OR Nursing and Abroad

  1. Hello nurses,

    I recently passed my NCLEX examination and started a new job which I am thrilled with in psychiatry. I have always found it harder to make an impact and get into OR nursing since most hospitals are looking for experience before hire. Is there anything I should know to try and get my foot in the door with OR nursing? I really want to try it out at some point in my career. I loved working as a CNA for a small plastic and oral surgery outpatient clinic which is why I would like to try OR nursing.

    Also, I love psychiatry and OR nursing, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with international nursing. I love traveling and although it's not ideal for my career, I have heard some stories about traveling to countries to help those less fortunate with health care needs as a registered nurse. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions on how I could make my way into that dream of mine as well? I know I need experience before I go gallavanting off into a foreign country, but I want to make sure that I start learning what I need to know now before I'm too far gone and have made a mistake.

    Thanks for your time if you read this,

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  3. by   joanna73
    A BSN is required to travel abroad. They also want at least 2 years experience, and for OR nursing, you'll need to look into taking an OR course somewhere, which is usually around 10 months.