Saudi Arabia???? Anybody know? - page 2

Anybody out there to help clarify some things about working in Saudi Arabia? I was talking with another nurse the other day and she had some experience working there, but supposedly came to the USA... Read More

  1. by   HisHands
    Saudi Arabia?! Are you kidding?!

    I had no idea that they even sent travel nurses over there. Isn't it scary? :imbar
    The assignments sound pretty long... I take it they aren't 13 weeks.

    I'm finding myself suddenly intrigued.

    ~Brightest Blessings~

    HisHands
  2. by   morgan30
    Hi, if anyone has any information I would appreciate some. A lot of the job descriptions want a couple of years experience. Will it be difficult to get a job right out of school?
  3. by   traumaRUs
    If all you want is money - you might try the interior of Alaska - no place to spend your money there either. Good luck and keep your heads down!
  4. by   weetziebat
    morgan, as far as i know (last time i was there was in 2002), the hospitals use western recruiters unless you are already there and get a job locally, and they insisted on at least 2 years recent experience in acute care, and at least 2 years experience in a specialty, if thats what you are looking for.

    from what i understand from people there now, the kingdom is suffering from a nursing shortage (of western nurses) because the situation there now is frightening many folks into going home. so there is a possibility that they may have loosened their restrictions on new graduates.also when i was there they were not hiring really young nurses. think they prefer not tempting their young men with western women. there was a british nurse there who was 25, but that was unusual - at that time anyway (1991-1998).
    you can find more information on working in saudi arabia at: www.sainternational.us or, one recruiter i know of is helen zeigler. believe she is in canada, but also recruits from the u.s.
    if there is any other info you'd like, i'll be glad to tell you what i can.:spin:
    Last edit by nightingale on Aug 19, '04
  5. by   tutulu
    THERE is not really much i can say. or that anybody can tell you. when coming to the u.s for example, what i was told and saw on T.V is far different from the reality. there are lots of examples. All i will say is that the middle east is different from the u>s and if you are ready to experience something different and also not have an ignorant mind. There's no place you'll not enjoy
    Last edit by nightingale on Aug 19, '04
  6. by   1701valerie
    can you give me an idea of salary in saudi? i am very interested in going over and giving it a try. i need the money to pay off my school loans and save some extra for obtaining my masters. where are the majority of other medical personnel from?





    Quote from weetziebat
    morgan, as far as i know (last time i was there was in 2002), the hospitals use western recruiters unless you are already there and get a job locally, and they insisted on at least 2 years recent experience in acute care, and at least 2 years experience in a specialty, if thats what you are looking for.

    from what i understand from people there now, the kingdom is suffering from a nursing shortage (of western nurses) because the situation there now is frightening many folks into going home. so there is a possibility that they may have loosened their restrictions on new graduates.also when i was there they were not hiring really young nurses. think they prefer not tempting their young men with western women. there was a british nurse there who was 25, but that was unusual - at that time anyway (1991-1998).
    you can find more information on working in saudi arabia at: www.sainternational.us or, one recruiter i know of is helen zeigler. believe she is in canada, but also recruits from the u.s.
    if there is any other info you'd like, i'll be glad to tell you what i can.:spin:
  7. by   sunnyjohn
    This sounds like a very interesting opportunity.
    Does anyone know how long the commitment is. 1 year? 6 months?
  8. by   Ashera
    I'm an experienced LVN - single, unencumbered that has thought a long time about overseas nursing - and at this time - the thought of the adventure, the money and being able to help in a really messed up world situation is very inviting. Before I start the process of finding out more - any advice or info or agencies any of ya'll know about and even IF they accept LVN's - would be appreciated!
  9. by   lalaxton
    The shortest commitment I have seen to go to Saudi is 1 year. Helen Ziegler still recruits for Saudi so look up her website. I work with a few docs who spent several years there. They loved it! (of course they are male and did not have to deal with covering up etc) but said some of the same positive things posted here such as making great friends, and life being pretty good inside the compound. However, they have all said they would not go over right now even though they are Canadian and not American given the situation.
  10. by   Mi_naire
    Hello, I was wondering if anybody has recently been to Saudi? How are the condition, did you feel safe? Thanks Minaire
  11. by   renerian
    I wonder whatever happened to Zoe? I know she traveled there before.

    renerian
  12. by   pearldora
    Quote from mjlrn97
    I could never live in a country that equates the capability of driving a car with having a penis.
    What do they do? Steer with those things???
  13. by   FroggysMom
    Quote from mjlrn97
    I could never live in a country that equates the capability of driving a car with having a penis.

    I LOVE this post!

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