Any American RN jobs that allow living abroad??

  1. Hello everyone...I am an ICU RN who was interested in living abroad in Colombia for a few years. I would like to use my RN license to make American money while living abroad. Does anyone know of any companies that offer opportunities for an RN to work by phone or internet while living abroad? Any information is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   caliotter3
    Have you considered civilian nurse working in military hospital complex overseas?. Example is Landstuhl Hosp in Kaiserslautern Germany. Jobs are very competitive to get hired though.
  4. by   not.done.yet
    We want to move to Mexico and I have been looking for something that would allow this for quite a while. So far I have not found anything. I applied at Landstuhl Hospital. Didn't even get a reply from them.
  5. by   caliotter3
    Civilian nursing jobs in military hospitals are not easy to come by. Kind of surprised when a new military wife seems to think she can just appear on the scene and a job will be waiting for her when people have been waiting in the system forever for those coveted spots. I would not even waste my time unless I thought I was very highly qualified and I had a long, long time to wait through the process.
  6. by   Flatline
    Most medical companies hire nurses throughout the world for various jobs such as consulting, educating, marketing, product development, speaking, etc. In large companies you are looking for what is generally called an FSA or foreign service assignment. They send you oversees for a 1-2 years on a long-term assignment and then you either you come back to the U.S. or have the option to try and stay.
  7. by   not.done.yet
    Flatline, that is valuable info. By "medical companies", are you referring to durable medical equipment? pharmaceuticals? How does one go about searching out those types of positions? Any info you have and are willing to share would be greatly appreciated.
  8. by   verene
    There are some (very few) American Universities abroad the utilize nurses in their healthcare curriculum program as educators. I remember seeing a job posting for NYU-- Abu Dhabi looking for nursing faculty at one point. Not sure how many of these jobs there are and I'd suspect it takes some one with significant work/teaching experience to be a competitive applicant.
  9. by   Flatline
    Quote from not.done.yet
    Flatline, that is valuable info. By "medical companies", are you referring to durable medical equipment? pharmaceuticals? How does one go about searching out those types of positions? Any info you have and are willing to share would be greatly appreciated.
    All of the above. Search clinical, registered nurse, education, etc.
  10. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from caliotter3
    Civilian nursing jobs in military hospitals are not easy to come by. Kind of surprised when a new military wife seems to think she can just appear on the scene and a job will be waiting for her when people have been waiting in the system forever for those coveted spots. I would not even waste my time unless I thought I was very highly qualified and I had a long, long time to wait through the process.
    I used to live there. There was even a two year wait for a job bagging groceries ...and you only got paid in tips, no wages beyond that. I would love to work as a nurse in Landstuhl, but yeah ...not happening.
  11. by   broughden
    Dept of Defense, State Dept, CIA, Oil companies, Cruise ships etc etc
    There are numerous companies that hire American healthcare workers for international positions.
  12. by   adventure_rn
    I haven't spent time in Columbia, but I have lived in both Costa Rica and Peru. From what I gather, nursing wages in Latin America are quite low (think <$400/month), even relative to the lower cost of living.

    If your goal is to travel, I'd consider travel nursing in high-salary states (like CA) 6 months out of the year, then travel internationally on medical missions 6 months out of the year.

    Even though you can certainly apply for non-bedside nursing jobs abroad, you may have a hard time getting one. It's very expensive for companies to sponsor a work Visa, and they only get a limited number for the entire company. Unless you have some special skill that their own nurses can't provide, it's almost always in their best interest to hire a nurse from their own country before a foreigner.

    Maybe try using the AllNurses search bar to google 'nurse work from home' or 'nurse work over phone.' I'd imagine there are some insurance companies that would offer that kind of a job.
    Last edit by adventure_rn on Jul 19
  13. by   KelRN215
    I have a friend who's been a digital nomad for the past 2 years. She has her DNP, though, and teaches online nursing courses for a local university. I think she teaches in the RN-BSN program. She's in Mexico right now.

    P.S. Colombia is amazing. Within 2 hours of arriving in Medellin, I immediately felt like I could live there. Their public transportation is far superior to what we have in Boston, too.
  14. by   Have Nurse
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    I used to live there. There was even a two year wait for a job bagging groceries ...and you only got paid in tips, no wages beyond that. I would love to work as a nurse in Landstuhl, but yeah ...not happening.
    Many years ago, we were stationed in Baumholder, Germany. My daughter was born in Landstuhl at the Army Hospital there. There were no civilian nurses. They were all Army Officers (RNs). Not sure if they've changed their staff types, but that could be why the OP hasn't received a reply....just a thought.

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