Wanting to work in Caribbean as a Registered Nurse

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    I'm a 3rd year nursing student who will be graduating this fall. I am extremely interested in travelling abroad (mostly islands) to go and work. For the past few days i've been trying to find more information about this but i can't anywhere! is anyone interested in the same thing and have found information? or has anyone done this before? I've heard of many people travelling to the cayman islands, barbados, etc to work and it is a great experience. help please!
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    I currently work in the Caribbean, in the Netherlands Antilles to be specific, and different islands have different regulations as far as the practice of nursing is concerned. Each island or territory usually adapt the system or recognizes the nursing license of nurses registered in their mother country or former occupying country.

    For example, if you are licensed in the UK, you can freely practice nursing in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Barbados, Grenada and British Virgin Islands. If not, they do, for example in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, recognise a passer of CGFNS or better yet NCLEX-RN for an RN to be registered in the roll of RNs there.

    Identically, RNs registered in the Netherlands can openly practice in St. Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Saba. RN's registered in France are eligible to work in St. Martin, Martinique, Guadeloupe etc.

    The catch, however is, these islands have a common regulation as far as granting of working permits are concerned. Before a foreigner is hired by a hospital or healthcare institution, they have to prove first that no local resident is available or applying for that same position as the foreigner, otherwise they will hire the locals first.

    The edge of foreign nurses in this case will be the length of work experience and the area of specialization. On several cases referrals from relatives/former colleagues already based there are very effective too.
    Last edit by zero. on Mar 22, '13
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    In which Island are you currently working. Im interested in Bonaire. But my license is in the US (RN). Any advice?
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    Hi rachel. I'm based in Sint Maarten.

    If you're interested in Bonaire I suggest you start taking Dutch language lessons. Of the Dutch Caribbean islands it's only in Sint Maarten that English is widely used.
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    Bronze,
    I'm a 6 year RN specializing in CHF, PHTN, and telemetry. I am trying to get together the best information on how to move to Curacao as an RN. I would like to know if you have advice on how to get licensed in Curacao/ Netherlands. With the understanding that nothing will be easy I would hope to have all the necessary items as well as an open position waiting for me by next year. I know people in Curacao that could assist with finding an open position and would like to have my end taken care of beforehand. Any assistance would be most helpful
    Thank you
    Marinda
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    Hello Zero, I am an RN working in the US, I am an NCLEX RN. I am moving to Sint Maarten, next month, do you have any ideas on the working climate for nurses there?
    Thank you
    Lynne
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    zero. is accurate as far as far as recognition of foreign licensing is concerned; depending on where you're from, this could make things easy or really difficult. E.g. it is a lot easier for Brits to work in Barbados than it is for Americans, Canadians, etc. I looked into Barbados in particular quite a bit, and it seems that nurses there are not nearly as well-paid as their Canadian counterparts (I am Canadian), nor do they have a scope of practice that is as wide as that of nurses in many other countries. Having also spent a bit of time in different clinics in Barbados as well as in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (the largest on the island), I never encountered any foreign nurses. Not to say it isn't possible! Just that you may have to look harder.


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