International Nurse FAQs

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most

Is Global Nurse Partners a Certified Ethical Recruiter?

Global Nurse Partners is committed to fair and transparent recruitment practices and adheres to the Health Care Code of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices (Alliance). At this time, we have submitted our application to the Alliance to become a Certified Ethical Recruiter (CER). And we are awaiting completion of the one-year eligibility requirement to complete the final steps for full certification.

Under Global Nurse Partners’ program, who is my employer?

The US healthcare facility is your employer, and we support your employment relationship.

Do I sign a contractual agreement with Global Nurse Partners?

Yes, Global Nurse Partners offers you an agreement to sign. The agreement outlines our service and guarantee because the opportunity must align with your values, help attain your career goals, and the employer’s culture must be a good match. In short, it must be a job you want.

Will I receive ongoing support from Global Nurse Partners?

Yes, you will. It is our commitment to you, and it’s what makes our Partnership Program so unique. We provide comprehensive support with every step of the process. And as you complete your program commitment, we support your transition to ensure that you, and your family members, fully adjust and feel content in the US.

How much will I earn as a registered nurse in the US?

The US is a big country, and the cost of living varies from one state to another and within metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. These factors impact salaries, as do education, qualifications, and years of experience. Generally, higher pay is offset by a higher cost of living and certain amenities within a location.

Every two years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducts an Occupational Employment Statistics survey. It reports the results in an Occupational Outlook Handbook and lists the median pay for each occupation. For nurses, it incorporates all clinical specialties working in various settings to include hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, and government services and facilities. Below is a link to the Registered Nurses’ section in the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook. It’s a good reference, and it includes RN wages by state, although it’s worth noting that the survey is broad, and estimates are generalized. Actual wages can differ based on the contributing factors mentioned above.

With Global Nurse Partners, you will receive compensation specifics (salary, benefits, and perks) before interviewing with a prospective employer.

What is the outlook for nursing as a career in the US?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that nursing employment will grow at a rate of 7 percent through 2029, which is faster than the average for all other occupations in the US.

Factors contributing to this growth include the number of nurses projected to retire in the coming years and a low number of nurse graduates to replace them. And this gap of skilled professionals is amplified by the steady increase in demand for healthcare throughout the country. The result is that the need for experienced nurses will remain high for many years to come, as will the opportunity for career advancement and professional development.

How does the housing benefit work?

Upon your arrival in the US, Global Nurse Partners provides free temporary housing in a one-bedroom apartment. If you’re relocating with family members, we’ll secure a larger home; however, the difference in cost will be your responsibility. We’ll discuss the details with you before confirming your housing selection. And while you’re in company-provided housing, you can decide whether to extend the lease in your name or find a new home. We’ll assist with whichever option you choose.

Will I receive health insurance and other benefits?

Yes, as a direct employee, you are offered the hospital’s employee benefits package. The components of a benefits package can vary by employer, but typically you can expect paid time off (PTO), basic life insurance, and usually tuition reimbursement. Also, you’ll have the option to enroll in insurance plans for medical, dental, and vision–you will share in the cost of these benefits. And you can add family members to your insurance coverage for an extra fee. Additionally, you can expect other enrollment options, such as short-term and mid-term disability and a retirement plan. And some employers offer voluntary insurance plans for critical illness, auto (car), home, pet, and wellness programs.

Before interviewing with a prospective employer, we will discuss the compensation package (salary, benefits, and perks) with you to include insurance plan costs and benefit effective dates.

Read more about Health Insurance in the United States & How it Works.

Who is CGFNS International, and what do they do?

CGFNS International was formally known as the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. They’re based in Philadelphia and are recognized worldwide as an authority to evaluate and verify professional credentials. Within the US, state boards of nursing, educational institutions, employers, and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) all utilize CGFNS’s services to review and verify internationally educated healthcare professionals’ credentials.

What is a CES Professional Report, and why do I need one?

The Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report is a service offered by CGFNS. It provides a detailed analysis of your credentials along with a statement of the comparability of your nursing education compared to US standards. Many US nursing boards require a CES Professional Report for RN licensure. And USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) requires it as part of the petition for your green card.

