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"Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 8:15pm On Jul 21
There is an ongoing thread in this section about Nigerian Nurses who wants to practice outside the country. From observation, several Nigeria Nurses have migrated from the time the thread was created by Barbiee. Now, it is time for those that have relocated to different countries of their choice to share anything at all; about, but not limited to the following:

1. Immigration process and timeline,

2. Settling down in a new country, the challenges and thrills.

3. The workplace experience.

4. Nursing practice Culture shock.

5. Future goals and aspirations.

6. Advice for incoming/aspiring Nurse immigrants to your country of residence.

Note... You may keep your workplace and employer's name anonymous, it is purely your decision/choice to share such. Great Nigeria Nurses!!!

https://www.nairaland.com/2863557/nigerian-nurses-midwives-dream-working

Barbiee, P406, Auschris.

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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 8:32pm On Jul 21
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kessel

Paralysis

MPVGoddess

vickyehi.

Your inputs and experiences will be useful here.

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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 8:51pm On Jul 21
Happy Nurses.

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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by barbiee: 10:38pm On Jul 21
I'm so grateful for this thread, it was long overdue but before I say anything if you are not abroad yet and want to know how you can immigrate as a nurse then follow the link above to the other thread where you can be guided in this process.
With that being said, I will go ahead and share my little experience in diaspora.
As some of you may already know I was on route to USA through the cgfns process but had to stop halfway due to situations beyond my control. During my time off I decided to look into the UK which turned out to be a good idea because few months after I started the process I landed here. I highly recommend this route if you are tired of waiting in Nigeria, you can go to the uk and work while you pursue your American, Canadian or Australian dream. The last time I checked there is a big difference between 10 pounds and 10 naira.

1. I had no issues with immigration, Nursing is on the shortage occupation list so it was easy. my visa was granted within 15 working days without having a visa interview. my employer paid for my visa and flights.

2. I landed in Manchester UK in April and what hit me first was not the fancy airport or buildings, nah it was the cold. My teeth were clattering and I was trying so hard not to appear shaky. it was supposed to be spring but it didnt feel like spring to me though. The cold was real but what was more real was the wind. Everyone kept saying I'm lucky i arrived this period because it was warm and I was like well maybe its warm to you but definitely not to me.

3,4. Working here is different from how we do it back home in Nigeria, we have to explain everything to the patient and get consent before carrying out any procedure. Handwashing nkor? I now carry hand lotion in my pocket because of it, another culture shock is addressing my boss with his or her name. No more sir or ma, they dont even like it when you say mr or mrs in front of their name, secondly I only noticed this when I got here, Nigerians say the word sorry a lot even when it's not necessary and up till today I'm still guilty of this. When someone gets hurt the first thing that comes out of my mouth is sorry and he/she will be like oh it's not your fault grin grin thirdly, there is no doctor yelling at you here because that is verbal abuse, everyone does what they are expected to do and not pass their job to someone else. Lastly, you are accountable for all your decisions and actions.

5. Work, make money, further education, travel etc

6. To all Aspiring Nurses, make hay while the sun shines, NMC uk has made the process of immigrating to uk easier and faster, do not waste your opportunities, stop wishing and start acting on those dreams. There is no better time to start this process than now.
Ps. I'm still going to pursue my usa registration but until that time comes, let me jejely enjoy my pounds.
More stories and pictures coming soon.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzl_qfg7c_w
I just uploaded a video on youtube explaining the step by step process of starting and completing your registration as a Nurse in the UK using the new NMC process that was introduced on the 7th of Oct. Please check it out and feel free to ask your questions. Please dont forget to LIKE, SHARE, COMMENT and SUBSCRIBE.
I love you all.
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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by jimfarayola(m): 12:09am On Jul 22
following... how do I get your contact? I have a sister that is willing to migrate to UK
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by jimfarayola(m): 12:10am On Jul 22
barbiee:
I'm so grateful for this thread, it was long overdue but before I say anything if you are not abroad yet and want to know how you can immigrate as a nurse then follow the link above to the other thread where you can be guided in this process.
With that being said, I will go ahead and share my little experience in diaspora.
As some of you may already know I was on route to USA through the cgfns process but had to stop halfway due to situations beyond my control. During my time off I decided to look into the UK which turned out to be a good idea because few months after I started the process I landed here. I highly recommend this route if you are tired of waiting in Nigeria, you can go to the uk and work while you pursue your American, Canadian or Australian dream. The last time I checked there is a big difference between 10 pounds and 10 naira.

