Where Can You Find Overseas Nursing Opportunities?


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Find nursing job opportunities abroad through the military, U.S. State Department and charities, as well as through the World Health Organization and health care recruiters. Nurses who work overseas receive competitive salaries and benefits, and get unique and valuable experience working in poor developing countries, war zones, famine- or epidemic-stricken regions and calamity areas.

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Nurses in the military provide critical care to injured soldiers and emergency medical care in war-torn countries. Army nurses may continue to work in their communities until deployment and receive assistance in repaying nursing student loans. The U.S. State Department hires nurses to deploy in U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. Nurse practitioners are in high demand as primary care providers for embassy staff and their families. Various charitable organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross hire nurses for their missions abroad.

The WHO offers internships to nurses finishing their graduate degrees, giving them opportunities to become involved in global health policy, strengthening health systems by improving primary health care and examining the practice and education of nurses. Health care recruiters recruit nurses on behalf of foreign employers such as hospitals in the Middle East, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. They frequently advertise online or in nursing journals. Many recruiters assist nurses in registration and licensing requirements of the foreign country as well as in the moving process.

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