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- by laurenjarrod Apr 24, '11Hi everyone,
I am an RN with 6 years ER/cardiac experience. On a whim one day I applied for a job with an agency that hires nurses for Saudi Arabia hospitals, specifically, the city of Hail. ( I never dreamed I would get the job!) I just had my second phone interview and and been extended an offer for a 1 year family contract ( I have a husband and 3 children.) I am getting cold feet now. Is this totally crazy for me to do? I mean I would be moving my entire family to a foreign country for 1 year. My husband said we should go. ( he has beeen unemployed for almost a year and cannot find work no matter what he does!) Has anyone had any experience with working in Hail? What are your thoughts? Is this a bad idea to do with children? I know alot of people who do travel nursing but they are either single or have no children or they are grown. Has anyone done this with school aged children and a baby ( 12 years, 9 years, 16 months) Also, what do I do with my house, car, etc. while I would be gone? I won't be selling them as I need somewhere to return to, etc. For those who own properties what do you do? Do youhave family check on your things?
Thanks in advance for your help!
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- Apr 25, '11 by 79TangoI dont think its crazy. I have a buddy in Kuwait. That is a way to make some serious $$. I dont know how it would work with your family but you need shots, passport & language. Hopefully the company can help with all of that.
You could potentially make super-bank by finding a property manager and leasing your home for the year. If not, a (trusted) family member to come by, start the car and check on things.
I would research everything you can about the Saudi laws, customs & judicial system. As you know its pretty strict in those parts.
- Apr 30, '11 by RN ZekeI have only heard of the companies that make you leave the family behind, unless you are a DR.
- May 10, '11 by surething13 questions....
1. Which agency?
2. What is pay rate?
3. How did u manage to get a family contract like the above poster stated I have only heard of single status contracts.
Overall, I have heard alot of good feedback regarding working in Saudi. Only downside is less Americans are there now as were 15 years ago due to fears of terrorism. However, those I have spoken to that have been there have loved the experience. I say go for it.
- May 10, '11 by bagladyrnJust a thought here: Have you reconsidered going/taking family with you in light of recent developments? I'm not sure this is a time when anyone American would not be at higher risk anywhere in the Middle East.
- May 10, '11 by bonesrnA nurse that I worked with in Raleigh, NC went back to Saudi for her second stint and her family went with her. Her husband was in the same job situation as your spouse. I will get her contact info when I go to work tomorrow and ask her if she minds if I pass it on. She seems to love it! I say do your research as far as schooling for kids (home school/cyberschool?) and have the contract checked by lawyer/acct and then pack your bags! If you go, please keep us posted!! Good Luck!!
- Aug 23, '11 by californianurse1974Hello
I'm an American nurse (Cali gal) currently working in Jeddah,Saudi Arabia on a 1 year contract. To the original poster, only male doctors are allowed to bring family members with them. All others are provided single female or male studio apartment housing, and we all live on one huge complex. My apartment is very quiet. So here's the run down...
the hospital is nice
Women can't drive here, you WILL not miss it trust me lol
english speaking employees from different countries (America, India, Egypt, Austrailia, New Zealand, UK, large number from the Phillipines)
General salary is $68,000 (tax free)set by hospital, not agency
53 days of vacation per year
Single studio apartments on beautiful grounds with pool, jacuzzi, gym, nail salon, small convenience store, tennis court, swimming lessons
All utilities paid
Free shuttle buses for transport to work, shopping (16 different malls and souks)
inexpensive car service/cab available
no safety issues (this city is very laid back and cool)
its not like on CNN, its very modern, esp the malls, same stores as U.S.
nurses scuba dive ALOT here
social club offered at the hospital to book activities
we have cell phones and cable satellite
We don't have to wear our hair covered but do have to wear an abaya(robe) when not on apt complex or hospital grounds
The ratios are the same here as back home, but most of the units do primary nursing. We have to rotate shifts from day to night every 3 weeks, or you can have a shift buddy if you prefer so you can swap during rotation. I prefer day shift so when its time to rotate, I keep her day shift and she can stay on night shift permanently. We wear all white uniforms, provided by the hospital, except O.R. wears green scrubs. Most of the patients speak arabic but have a family member that speaks english, or we have a coordinator to grab to translate.
I know people think its not worth it, but trust me pocketing $70 k and not paying rent,insurance, or utilities for a year is SOOOOO WORTH IT!! My salary in California is $89k/year, but I never see it between taxes, rent, bills, etc.
Also I get to travel to nearby places like Egypt and Dubai without using my vacation time. I've made some great friends from other countries and learned alot. Most of the girls I've met here came on a one year contract but ended up staying for alot longer , anywhere from 4-10 years. If you don't like it here you always have the option to break your contract and leave, but you have to pay for your airfare home.
When you first get here, you don't go straight to work. You have classroom orientation for almost 2 weeks, then 2 weeks of floor orientation. I must say I'm not in love with primary nursing, but I guess American nurses are a bit spoiled lol. My coworkers are all friendly so I enjoy my unit. However, there is no such thing as home health, palliative, or hospice care. Well, only some of the richer families can afford home health, so you may find patients refusing to be discharged after the doctor has cleared them to go home. The government picks up the tab so the hospital lets them stay. Sometimes for years...Anyway, overall I love my experience here so far. I hope I've answered your questions with my small novel :-)
- Aug 23, '11 by BarkowWhat companies are you guys using to go to the Middle East?
- Aug 23, '11 by californianurse1974Everyone I've met so far, myself included, are through Helen Ziegler. They're located in Canada and send out US and UK nurses
- Aug 29, '11 by nephron19I am seriously considering saudi arabia as a one year chance to travel and experience something different (while pocketing serious cash).
Thanks californianurse for you input. How much experience do you think is needed to work there? I have a little over 2 yrs med-surg exp. Do you think I should wait longer? Where else did you get to travel too? Do you actually know anyone who broke the contract early? Thank you so much.