Nursing over seas

  1. Im just wondering if i would be able to work as a nurse in other countries after i graduate from nursing school. my bf is in the Navy and could get stationed overseas and we dont know if i would be able to work. If i cant then id have to stay here after going through all this schooling to get my BSN in nursing it would be a waste not to use the skills any advice would work(:

    btw im not in the program as of yet, im applying for the coming year.
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  3. by   jennycRN
    I have practiced in several countries overseas... It is possible to work as an RN--- but even in the US, your nursing license is not automatically recognized in every state. You have to apply to the state's board of nursing before you can practice in that state (and many states have reciprocal or compact agreements where they recognize licensure from other states).

    Likewise, overseas you must apply to the country's ministry of health, or whichever body governs nursing licensure. It is typically a time consuming and difficult process to complete on your own. The best option is if you are working for an international organization which already has a memorandum of understanding with the government. The organization accepts the responsibility of verifying your credentials and you are allowed to practice in that country as an employee of that organization. This is how many humanitarian aid organizations operate. My guess is that you would need US nursing experience before heading overseas.
  4. by   loriangel14
    It would also depend on what country you were going to move to.Many countries have thousands of there own nurses looking for work so tey aren't eager to hire from another country. You will also have to speak the language.
  5. by   Fiona59
    Also, remember the military only has a limited number of jobs for dependents at any posting.