May 2012 Graduate Looking for Job Abroad - ANYWHERE!

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    Hey All,

    I'm an American nursing student graduating in May 2012 with my BSN and I want SO BADLY to start my nursing career abroad. I would love to go somewhere in Europe, ideally, but would be willing to go almost anywhere to get a job as a nurse. Does anyone have anywhere for me to start? Which are the best agencies to go through? Also, I should add that I don't speak any other languages other than English! So basically, I'm looking for somewhere that I could get a job at an English-speaking institution (whether that be a hospital, private practice, etc...) I would love some insight!

    Thanks!

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    Each country will have their own requirements and most if English is not the spoken language will expect you to be fluent in their language. EU may be hard to get into as most will give preference to someone from within the EU and even they are expected to be able to speak said country's language

    You really need to decide where you want to go and then research what is required
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    Most places (if not all) will not accept you as a new grad. It costs a lot of $$ to train a new grad and nursing as a shortage isn't so much in the world right now--it's even really difficult for experienced nurses to get jobs abroad if they are able to.

    You should get your year of experience and then check in again to see how the world economy is working out. I should mention that getting a specialty will probably increase your chances, like ICU, OR, NICU, etc etc
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    Hey! Dont give up hope! I just graduated in May and I`m looking for a new grad job abroad too! Although learning the country's native language will be a must, especially for nursing notes and report, there are sooo many International Hospitals and Clinica around the world where they only speak English, or it's the main language! Dont give up! You won't begin with an American fancy smancy nursing experience but you can always come back to the US later once you have experience. I'm from Boston adn nursing jobs are slim there and I didn't even wanted to begin nursing in Boston to begin with. The point of nursing isn't to see who can get the better med surg backround or the best hospital, but to HELP OTHERS... NO MATTER WHERE IN THE WORLD. Believe me...many have crushed my dreams saying it isn't pratical...of course it is..it'll just be different than others!
    It may be in a different language, may have differente duties, and will definitely pay less...but it all depends what you want out of this first year and the years to come...so think about it!
    I know that England, Ireland, and Canada have similar documentation in hospitals as us. Also, search for British and American hospitals in the world..they'd love to have an American-educated nurse! In Buenos Aires and Ecuador there are International Hospitals.
    Just keep googling and networking and you'll find what you're looking for...even if everyone else says and I quote Start with Med-Surg, 1 year background bla bla bla...yea do that in another country while you're still young!
    Hope this helps and write me back if you have any questions. Good look with your last months and be so proud! You worked your butt off!
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    [QUOTE=caav11;5710359]Hey! Dont give up hope! I just graduated in May and I`m looking for a new grad job abroad too! Although learning the country's native language will be a must, especially for nursing notes and report, there are sooo many International Hospitals and Clinica around the world where they only speak English, or it's the main language! Dont give up! You won't begin with an American fancy smancy nursing experience but you can always come back to the US later once you have experience. I'm from Boston adn nursing jobs are slim there and I didn't even wanted to begin nursing in Boston to begin with. The point of nursing isn't to see who can get the better med surg backround or the best hospital, but to HELP OTHERS... NO MATTER WHERE IN THE WORLD. Believe me...many have crushed my dreams saying it isn't pratical...of course it is..it'll just be different than others!
    It may be in a different language, may have differente duties, and will definitely pay less...but it all depends what you want out of this first year and the years to come...so think about it! P
    I know that England, Ireland, and Canada have similar documentation in hospitals as us. Also, search for British and American hospitals in the world..they'd love to have an American-educated nurse! In Buenos Aires and Ecuador there are International Hospitals.
    Just keep googling and networking and you'll find what you're looking for...even if everyone else says and I quote Start with Med-Surg, 1 year background bla bla bla...yea do that in another country while you're still young!
    Hope this helps and write me back if you have any questions. Good look with your last months and be so proud! You worked yourbutt off![/QUOT

    ........and you have a job and work rights.....where...with a ADN internationally, May is a while back now. Did I miss that?
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    I would caution about working in China. One of my friends from school moved there after school and then came back and worked for a hospital. The hospital and his later graduate school would not count for any experience as a nurse and he was considered a new grad...
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    Thank you so so much for your encouragement. I will definitely take this into account and keep on looking! Have you picked up an international job yet?
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    Just to few things for you to think about:
    - In Europe in order to get a licence you have to speak the local language, wether you work in English or not.
    - United Kingdom and Ireland are not hireing new nurses, since the economics sucks.
    - Living and working in new enviroment may not be easy. I'd recomend you to learn the job before learning it in foreign language, in foreign culture and a way that can be very different that teached in American nursing institute.

    I don't say, that it isn't realistic, but, I say that nursing is a difficult profesion and it'll be even more difficult when you don't have support net around you to listen about the bad days when you feel that you don't know thing, that you can't do a thing and when you feel that the biggest mistake you've ever done was taking up nursing (and believe me, those days will come).
    Last edit by Savonian on Jan 8, '12 : Reason: typos


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