Aug 24, '02
I just this month read an article about cruise ship nursing - check either AdvanceforNurses.com or NursingSpectrum.com
It said the RN must have ER/ICU experience but they have long hours on call & the pay is dismal. It was either $100/wk or $100/month. Cant remember which rate the article quoted. The trade off is they have no bills as they live on the ship, all their expenses are taken care of, & they get to see the world. Contracts ran about 7 months. Sounds ideal for someone without a mortgage or kids.
I just got back from a cruise to Mexico - saw the RN only once - during the safety drill before we set sail. After reading the article before the cruise, I was expecting the RN to be very young since thats probably who would have no other responsibilities yet & could get by with almost no salary for 7 months. But she was in her late 50's! Wearing her white dress, white stockings, life preserver...... & nurses cap.
Later at the Captains cocktail party, all the officers were introduced on the stage - including the pursers, chefs, maitre'd & ships physician. Nobody ever even mentioned that they had an RN working onboard, much less brought her out on stage to be introduced. And when the nurses in the group starting calling out "wheres the NURSE?", neither the Captain nor the physician bothered to answer.
Last edit by -jt on Aug 24, '02