cruise ship nursing

  1. hi nurses!!!!!!!
    is there anybody who knows anything about cruise ship nursing? i would love to hear from you! thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Went on a cruise last March - elderly lady coded at the beach and died!!! My hubby isn't a medical person and was totally grossed out. Later, I talked to the nurse on board - they usually want an ER/ICU background and some experience, because basically you handle everything with you and a doc. I'm an ER nurse and plan to seek this out next year when my youngest is 18. I think it would be a lot of fun for a while.
  4. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    I have a very good friend of mine that works for a cruise ship as a nuses , she loves it and is happy happy with her decision to do so.. she had a background in trauma and ER and also flight and she happened to be on a cruise and a passenger had an MI and she was at the pool near the man when it occured she was so quick in responding and turned over all info that she had and assisted the Dr onboard she was offered a job at the time... she didnt of course but when she returned to the ER and ran into one of those days from Haties she turned in her notice and called the Cruise company and she took the job.... She has been cruising since and has seen the world..
    zoe
  5. by   Mkue
    OMG that sounds like so much fun !!
  6. by   kittyw
    that sounds like sooo much fun!!
  7. by   -jt
    I just this month read an article about cruise ship nursing - check either AdvanceforNurses.com or NursingSpectrum.com

    It said the RN must have ER/ICU experience but they have long hours on call & the pay is dismal. It was either $100/wk or $100/month. Cant remember which rate the article quoted. The trade off is they have no bills as they live on the ship, all their expenses are taken care of, & they get to see the world. Contracts ran about 7 months. Sounds ideal for someone without a mortgage or kids.

    I just got back from a cruise to Mexico - saw the RN only once - during the safety drill before we set sail. After reading the article before the cruise, I was expecting the RN to be very young since thats probably who would have no other responsibilities yet & could get by with almost no salary for 7 months. But she was in her late 50's! Wearing her white dress, white stockings, life preserver...... & nurses cap.

    Later at the Captains cocktail party, all the officers were introduced on the stage - including the pursers, chefs, maitre'd & ships physician. Nobody ever even mentioned that they had an RN working onboard, much less brought her out on stage to be introduced. And when the nurses in the group starting calling out "wheres the NURSE?", neither the Captain nor the physician bothered to answer.
    Last edit by -jt on Aug 24, '02
  8. by   Q.
    Originally posted by -jt

    Later at the Captains cocktail party, all the officers were introduced on the stage - including the pursers, chefs, maitre'd & ships physician. Nobody ever even mentioned that they had an RN working onboard, much less brought her out on stage to be introduced. And when the nurses in the group starting calling out "wheres the NURSE?", neither the Captain nor the physician bothered to answer.
    Ok, now WHY?? WHY is that? Why do people not respect us?
    WHY????

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