1. I had no issues with immigration, Nursing is on the shortage occupation list so it was easy. my visa was granted within 15 working days without having a visa interview. my employer paid for my visa and flights.

2. I landed in Manchester UK in April and what hit me first was not the fancy airport or buildings, nah it was the cold. My teeth were clattering and I was trying so hard not to appear shaky. it was supposed to be spring but it didnt feel like spring to me though. The cold was real but what was more real was the wind. Everyone kept saying I'm lucky i arrived this period because it was warm and I was like well maybe its warm to you but definitely not to me.

3,4. Working here is different from how we do it back home in Nigeria, we have to explain everything to the patient and get consent before carrying out any procedure. Handwashing nkor? I now carry hand lotion in my pocket because of it, another culture shock is addressing my boss with his or her name. No more sir or ma, they dont even like it when you say mr or mrs in front of their name, secondly I only noticed this when I got here, Nigerians say the word sorry a lot even when it's not necessary and up till today I'm still guilty of this. When someone gets hurt the first thing that comes out of my mouth is sorry and he/she will be like oh it's not your fault grin grin thirdly, there is no doctor yelling at you here because that is verbal abuse, everyone does what they are expected to do and not pass their job to someone else. Lastly, you are accountable for all your decisions and actions.

5. Work, make money, further education, travel etc

6. To all Aspiring Nurses, make hay while the sun shines, NMC uk has made the process of immigrating to uk easier and faster, do not waste your opportunities, stop wishing and start acting on those dreams. There is no better time to start this process than now.
Ps. I'm still going to pursue my usa registration but until that time comes, let me jejely enjoy my pounds.
More stories and pictures coming soon.
@tunjinodayoff
@incredible

this my email Farouqolamide@gmail.com
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 1:55am On Jul 22
Nice reading from my pal, Barbiee, who did the needful at the right time to save time. I am happy to finally move over to the States, all thanks to God.

1. Immediately the requirements were met, it took just 6 months to get to consular interview stage, which looked like a formality because USCIS has approved the visa petition by my employer and every legally required documents have been fulfilled.

2. I landed in the US with same experience as shared by barbie, temperature was sub-zero. Picked up by my employer straight to a restaurant, then to the hotel. Then another life started.

3&4. A lot of differences in practice but the same principle. Nurses in the U.S. do a lot more than basically Nursing a patient. The 3 categories of Nurses with varying roles, but the RN to which Nigeria Nurses automatically belong leads the team. Nurses in America are critical decision makers in patient care. I was surprised to have to be the one writing consult to specialists that should see my patients after admission. To have to put in several treatment orders and sign off for the MD. For the MD to listen and go with your line of reasoning/decision in patients care. Everyone here works as a team and there's no superiority/inferiority issues.

5. Work for your money and enjoy yourself. Study further and become an authority in your special area. There are over 100 types of Nursing speciality in the US to choose from. They almost have a Traffic Nurse �.

6. All Aspiring Nurses, make hay while the sun shines, the U.S. �� is in serious need of you. The process remains the same for now. Do not procrastinate, stop wishing and start acting on those dreams. There is no better time to start this process than now.
The U.S remains one of the main destinations. Many in other western countries are still finding their way here.
Shalom.

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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by vickyehi: 6:31am On Jul 22
IYIMAN:
Nice reading from my pal, Barbiee, who did the needful at the right time to save time. I am happy to finally move over to the States, all thanks to God.

1. Immediately the requirements were met[b] it took just 6 months to get to consular interview stage [/b]which looked like a formality because USCIS has approved the visa petition by my employer and every legally required documents have been fulfilled.

2. I landed in the US with same experience as shared by barbie, temperature was sub-zero. Picked up by my employer straight to a restaurant, then to the hotel. Then another life started.

3&4. A lot of differences in practice but the same principle. Nurses in the U.S. do a lot more than basically Nursing a patient. The 3 categories of Nurses with varying roles, but the RN to which Nigeria Nurses automatically belong leads the team. Nurses in America are critical decision makers in patient care. I was surprised to have to be the one writing consult to specialists that should see my patients after admission. To have to put in several treatment orders and sign off for the MD. For the MD to listen and go with your line of reasoning/decision in patients care. Everyone here works as a team and there's no superiority/inferiority issues.

