This is a discussion on Questions about South Africa in World Nursing ... I am a nurse who is just about a year and a half out of school and have been thinking about...
I am a nurse who is just about a year and a half out of school and have been thinking about working in South Africa, in a couple of years, and would like ot ask a couple of questions to some folks (either natives or transplants) who live/work there.
First a bit about my experience.... I have been working in the MICU of a level 1 Trauma Center (also the city/county hospital) since graduation and will probably be going to our ED in another 8 months or so. I will probably stay there for a year and a haf- two years...giving me 2 years icu and 1.5 years ED exp. I have experience living outside of the US (2 years in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer).
1) How does the scope of practice for nurses in SA compare to the US in the critical care/trauma settings? I have been told that the scope of practice for South African nurses is greatly expanded compared to the US role. Is this really the case? Do nurses do minor procedures (such as central lines)? How does the amount of autonomy compare? This is really my biggest question.
2) What is the pay like? Comparable to the US? Better? Worse? IS it enough to live on in some degree of comfort?
3) What is the ratio of male nurses in SA? Would I be an absolute anomally being a male nurse?
4) I have found an agency (PHP) that specializes in bringing nurses into SA. Does anyone have any exp with them? Would I be better off trying to use such an agency or trying to work directly with hospitals?
5) Is SA experiencing the same type of shortage as the US? How difficult is it finding positions in the ER or ICU?
6) kind of a tangent, but does SA use paramedics similar in training to the US? I will be working part time as a Paramedic and would like to be able to continue this after moving.
7) How difficult is it to emigrate to SA?
thanks for the info,
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