Looking for Oil Rig Companies that Hire Nurses

  1. Dear Nurse Beth,

    Oil companies retain nurses on their off shore rigs, in the Gulf of Mexico for example. I'm trying to find the companies which hire such nurses and what the qualifications are. Can you provide some guidance?

    Thank you.

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your very unique question! Off shore oil rig nursing- now there's an adventure for you!

    You will need ED experience, and you must be able to work autonomously.
    Typically there is no doctor on an offshore rig, so you will be making medical decisions.

    An oil rig nurse will be on call at all times, even after your shift is over.

    I would talk with my nursing insurance company before accepting such a position, and make sure you have adequate insurance coverage.

    Best wishes, and be safe, friend! (I emailed you a couple of links with more specific hiring information) I don’t really know how many jobs exist.

    Nurse Beth

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  3. by   TheCommuter
    I do not think there are that many oil rig nursing jobs at the present time, especially in light of the steep downfall in oil prices and resultant mass layoffs of oil workers.
  4. by   wernicke
    I don't know too much about oil rig nursing I'm afraid, but I was able to find a few resources that may help. I know you may have already seen these, but posting just in case!

    This is in Canada, but it seems to have a good amount of general info: Platform Nurse/Medic - Oil and Gas Career Info

    This one is in the USA and may be more helpful: Offshore Oil Rig Nursing Careers | Chron.com
  5. by   ACNP-Ray
    Atlantic Offshore Medical Services They have a pretty good reputation

  6. by   klcrn1987
    Many oil rigs use Paramedics as their medical folks.... Paramedics can work on protocols using a land based MD as "command".... they also work "cheaper"....
  7. by   Skip219
    Oil companies is the Middle East (Saudia Arabia, UAE) hire nurses for various specialities. The jobs are in hospitals owned by the company and usually year along contract.