5. Work for your money and enjoy yourself. Study further and become an authority in your special area. There are over 100 types of Nursing speciality in the US to choose from. They almost have a Traffic Nurse �.

6. All Aspiring Nurses, make hay while the sun shines, the U.S. �� is in serious need of you. The process remains the same for now. Do not procrastinate, stop wishing and start acting on those dreams. There is no better time to start this process than now.
The U.S remains one of the main destinations. Many in other western countries are still finding their ways here.
Shalom.
It's so nice we finally have this thread at least it would help us to cope with the anxiety of practicing abroad.
My question is was the 6mth from after i140 approval?
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by vickyehi: 6:34am On Jul 22
barbiee:
I'm so grateful for this thread, it was long overdue but before I say anything if you are not abroad yet and want to know how you can immigrate as a nurse then follow the link above to the other thread where you can be guided in this process.
With that being said, I will go ahead and share my little experience in diaspora.
As some of you may already know I was on route to USA through the cgfns process but had to stop halfway due to situations beyond my control. During my time off I decided to look into the UK which turned out to be a good idea because few months after I started the process I landed here. I highly recommend this route if you are tired of waiting in Nigeria, you can go to the uk and work while you pursue your American, Canadian or Australian dream. The last time I checked there is a big difference between 10 pounds and 10 naira.

1. I had no issues with immigration, Nursing is on the shortage occupation list so it was easy. my visa was granted within 15 working days without having a visa interview. my employer paid for my visa and flights.

2. I landed in Manchester UK in April and what hit me first was not the fancy airport or buildings, nah it was the cold. My teeth were clattering and I was trying so hard not to appear shaky. it was supposed to be spring but it didnt feel like spring to me though. The cold was real but what was more real was the wind. Everyone kept saying I'm lucky i arrived this period because it was warm and I was like well maybe its warm to you but definitely not to me.

3,4. Working here is different from how we do it back home in Nigeria, we have to explain everything to the patient and get consent before carrying out any procedure. Handwashing nkor? I now carry hand lotion in my pocket because of it, another culture shock is addressing my boss with his or her name. No more sir or ma, they dont even like it when you say mr or mrs in front of their name, secondly I only noticed this when I got here, Nigerians say the word sorry a lot even when it's not necessary and up till today I'm still guilty of this. When someone gets hurt the first thing that comes out of my mouth is sorry and he/she will be like oh it's not your fault grin grin thirdly, there is no doctor yelling at you here because that is verbal abuse, everyone does what they are expected to do and not pass their job to someone else. Lastly, you are accountable for all your decisions and actions.

5. Work, make money, further education, travel etc

6. To all Aspiring Nurses, make hay while the sun shines, NMC uk has made the process of immigrating to uk easier and faster, do not waste your opportunities, stop wishing and start acting on those dreams. There is no better time to start this process than now.
Ps. I'm still going to pursue my usa registration but until that time comes, let me jejely enjoy my pounds.
More stories and pictures coming soon.
@tunjinodayoff
@incredible
Congrats@barbie kiss kiss kiss

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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 8:59am On Jul 22
vickyehi:

It's so nice we finally have this thread at least it would help us to cope with the anxiety of practicing abroad.
My question is was the 6mth from after i140 approval?

Yes. I-140 Approved on December 7, case completed in March 30 and exit interview on June 14th. That's approximately 6 months.

That's after Nclex and IELTS are fixed.
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by Theyoungmatron: 9:00am On Jul 22
So glad to be here.

Still waiting for my CES report. Has been studying like mad and saving for the trips.

Meanwhile, my target is psych or CRNA. grin grin grin where the buck is at...lol

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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 9:04am On Jul 22
Theyoungmatron:
So glad to be here.

Still waiting for my CES report. Has been studying like mad and saving for the trips.

Meanwhile, my target is psych or CRNA. grin grin grin where the buck is at...lol

ICU , Labor & Delivery are other good options. CRNA programs are very competitive and expensive, but it's doable.

