Advice for a new RN grad wishing toTravel Nurse to Germany
- 1Sep 16, '09 by KatieBrookeRNHi All =)
I am looking for advice! I will graduate with my RN in May of 2010 and I am extremely interested in traveling abroad to Germany. I am young with no attachments and I believe this is the perfect time to carry out this journey! I have done a lot of research online but come up with little results regarding US Nurses working in Germany. I was wondering if anyone could give Me some advice or information on this. I know little German but I have been trying to teach myself a little more each day, in between classes and clinicals of course =) I have found some information regarding the American hospital, Landsthul Medical Center located near Kaiserslautern and would love any feedback/knowledge about it. I particularly enjoy Mental Health but would love all/any information about US Nurses working in Germany.
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- 0Sep 16, '09 by nyteshadeI used to travel, but not abroad. I don't know of any travel company that allows new grads to travel. You need at least 1 year in your setting. Being a new grad in America is tough enough. A traveller needs to think on their feet. In my travels I only got 1 day of floor orientation, and that consisted of where to put my things, and where to eat!
- 3Sep 17, '09 by caroladybelleI traveled for 7 years.
I know of no REPUTABLE travel nursing agency that finds assignments for nurses with less than a year of heavy experience. Most really push for 2 or more years in a marketable speciality.
Having said that, there are some that will shop your profile with less. Just because they take your profile, does not mean you will get a job. In addition, since the hospitals generally have several travel agencies, and several applicants for each position, obviously the applicant with the more experience will probably get the job. I will also tell you that no REPUTABLE hospital puts a new grad on the floor with no experience, and very little support.
Travelers are expensive, and the hospitals using them want them on the floor and strong immediately - most are not going to pay for orienting a new grad and pay for the expense of a traveler - that is not what they are "buying". And with a surplus of new grads unable to find jobs, they can get plenty of new grads, with the expense of paying a traveler.
There are also plenty of long term experienced travelers that are unable to find jobs.
But like agencies, some hospitals are "desperate" and will take anything. Chances are a hospital willing to pay traveler fees for a new grad has probably such a poor reputation locally and among experienced travelers that no one will take the job....again not good for the new grad or any nurse.
The current recession is also affecting Europe. As such many of the EU nations have plenty of nurses. And as the USA is no longer importing nurses due to retrogression, many of the third world nurses that used to come to the US, are being diverted to the EU, Australia, Middle East. The EU also (like USA) has strict guidelines regarding accepting nurses for work from outside their nations....to protect their nurses, their nursing standards, and their economy. You would have to ask their nursing regulatory agencies as far as their standards, as well as how available jobs are for foreign educated noncitizen nurses. I expect that it is very strict and would require loads of paperwork, being very fluent (more than 1-2 classes) in German, with medical terminology and nursing experience.
I have a feeling that working for the military on a base would probably be the better bet. Not to say that it cannot be done outside the military, but the odds are deeply against you.
- 0Sep 17, '09 by KatieBrookeRNThank you all very much, I really appreciate the honesty as well. Having said that, caroladybelle, I obviously am just graduating and have minimal nursing "experiences" but do they consider grades when you apply for traveling jobs? Also, did you start traveling immediately? I am from Iowa and the town I grew up in has a wonderful college with a great nursing program. So basically I have been in the same place my entire life. I'm not saying I'm one of those people that "can't wait to get out of here" but I started nursing school 2 days after I graduated HS in '08 and I'm ready for a change. I'm very determined and open to new things. I really feel like I'm capable of traveling as an RN. I have grown so much during the past 2 years, with nursing and over-all knowledge. Do you have any advice for Me? I honestly don't know many nurses that have done traveling nursing period, let alone to Germany. Any advice would be wonderful
- 0Sep 17, '09 by 5catsGet some experience in the States first, maybe a big hospital, why not moving in the States (country is big enough, lol), get your experience, study foreign languages (because you will need those, plenty of non english speaking countries, like Germany) and then start internationally.
- 0Sep 17, '09 by KatieBrookeRN=)
I agree with you to get experience here. The only thing is that I'm sooo set on going straight away. Being young, having no attachments, for new knowledge/learning, etc..I love this field, but I wish it was the same everywhere. I feel my school has been preparing Me very well for what is ahead. I know with Nursing there is always MORE and MORE to learn, I just don't understand why you can't do the learning overseas..Thank you for your reply =)
- 0Sep 17, '09 by 5catsNursing overseas is very different from nursing in the US, you will feel like you suddenly know nothing. And as a new grad actually you don't know much, sorry So it's better to use what they taught you in school in the system for what you were prepared, and then go overseas.
It will be overwhelming enough believe me just to change states/hospitals in the beginning.