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Opportunities in Singapore

SNI is pleased to tell you about a new program in beautiful Singapore.

Many courses and degrees are available.

SNI has the opportunity to partner with MDIS.
Click on the MDIS information for details of courses. (Click here)
MDIS is affiliated with many western colleges and universities.

Your degree will be issued through one of these colleges or universities..
These universities issue degrees at the Bachelor and Master’s level.

MDIS also has many certificate programs.
They are excellent programs and varied.
You cannot work while studying.
Please respond to Singapore@statesideinternational.com with your comments.

SNI will answer every email and question.

This is just a survey to assess interest.

If you respond it does not commit you in any way.

Thank you for your help. Please share with friends, other students and coworkers.

I look forward to hearing from everyone.

Regards to all – Pat

NCLEX preparation – 9 great tips!

WANT TO TAKE NCLEX?  – WHY WAIT

START PREPARING NOW!

We all delay studying even though we have delayed too long. Don’t feel guilty – it happens to all of us.  The intention to take the NCLEX-RN, the course and test scheduling can take a few weeks or several months depending on your frame of mind, your study habits, the State you want to register in and approval to sit the exam.  You have enough time from when you apply to the Board to when you decide to take the test to schedule your study time.  Our recommendation is that you do a ‘joint’ study program – first study from the printed material followed by an online course.   SNI recommends the following link www.statesideinternational.com to order this program.  This type of preparation will stop the ‘panicking’ when the test day approaches and you are hoping, that you will pass.

Remember the Boy Scout Motto – BE PREPARED and you will pass.

Hopefully the following helpful hints will assist you with your studies.

  1. When should I begin studying?

Only you know your study habits and what works for you.  Some nurses only need a few weeks and others a few months.  Plan a study program around what you can do.

Worldwide college students taking the NCLEX often start learning 5-6 months previous to their examination.  Again, plan a program that works for you. However, depending where you graduated from and your nursing background, plus your mastery of English will determine the amount of time you think, as an individual, you will need.

  1. What’s the best methodology for studying?

This is up to you – what works for you may not work for your friend or classmate. Everybody prepares differently.  There are some key issues to remember when starting to study for NCLEX:

  • Don’t reread all of your nursing college notes. You don’t need that.
  • The NCLEX is common information.
  • Order a combination of good study books and an online course.
  • The books will really help and the online course puts it all into perspective for you.
  • They all have questions relating to what you are studying.
  • Deal with key topics that you are having a problem with.
  • If you know medical-surgical nursing and work on a medical or surgical ward, you will probably be ok in that area and should devote more time to the discipline you are not familiar with. For example: OB/L&D, Pediatrics etc..
  • Different format questions are shown at the end of each segment of your study guides. Watch out for “choose all that apply” questions. They are a little more difficult.
  1. Do I need to master every part of my studies to pass?

The NCLEX is a computer based exam and covers all disciplines in nursing.  Answer the questions in your study books and the online course (that’s why SNI recommends you use both and we suggest the ICAN Publishing Company resources).

The exam is tougher than most anticipate so don’t assume that passing is automatic (or ‘a given’ as we say n America).

The questions are structured in such a way that a minimum number of questions asked can be fifty (75) or maximum at around two hundred and fifty (265). After you complete the exam you will walk out of the testing site with ‘no clue’ as to whether you passed or failed.  Don’t worry, this is normal. Nurses from all over the world have the same feeling.

  1. What’s the test structure like? How much time do I have for the test and are there breaks?

The NCLEX is a Computerized Adaptive Test – the same as in the UK

The questions are often random. See some helpful hints at the end.

  1. When and how do I register for boards? Can I reschedule?

Click on this link to view the candidate bulletin, it will give you all the knowledge you want: https://www.ncsbn.org/1213.htm.

REMEMBER – each Board has different requirements for registration, especially for the international nurse.  Once approved by the State Board you will receive the ATT (Authorization to Test).  At that time register with Pearson Vue to schedule your exam.  And yes, you can always reschedule if you must miss the original date and if you do fail the exam you can retake.  If you test better mornings, then schedule your exam for the morning session – same thing with the afternoon session.

  1. What are the test requirement and what am I allowed/not allowed to convey for the NCLEX?

The testing sites are strict and do not allow any private objects resembling cell telephones, luggage, purses, coats, hats, gum, drink, watches, and many others. See the candidate bulletin hyperlink above for extra info.

7. How early should I arrive on the day of the exam?

Get there 30-40 minutes early.  Don’t forget to take a ‘bathroom break’ before you go in! There will be others taking the exam at the same time.  Some testing sites only have a four-testing facility, depending on the country.