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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by Theyoungmatron: 9:07am On Jul 22
IYIMAN:


ICU , Labor & Delivery are other good options. CRNA programs are very competitive and expensive, but it's doable.
Very doable. As Nigerians, we are very competitive na grin grin. Seems L & D is a highly litigious specialty, i learnt someone can be sued at the drop of a hat cheesy cheesy
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by deoludabest(m): 10:13am On Jul 22
IYIMAN:


Yes. I-140 Approved on December 7, case completed in March 30 and exit interview on June 14th. That's approximately 6 months.

That's after Nclex and IELTS are fixed.


Which agency are you with?
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 10:25am On Jul 22
Theyoungmatron:
Very doable. As Nigerians, we are very competitive na grin grin. Seems L & D is a highly litigious specialty, i learnt someone can be sued at the drop of a hat cheesy cheesy

Any specialty can be sued, depends on the perception of the patient/relatives and the incidence under consideration. But if you strictly follow codes of practice, professionalism and best practice, even if you/your organization get sued.. You will get justice. But if you're found wanting, there are consequences.
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 10:28am On Jul 22
deoludabest:



Which agency are you with?

If you are considering agencies to use, see a few below.

Avant, O'grady Peyton (ogp), Shearwater, and a host of them on the quoted link at the opening of this thread.

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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by THUNDER4real(m): 11:22am On Jul 22
IYIMAN:


ICU , Labor & Delivery are other good options. CRNA programs are very competitive and expensive, but it's doable.
hi
Does guys specialize in L & D, have u seen any?
Also hw fast is it to adapt to practice over their, when you first arrived?
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 12:24pm On Jul 22
THUNDER4real:

hi
Does guys specialize in L & D, have u seen any?
Also hw fast is it to adapt to practice over their, when you first arrived?

Well , I haven't personally met any L&grin guy.
There are a lot of factors to how quickly individuals adapt. 1. Your employer's input 2. Your personality 3. Your professional knowledge base 4. Your immediate environment, including the people you meet. Etc. But I will say it's not a big deal, just a matter of time. Within 3-6 months, you should be all round ok. Within 6 weeks, I was ok.
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by Jackson1922: 1:53pm On Jul 22
@ barbiee Please which English language test did you take? Was it UkVI academic IELTS or just Mod Academic IELTS
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by barbiee: 3:22pm On Jul 22
vickyehi:

Congrats@barbie kiss kiss kiss
Thanks dearie
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by barbiee: 3:25pm On Jul 22
Jackson1922:


@ barbiee Please which English language test did you take? Was it UkVI academic IELTS or just Mod Academic IELTS
You need ukvi academic for visa application, nmc uk will accept both ukvi or standard academic so my advice is instead of writing standard ielts now then enrol again for ukvi for your visa process, it's better you write ukvi from the beginning, if you get the required score for NMC then use the ukvi for both NMC and VISA. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone wink
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by LosC: 5:44pm On Jul 22
Hello Iyiman,
I'd like to send a mail to you.
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by Juwon01(f): 6:15pm On Jul 22
Hello barbie, you inspire me with this post, can i get to talk to you please? My email is ajayipelumi32@yahoo.com or you could drop yours.
Thanks so much
barbiee:
I'm so grateful for this thread, it was long overdue but before I say anything if you are not abroad yet and want to know how you can immigrate as a nurse then follow the link above to the other thread where you can be guided in this process.
With that being said, I will go ahead and share my little experience in diaspora.
As some of you may already know I was on route to USA through the cgfns process but had to stop halfway due to situations beyond my control. During my time off I decided to look into the UK which turned out to be a good idea because few months after I started the process I landed here. I highly recommend this route if you are tired of waiting in Nigeria, you can go to the uk and work while you pursue your American, Canadian or Australian dream. The last time I checked there is a big difference between 10 pounds and 10 naira.

1. I had no issues with immigration, Nursing is on the shortage occupation list so it was easy. my visa was granted within 15 working days without having a visa interview. my employer paid for my visa and flights.

2. I landed in Manchester UK in April and what hit me first was not the fancy airport or buildings, nah it was the cold. My teeth were clattering and I was trying so hard not to appear shaky. it was supposed to be spring but it didnt feel like spring to me though. The cold was real but what was more real was the wind. Everyone kept saying I'm lucky i arrived this period because it was warm and I was like well maybe its warm to you but definitely not to me.

