Nursing in Afghanistan, Iraq etc - page 2
by deannicholas 60,842 Views | 42 Comments
A P.A. friend of mine was talking to a nurse that he works with at the E.D. that said he took a 9 month nursing contract in Afghanistan that paid 180k tax free. Anyone know where these jobs can be found online? Is this working... Read More
- 1May 31, '08 by NursShar1try kbrjobs.com. They pay $110K/year. The first 85K is tax free. You must be out of the U.S. for a year for it to be tax free. They are a bit hard to get. You have to be referred by a kbr employee to have an easier time getting in. This came from the horses mouth while I was deployed as active duty to Iraq. I spoke to one of the KBR guys that does hiring and this is what I was told.
- 1Nov 14, '09 by mmm333Right after 2001 perhaps, but supply of labor rising to meet that demand (and the corresponding high pay) inevitably drives down prices/wages. I hear the sound of old myths and wishful thinking swirling in the wind. In the Navy they call it "lore" or "sea stories".
On these types of vacations people are worked nonstop in shift work, basically with time off to sleep and eat only.
Your "down" time might be sitting at a desk ordering supplies or reviewing paperwork, not lounging by the pool. Especially if the pay is higher.
It seems to me that working lots of overtime in a large population center like San Francisco or New York while keeping costs minimal is the way to make the most money. For those who don't actually seek the thrill of possibly getting shot at, mortared, or driving over an IED or tank mine in transit, it seems like a fanciful dream.
- 2Dec 15, '09 by whaterver1234Let me clear up quite a few things here for you.
I have been on 5 deployments as a Federal employee so I have a pretty good insight as to what is and in NOT true here.
1. The federal government (MILITARY) runs all of the clinics and hospitals in both theaters of operations.
2. They ONLY use military personnel for ALL of their positions. They do NOT use ANY contract physicians or Nurses. READ THAT AS ZERO... NONE.. ZIP.. NADA. The Air Force took over hospital operations in both Balad, Iraq and Bagram Afghanistan some time ago.
3. While there are certainly civilian contractors working in numerous positions within these hospitals doing things such as equipment repair, training etc., the do NOT hire Nurses or Physicians to work 9 month or 1 year assignments.
4. The only way that I know of that is remotely possible to obtain such a position would be through www.cpol.army.mil which is the official site for federal employment. You MAY be able to land a federal position through that site.
5. On the contractor note (such as KBR)...(they do run very small triage contractor clinics for colds and such). I would STRONGLY advise you to do a LOT of research before signing a contract with any of these companies that are doing business with the federal government in these locations.
Make SURE you go in with your eyes open. You most likely will NOT be working under the conditions you would want nor have the standard of living you would like. There are many many horror stories online of people who had problems with many contractor firms working down range. (down range means... deployed)
I am not singling out any one contractor, I am saying this for ANY company that you may choose to make a contract with.
Remember this, once they have you there, you live, work and breath thier rules and THEN the Army, Air Force rules on top of the contractors rules.
You may, and probably will, find this environment one that you will "live through" and not much else. You will work long hours in poor conditions surrounded by people that you would otherwise never want to asscociate with. Your clients will most likely be almost entirely contractor personnel.
Your priveledges as a contractor while deployed are limited. You will NOT have the rights to medical treatment at any of the clinics or hospitals on post UNLESS it is an immediately life threatening matter. Otherwise you will have to leave the theater of operations and fly to Kuwait and obtain treatment on your own dime and most likely persue payment from your contract company after the fact.
The news gets even better. .... If, after you recieve treatment, you are unable to return to duty, your contract will most likely be terminated.
I apologize if I didn't paint a rosey "myth filled" picture but these are the facts from one who has been there five times and has a hands on knowledge of the facts.
In other words folks... .... GOOD LUCK.. YOU WILL NEED IT.