Saudi Arabia - Good Idea or Not - page 18

To an American nurse, it seems like an upside-down system of Policies and Procedures that fails to fall within any framework of prior hospital experiences. This is a place where the patients tell you... Read More

  1. Visit  Mas Catoer profile page
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    Quote from avip123

    1. Does the agency hire male nurses, if so how difficult to get an offer, due to the fact I'm a male and a new grad?
    2. Am I able to bring my family with me to the country, while I work?
    3. Am I able to travel to Mecca and Medina with out any restrictions?
    4. As of May 23, 2012, what type of contracts are out there (pay and accommidations)? Because a fellow nurse there now was stating the agencies aren't offering the living stipend anymore, is this true???
    5. If I do get a job offer, what's the ruling on shipping a car from the USA to Jeddah?
    Avip

    My experience in Early 90s

    1. Yes, they hire male as a new grad.
    2. You can have your spouse and 2 children with free tickets after completing 1 year contract with clean performance. They should stay at least 3 month to entitle return tickets
    3. Traveling to Mecca and Medina for moslem are allowed (except during Haj season) with written travel permit.
    4. Housing allowance only for male nurses. It was 8000 SR/year (around USD2200)
    5. Can't answer that. But you can buy any brand of used car. It was very cheap there.

    Note that it was my 1990 experience, and employed by the Saudia MOH (not by any Saudi private hospital as you may earn less)

    You'd better make an inquiry to the nearest Saudia Embassy or consulate.

    Mas Catoer
  2. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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    enlightening after reading the entire thread...however, i can certainly say that i'll stay in u.s.a. at my "eternal vacation state of hawaii" if you decide to do otherwise i wish you the very best always wherever you may practice...aloha~
  3. Visit  nightengalegoddess profile page
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    Wow. This was a great post although now it is 2012. Will anyone tell us how things are working in Saudi Arabia now? One year of time seems little to give to allow one to gain some financial momentum when one returns back to the USA. Imagine, U.S. nurses thinking about going abroad to make a living because the economy is so bad for us here.
    Is it true that American Nurses are more respected in Saudi than we are here? I would just like to know mainly how we are received in general...any anger about US taking THEIR jobs; for instance? (A common feeling amongst some U.S nurses towards nurses from other countries, unfortunately)...
    I am in the starting stages of planning a travel assignment to Saudi. Does anyone know how difficult it is to find a spot in Dubai? That seems a more modern area;...maybe better standards of practice in general? so many questions....Thank you so much!!!
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  4. Visit  katherine100 profile page
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    Culture and religion in that region is similar. I am not at all surprised by the treatment of non white foreigners.
  5. Visit  katherine100 profile page
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    //know this is an old post, but you can bring in a bible for your own personal use. at this time you can't bring 900 bibles as it is a kingdom, they do not wish to have proselytizing//



    that is so funny. We go there we are restricted. Muslims come here and can do as they please....how funny
  6. Visit  firstclass profile page
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    To reply to Katherine100: Even muslims are discriminated in Saudi Arabia. Anybody who doesn't follow the particular brand of religion that is followed there is a second class human being. Shia Muslims particularly.
  7. Visit  Multicollinearity profile page
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    Saudi Arabia continues to be a NOT.
  8. Visit  GHGoonette profile page
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    After what happened to Prof Karabus (local pediatrician, retired) in UAE, you wouldn't catch me working in any middle Eastern country.
  9. Visit  katherine100 profile page
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    Yeah and those muslims are from a different sect. Like i said I am not at all surprised at what goes on here. Seems like backward culture.
  10. Visit  Elvish profile page
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    Quote from katherine100
    that is so funny. We go there we are restricted. Muslims come here and can do as they please....how funny
    Ahem. Muslims were brought here as well...as slaves from Africa, several generations ago. Others are born here to parents who came here by choice. Believe it or not, it is possible to be Muslim AND American.

    KSA isn't on my bucket list either, but punishing Muslims in the US just because the Saudi government hasn't got its crap together sounds petty.
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  11. Visit  katherine100 profile page
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    //hem. Muslims were brought here as well...as slaves from Africa, several generations ago. Others are born here to parents who came here by choice. //

    That has no connection to my comment. Christians cannot build churches. Women still do not have basic rights in many muslims countries. Some still stone women. How odd that someone says ' you can read a bible '. It is laughable.
  12. Visit  Elvish profile page
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    Quote from katherine100
    //hem. Muslims were brought here as well...as slaves from Africa, several generations ago. Others are born here to parents who came here by choice. //

    That has no connection to my comment. Christians cannot build churches. Women still do not have basic rights in many muslims countries. Some still stone women. How odd that someone says ' you can read a bible '. It is laughable.
    I was addressing your comment that Muslims COME here and can do as they please. Many many Muslims do not have to come here because their families have already been here for generations and have every bit the respect for the same ideals as you and I.

    There are plenty of places in the world where women are treated as second-class citizens (or worse) and where people's rights aren't respected. Saudi is just one of many, sad to say. But you cannot equate every single Muslim with that backward mentality.
    Last edit by Elvish on Feb 26, '13
  13. Visit  Sammy Lee profile page
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    Hi californianurse1974, I am a newly qualified adult nurse (March, 2013) and would love to work in Saudi Arabia for a year, purely for the financial benefits me and my boyfriend would reep at the end of it, also all nursing experience is good. But, I spoke to Geneva Health Agency, PULSE and CCM and they have all stated that you need a minimum of 2 years experience. I have secured a 3 month post in my local A&E and would love to go to Saudi after that (but within 6 months of finishing there preferably). I have no idea where to go next and what steps to take. If you (or anyone else) couldsend me as much info or help as possible, it would be greatly appreciated. My email address is 'sammy_pascoe_7@hotmail.com'. Thanks guys, Sam x

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