3,4. Working here is different from how we do it back home in Nigeria, we have to explain everything to the patient and get consent before carrying out any procedure. Handwashing nkor? I now carry hand lotion in my pocket because of it, another culture shock is addressing my boss with his or her name. No more sir or ma, they dont even like it when you say mr or mrs in front of their name, secondly I only noticed this when I got here, Nigerians say the word sorry a lot even when it's not necessary and up till today I'm still guilty of this. When someone gets hurt the first thing that comes out of my mouth is sorry and he/she will be like oh it's not your fault grin grin thirdly, there is no doctor yelling at you here because that is verbal abuse, everyone does what they are expected to do and not pass their job to someone else. Lastly, you are accountable for all your decisions and actions.

5. Work, make money, further education, travel etc

6. To all Aspiring Nurses, make hay while the sun shines, NMC uk has made the process of immigrating to uk easier and faster, do not waste your opportunities, stop wishing and start acting on those dreams. There is no better time to start this process than now.
Ps. I'm still going to pursue my usa registration but until that time comes, let me jejely enjoy my pounds.
More stories and pictures coming soon.
@tunjinodayoff
@incredible
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 8:23pm On Jul 22
Juwon01:
Hello barbie, you inspire me with this post, can i get to talk to you please? My email is ajayipelumi32@yahoo.com or you could drop yours.
Thanks so much


Questions, answers and contributions should be posted here so that everybody reading can gain from your questions and concerns.

This thread is for Nurses already working abroad to share experience. If your questions and concerns are about how to immigrate, check the link to the thread that addressed that at the begining of this thread. Thank you.

See: https://www.nairaland.com/2863557/nigerian-nurses-midwives-dream-working

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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by vickyehi: 6:29am On Jul 23
Everytime a in a hospital in Canada I keep imagining how my ist day back to Nursing in the States would be. I am a little anxious though but I all I pray for is a good and understanding preceptor. wheww....

@Iyiman ......I look forward to the day I go to work as a self sufficient UsRN grin. Also do you have any info on Western Governors university RN to BSN program?. I want to know if a competence based program commands equal respect in the clinical setting.

Also for those already practicing in the States, is there any Nigerian Nurse habit we would need to unlearn?
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 12:01pm On Jul 23
LosC:
Hello Iyiman,
I'd like to send a mail to you.

Can't receive email from here.
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by IYIMAN: 12:05pm On Jul 23
vickyehi:
Everytime a in a hospital in Canada I keep imagining how my ist day back to Nursing in the States would be. I am a little anxious though but I all I pray for is a good and understanding preceptor. wheww....

@Iyiman ......I look forward to the day I go to work as a self sufficient UsRN grin. Also do you have any info on Western Governors university RN to BSN program?. I want to know if a competence based program commands equal respect in the clinical setting.

Also for those already practicing in the States, is there any Nigerian Nurse habit we would need to unlearn?



If you come to the states, you'll go through orientation lasting between 6-12 weeks, working with a preceptor, so no problem.
Yes I know about WGU and you can finish your BSN in 4 months if you are dedicated. It is a professional degree, well recognised. But if you're more interested in becoming a DNP.. You have to think of an academic Bsn program.
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by Holocene(m): 12:15pm On Jul 23
Any naija nurse in the Texas area?
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by Delerichard(m): 8:15am On Jul 24
Can a pregnant theatre nurse get employed in UK after she has passed her ietls and CBT exams?
Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by dorabel94: 2:23pm On Jul 24
Thanks Boss Iyiman for this thread. I want to ask about the academic BSN program. Which school will you recommend. I'm considering choosing between University of Texas, Arlington and Grand Canyon University for my BSN. How good are these two schools and which other school will you recommend. I'm awaiting i140 approval. Thank you sir

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Re: "Nigerian Nurses Working Abroad, Share your experience" by fendorf(m): 3:08pm On Jul 24
dorabel94:
Thanks Boss Iyiman for this thread. I want to ask about the academic BSN program. Which school will you recommend. I'm considering choosing between University of Texas, Arlington and Grand Canyon University for my BSN. How good are these two schools and which other school will you recommend. I'm awaiting i140 approval. Thank you sir
when was your i-140 filed and which agency are you with ?

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