Continental Travel Nurse, NICURegister Today!
- by granadina Mar 5, '12Hello,
I am a US nurse wishing to move to the UK. I specialize in NICU. When speaking with continental travel nurse, they state this specialty will make it easy for me to be granted a visa and find a job. Does anyone know if NICU nurses can find jobs at this time in the UK? I read posts, that are some months old, saying that many nurses are being layed off. It has me worried.
Second, does anyone have an opinion on continental travel nurse? They seem very nice, but I want to know I will be able to get a job if I spend the time and money to move to the UK.
I would prefer Northern Ireland, but would be willing to work anywhere.
- Apr 15, '12 by iloveleeksHi,
I am also a NICU nurse. I am currently in Alaska, but I have worked on and off in the UK and about 15 other countries around the world...all NICU.
I do know Continental Travel Nurse. I contemplated changing over to them while I was working in the Channel Islands (English speaking islands just off the west coast of France). When I left the job in the islands, I went over to London and found a ton of work in NICU. I mean...I could have worked every day with an agency if I wanted to. NICU nurses are in short supply. As a matter of fact, I just ended up working at one hospital because there was such a need. The hospital was just off the major London shopping streets. Anyway...living in London was expensive and I was going with Continental just to be somewhere out of London for a few months at at time. I spoke to them a fair amount on the phone and they were knowledgable in what they are doing. I ended up leaving the UK to go work a bit in West Africa and then Micronesia and Australia for a bit.
There always seems to be NICU jobs advertised around the UK. It is a specialty area that is hard to fill. The jobs may not always be listed as NICU though. SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) is the other term.
To get an idea of current demand, look at these two websites: pulsejobs.com and frontlinestaffing.co.uk (their sister company). You can also look at jobs on line in their major nursing journal nursingtimesjobs.com