How To Find Work Abroad As A Nurse

10 January 2009 » In Job Hunting Tips »

Do you want to know how to find work abroad as a nurse? Accepting a nursing job abroad is a challenging experience but it is also rewarding financially and emotionally. But before you decide that you want to work abroad as a nurse, you need to review the reasons why you want to go to another country and have a career as a nurse there.

Once you decided that you really want to get employment as a nurse abroad, then here are four considerations that you need to think about:

Your experience as a nurse.
Your chances of getting a job opportunity abroad is high if you have a good nursing experience in your country. Spend some time first to practice what you learned about nursing in local hospitals and clinics. This is also give you the chance to learn skills that are not taught in nursing schools.

Your proficiency of the language.
Good communication skills is required for nurses. If you plan to work abroad as a nurse, then you need to know how to speak the language of the country where you will work. Fortunately, most nursing jobs abroad only require proficiency in English. So better start practicing your English so you can pass the TOEFL or your Test of English as a Foreign Language and IELTS or International English Language Testing System.

Your knowledge of the culture.
If you want to work abroad as a nurse, then you have to be aware of the culture of the country where you are going to. This will help you prepare and also, prevent you from experiencing culture shock. For example, if you want to work as a nurse in the UK, then you should know that head nurses there are referred to as “sisters”, the operating room is called “the theater” and when they say “the accident and casualty department”, then they are referring to the emergency room.

Your financial status.
Working abroad as a nurse will require some financial investment. This is also one reason why you should consider working first in your country. So you can save up for the expenses when applying work abroad. You will need to pay placement and recruitment agencies, pay employment requirements such as medical exam certificates, visa and passport processing and others. And of course, you will need to have pocket money.

Once you have thought about these four considerations, then it’s time for you to look for job listings and opportunities for you to work as a nurse abroad. Congratulations and good luck.

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One Comment on "How To Find Work Abroad As A Nurse"

  1. Filipino Nurse
    anita vijay kamble
    16/06/2009 at 6:14 pm Permalink

    hello i’ve completed my PB BSC nursing, and have a experience of 10.8 years in a reputed hospital i’e WANLESS HOSPITAL MIRAJ as a icu incharge . i want to know the vacancy in gulf countries or UK. PLZ guide me

    thanking you

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