  1. How can I help myself prepare?

We suggest you prepare for your examination the day before by following these steps:

  • Get a good night’s sleep!
  • Eat a nutritious meal on the day of the exam.
  • Drink limited coffee or tea – a small amount of caffeine helps you stay awake and improves your concentration but stay away from large amounts
  • Keep away from too much sugar – Refined sugars are related to a spike in vitality, followed by a decline in cognitive capability.  If you are taking the test in the afternoon – try a Diet Coke or Pepsi to give you that ‘lift’. 
  • Once you have studied and feel you are ready – give yourself a break the evening or morning before you sit the exam.
  • Clear your mind on the day of the test.  If you feel you need some extra study – concentrate on the questions in your study material that you feel are your weakest areas.

 

SNI’s ‘tried and true’ advice.

  1. Most questions are based on the concept “Is this nurse safe to work in a hospital on a ward and take care of patients”?
  2. Look at the questions and ask yourself – What is safest for the patient and do you know what this is as it relates to each question.
  3. Really Study the question before you try and answer. For example: Is it a physiological question or psychosocial question.  Rule out the one it is not – then go on to the other answers in the same question.  Remember always Patient Safety.
  4. After you have completed your study and online course you will have a good idea of what the American NCLEX is looking for.
  5. This is the key – Focus on that thought as you read the questions.
  6. When you understand this concept, you will pass the exam.

How will I get my results and what happen if I fail?

You can get your “unofficial” result after 48 – 72 hours. Check on the Pearson Vue website at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex

SNI hopes the above information helps you with your studies and gives you confidence to take the exam.  If you decide you want to take the CGFNS exam first, it is like the NCLEX.  Even though you pass CGFNS you still  must pass NCLEX.    www.statesideinetrnational.com

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Total number of jobs: 142,715

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 21.0%

Median annual salary: $73,334

Typical education: Master’s degree

The health care industry, in general, continues to be an attractive field, driven in large part by the aging population. Speech therapists, specifically, are needed to treat the growing number of patients whose language has been affected by health conditions associated with aging, such as hearing loss or stroke. Greater attention to treating children with language disorders, such as stuttering, also drives demand for these professionals, about half of whom are employed by schools, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition to having a master’s degree, a speech language pathologist usually needs to be licensed by his or her state. Check with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for more information.

PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT

PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT

Total number of jobs: 103,422

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 28.8%

Median annual salary: $98,869

Typical education: Master’s degree

Physician’s assistants (PAs) are similar to nurse practitioners in knowledge and abilities. PAs are trained to diagnose and treat patients and are able to write prescriptions and order tests. But unlike NPs, they work under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. (Again, specific duties and supervision requirements vary by state.)

To get started, you need at least two years of postgraduate study to earn a master’s in this field, and you need a license to practice. While the extra schooling is costly, it’s less taxing than a full M.D. According to the American Medical Association, the average medical student graduates with more than $180,000 in debt.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Total number of jobs: 226,661

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 30.4%

Median annual salary: $83,501

Typical education: Doctoral degree

Aging baby boomers are a boon for those working in physical therapy. Many more workers will be needed in this field to care for victims of heart attacks and strokes and to lead them through rehabilitation. And with ongoing advances in medicine, more people will survive such traumas and need rehabilitative services. You’ll need a license to go along with your doctorate.

For similar reasons, demand for occupational therapists is expected to grow at a 25.6% clip over the next decade. While physical therapists focus on rehabilitation of major motor functions, occupational therapists help ill or disabled patients develop or recover the ability to independently perform daily tasks, such as dressing or feeding themselves. Occupational therapists typically need a master’s degree to get started and earn a median income of $79,619 a year.  Must now have a Doctorate Degree to work in America.

HEALTH SERVICES MANAGER

HEALTH SERVICES MANAGER ***

Total number of jobs: 337,863

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 17.4%

Median annual salary: $93,294

Typical education: Bachelor’s degree

The increasing demand for medical services calls for more people to manage them. Health services managers may oversee the functions of an entire medical practice or facility—as a nursing home administrator, for example—or a specific department, as a clinical manager for, say, surgery or physical therapy. Health information managers work specifically on maintaining patient records and keeping them secure, an especially important task as everyone is shifting to digital.

A bachelor’s in health administration is the ticket to this profession, but a master’s in health services, long-term-care administration or public health is also common among these workers. You may need to be licensed to run certain types of facilities, such as a nursing home, for which all states require licensure, or an assisted-living facility. Check with your state’s department of health for details.

