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I'm looking for advice on re-training as a nurse and seeking employment here afterward. My husband's job brought us to the UAE and the move presented an opportunity (I hope) for me to change my career.

There don't appear to be any nursing schools here offering training that would be accepted in the US or UK, so I'm considering going back to the US or UK to train in an intensive program and sit for exams, then return to the UAE to seek my first nursing job. I'm confident I could get into a BS-to-BSN program, and we've worked out that we can afford it.

But is it even possible I could get a job here without having 2-3 years of post-registration experience?

Anyone who is a nurse on this forum, or can put me in touch with a friend or spouse who nurses in Dubai, please PM me... I'd like to meet and pick your brain. TIA !
 

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I'm a dental professional but we go through the same process at the DHA, I had to present evidence of 5 years working experience to register here.

Have a look through some of this

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Thanks for your reply! I checked out the licensing requirements and for RNs normally 2 years of relevant experience is required, but fresh graduates are exempt.

My main concern is whether not I'm likely to be hired as a Western-educated RN with no experience after registration...
 

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Thanks for your reply! I checked out the licensing requirements and for RNs normally 2 years of relevant experience is required, but fresh graduates are exempt.

My main concern is whether not I'm likely to be hired as a Western-educated RN with no experience after registration...
Hi,

I'm not a nurse but I do know there are very few western nurses working in the UAE. Most nurses are recruited from the Philippines and India. They are highly trained, but poorly paid in comparison to the UK/US. Think 4-8k a month. That's being generous.

Also worth mentioning that nurses are not given the same responsibilities here as they are in the UK or US. My understanding is that the US and UK nursing training programmes are very different .....US nurses have much more responsibilities than UK nurses....... not sure whether either would sit well with you career/job satisfaction wise if you end up mainly undertaking very basic activities day in, day out..

Not all, but most of the western expats I know have a nursing background but are in senior management positions, with at least 10 years solid experience behind them.

Hope that's helpful!
 

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Hi,

I'm not a nurse but I do know there are very few western nurses working in the UAE. Most nurses are recruited from the Philippines and India. They are highly trained, but poorly paid in comparison to the UK/US. Think 4-8k a month. That's being generous.

Also worth mentioning that nurses are not given the same responsibilities here as they are in the UK or US. My understanding is that the US and UK nursing training programmes are very different .....US nurses have much more responsibilities than UK nurses....... not sure whether either would sit well with you career/job satisfaction wise if you end up mainly undertaking very basic activities day in, day out..

Not all, but most of the western expats I know have a nursing background but are in senior management positions, with at least 10 years solid experience behind them.

Hope that's helpful!
Thanks, this is helpful! I know more UK nurses (back home) than US nurses, and didn't realize the difference in level of responsibility. I'm not sure where I'll be next, US or UK, but wanted to look into whether starting here in the UAE first would be helpful. I'm OK with doing more basic tasks for lower pay as I'm not the breadwinner and just want to kickstart my new career while I have the time.

After your message and some PMs it sounds like it would not really help in the long-term and only provide me with "something to do" in the meantime here in the UAE.

Side note, I haven't found a nursing school in the UAE providing undergraduate education certified on an international level (but have on the graduate level, surprisingly).
 
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