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Becky wrote at 2013-03-05 11:15:04
Hi Viv,



I wondered how your application was going.  I am currently in the same situation as you.  I am a registered children's nurse and have 4 years PICU experience and have also done further training in that area.  My husband has recently been offered a job in Utah and I am going to be starting the very daunting process of trying to nurse in the USA.  I was wondering if you could give me any advice on how you managed.  At the moment I just seem to be coming to dead-ends as I am not an RGN.



Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.



Becky


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Alex Woodruff, RN MSN CCRN

Expertise

My expertise is in Pediatric Critical Care - both PICU and Congenital Cardiac ICU. I provide care for the most critically ill children and I am a strong believer in family centered care. I have worked in this field for 19 years in the UK and the USA. Prior to ICU work I staffed in pediatric orthopedics, spinal surgery and general surgery. I am happy to answer questions pertaining to any area of pediatric nursing. I will also answer questions about nursing in the USA (as a foreign nurse) and will happily give readers the perspective of a male nurse in a predominantly female workplace.

Experience

I have worked in pediatrics for the last 19 years. I have a strong intensive care background and a large amount of experience as a member of a Pediatric Retrieval (Transport) Team, an in-house rapid response team, a Clinical Lead/Charge Nurse and a pediatric CVVH practitioner. I value mentoring and preceptorship and am active in this area. I can offer the viewpoint of a nurse who has travelled internationally with my career. I am currently a clinical manager for a pediatric CVICU and a cardiac intermediate care unit.

Organizations
Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Education/Credentials
MSN with Specific Focus on Systems Leadership (Grand Canyon University), BSc Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing (London South Bank University), Dip HE Paediatric Nursing (London South Bank University), ENB 415 - Paediatric Critical Care, Renal Replacement Therapy Course (London South Bank), Paediatric Emergency Transport (London South Bank). Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) - American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - American Heart Association CCRN (Pediatric) Certification - American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Awards and Honors
Sigma Theta Tau

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