US Nurse moving to Aberdeen, Scotland

  1. I just found out a few days ago that my husband and I will be transferring to Aberdeen. I just wanted to know if anyone knows a good travel agency ? I figure the benefits are better than going straight to a hospital and looking fora job offer and permit? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
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    I just found out a few days ago that my husband and I will be transferring to Aberdeen. I just wanted to know if anyone knows a good travel agency ? I figure the benefits are better than going straight to a hospital and looking fora job offer and permit? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

    in the UK as such we don't have travel nursing but plain nursing agencies there is no real benefits working for them except you can pick or choose when you work. I think with the shortage over here of nurses you should be able to get a job and pick the amount of hours you want to work. Try checking the nmc website out re foreign trained nurse and requirements for working in the UK. are you RN trained?

    here are a few websites of agencies

    www.bna.co.uk
    www.nursing-list.com/scot.asp list for scotland
    www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk

    hope these help
  4. by   Justagirl
    Thanks for your imput! I am an RN with 3 years experience in the ER, level I trauma center (highest level in us) meaning most critical patients go as far as trauma goes. I have a BSN in nursing and BS in biology. Here in US I really don't receive any monetary benefits from the biology degree I wonder if the UK would be different? That would be nice...
    Does the uk use any nurse agencies that you know of that are based in us? My husband who is from uk says it might be better to find a company based in us... ??? Maybe it would be better for me to just get sponsored by a hospital in Aberdeen was just wanting the benefits of travel nursing like help paying for your room/board.

    QUOTE=Silverdragon102]in the UK as such we don't have travel nursing but plain nursing agencies there is no real benefits working for them except you can pick or choose when you work. I think with the shortage over here of nurses you should be able to get a job and pick the amount of hours you want to work. Try checking the nmc website out re foreign trained nurse and requirements for working in the UK. are you RN trained?

    here are a few websites of agencies

    www.bna.co.uk
    www.nursing-list.com/scot.asp list for scotland
    www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk

    hope these help[/QUOTE]
  5. by   suzanne4
    The UK and Scotland do not have "travel nursing" as we call it. They have more of what you would call "per diem nursing" as far as agency work goes.
    Even if there were an agency based over here, you would be much further ahead with an agency based there, especially if you were to run into any problems.
  6. by   Kaylesh
    Hiya
    I'm a american born and trained RN who has been living and working in Scotland since 7/99..Got my NMC registration before i even actually had the job here. You can't work without it. You will want to also check out about if you will need a work permit or not. Not sure what the rules would be regarding you working as the spouse of a work permit holder. Check that out as well.
    I started off at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary..So i lived in Aberdeen for 3 years.
    I now live in Fife.. Dunfermline area..
    I work full time for a nursing agency here that has it office based in Edinburgh. but they are all over Scotland.They are the Scottish arm of Thornbury Nusing Agency which is in England.
    www.scottish-nursing-guild.com
    I love doing agency as i get to pick and chose what days and shifts i want to work.. When i want to take holiday. I usually give my availability a week at a time.Down side is you never know until sometimes a hour before that you have a shift.. and if you don't get a shift well then no ..
    Hope you enjoy your move over here.
    Kaylesh
  7. by   Justagirl
    I am assuming since you have been there for 3 years that you fancy the area? How is the pay at the agency you are working? I am going to be giving up a well paying job... I just got making 70,ooo yr. I am assuming since it is an agency u can get contracts as well? What did you think of the Royal Infirmary? I am a nurse trained in the er and I haven't seen much availability in that area for some reason. Do you know what an RGN is?was curious

    I'm a american born and trained RN who has been living and working in Scotland since 7/99..Got my NMC registration before i even actually had the job here. You can't work without it. You will want to also check out about if you will need a work permit or not. Not sure what the rules would be regarding you working as the spouse of a work permit holder. Check that out as well.
    I started off at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary..So i lived in Aberdeen for 3 years.
    I now live in Fife.. Dunfermline area..
    I work full time for a nursing agency here that has it office based in Edinburgh. but they are all over Scotland.They are the Scottish arm of Thornbury Nusing Agency which is in England.
    www.scottish-nursing-guild.com
    I love doing agency as i get to pick and chose what days and shifts i want to work.. When i want to take holiday. I usually give my availability a week at a time.Down side is you never know until sometimes a hour before that you have a shift.. and if you don't get a shift well then no ..
    Hope you enjoy your move over here.
    Kaylesh[/QUOTE]
  8. by   Kaylesh
    [QUOTE=Justagirl]I am assuming since you have been there for 3 years that you fancy the area? How is the pay at the agency you are working? I am going to be giving up a well paying job... I just got making 70,ooo yr. I am assuming since it is an agency u can get contracts as well? What did you think of the Royal Infirmary? I am a nurse trained in the er and I haven't seen much availability in that area for some reason. Do you know what an RGN is?was curious

    Hiya
    I lived up in Aberdeen from 7/99 to 10/02 then i moved down here to Dunfermline. I moved for another job offer and to be closer to my b/f :-)...
    It gets pretty darn cold up in Aberdeen and its fairly expensive to live in/near the city itself. The infirmary is a HUGE major teaching hospital for the North of Scotland. So there are lots of different wards both surgical and medical and cardiac related to work in.
    Pay with the Scottish Nursing Guild is pretty good.. better than working directly for any of the NHS hospitals.. The pay is on the website.
    There may be agencies that do contracts here but i honestly don't know about that. Most agencies i've read about don't do contracts like travel nursing agencies in the states if thats what you mean.
    I too left a good paying job in Med/Surg/Tele when i left the US.. and took a huge pay cut when i worked at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. I originally got the job via a recruitment agency that is no longer in existence.As i moved here by myself i had to have a work permit in order before starting work as well as registration with the NMC. Also remember you have to keep your US liscense up to keep you UK one.. so thats two sets of fees two sets .
    RGN stands for Registered General Nurse..
    Here in the UK the nursing education is differant that ours in the US..
    Here students decide very early on wether they want to do adult nursing or paediatric or psych.. and specialise.. So when they qualify they can only work in that field..
    So RGN adult can only work with adults
    RGN paediatric with kids etc..
    You can be dual qualified here but it involves extra time in school .
    Least i'm pretty sure thats how it works. By all means any UK trained nurses please correct me if i am wrong.
    Kaylesh
  9. by   Justagirl
    Thank you so much for your very helpful information sounds like I have some work to do!

