my credentials are not equivalent to RN, wouldn't it be better to pick lpn so that my money won't be wasted?) But after many calls to cgfns and emails to Texas Bon, I was advised to go for RN. smiley winkjust in case you were thinking the same thing shocked wink

*Have you already passed the NCLEX exam?: No
*for Recipient #1Are you applying for Licensure in the US?: Yes
*State Board of Nursing: TEXAS BOARD OF NURSE EXAMINERS. ( you can choose more than one state but additional charges apply. I choose just Texas.)
*My recipient is on the list above: Yes

Click on the SUBMIT button
It will lead you to the[b] cgfns connect service purchase wizard. Click on next to begin[b] the 12 steps[/b] of your application.

This is a modified post.. To avoid it being too lengthy i am going to continue with the steps from page 7 of this thread.
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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by brownlord: 4:45am On Jan 14, 2016
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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 7:50am On Jan 27, 2016
100 plus views but only 1 post. Ok let me start by posting the different requirements and procedures involved in getting licenced in some country.

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 9:52am On Jan 27, 2016
Keep in mind this is made as a reference guide, not as a primary source! For the most specific information to your case, please use the contact information to ask each Board of Nursing yourself. Either call or email to ask your questions!

Overall, becoming a nurse in America is made up of three steps:

Step 1: Applying with the State Board of Nursing where you will be practicing.

Step 2: Registering with Pearson Vue to schedule your NCLEX location and date. Registration costs $200, plus additional fees if you are taking the NCLEX outside of the U.S.

Step 3: Getting into the Country. This involves immigration, visas, and getting approval to stay and work in the country.


STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR STATE, MEET REQUIREMENTS, AND APPLY TO THE STATE BOARD OF NURSING

What is the State Board of Nursing?
Each state has a committee called a Board of Nursing (for example, there are 50 Boards of Nursing in the U.S, one for each of 50 states). These are the people who decide if you are able to take the NCLEX and get licensed in their state.

Before you can even consider scheduling or planning where you want to take the NCLEX, you have to make your application to a State Board of Nursing.

How do I Know What Requirements I need to Meet?

Each state has different requirements. They will charge a fee ranging from $200-400 depending on each state. If you don’t know what state you want to be a nurse in, now is the time to choose!

In the United States, nurses don’t get licensed for the whole country. The United States has 50 states, and each nurse is usually licensed in one state at a time. That’s why the first step is to choose what state you want to apply for!

However, no matter what state you apply for, everyone takes the same NCLEX to be a nurse in the United States.

Each state’s Board of Nursing has a website where you can find out the requirements.

When can I take my NCLEX?

There are no set test dates for the NCLEX that you have to plan while doing the application. You can apply and register anytime. Once you do, you can then schedule your NCLEX for a date that is comfortable for you! The only requirement is that there might be a 90-day time limit (you have to schedule your NCLEX within 90 days of your application’s approval).

What is CGFNS?


First, we’ll explain to you what credential evaluation means. Credential evaluation means that a company has to look at your nursing school transcripts and education history from your home country to make sure you’re qualified to even take the NCLEX. The Boards of Nursing don’t do this because it would take too much time – so they let companies like CGFNS do the job. CGFNS then sends reports to the Board of Nursing if they feel your education meets requirements.

CGFNS is the most popular and well-known company that does this. You should know that different states require different “levels” of CGFNS evaluation:

Credentials Evaluation Service Professional Report

This report is less involved and cheaper than the Certificate Program or VisaScreen.

English Requirement
Secondary School Documents
Licensure Documents from your Home Country
Nursing Education Documents from your Home Country
$350

CGFNS Certification Program

This evaluation is the same, but requires you to take the CGFNS Qualifying Exam.

Everything in a Credentials Evaluation Service Professional Report
CGFNS Qualifying Exam
$445 Fee

VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment


The VisaScreen has the same requirements as the Certification Program, but is meant to qualify you for getting a Work Visa, after you’ve already passed the NCLEX exam.

$540 Fee

CGFNS is not the only credentialing service! There are others that may be cheaper and still accepted by State Boards. You should first check to see if your State Board accepts these alternative companies (and let us know in the comments below!).
If you decide to use CGFNS, different states require different CGFNS evaluations. You can see a chart here of which state requires which certification. At the time of this writing, CGFNS reports cost $350.00.

