Male nurses in Israel?

  1. Hi,

    If there are any Israeli nurses out there, I could use some advice.


    I'm a 24 year old male nursing student thinking about moving to Israel. How are male nurses regarded there? Most Israelis I've talked to regard nursing as an exclusively female profession. Also, does the IDF take nurses trained outside Israel?
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  3. by   wmarat
    Quote from Jimwelt
    Hi,

    If there are any Israeli nurses out there, I could use some advice.


    I'm a 24 year old male nursing student thinking about moving to Israel. How are male nurses regarded there? Most Israelis I've talked to regard nursing as an exclusively female profession. Also, does the IDF take nurses trained outside Israel?
    Shalom!
    I am an Israeli male nurse.
    Today nursing is not exclusively female profession.
    When you come here you should gain a local lisence and once you have the lisence you can work in healthcare sistem including IDF.
    Take into consideration that there are no jobs for nurses in Israel today.
    Good luck and shalom
    Feel free to pm or e-mail me.
    Last edit by wmarat on Mar 4, '05
  4. by   zohar_i
    Hi.
    I am a nurse in Israel (feamle). There is quite a lot of male nurses at my ward - Heart Surgeries. I think at least one third are males, actually.
    You'll cartainly have to pass the national nursing exam before you can get your license and I know that you can take it in Hebrew only.
  5. by   achot chavi
    Just joined and I know its been half a year since your posting but your getting bad information. I am an RN, BSN from New York currently ADON of a 170 bed SNF in Jerusalem and I can only encourage you in the sr=trongest sense. Yes you can take an English version of the licencing exams in nursing in Israel. Yes we have many successful male nurses here and we love them. I personally am friends with many male nurses who run the spectrum from religious arabic to religious jews and many non religious ones as well. The only problem here is the salary which is not as high as that of the states. We had an overabundance of nurses a year ago and that lowered salaries. The many financial cuts in health care have taken its toll as well. Bring your degree and certifications and you will be compensated with a higher salary but don't expect to get rich on a nurses salary. OTOH doctors dont make that much more so we are in 'good' company. You will also learn that the nursing care here is less paper-work (which is good) but that is changing. Lots of luck whatever you do
  6. by   wmarat
    Hello!
    Overabundance????????????????????????????
    I've been working as an RN in Israel since 1994 and as a nurse since 1992 and havnot bumped into a ward which has sufficient number of nurses not to speak about overabundance.
    I would not like to argue, but I've never heard about taking national exam in the other language than Hebrew, yet may be I am wrong.
  7. by   Suzy13
    Quote from Jimwelt
    Hi,

    If there are any Israeli nurses out there, I could use some advice.


    I'm a 24 year old male nursing student thinking about moving to Israel. How are male nurses regarded there? Most Israelis I've talked to regard nursing as an exclusively female profession. Also, does the IDF take nurses trained outside Israel?
    Hi,everybody!
    I'm a female nurse from Israel(about 3 years here in US). Israel likes male nurses:chuckle This is for sure. Even if it's no positions in the hospital,they will take you,believe me,especially if you moving from USA.
  8. by   achot chavi
    Quote from wmarat
    Hello!
    Overabundance????????????????????????????
    I've been working as an RN in Israel since 1994 and as a nurse since 1992 and havnot bumped into a ward which has sufficient number of nurses not to speak about overabundance.
    I would not like to argue, but I've never heard about taking national exam in the other language than Hebrew, yet may be I am wrong.
    Do not confuse a ward with sufficient number of nurses ( which is dictated by Hospital Administration ) with total number of nurses in the general population! During your years at I-dont-know-which facility as an Ach Musmach (R.N.) were there periods of time when your facility put a freeze on hiring? I'll bet you don't even know.
    Also I am referring in the general not in one specific place. For example to save money our Administrator combined 3 units and put one nurse responsible for 90 (ninety) patients. We were reunning around like chickens without heads. If one nurse was on vacation woe to us if another got sick....we were putting in 6-8 shifts a week. At the same time there were budget cuts of 5-15% to the nursing staff that we were forced to sign agreement to. With the threat over our heads that if we didnt like it we could quit (and lose our pensions and other benefits).

    Also... The gov't cut subsidies to Nursing Schools in Israel claiming there was no longer a need to support them since there was an overabundace of nurses in the country (per capita ) thus forcing Nursing Schools to close their doors including Shaarei Tzedek of Jerusalem.

    I don't claim to have the monopoly on information and I could be wrong so please disprove me.

    Until then, Lots of Luck!! I am out there working shoulder to shoulder with you!!!
  9. by   wmarat
    Quote from achot chavi
    do not confuse a ward with sufficient number of nurses ( which is dictated by hospital administration ) with total number of nurses in the general population! during your years at i-dont-know-which facility as an ach musmach (r.n.) were there periods of time when your facility put a freeze on hiring? i'll bet you don't even know. you bet wrongly, i do know.
    also i am referring in the general not in one specific place. for example to save money our administrator combined 3 units and put one nurse responsible for 90 (ninety) patients. we were reunning around like chickens without heads. if one nurse was on vacation woe to us if another got sick....we were putting in 6-8 shifts a week. at the same time there were budget cuts of 5-15% to the nursing staff that we were forced to sign agreement to. with the threat over our heads that if we didnt like it we could quit (and lose our pensions and other benefits). so, do you still call it overabudance?

    also... the gov't cut subsidies to nursing schools in israel claiming there was no longer a need to support them since there was an overabundace of nurses in the country (per capita ) thus forcing nursing schools to close their doors including shaarei tzedek of jerusalem.
    perhaps, gov't is right?
    i don't claim to have the monopoly on information and i could be wrong so please disprove me.

    until then, lots of luck!! i am out there working shoulder to shoulder with you!!!
    hi!
    muadim le simha

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