RN looking to relocate to STX
My wife is a RN with 23 yrs. experience and specialty in oncology and infusion. We are looking to relocate to STX in mid 2014 but she needs to secure employment before we move from Pennsylvania. After she secures a RN job and finds a place to rent, I will be joining her after taking care of house and job issues in PA. We are planning a per visit in Feb. 2014 to do as much research as possible to solidify our decision. Does anyone have any good advice on RN employment opportunities?
Some specific questions:
1. Does my wife need a VI RN license before any of the hospitals or cancer centers will hire her? If so, how does she go about getting it?
2. Will hospitals even consider her for employment if we are not yet living on the island?
3. Any ideas on a salary or hourly rate she might expect?
4. Any recommendations on sources to look for RN jobs on STX?
5. Any recommendations on places to stay on our per visit to get the best feel of island.
Thank you. All information is greatly appreciated.
February is the height is our high/winter season so accommodations will likely be more expensive during this period.
Off season - end of April - October will have better rates for hotels, vacation rentals, etc.
I believe you do need a VI license. Contact Dept. of Licencing and Consumer Affairs.
This process can take awhile so be aware of the delays in obtaining such.
Probably best to call them for inquires.
Just a thought but has your wife considered doing a 3-6 month stint as a traveling nurse before making a big commitment to actually move to the islands? Travelers command very good salaries and usually housing allowances and, if you've not spent any time here, it's an excellent way to get a good feel for island living and the hospital conditions here before taking a giant leap. As you've probably gathered from reading all the material here, the attrition rate of newcomers is very high as island living just isn't for everyone!
Yes, your wife will need a license to work in the VI, and yes they absolutely will consider her for employment without being on the island.
Contact the USVI Board of Nurse Licensure for more information regarding licensure: https://www.ncsbn.org/Virgin%20Islands.htm
Not sure about salaries, but I would contact the local hospital (Juan Luis) directly or any private practices for any openings and salary information:
Melonie Montoute, Nurse Recruiter (Juan Luis Hospital)
Tel: (340) 778-6311 ext: 2798
Check VI Equicare for a listing of Heme/Onc providers on St. Croix for any RN openings in private practices: http://www.viequicare.com
You can search by discipline (ie Hematology/Oncology and by island to get a listing of providers to contact directly): http://www.viequicare.com/find-healthcare-provider/?wpv_view_count=1&i=St.+Croix&sp=Oncology&wpv_filter_submit=Search
She might also want to consider a shorter term contract as a locum tenens, and if she likes it, she can always sign on as a full time employee later. Just a thought.
Good luck with your search.
The Charlotte Kimmelman Cancer Institute is on St Thomas and is part of the Schneider Regional group..There are a couple of oncology practices and I believe they have offices on both St Thomas and St Croix.