Alternatives to CGFNS:
International Education Research Foundation (IERF) ($350 per report, see states that accept IERF)
Educational Records Evaluation Services (ERES) ($375 basic fee)
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. ($300 per report)

Other Requirements

Fingerprints: Some states require students to get fingerprints, which can be a complication if you’re currently in another country.

Social Security Number: Some states require students to have a social security number in order to apply or take the NCLEX in the first place. Other states allow you to use your visa or passport in lieu of that. Some other states have special forms for you to fill out if you don’t have a social security number. You can also learn more about how to obtain a social security number from the social security website.

English Proficiency Test: Many states require you to take either the TOEFL or IELTS test to make sure your English is fluent enough. This is usually a part of your requirements for your CGFNS report. Again, follow instructions that are listed for each state and feel free to contact them for specific details.


Brilliantnurse.com

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 10:09am On Jan 27, 2016
To guide us in the process of choosing the best state i am going to be posting the highest and lowest paid states for nurses shortly

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by brownlord: 10:14am On Jan 27, 2016
barbiee:
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Can you drop your contact email or phone #?
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 10:24am On Jan 27, 2016
There is a projected need for 1,001,000 nurses needed in the United States in 2016. Nurses are one of the most in demand professions in America, but with so many job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work?

Top 10 Highest Nurse Paying States

State Salary (hourly)
1. California $25.45
2. Hawaii $24.76
3. Massachusetts $23.38
4. New Jersey $23.33
5. Alaska $23.09
6. Delaware $22.98
7. Oregon $22.91
8. Nevada $22.83
9. Maryland $22.79
10. Connecticut $22.62

Top 10 Lowest Nurse Paying States

State Salary (hourly)
1. North Dakota $17.60
2. Louisiana $17.50
3. Wyoming $16.88
4. Oklahoma $16.76
5. Kansas $16.74
6. West Virginia $16.52
7. Arkansas $16.44
8. Mississippi $16.42
9. Iowa $16.36
10. South Dakota $16.35

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 10:26am On Jan 27, 2016
brownlord:


Can you drop your contact email or phone #?
since we are all gonna be learning from one another i think its best that all discussions be made here cause you might not be the only one with that question in mind. Thanks

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by doubletroublmum(f): 12:43pm On Jan 27, 2016
Hi House,

i saw in TV that Germany is employing qualified nurses for elderly people and hospitals now. They have workers from Asia, Eastern Europe. I guess qulified people from Nigeria should try their Luck aswell.

Check out:
https://www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/html/en/registered_general_nurse.php
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 5:42pm On Jan 27, 2016
doubletroublmum:
Hi House,

i saw in TV that Germany is employing qualified nurses for elderly people and hospitals now. They have workers from Asia, Eastern Europe. I guess qulified people from Nigeria should try their Luck aswell.

Check out:
https://www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/html/en/registered_general_nurse.php
thanks. I will definitely check that out

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by omotfavy(f): 5:23am On Jan 28, 2016
barbiee:
There is a projected need for 1,001,000 nurses needed in the United States in 2016. Nurses are one of the most in demand professions in America, but with so many job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work?

Top 10 Highest Nurse Paying States

State Salary (hourly)
1. California $25.45
2. Hawaii $24.76
3. Massachusetts $23.38
4. New Jersey $23.33
5. Alaska $23.09
6. Delaware $22.98
7. Oregon $22.91
8. Nevada $22.83
9. Maryland $22.79
10. Connecticut $22.62

Top 10 Lowest Nurse Paying States

State Salary (hourly)
1. North Dakota $17.60
2. Louisiana $17.50
3. Wyoming $16.88
4. Oklahoma $16.76
5. Kansas $16.74
6. West Virginia $16.52
7. Arkansas $16.44
8. Mississippi $16.42
9. Iowa $16.36
10. South Dakota $16.35
.The salary u put here is for LVNs not RNS
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by hartson(m): 10:55am On Jan 28, 2016
omotfavy:
.The salary u put here is for LVNs not RNS

The major problems nurses face is the high requirements.I know there many nurses that would love to travel but the strict conditions set by host countries makes it difficult to gather the travelling papers no be childs play at all.

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by hartson(m): 11:00am On Jan 28, 2016
any licenced or registered female nurse in the house?I would like to get in touch with any person.

