From time to time we go back and check out past questions asked by our forum members. In April Starrie asked if anyone had feedback from working overseas. She wanted to work overseas but wasn’t set on any particular destination.
“Hi–I want to work overseas and was wondering if anyone had any feedback about their own travels? At this stage I’m not sold on any one destination, although not sure if I’m keen to work in the UAE. Any tips, recommended agencies, do, don’ts MUCH appreciated! Thanks.”
A few of you put your two cents worth in.
Some of the best advice was:
– To register with overseas nursing agencies to make the job-hunt process simpler.
– To contacting nursing agencies overseas and start the paperwork before you even leave home, so when your turn up the process is a lot easier.
– To ask agencies for advice of visa requirements.
Nursing abroad.net says working overseas can be a very rewarding and valuable experience, offering challenges and a new outlook on health care. Many nurses find that the experience enhances their development and increases their confidence both in a personal and a professional capacity.
Opportunities for nurses to work overseas are varied, ranging from working with development organisations in remote, rural conditions, to working in developed countries in highly technical environments.
There will be many positive reasons for wanting to nurse overseas, including the challenges of working and living in another country with a different culture.
Nurses from the UK who are looking to work in other developed countries may be attracted by higher salaries and a better standard of living or a warmer climate.
It is important to understand how the health sector in a country is organised. There may be very different working practices for nurses, even in developed countries. Learning the language of the country will be important as it will be difficult to practice safely and completely without a good command of the host language. It will also make the work more interesting and enjoyable.
What other advice do you have on working overseas? What countries have you worked in? Can you share some of your experiences?
Maybe even write us a guest blog about your experiences nursing in foreign lands. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your stories!
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