Quote from nightngale1998
I am glad this question was asked on this Forum. We do have an International Forum as well. Here is the link:
As far as traveling aboard, you would have to meet the criteria of the Foreign Country. What I have heard is in England / Ireland (where I hope to travel someday) that Nurse responsibilities are more in allaignment of CNA care. Only the Dr. can do an assessment and the Nurse does personal care and meds.
I don't think nurses responsibilities are anything like that of any CNA I've ever met, yes we take part of personal care as its part of the hollistic care we provide, its not a case of only Dr's can do assessment, we assess constantly there is just no requirement to do the daily head to toe physical assessment there is in the states.
If pts are having vascular probs, you would check pulses ect, its not a requirement in the UK as the evidence doesn't support it beyond the intial admission unless its sympton led.
Nurses work more autonomously in the UK, based on pts condition etc not DR's orders.
The committment time is more than the 13 week travel contracts you get here but International contracts for nurses coming to the US from the UK are longer too 18-24 months in most cases.
Should you choose to stay there are different contracts you could get but the previous poster is correct in that they won't pay as lucratively as travel contracts do here.
There are chains of private hospitals who will sponsor international travel and will negotiate rates individually.