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Nursing Jobs Abroad - An Overview

Last Updated: 22-10-2013

Your job as a nurse can take you overseas, so if you’ve always yearned for travel and excitement, why not consider working abroad? You could work your way around the world, nursing in countries that appeal to you. Nurses are in high demand all over the world.

From the Middle East to the United Kingdom, you can use your nursing qualifications to fund your trip overseas. And when you get time off, you can explore and experience the exciting sights and culture of your new country.

There are jobs available for Australian nurses in the Middle East, New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For example, if you obtain a nursing position in Dubai, as well as your normal salary, you could also receive an accommodation allowance, furniture allowance, return economy flight to Australia and 30 days paid holiday per year. It’s

also important to note that you won’t pay tax in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). If this kind of job appeals to you, the good news is that Australian nurses always seem to be working in the UAE, so all you have to do is find a job that you appeals to you and apply for it!

One of the best ways to find overseas nursing jobs is to sign up with a reputable nursing agency that has listings for overseas nursing jobs. They will know if you need a working visa (depending on the country you wish to work in), if you need to be licensed as a nurse for that particular country and what you need to do in order to be licensed in that country. For instance, you may need to sit a nursing exam before you can practise in another country.

A reputable nursing agency that is experienced in dealing with overseas employment can help you get organised, and will also help you if any professional or cultural problems arise with your new employer. When you start work in a new country, it’s important to observe the cultural practices of your host country. For instance, the UAE is an Islamic country so you would need to observe the cultural traditions of this country.

If a job in the UK appeals, to you, then you will need to apply for registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council before you can start work. Many Australian nurses enjoy working in the UK as the culture is similar and there is no language barrier. There are also wonderful stately homes and lush countryside to explore, and since the UK is a small country compared to Australia, distances between cities and towns are quite short.

There are many jobs available to nurses all over the world, so if working abroad appeals to you, then either sign up with a reputable nursing agency, or browse the overseas job listings for nurses on job websites such as www.ncah.com.au to find a job that you’d like to apply for. Just make sure that you do your homework and have all the paperwork you will need to work in your new country. You don’t want to be stranded without work a long way from home!

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