So you have decided to become a nurse, well done! It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. As physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing as it is to be a nurse, it is a career that comes with so many benefits. It’s rewarding, flexible, and offers so much mobility to your career. The possibilities are endless. You could work in geriatrics or paediatrics. You can work in the public or private sector. You can work in any city in your country. And yet, how many nurses are aware of the possibilities to travel to a new country to work?
Nurses are in high demand internationally. This is because retention is one of the key challenges in the nursing industry due to the endless possibilities of mobility within the career itself. Many countries claim they have a “shortage” of nurses, and that could very well be because nurses have the unique and wonderful opportunity to be recruited to other countries. This makes everyone a winner: Your employer benefits of keeping you in a position for at least a year, while you gain valuable experience. As a nurse who goes overseas to work, you gain valuable international exposure, strenghten your language skills, and gain knowledge of other health systems in the world. As a bonus you learn about new cultures, meet new people and make priceless connections.
With all of the benefits of nursing abroad, you will of course encounter some tough days ahead. Home-sickness, different types of food and weather, and typical “growing” pains are among the factors. However, nursing is a tight knit community and you are all in this together. While you are abroad you can build support networks, make new friends and keep a piece of your home country with you. Another very helpful thing to remember is that in this day and age of technology and communication, it is incredibly easy to stay in touch with your friends or loved ones back home. Being overseas has never been more exciting!
Congratulations once again on picking a most honorable and exciting profession. At NurseIreland we wish you the very best in your career and hope that you feel at home, wherever your caring spirit takes you.
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