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Hi. I'm thinking about going to Saudi Arabia. Actually I have a contract just haven't signed it yet.. Has anyone been there recently and would you be interested in sharing your experience. Thanks in advance for the info... ... Read More


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    Is the hospital in Riyadh or Jeddah?

    Foreign staff are generally housed on *western compounds* where you can maintain your western lifestyle. You will be able to do your own shopping, you just cannot drive there yourself. Women don't drive in Saudi. Hospitals have regular bus routes set up for major shopping centers and souqs. Getting places was always easy.

    At work you have translators and you'll quickly be used to using them. You'll pick up spoken Arabic and will be able to talk to your patients in no time!

    I have a great jog at a UC hospital and I'm really itching to go back to Saudi for a year or two!
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    As a woman, do you have to cover up when you go outside? Do Westerners stick out like a sore thumb? Do others stare at you? (I have to ask this. I had a friend who lived in Japan for a bit and said everywhere he went people stared at him LOL)

    Can a woman touch a man to care for him? A nursing instructor of mine said she took care of a Saudi Prince while he was in the United States who was very offended by her touching him. He said in his country her hands would be cut off. She returned well good thing I live here and I can do what I want! She ended up developing a rapport with him because she was such a smart alec but her story gives me pause.
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    Quote from Faeriewand
    As a woman, do you have to cover up when you go outside? Do Westerners stick out like a sore thumb? Do others stare at you? (I have to ask this. I had a friend who lived in Japan for a bit and said everywhere he went people stared at him LOL)

    Can a woman touch a man to care for him? A nursing instructor of mine said she took care of a Saudi Prince while he was in the United States who was very offended by her touching him. He said in his country her hands would be cut off. She returned well good thing I live here and I can do what I want! She ended up developing a rapport with him because she was such a smart alec but her story gives me pause.

    Yes, woman has to cover themselves with Tarja and Abaya, only face and hands can be seen. And yessssss, female nurses can touch male patients, as a matter of fact, we nurses are the ones who cleans their butt when they defecated. Their family would not do that but nurses does. Athough, there are also males that don't wanna be touched by woman especially if they have already cleansed their hands or body and about to take "sala" (prayer) because they consider themselves unclean if touched by a woman and has to wash again.
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    Quote from pisceanbabe74
    Yes, woman has to cover themselves with Tarja and Abaya, only face and hands can be seen. And yessssss, female nurses can touch male patients, as a matter of fact, we nurses are the ones who cleans their butt when they defecated. Their family would not do that but nurses does. Athough, there are also males that don't wanna be touched by woman especially if they have already cleansed their hands or body and about to take "sala" (prayer) because they consider themselves unclean if touched by a woman and has to wash again.
    Very interesting thank you for your reply! I wouldn't mind covering up when I go outside. I always try to avoid the sun anyway :wink2: I guess you have to buy some new clothes to cover up then and try to blend in.

    During my last rotation I was assigned a patient who was a muslim and he only wanted the male nurse to take care of him so that's why I asked if women can take care of men.
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    How come Saudi women don't become nurses? Or do they? Why do they have such a shortage that they have to hire Westerners for big bucks?
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    riyadh kfsh rn earns sar 14200/ month. with critical care certification sar 15200.
    so you're saying you can make $170,000/yr?!? and that is tax free i understand. or do you have to pay taxes when you come back into the u.s? well what do nurses make who work med/surg? emergency?
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    Re salaries the currency quoted is SAR/ Saudi Riyal. The salaries are paid in Riyal.
    RN salary in one of the Riyadh hospitals was quoted 14200 SAR / equals USD 3700 for RNs without critical care certification, 15200 SAR/ equals USD 4050 for those who are critical care certified. You don't pay for housing/ utilities. There is no income tax in the KSA. Food is not expensive.

    What comes to wearing an abaya. It is very light. I never minded wearing one.
    Nobody stared. I always carried a scarf in my bag and would make a judgement call if around many local men or for example if out and about on Fridays when the Mutawwa (kind of a religious "police") were at their most vigilant.

    A westerner does not stick out. Saudi's have always bought labour from outside and there are plenty of foreigners around.
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    I am a Licensed Practical Nurse living in Vancouver, British Columbia and am very much wanting to work overseas for a few years with my wife (who is an elementary school teacher). Do you know of a reputable recruitment agency that assists individuals who are seeking nursing positions in the Middle East (preferably within the United Arab Emirates)?

    Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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    hello all, I am a male nurse who has 2 years experience in SICU, this is my only experience in nursing, and I am a muslim who is looking forward to acquiring a job in Saudi Arabia, preferably Jeddah. I have ADN in nursing and is currently in college for my BSN. Point is, I live here in USA with a green card, I am originally from Jamaica. I did apply recently for the US citizenship. Willl this prevent me from getting comparable salary as a nurse who is a US citizen? Can you tell me with my kind of experience what kind of salary I could negotiate? Are there options there that I may be able to finish my BSN degree either in the capacity of an online degree or American accredited University in the middle east? Your answer and advise is much awaited.

    Thanks Mansmusa


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