*** Contact SNI abut the Master’s in Health Care Program.  Can work 20-hours while studying.

Nurse practitioner

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Total number of jobs: 145,331

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 32.3%

Median annual salary: $98,288

Typical education: Master’s degree

Health care coverage in our country may be up for debate, but the increasing need for quality medical care is irrefutable. Advancing technology, greater focus on preventive care and an aging population will mean a growing number of patients requiring care in hospitals, doctors’ offices, long-term-care facilities and even private homes. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are highly sought after to meet that need. They’re able to provide much of the same care as full-fledged doctors, including performing routine checkups and writing prescriptions, and they can work independently. Exact guidelines vary by state.

REGISTERED NURSES

Are also in high demand. The already robust workforce of 2.9 million is expected to grow 17.2% by 2026. And they enjoy a healthy pay rate, too: The median salary for RNs is $67,418 a year.

Becoming a nurse requires either a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) (another one of our best college majors), an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma from an accredited nursing program (which usually takes two to three years). NPs must also get a master’s or doctoral degree. Both RNs and NPs need a license to practice, not to mention reserves of compassion, patience and emotional stability.

Good news for Filipino and Indian nurses!

American immigration update – some good news for Filipino nurses and Indian nurses!

  • The EB-3 priority date for nurses in the Philippines has moved to 6/1/2015! The previous month’s priority date was 5/15/2014. This is over year of movement for the second month in a row.  This is such good news!
  • EB-2 Dates- have retrogressed to 4/1/2015 (for both PH and ROW).
  • EB-3’s for the Rest of World (ROW)- Current!!
  • EB-3’s India- 7/15/2006 (5 month’s forward) .  There is a new program for nurses from India
  • EB-3’s China- 1/1/2012 (No movement)
  • Many candidates will be current and need their NVC documents in ASAP so their cases can move forward. It is important that you keep all your documentation up-to-date.  If your license has expired, reactivate it – the same with IELTS and Visa Screen.
  • IELTS is good for two years and the Visa Screen (VSC) is good for five years at time of petitioning. 
  • Employers are waiting.

 INDIA NCLEX PASSERS:

We have more good news related to the August Visa Bulletin that was just released.  The India priority dates moved up a few months and are now sitting at 7/15/2006! It is predicted that they will continue to move up.

Our employer is filing I-140 Transfers for all of our India country of origin nurses who have priority dates (doesn’t matter what year). What does this mean for you?

FOR THE RN: We are offering an India PD Sign on Bonus. It’s a $3000 sign on bonus. The nurse will receive instant $350 USD upon I-140 Transfer filing, then they will receive $1325 when they commence work and $1325 upon completion of 90 days of work in the USA. We feel this will help promote the employer’s program to all nurses!

Also, don’t forget the IELTS Assistance Program (all of the nurses are now automatically enrolled via the addendum they sign in their contracts). This will help them study their IELTS, take predictive assessments and allow us to pay for their IELTS Exam on their behalf.

Looking forward to getting India PD RN’s from SNI.

 

Contact us for help and support with your application.

Know your rights!

US Immigration Law – Know your rights!

Do you know what your immigration rights are if you are stopped by a law enforcement officer for any reason in America?

REMINDER ABOUT THE U.S. IMMIGRATION LAWS: DO YOU KNOW YOUR IMMIGRATION RIGHTS?

Visit the link below to a downloadable pocket wallet card. This is a card that can be carried by individuals who would like to know what their rights are. Carry it with you always.

It can also serve as a way for you to tell a law enforcement agent that you would rather talk to your lawyer before you speak to a police officer or law-enforcement agent. You do not have to give them the name of the lawyer but if you are stopped and don’t have a lawyer, quote the information on the card and contact an immigration lawyer immediately.

This information is by the courtesy of David Nachman, Attorney-at-Law.

Download Here – In English

Download Here – En Espanol

 

Please share this information with family and friends – spread the word! 

Moving to Canada?

Some suggestions to help you adjust more easily during the first few months after arrival Hopefully you will have accommodation to move in to!

  1. Find the nearest grocery store.
  2. Have an ATM card – you can get cash from the ATM machines.
  3. Check to be sure that your card is acceptable at that machine. Most stores will not accept a debit card unless it is backed up by Visa or Mastercard.
  4. Bring enough cash with you to cover your first thirty-day expenses, including deposits for housing.
  5. Get your Social Insurance Card from the local government office. This is needed to work, apply for government programs and benefits and a drivers license. Learn more by visiting Canada.ca
  6. Visit your local bank and open a bank account.
  7. Establish some credit as soon as you can.
  8. Find the nearest local school for your children. Ask a neighbor for advice.
  9. Reach out to your neighbors, your church and community. They will help always help you.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
  11. Join cultural associations, seek out community members with a similar background.
  12. Maintain some familiar traditions.

It is a huge adjustment to any new country. Canada is huge in size with three time zones.  It is is so diversified and has so much to offer.  Visit the official Canadian website at www.Canada.ca  It’s fantastic and full of information.