U.S. student, planning future abroad. Looking for answers!

  1. I am a male student about to begin school for an R.N. in New York State. I am thinking about my future as it relates to nursing and travel. I'm sure one can't travel around to various locations every few months. I'm sure the language and regional regulations are essential. I'm wondering about:

    1.) Where I can look for concrete resources on such regulations and requirements.

    2.) Examples of what a life nursing abroad can be like. Stories of moving around multiple times in this profession.

    3.) If United States army bases are legitimate options, and ideas of what they are like to work on.

    ...Anything like that.

    I have no specific destination, but I am considering cities to live in such as:

    Stockholm, Sweden
    Berlin, Germany
    Montreal, Canada
    Vienna, Austria
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Does anyone have knowledge of what is required in these cities/countries? Ultimately I'm trying to decide on a destination so that I can begin working on the requirements of the country I'm interested in. Knowing the plausibility/flexibility of some of these countries would be helpful.

    Thank you!
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  3. by   loriangel14
    Are you getting your BSN? That would be essential for nursing abroad.For Montreal you would need to be fluent in French and you would need to be fluent in the native language of the other countries you have listed.Coming from a non EU country you will have a lot of difficulty getting a work permit in Europe.
    Last edit by loriangel14 on Jun 28, '12
  4. by   World Nurse
    Thanks loriangel! For now just my R.N. I already have a B.A. in Psychology. I'm thinking/hoping that between the R.N. and my Bachelor's I would be able to get a B.S.N. quickly when I'm ready to upgrade. That's good to know I would need it.

    In what way is it difficult to get a work permit? I know in some countries you get a work permit with the help of the employer you have set up there. I'm guessing that generally you will need a work permit before an employer would ever consider you? Anyway, what is the first step to figuring it out?

    Is a work permit difficult for Canada as well?
  5. by   World Nurse
    Also, would getting a work permit be easier if I did my education abroad? Like, say I choose Sweden or Germany and then get my B.A. equivalent within one of those countries. Would staying in that country and working be easier afterwards?
  6. by   itsmejuli
    Every country has immigration rules that must be met before you can work legally there. You also have to take into consideration the fact that different nursing boards have their own regulations for granting nursing licenses. Your desire to travel internationally and nurse will not be easy to achieve. Now had you chosen a career in oil and gas then your dream would be much easier to achieve.