US School Nurse working abroad

  1. Does anyone know if there are standard of practice and/or other legal documents that can guide a US school nurse working at a US based international school abroad? This school does not have any protocols in place and I would like to make one up. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.
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  3. by   zenman
    The National Association of School Nurses has some published guidelines although they are not written specifically for international schools. Putting "school nurse" in google and you'll come up with helpful links. We just adopted stuff from what we found. CDC also has some travel sites that help with recommended immunizations. I'll be leaving Dhaka after this year. Let me know if you have any openings.:wink2:

    Are you at one of these schools?

    • American International School of Costa Rica
    • Country Day School
    • Lincoln School
    • Marian Baker School
    Last edit by zenman on Sep 24, '07
  4. by   bergren
    You want to contact the Overseas School Health Nurses Association http://www.oshna.org/
  5. by   slf974
    Can anyone tell me how to go about searching for nursing positions in American Schools or other international schools abroad? What is the pay like and what kind of experience should you have? I've been working in a pediatric ICU. Should I get a part time gig as a school nurse in the US before applying?
  6. by   zenman
    Probably most international schools hire local staff as they will be cheaper. I was a nurse at an American International
    School in Bangladesh. No local nurses were hired as frankly they were not good. Now, I'm in Bangkok where my wife is a teacher. The international school she works at hires Thai nurses as they are good. Country regs and work permits may also factor in.
  7. by   slf974
    Thanks for your reply. That's good to know. My boyfriend is also a teacher, which is why I was hoping to get a job at a school together. Do you have any other ideas about nursing jobs internationally, preferably in a developing country as I can find sufficient advise for developed countries. What do you do in Thailand?
  8. by   shadiespirit
    I'm working at Shanghai American School and I enjoy it. My husband is a teacher. Look into searchassociates.com. This is a recruitment agency that recruits teachers for international schools all over the world. Along with Search there is also ISS. These two are the most reputable recruitment agencies.
  9. by   Nurse_Ziba
    Hi! As far as I know, standard of practice and/or other legal documents varies among countries. Especially since you'll be working in a different cultural environment. Frankly since transcultural nursing exist, it doesn't vary much from you usual practice.

    Try to do some benchmarking in other International Schools in your place.

    By the way, there is an organization called ISNA for school nurses working in an International School setting in Asia. Here's the link: http://www.isnanurse.org/

    Good Luck!
  10. by   shadiespirit
    Hi there,

    Yes I will be in the conference. See you soon.

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