Experiences in Ecuador - page 2
The first week was rough. My luggage did not arrive for 4 days, it was cold and wet, I was battling the high altitude at 10,000 feet, and to make matters even worse, I had a gnawing, stabbing pain in... Read More
Mar 27, '11To work in Ecuador as a nurse...
1. All nurses, including foreigners wishing to work in Ecuador, must complete 1 year of rural service. The ministerio de Salud Publica will assign you to a public clinic or hospital. This could technically be located anywhere in the country.
2. Your U.S. License: You can keep it, you just have to meet the reqs to keep it. In most states it is a certain number of continue ed hours - this can be accomplished online. That is how I keep my credentials current.
3. No NP jobs here.
4. Visa: you must have a working visa to be able to get paid for your work in Ecuador. You can volunteer all you want on a tourist visa.
5. The highest quality hospital - which recently was JCAHO accredited - the only one in the country, is an option. The Director of Nursing there speaks English Fluently and she got her RN and MSN in the U.S. She is also the dean of the nursing school, Universidad de las Americas. The hospital name is Hospital Metropolitano and you can look that up on the web.
6. Another good point of Contact would be the nursing department at Universidad de Las Americas Quito, Ecuador - you can google that. The dean and assistant dean both are fluent in English and are helpful. This is the University that I taught at.
7. Papers: besides the visa, you will need to get your diploma's notarized, apostled (see the secretary of state webpage in your state for instructions on how to do that) and then when you get to ecuador you need to do it again with the ministerio de educacion. They also must be translated.
8. There are other options such as applying for a Fulbright that will allow you to complete a project in Ecuador that is fully funded by the fulbright offices. There is CFHI, www.cfhi.org, then there is missionary work with HCJB - they have several clinics and hospitals - this is an evangelical organization and your beliefs would have to be lined up with their's and you would have to raise your own funds to pay your salary, housing, etc.
Mar 27, '11jreevish: Sorry to have not seen this message sooner! I have a little baby and just don't really read all of my messages. See the response I put for tlc1015 for more information. What is the reason that you are moving to Quito?
May 10, '11QuitoGal,
Hello. I am also interested in relocating to Guayaquil to work as an RN there. When you say they do "maids work," what do you mean? What are typical nursing interventions on a med-surg floor?
Jul 29, '11Great article! I'm originally from Ecuador. I love my country but I know our public medical system needs lots of improvement. I just came back from visiting my family and I had first hand experience with a public hospital system since my grandmother was hospitalized for a couple of weeks. I didn't know who was a real nurse or someone that just received some training and was working as a nurse but have lots of experience. Since nurses are not well trained they don't feel motivated to work and I found myself looking for the nurses and begging them to give some care to my grandmother.
I'm starting nursing school this fall but I was really sorry I was not a nurse while my grandmother was in the hospital. I definetely would of helped her much more than the staff at the hospital.
I really don't know what kind of training people need to become a nurse in Ecuador. For what I read in your article there are Nursing Schools. Once I'm done with my studies I will look into doing some international studies in Ecuador and try to make a difference in my country.
Aug 16, '11Hi there, i know it has been months and really more than a year since i posted that last message. I actually moved to quito and have been working for a nurse at Hospital Metropolitano for almost a year now. They assisted me with all the "tramites" to get the work visa and have had a challenging but incredible experience so far. My contract is actually up in October and I am hoping to continue living/working here in ecuador but in a different nursing/medical environment. I would be grateful for any suggestions you might have Thanks!
Sep 25, '12Hello. I am currently a nursing student and we are doing a global health project. My group's country is ecuador and I cannot find the answers to my questions anywhere. Below are my questions, if you have any websites or insights on how I can find this information, I would really appreciate it.
1. What is the role of nursing in your country? What is the scope of practice for nursing? Do people generally seek nursing care or is traditional medicine more common?
1. What types of educational requirements are there for nurses to practice?
I found your information helpful about having to work in a rural area first, but need reputable sources for school. Please let me know when you get a chance, thanks in advance