SOUTH to register as foreign RN


I'm a U.S. citizen and a RN. I have an Associates Degree in Nursing (2yr program) and would like advice from any other American RNs on the registration process to work in South Africa. **However, advice from citizens of other countries will also be welcomed and appreciated!:yes:

I've researched the process on South African Nursing Council's website. My questions now are:

  • How was your experience with the whole registration process?
  • How long did it take?
  • Was it a painfully frustrating process?! (Seems very confusing on the website to me!)
  • What kind of hurdles did you come across, if any?
  • What tips/advice can you offer me now that you've been through the process?
  • Was it worth it? (or should I just keep my butt here!?:banghead:)

Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts! Please feel free to ask me any questions as well!



171 Posts

Why?? Family?


Has 18 years experience. 8,343 Posts

South Africa has a huge crime problem. Nurses I work with left SA for reasons related to crime and lousy wages.



54 Posts

I was living there for the past 3 months on vacation. I loved it!! Never experienced any crime. Also not saying that there is no crime...just saying that I stayed in areas with lower rates of crime and used common sense (and my superb psych nurse skills! ;)). Came back to the states to visit family. Still deciding whether or not to go back.