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Saudi Arabia - Good Idea or Not

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As seen by a Registered Nurse from the United States, who is now on assignment, it can be hard to adjust to hospital nursing in Saudi Arabia. That is particularly true in the hospital complex that serves the Saudi Royal Family. The very size of this facility is daunting. It is a 1 km straight walk from the front door to the back entrance. You are reading page 2 of Saudi Arabia - Good Idea or Not. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Hi there,

What an informative read - thank you for taking the time to do this. Am I wrong in thinking many/most of the hospitals there are governed by USA healthcare standards? It does'nt sound like it.

I am currently looking at working there for a year, and really just at the information gathering stage. I did work in the USA for almost 6 years and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I will continue to track this discussion

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I'd have a hard time with patients calling the shots, that's for sure.

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This particular hospital is Joint Commission accredited as I understand.

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Well, what is the pay in Saudi Arabia? I am male, so I would give it a shot. At least I know who is calling the shots (the patient). What a change from the almighty $ calling the shots.:specs:

Seriously what is the pay please?

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hi,

check this out:

i've applied for a nursing job in saudi arabia, and the recruiter said the salary was about us$60,000 a year. how do they hope to get american nurses for so little money?

sincerely,

considering nursing jobs in saudi arabia

dear considering:

depends on what you consider "little." there is no tax paid on the income in saudi arabia, and the irs gives you $80,000 tax-free so long as you're out of the country for 330 out of 365 days of the year. also, the hospital pays for your housing. therefore, your $60k – and any overtime up to $80k – is take-home. can you say the same for your income at home?

but even if you earn as much/more at home, there are a lot of people who have motivations other than money. some are carpe diem types who want travel and adventure. some want to immerse themselves in a totally different culture and learn new things. some want to challenge themselves and try something totally different. and most people think, "what the heck! even if i don't like it, it's only a year, and with the nursing shortages, when i get home, i'll have no trouble finding a job."

source: http://www.medhunters.com/articles/dearcpsaudinursingsalary.html

but you're right, you wouldn't have the same problems are female nurses. i still would talk to people who have done it before you get on that plane! the nationality of our 9/11 pals has never been lost on me, that's for sure. check out working in dubai - it would a lot more fun. you could even drink a beer or two.

diahni

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They can take anything from me, but not my religious freedom.

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If you do not draw any attention in S.A., you may retain freedom of thought, but not expression. You wouldn't find a congregation of Jewish or Christian believers or a place to worship, at least in the open, without leaving the country.

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There is a difference, between being a judgmental person and being a person of rational judgment, that is worth remembering.

I particularly like what you are expressing in the above.

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i totally agree with shah no need to bad mouth muslims. culture and religion are two different subjects.

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Culture & Religion - two different things. Not necessarily so. Think about it.

Just for my information, what bad mouthing words are you referring to?

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I didn't see any bad mouthing going on at all...

I liked the article and found it interesting.

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Thanks. I was beginning to second guess the article after 2 comments about bad-mouthing. Hope no one else is reading that kind of prejudice into it.

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