    [QUOTE=Kaylesh]
    Quote from Justagirl
    I am assuming since you have been there for 3 years that you fancy the area? How is the pay at the agency you are working? I am going to be giving up a well paying job... I just got making 70,ooo yr. I am assuming since it is an agency u can get contracts as well? What did you think of the Royal Infirmary? I am a nurse trained in the er and I haven't seen much availability in that area for some reason. Do you know what an RGN is?was curious

    Hiya
    I lived up in Aberdeen from 7/99 to 10/02 then i moved down here to Dunfermline. I moved for another job offer and to be closer to my b/f :-)...
    It gets pretty darn cold up in Aberdeen and its fairly expensive to live in/near the city itself. The infirmary is a HUGE major teaching hospital for the North of Scotland. So there are lots of different wards both surgical and medical and cardiac related to work in.
    Pay with the Scottish Nursing Guild is pretty good.. better than working directly for any of the NHS hospitals.. The pay is on the website.
    There may be agencies that do contracts here but i honestly don't know about that. Most agencies i've read about don't do contracts like travel nursing agencies in the states if thats what you mean.
    I too left a good paying job in Med/Surg/Tele when i left the US.. and took a huge pay cut when i worked at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. I originally got the job via a recruitment agency that is no longer in existence.As i moved here by myself i had to have a work permit in order before starting work as well as registration with the NMC. Also remember you have to keep your US liscense up to keep you UK one.. so thats two sets of fees two sets .
    RGN stands for Registered General Nurse..
    Here in the UK the nursing education is differant that ours in the US..
    Here students decide very early on wether they want to do adult nursing or paediatric or psych.. and specialise.. So when they qualify they can only work in that field..
    So RGN adult can only work with adults
    RGN paediatric with kids etc..
    You can be dual qualified here but it involves extra time in school .
    Least i'm pretty sure thats how it works. By all means any UK trained nurses please correct me if i am wrong.
    Kaylesh
  10. by   Kaylesh
    [QUOTE=Justagirl]Thank you so much for your very helpful information sounds like I have some work to do!


    You're quite welcome.. Feel free to ask away.. I'll try to answer what i can. :-).
  11. by   Silverdragon102
    [QUOTE=KayleshRGN stands for Registered General Nurse..
    Here in the UK the nursing education is differant that ours in the US..
    Here students decide very early on wether they want to do adult nursing or paediatric or psych.. and specialise.. So when they qualify they can only work in that field..
    So RGN adult can only work with adults
    RGN paediatric with kids etc..
    You can be dual qualified here but it involves extra time in school .
    Least i'm pretty sure thats how it works. By all means any UK trained nurses please correct me if i am wrong.
    Kaylesh[/QUOTE]

    how it works is very similar to what you said the only thing I would add is. The extra time in school is usually 18 months but for a nurse who plans on moving to the USA will find that they do not have enough hours to qualify and in the UK there is nowwhere available for them to do the extra time. There are a couple of UK nurses on here who are having that problem at the moment. I sometimes wonder if this was done delibrately
  12. by   Kaylesh
    Thanks Silverdragon for the added info. :-).
    I can imagine how frustrating it must be for UK nurses wanting to go to the states and not having enough hours to qualify.
    Thats where the difference in the two education systems for nursing is.. In the USA we get trained and have clinical in everything and don't specialize until we come out and pass the dreaded NCLEX :-)..
    You'd think with the nursing shortage that the US agencies would be willing to devise some way for UK nurses to get the extra time needed in the different areas.. (shakes head and shrugs)
    Kaylesh
  13. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Kaylesh
    Thanks Silverdragon for the added info. :-).
    I can imagine how frustrating it must be for UK nurses wanting to go to the states and not having enough hours to qualify.
    Thats where the difference in the two education systems for nursing is.. In the USA we get trained and have clinical in everything and don't specialize until we come out and pass the dreaded NCLEX :-)..
    You'd think with the nursing shortage that the US agencies would be willing to devise some way for UK nurses to get the extra time needed in the different areas.. (shakes head and shrugs)
    Kaylesh
    you would think so.... not sure why they changed the training as no matter where you work you will sometimes have a patient which will fit into the catergory you didn't touch when in training. ie a patient on a medical ward with mental health issues would be nice to make sure you have the right contact with them and not by saying the wrong thing make things worse for them.
    The nurse who wants to add the training can do it by going to an accredited school of nursing in the US but will have to pay and have living expenses which for some with debts from training is virtually impossible
  14. by   expatnurse
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    you would think so.... not sure why they changed the training as no matter where you work you will sometimes have a patient which will fit into the catergory you didn't touch when in training. ie a patient on a medical ward with mental health issues would be nice to make sure you have the right contact with them and not by saying the wrong thing make things worse for them.
    The nurse who wants to add the training can do it by going to an accredited school of nursing in the US but will have to pay and have living expenses which for some with debts from training is virtually impossible

    I am a third year nursing student at the moment. I agree with you I do believe the change in training was done just so people couldn't transfer as easily. Just my two cents.

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