Published Jun 11, 2006
hi all! i just graduated from the American unirversity of beirut in lebanon, i am arab american origin and ive been trying to get a job but nobody wants me! i cant work in lebanon because i can not be part of the lebanese order of nurses and hence can not obtain a license to practice. and if i go back to the US ill have nothing there and i will have to apply for the NCLEX and wait to do it and i feel that i would lose alot of time and money and i cant afford that now. so im trying to get a job preferably in the gulf like saudi arabia (i lived there and am familiar with the area). i sent my cv to a few hospitals and i havent had a reply from them and i even contacted a few recruiterment agencies but they havent contacted me back yet! im new at this so if anyone can advise me id seriously appreciate that! how long do i wait for a response? should i just keep nagging and following it up with the hospital? will i get a job with only the one month internship that i did as a nursing student? thanks for helping me out
Hello and welcome to Allnurses!
I'm concerned your questions may get over looked on this thread.
I'd suggest checking out the International Nursing areas. You may find some answers there, if not, feel free to start a new thread.
Suzanne, the moderator of that area is very knowledgeable.
If you could any place at all to work, where would you want to work?
You mentioned that you did not want to wait to take the NCLEX exam, but to work in any of the other countries, you are going to need to do just that. Either it is going to be the NCLEX, or another licensing exam. They normally will not let you work until you pass some type of exam that will give you permission to do so.
If you already hold a US passport, working in the US is probably going to be the fastest for you. And depending on the state, you may get permission to test in just a month or so. That would be all that you would need, depending on the state. You would not need the English exams or the Visa Screen Certificate, strictly the licensing exam for almost every state. That would also give you a salary that would be much higher than you would get in the Middle East.
Soemthing to think about. Not one country is going to let you begin work immediately wthout having soem type of license available to them.
Please let me know if you need any more help.
gemini_star, BSN, RN
Suzanne is right. They will ask for your license but there are hospitals that give you time to work for a bit until you have taken your nursing licensure exam. Have you considered Kuwait? It is 3 hours away from Saudi Arabia. They have great hospitals and their culture there is somewhat westernized compared to KSA. Try searching at google.com for jobs in Kuwait. Hope that helps.
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