If you are a registered nurse and want to work abroad, there are some important things you need to know in order to be successful. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
1. Do your homework and decide on a destination country that fits your personal and professional goals.
As a registered nurse, you probably already know that your profession is in global demand and that there are several destination countries that you can choose from to work and live. Take the time to know what your personal and professional goals are before choosing a destination country. This is crucial in shaping your determination and commitment to work abroad, and whether you will be happy once you move there. Then, take the time to research the destination country you are considering. Learn about the country’s healthcare system, its nursing profession, the culture and way of life, and the network of other professionals like yourself who have decided to work abroad. Moving to another country is not a quick and trivial matter. It entails a firm commitment and the better prepared you are, the easier the process of moving and integrating into your new country and workplace.
2. Determine if you need your qualifications recognized before working abroad.
Undertaking a job abroad often entails meeting certain professional qualifications and thresholds. Most important of these are language requirements, education and training, and work experience prerequisites. For example, in the United Kingdom (UK), if you are a foreign educated nurse who obtained your training outside of Europe, in order to practice as a nurse, you must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which requires at least a score of 7.0 in the International English language test (IELTS), and passing both a computer based test of theoretical practice-based knowledge and an Objective-structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
3. Find an experienced nursing recruitment agency that you can trust.
Securing a nursing job abroad and then undertaking the move to a foreign country is a complicated and sometimes lengthy process. A licensed nursing recruitment agency that has successfully placed nurses in your destination country can help with guiding you through the process of connecting you with employers, deployment and integration. Choose a nursing agency that is transparent with the process and the costs entailed. Know that in some countries, recruitment agencies are not allowed to charge placement fees from candidates, however, there will be some administrative costs involved, on top of financing your language and professional requirements. The key here is choosing an international nursing recruitment agency that is transparent, professional and looks after your interest and welfare.
Laura Esnaola has been with Care With Care from the very beginning. The international programme for recruiting foreign care specialists offers employers in the healthcare sector global personnel solutions, while accommodating medical nursing staff from abroad who are looking to start a career in Europe. Through Care With Care, Laura Esnaola places nursing staff, primarily from the Philippines, while advising personnel decision-makers from clinics, senior care and rehabilitation facilities on the successful integration of employees in order to strengthen intercultural understanding and communication. This ensures that employees remain with the companies long-term. In addition to her activities as Managing Director of Care.com Europe GmbH and Head of Care With Care, Laura Esnaola is involved in charitable projects worldwide and makes the occasional appearance as a violinist.