Travel Nursing Abroad

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Travel abroad and see the world.  Is that on your bucket list of things to do in your lifetime?  What if you could do that and get paid while you travel.   Sounds good right?  Well if you are a nurse who loves to travel you can do just that.

I’m sure most of you are well aware of the benefits you can reap as a travel nurse. You can choose the location where you would like to work. You can choose how long you would like to stay in a location while you work. Generally, you make more money than in a permanent nursing job while you tour this great country.

What if you could take this travel nurse job to the next level.   What if you could pick your next assignment abroad in a dream location.  Finding the right agency and recruiter can be a little difficult but not impossible.

Cruise Ships

Cruise ships hire nurses to be available to treat passengers onboard the ship.  You might see passengers who are seasick, injured or become ill while traveling.  A passenger may present with something as minor as a sunburn or more serious cardiac arrest.

The salary for this job is less than what you would make in a hospital but your cabin, food, and travel to and from the ship are all paid.  With this job, you are not in it for the money but for the chance to see the world.  These contracts are generally six-month contracts reducing the number of times you have to move.   Find out more about cruising at Nurse.org.

Vacation tour nurse

Another way to travel is to become a vacation tour nurse.  There are many guided tour companies that provide tours for the senior citizens and employ a nurse to assist their travelers as needed.  These companies generally advertise that a nurse is on staff to encourage people to sign up.  Having a nurse available especially in a foreign country will put their travelers’ mind at ease. The possibilities are endless.

Military Nurse

An option that is dear to my heart is the military.  I am retired after 26 years in the Army reserve.  During my time serving, I have been in almost every state in the U.S. and South Korea. As a member of the military, you will have all of the benefits of our soldiers.

My aunt retired at the age of 40 from the Airforce as a Lt.Col.  She had traveled all over the world during her 20 years of active duty.  When she retired she had a great retirement with pay and insurance and many other benefits.

As a nurse in the military, you work in hospitals, clinics, and home care with all the same specialties available to choose as a career. You care for military personnel and their families.  The best part is you can move up in rank increasing your pay for each promotion.

To get started in the military you should reach out to a local recruiter for the branch of service that interests you.

Travel Nursing with an agency

Travel outside the United States does not have to be difficult. The first step is to find an agent that staffs internationally  One company is Travel Nursing Central that lists international travel agencies.

Once you decide where you would like to travel reach out to an agency that staffs in the country.  Information on licensing and requirements for a travel work visa will be explained.  There are plenty of jobs to choose from just do a little research.  Choose how you want to travel internationally and then work to make it happen.

 

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Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a Registered Nurse and retired US Army Reserve Nurse Major. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career, she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and to South Korea. She was trained as an Army Medic during the Vietnam era and later as an OR tec. She went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and then completed her nursing training as a Registered Nurse. She was then commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and work in other medical facilities. During her career, she had the opportunity to work in several specialties to include, OR, Occupational Health, Hospice, Sexual Assault Team, Forensic/ Correctional Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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