Regards

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by JustHere2Observ(f): 5:58pm On Jan 28, 2016
This is nice. I will follow this thread.

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by tpiaobsession: 6:57pm On Jan 28, 2016
omotfavy:
.The salary u put here is for LVNs not RNS

I was going to say.

I guess s/he googled the info and ran to post it here.
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by tpiaobsession: 6:59pm On Jan 28, 2016
barbiee:
To guide us in the process of choosing the best state i am going to be posting the highest and lowest paid states for nurses shortly

You are posting all this information while you don't even know or bother about the difference between RN and LPN/LVN.


Typical.
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 6:54am On Jan 29, 2016
Im sorry, i had no idea it was for lvn lol. I just googled highest and lowest paid states for nurses. And Of course i know the difference between lvn and rn.

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 6:55am On Jan 29, 2016
omotfavy:
.The salary u put here is for LVNs not RNS
please post the correct information here. Thanks
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 7:03am On Jan 29, 2016
doubletroublmum:
Hi House,

i saw in TV that Germany is employing qualified nurses for elderly people and hospitals now. They have workers from Asia, Eastern Europe. I guess qulified people from Nigeria should try their Luck aswell.

Check out:
https://www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/html/en/registered_general_nurse.php
The Board of Nursing wants all english Documents translated to german for evaluation.
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by hartson(m): 9:56am On Jan 29, 2016
are you a nurse?
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by JustHere2Observ(f): 9:52pm On Jan 29, 2016
Question for the thread...concerning the proficiency in English language test IELTS, is it academic or general? That is when applying to CGFNS.
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 12:52pm On Jan 30, 2016
hartson:
are you a nurse?
yes
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by hartson(m): 2:15pm On Jan 30, 2016
ok,Glad to know.
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 2:48pm On Jan 30, 2016
JustHere2Observ:
Question for the thread...concerning the proficiency in English language test IELTS, is it academic or general? That is when applying to CGFNS.
you need the ielts academic when applying as an Rn. Its lvn/lpn that requires the general test.

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 2:57pm On Jan 30, 2016
tpiaobsession:

You are posting all this information while you don't even know or bother about the difference between RN and LPN/LVN.
Typical.
omotfavy:
.The salary u put here is for LVNs not RNS
omotfavy:
.The salary u put here is for LVNs not RNS
y'all saying that salary guide is for lvn/lpn and not Rn owe me an appology. Cause according to this sitehttp://nursinglink.monster.com/benefits/articles/3809-top-10-best-and-worst-states-to-be-a-nurse its for nurses. Oya im waiting oo grin
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 2:58pm On Jan 30, 2016

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by tpiar: 3:24pm On Jan 30, 2016
barbiee:
yes

are you sure?
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by tpiar: 3:26pm On Jan 30, 2016
barbiee:
y'all saying that salary guide is for lvn/lpn and not Rn owe me an appology. Cause according to this sitehttp://nursinglink.monster.com/benefits/articles/3809-top-10-best-and-worst-states-to-be-a-nurse its for nurses. Oya im waiting oo grin

In the US, nurse refers to LVP/LPN while RN is Registered Nurse.

In Nigeria and perhaps elsewhere, RN is nurse and this distinction is not made.

Here is the salary structure for RN:

http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/registered-nurse/salary

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by tpiar: 3:32pm On Jan 30, 2016
here is a breakdown of RN, NP, and LPN/LVN salaries by state:


http://nursesalaryguide.net/nurse-salary-by-state/

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Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by barbiee(f): 4:04pm On Jan 30, 2016
tpiar:


In the US, nurse refers to LVP/LPN while RN is Registered Nurse.

In Nigeria and perhaps elsewhere, RN is nurse and this distinction is not made.

Here is the salary structure for RN:

http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/registered-nurse/salary
are you saying nursinglink was referring to lvn when they posted that?
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by JustHere2Observ(f): 4:12pm On Jan 30, 2016
barbiee:
you need the ielts academic when applying as an Rn. Its lvn/lpn that requires the general test.

Thanks
Re: Nigerian Nurses And Midwives With The Dream Of Working Abroad Let's Meet Here. by TheArchangel(f): 6:52pm On Jan 30, 2016
RN... reporting to the thread....,,,,,,US, Canada , Caribbean countries...., give me the deal please. I want out and I want it fast. Thanks.

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