International nursing is a trend that is just starting to gain popularity. It is one of the hottest careers now because of the flexibility, high pay, excitement, and ability to travel the country. Nurses who embark on this journey will not have the luxury to switch countries every few months but may be able to travel within a specific country depending on the rules of the country and visas. Most nurses who travel internationally want to experience another country and get away from the current nursing shortage.
Below are some of the top countries around the world for nurses to work. All average salaries listed are in USD and converted to PHP.
Australia – $56,000 / 2,936,528 PHP
Australia has become a key destination for those interested in traveling and working abroad. A large appeal is the national language is English and there is no language barrier. Foreigners are required to apply for a visa.
Canada – $51,000 / 2,674,338 PHP
Canada is a prime location for nurses interested in trying International Nursing but do not want to stray too far from home. Furthermore, English as the primary language adds to the ease of transitioning living in another country.
Italy – $59,594 / 3,124,990.17 PHP
Italy currently has a nursing shortage. In order to work in a country where English is NOT the primary language, most nursing licensure boards requiring a language proficiency examination as part of the credentialing process.
Luxembourg – $60,000 to $125,000 / 3,146,280 to 6,554,750 PHP
Currently topping the list as the highest paid country in the world for nurses, this tiny country in Western Europe pays their nurses very well. Because of the tiny size of the country and its tax haven laws, getting a job as a nurse is extremely difficult. While almost impossible, nurses can wait for years for an opening to occur.
Ireland – $64,000 / 3,356,032 PHP
In order to qualify, interest applicants must complete and online information packet, background check, fingerprinting, and English proficiency examination. This is required whether or not you are a native English speaker. Some individuals are required to complete an examination but that is ultimately determined by the board. In order to work in Ireland, an employment visa is a requirement.
Norway – $52,000 / 2,726,776 PHP
Te average life expectancy of individuals in Norway is steadily rising. The land of Fjords has one of the highest standards of living in the world as well as job satisfaction for nurses. Individuals also must pass a Norwegian language examination. Courses are taught online for foreigners. There is also a one year training program, including enrollment fee, that most international nurses are required to take prior to obtaining licensure.
Denmark – $54,000 / 2,831,652 PHP
Interestingly, if you are over the age of 75 you are not allowed to practice as a nurse in Denmark as this is a Danish law. For those interested in applying for application, the first step is submitting all need education documentation and qualifications. If approved, individuals are given three years to fulfill the remainder of the qualifications for permanent authority to practice in Denmark. The main component is the language exam.
Dubai – $22,154 / 1,161,711.45 PHP
Currently one of the richest and most lavish places in the world, Dubai has an extremely low average pay for nurses. Income is tax-free, and healthcare is provided to everyone, which means the entire paycheck is taken home. For this reason, individuals have the opportunity to make more than they would at home. Nurses working in Dubai have stricter requirements in their contracts than other countries. Nurses are required to live in hospital-provided accommodations and are offered a small living stipend. Most are also required to sign a minimum of a one-year contract.
Virgin Islands – $58,831 / 3,084,979.98 PHP
Looking for that laid-back island vibe while still earning a top wage. The Virgin Islands are the perfect escape for those dreading the long winters and longing for sunshine, sand, and crystal blue water. This wage is dependent on the financial stability of the individual island and the healthcare facilities available.
Switzerland – $57,234 / 3,001,236.49 PHP
The Swiss Red Cross oversees all credentials for foreign nurses. While there is a considerable shortage of nurses in Switzerland, a requirement for all applicants is they must fluently speak on the of the national languages (Italian, French and/or German). There is absolutely no exception to this. While some hospitals in Switzerland will state that English is acceptable for employment in the hospital, it is not acceptable to the governing board.
International travel nursing can be exciting, adventurous, and extremely rewarding but it is important to commit to it as the process can take months and is costly. Becoming an international travel nurse takes planning and dedication but experiencing another culture while working alongside locals is something on a few will ever experience.
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