Travel agency- London UK, international - page 2

Anyone went to London through a travel agency, or traveled international? And if so were you giving the same good pay and benifits as if you were traveling throughout the US? And what agency did you... Read More

  1. by   cariad
    you cant just go and work for 8 weeks in the uk, the same as a uk nurse cant just come here for 8 weeks, you have to follow the immigration trail and go through the nmc in the uk to become registered as a nurse to practice in the uk. the same as for uk nurses to come to the us, you might find that your training is not enough for the uk, as it is done differently over here.
    nmc....national nursing & midwifery council, who are the governing body in the uk.
  2. by   nightingale
    Quote from geordiegirl2
    I think you would probably contact hospitals direct, I'm not sure about the NHS funding overseas nurses but I know some of the private hospitals do my friends manages a group of them and she brought a couple of nurses over rom the US, I have no idea what their terms and conditions were but it was obviously worth them coming.

    Thank you. Are the Hospitals associated with the government? Or are they private sector? Or a mix?

    Are some faciliites more Travel friendly then others? Can you drop a hint to name a facility or chain?
  3. by   cariad
    the majority of hospitals are governemnt run commonly known as the nhs....national health service.
    the only large private chain of hospitals that i can think of is known as bupa.
    maybe try online to access the nursing times...which is a uk nursing magazine normally full of adverts.
    or if you want to go the agency way for information,
    then o'grady peyton international are advertising jobs in the uk.
  4. by   english_nurse
    i remember having a conversation with a health care assistant on my ward who bless her was a real hard worker but not the sharpest pencil in the case so to speak,
    she said to me one day in passing 'i might do my nurse training, the only difference between you and me is that you give out tablets!!'
    i have never felt so insulted in my life, three years at university and thats the only difference?!?!?
    my reply was simple really i said ' if thats what you think then you will never be a nurse as you clearly dont understand the role'
    i know my reply sounded rude but to be honest i hate it when people take away what i feel i have achieved by devaluing it like that.
    shes left the ward now by the way, as she found it too stressful!!
    there is no doubt in my mind that nursing in the two countries is completley different, neither ways are better or worse, but i do know that the way we nurse in the uk may be badly paid compared to the usa but it doesnt mean that we are less qualified, it just means we work for a government agency, which will never be lucrative.
    as for autonomy, i regulary give antibiotics and pain relief to my dialysis patients without a doctors permission or diagnosis, admittedly it is within a written protocol but try getting a junior doctor to understand peritoneal dialysis at 3am!! the amount of arguments ive had at that time in the morning you wouldnt believe lol
  5. by   carol2311
    Quote from english_nurse
    as for autonomy, i regulary give antibiotics and pain relief to my dialysis patients without a doctors permission or diagnosis, admittedly it is within a written protocol but try getting a junior doctor to understand peritoneal dialysis at 3am!! the amount of arguments ive had at that time in the morning you wouldnt believe lol
    oh i remember those days!
  6. by   carol2311
    Quote from MaleRNstudent21
    Anyone went to London through a travel agency, or traveled international? And if so were you giving the same good pay and benifits as if you were traveling throughout the US? And what agency did you go through. I was wondering since everyone knows in the UK that the salary isn't so great. I would love to travel outside the US though and see the world.

    Thanks a Million...
    Go ahead and travel the world... Don't be afraid about salaries in the UK. They are adequate. I am telling you this because I've worked in hampstead, london for a very long time 3-1/2 years. I am now in Florida for 2 years now and my husband and I are planning to go back to the UK soon.

    Just an advice... don't get a car! Unless you want to pay for parking at 1 sterling pound (1GBP) per 20 mins parking fee, ridiculous road tax, illegal parking fees... don't also smoke bec a pack of marlboro costs around 7 pounds...share your flat with a room mate or use hospital accomodation. i remember, i paid 150 pounds for a hospital flat which is just a 2-min walk to the hospital... then i got married so i have to move out. we rented a flat for 800 pounds/mo with a parking bay.

    we can afford travelling every 3 months to different european countries. coz i got 10 days paid holiday + 4 weeks paid anything -eave. then if u get sick, ur still paid 100%.
  7. by   nightingale
    Quote from cariad
    then o'grady peyton international are advertising jobs in the uk.

    and you are recommending them?
  8. by   nightingale
    Quote from carol2311
    we can afford travelling every 3 months to different european countries. coz i got 10 days paid holiday + 4 weeks paid anything -eave. then if u get sick, ur still paid 100%.
    That is the part I am very intrigued about. I wish the US had more time off that was paid; it makes sense to have that time to recharge. Like I said, I would not mind having 8 weeks off if I had to take a cut in pay.

    As in the US, comparing California to say Colorado is so very different in cost of living and pay scales. Sure you make way more in Ca. but everything, especially housing cost more.

    I am certainly intrigued about working there. I thank you all for your comments.
  9. by   geordiegirl2
    Quote from nightngale1998
    That is the part I am very intrigued about. I wish the US had more time off that was paid; it makes sense to have that time to recharge. Like I said, I would not mind having 8 weeks off if I had to take a cut in pay.

    As in the US, comparing California to say Colorado is so very different in cost of living and pay scales. Sure you make way more in Ca. but everything, especially housing cost more.

    I am certainly intrigued about working there. I thank you all for your comments.

    The hospitals in the UK are largely government run but there are some large privtae organisations too, BUPA as previously mentioned, Nuffield Hospitals and more recently Capio( who cannot take staff who have worked for the NHS for the last 6 months so are very interested in recruiting staff from outside the country).
  10. by   english_nurse
    hey male rn just wondered, what is your definition of middle class?
    would you say it is down to education level? or income? or maybe where you live?
    in your opinion does being a nurse make you middle class, in fact is that how you see yourself???
    just curious
  11. by   carol2311
    Quote from nightngale1998
    and you are recommending them?
    i haven't worked with them (O'Grady). But since they are so popular, maybe they are good.
  12. by   geordiegirl2
    Quote from carol2311
    i haven't worked with them (O'Grady). But since they are so popular, maybe they are good.

    I came to the States with them honestly lots of people seem to have had a bad experience with them but for me they did what they said they would do, i'm here, we have greencards.
    I didn't really expect much from them so I wasn't disappionted.
  13. by   nightingale
    geordie:

    Thanks for the info I need to file that away for the future.

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