Which English language proficiency exams are accepted by CGFNS, and what are the passing scores?

CGFNS accepts a passing score (less than two years old) from one of the following approved examinations:

  • The test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT); or
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The acceptable oral and written pass scores for each exam is:

Registered Nurse Acceptable Scores:

  • IELTS Overall Score: 6.6 (Academic Format)
  • IELTS Spoken Band: 7.0
  • TOEFL iBT Total Score: 83
  • TOEFL iBT Speaking Section: 26

It’s important to note that CGFNS does not accept the at-home versions of English language proficiency exams.

What are the requirements of US RN licensure?

In general, every state requires proof of comparable nurse education and original nurse license/registration to apply for initial licensure by exam. And once you pass the NCLEX-RN, they’ll issue a US RN license. Other requirements can vary by state and may include proof of a social security number, fingerprinting, criminal background checks, self-report of criminal convictions, a notary signature, English language proficiency, and a CGFNS requirement such as a CES Report or a CGFNS Program Certification. Most state boards of nursing post their eligibility requirements online. However, they can change without prior notice, so it’s advisable to email the nursing board and confirm the application process.

How to determine whether my nursing education meets the requirements of US RN licensure?

Often, the biggest challenge in meeting US RN licensure requirements is proving that your nursing education is comparable to a general US nursing program. Your transcript of training must show a breakdown of hours in theoretical instruction and clinical practice in these five areas: adult medical, surgical, pediatrics, obstetrics, and psychiatry. Carefully review your transcript of training and make an assessment, as a deficiency in hours may not meet a state board of nursing’s licensure requirements. And if it’s unclear whether your nursing education is comparable, then it may be worth applying for a CES Professional Report through CGFNS International.

What is the NCLEX-RN?

The acronym NCLEX-RN stands for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. It is a US standardized licensing examination developed and administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). The exam’s purpose is to determine whether it’s safe for the exam taker to practice as an entry-level nurse in the US. And although a national body administers the exam, you do not obtain a national license as each of the 50 states have their own licensure requirements and issue their own licenses.

Do I have to repeat the NCLEX-RN to renew my US RN license?

No, you are required to pass the NCLEX-RN one time only. You can maintain your US RN license by meeting the issuing state board of nursing’s renewal requirements. You can also endorse your RN license to another US state if you meet the endorsement requirements of that state.

Can I practice nursing in the US with proof of nursing registration in my country of residence instead of taking the NCLEX-RN?

No, you can only work in the US as a registered nurse if you hold a valid and unrestricted US RN license. You can obtain a US RN license by taking and passing the NCLEX-RN or through licensure endorsement if you have a US RN license and want to work in another state.

Who is Pearson Vue, and why do I have to register with them?

Pearson Vue is the official testing company that the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) uses to administer the exam at worldwide test centers. Therefore, you are required to register with them as part of the licensure application process. Once the state board of nursing issues you with an approval to test (ATT), Pearson Vue will email you an NCLEX Registration Acknowledgement. This notification will make you eligible to schedule an NCLEX-RN test date at one of their centers.

Can I take the NCLEX-RN in my home country?

Maybe. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has approved Pearson VUE to administer the NCLEX-RN year-round at Professional Testing locations worldwide. You can take the exam in any test center regardless of which US state board of nursing you submitted a license-by-exam application to.

Will I be sponsored for an immigrant visa/green card?

Yes, under our program, you and eligible family members are sponsored for an immigrant visa. And upon approval, you will obtain a green card, which authorizes you to live and work permanently in the US as a lawful permanent resident (LPR). Being an LPR also puts you on the path to citizenship through naturalization.

What is a VisaScreen Certificate?

VisaScreen is a professional credentials assessment service that is a federal screening requirement for healthcare professionals seeking a US employment-based visa. CGFNS International is an approved VisaScreen assessor. And as part of the certification process, they validate your academic records (secondary school and professional education) and verify your nursing licenses (active and inactive, international and the US). They also ensure the English language proficiency examination requirement is satisfied. Upon a successful review of your credentials, CGFNS issues a VisaScreen Certificate.

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