Nursing jobs are some of the most demanding jobs in the world, both in terms of education and responsibility. The demand for good nurses around the world is high, and it’s a dream of every nurse to work in a country where the profession is not only highly respected but is highly paid too, especially if they initially come from a country with a struggling economy.
If you’re looking for nursing jobs abroad, you should know that working as a nurse abroad isn’t so straightforward. Each country has its own requirements that you’ve got to fulfill. Some countries may require you to pass an exam, while others may demand certain certifications or a particular number of years of experience working as a registered nurse.
The prerequisites that you’re required to meet depend on the country you’re planning to apply as a nurse in. Finding a nursing job abroad is a challenge, but once you’re successful, it’ll all be worth it.
If you’re a nursing graduate in Africa who aspires to offer your nursing services abroad, this article is just for you.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WORK AS A NURSE ABROAD?
Finding a nursing job abroad isn’t as simple as applying for a job and moving to the country after you qualify. It takes a lot more than that. It depends on your language, educational qualification, experience, and whether or not you’ve passed the licensing exam for that particular country.
If you’re planning to work as a nurse in any Western country, you’re required to have at least a bachelor’s degree. However, if you’re planning on finding a nursing job in the Gulf region, all you need is a GNM (General Nursing Midwifery) or ANM (Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery) qualification with some years of experience.
You should be fluent in the native language of the country you’re planning to work as a nurse in. Most Western countries use English as their native language, so if you have a good level of English fluency, you’re good to go. You’ll have to pass English tests like IELTS and TOEFL with good scores to prove your fluency.
The nursing licensing exams are different for each country. It’ll depend on which country you’re planning to apply for a job in.
MOVING ABROAD AS A NURSE
If you wish to move abroad as a nurse, you’ve got two options. Either you specialize in nursing in a specific department and gather years of experience or enroll yourself in any nursing institute in any country and then apply for a job there. The first option demands adequate experience while the latter demands money.
GETTING A NURSING JOB IN THE UK
To work as a nurse in UK, a license from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and a score of 7.0 on the IELTS exam is required. You must also pass the OSCE and CBT tests, or you could choose to opt for higher nursing education in the United Kingdom. You could either get enrolled in Master of Nursing, which is 118-months long and costs around 12,000 pounds. Once you pass the M.Sc exams, you’ll be qualified to be registered with the NMC and work as a nurse in any hospital in the UK.
The salary for an NHS-qualified nurse on Band 5 starts at £24,214 and can rise to as much as £30,112. On Band 6, the salaries range from £30,401 up to £37,267. If you’re on any Band from 7 to 8a, you can make anywhere from £37,570 up to £72,597.
GETTING A NURSING JOB IN THE US
To be able to work as a nurse in the USA, you should have graduated from a program that’s accredited with Registered Nursing. You should hold a valid RN license and have practiced as a Registered Nurse for at least 2 years. Some states may also require you to complete a FEN course (Foreign Educated Nurses) which is a 240-hour long refresher course. You’ll also need to pass an English proficiency test which could be IELTS, TOEFL, or TOEIC.
You’ll also have to pass the National Council Licensing Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN), then find an employer who’ll get you your RN immigrant visa and get certified for a Resuscitation course, depending on the area that you’ll be working in. it could be either ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support).
The average salary of a registered nurse in the US is $60,616 per year.
GETTING A NURSING JOB IN CANADA
You could either get enrolled for further studies in Canada to be eligible to work as a nurse in Canada, or you could work on getting a permanent immigration visa, for which you’ll have to pass a licensing exam and IELTS with a score of 7 in speaking and 6.5 overall.
The average salary of a Registered Nurse in Canada is CA$28 to CA$45 per hour.
GETTING A NURSING JOB IN AUSTRALIA
If you wish to work as a nurse in Australia, you’re required to fulfill the registration requirements of the AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Agency) and NMBA (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia). You should have cleared OET with a core B in reading, writing, speaking and listening or a score of 7 in IELTS or a score of 94 in TOEFL iBT. You must have experience of at least 5 years working as a nurse in your country as well.
The average hourly pay of a registered nurse in Australia is AU$27 to AU$43.
GETTING A NURSING JOB IN NEW ZEALAND
To get a nursing job in New Zealand, you need to get registered with the NCNZ and should have an IELTS score of 6.5. You could also opt to enroll in the 2-year long Pre-Registration Nursing course that’ll help you get a Registered Nurse license in New Zealand and a work permit for a year that can be extended further.
The average salary of a registered nurse in New Zealand is NZ$25 to NZ$35.
A nursing graduate in Africa who wishes to get a nursing job abroad needs to fulfill the requirements of the particular country they wish to move to. The requirements are different for each country, some being less difficult than the others. It’s essential that you do proper research before applying for international nursing jobs aimlessly because, without proper homework, you just can’t get a nursing job abroad.
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