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Next Nursing Destination: South Africa

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2009 by allgen2008
Nursing in South Africa

Nursing in South Africa

A lot of nurses  ask the same question over and over: What is the next step after NCLEX, IELTS and Visascreen application?

Due to US retrogression, the media frenzy that comes along with it, the very small portal called H1B, the 5-page resume requirements, a nurse who studied for 5 years, volunteered for a year or two, worked in the OR for another 2 years suddenly feels like she just hit reached the dead end.

So the same nurse signs herself up andwith a “US” based agency promises not to  approach other agents or else she will pay the fine, works in the hospital for a year or three, takes the jeepney home with SLEEPING IN as her idea of “spending the weekend. And then she waits. And then she waits. And then she waits.

Now, why should waiting be boring when you have a whole life ahead of you? Why should you spend your weekend sleeping when you should be partying at the beach or going on a nature trip?

Enter Eastern Cape, Western Cape and the Free State of South Africa.With its huge demand for nurses previously unknown to the Filipino, a new door has opened which brings out the adventurous spirit of the plain ER nurse who at this very moment just woke up from the 1st shift (2p-10p)  in a home she shares with her parents,  her idea of fun is watching the next blockbuster Pinoy movie (boring) with her barkada.

A typical career pattern for a SKILLED NURSE would be similar although not limited to the following:

1. NLE – 1 year

2. WORK – Staff Nurse, ER, Scrub Nurse, etc. (5 years)

3.   NCLEX – Review, Results, Retake (?) ( 6 months)

4. IELTS – 7 in speaking (1 month)

5. Visascreen – 3 to 6 months

6. H1B – 1 -2 years  (Long shot)

7. Go back to work. 2-3 years (Local or Saudi w/ little pay)

8. Go to US

A typical career pattern for a  NURSE with a least a year’s experience would be similar although not limited to the following:

1. NLE – 1 year

2. WORK – Staff Nurse, ER, Scrub Nurse, Call Center, etc. (1 years)

3.   NCLEX – Review, Results, Retake (?) ( 6 months)

4. IELTS – 7 in speaking (1 month)

5. Visascreen – 3 to 6 months

6. Apply for Immigrant Visa -Nurse hits brick wall for a long while.

7. Work in local hospital for 2 to 4 years (Very litte pay).

8. Wait.Wait.Wait.Get married.  Wait.Wait.Wait. Still Waiting.

Now, if a nurse chooses to work in South Africa, the career pattern would be similar to this:

1. NLE – 1 year

2. WORK – Staff Nurse, ER, Scrub Nurse, Call Center, etc. (1 years)

3.   NCLEX – Review, Results, Retake (?) ( 6 months)

4. IELTS – 7 in speaking (1 month)

5. Visascreen – 3 to 6 months

6. Apply for Immigrant Visa -Nurse hits brick wall for a long while.

7. Work in local hospital for 1 to 2 years.

8. Work in East London or Cape Town  for 6 months to three years – high salary, accomodation, safari, the beach, party, pleasant weather, charming, sophisticated hospitals.

8. Go to US.

Working in South Africa does not mean giving up your dreams of working in the US. It equips you with the necessary skills needed for the next big leap without sacrificing your youth, your life, and your economic condition. It immerses you in a very rich culture and beautiful landscape.

In South Africa, you will learn to appreciate, that fun is not a mere trip to the mall and getting that Coach bag you’ve always wanted.  It is about cultural diversity, history, nature and love for people. In the first place, isn’t that the reason why you chose to be a NURSE?

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To Learn more about the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, BloemFontein visit the following sites:

1.http://www.sa-venues.com/eastcape.htm

2.http://www.sa-venues.com/westcape.htm

3.http://www.sa-venues.com/searchfs/bloemfontein.php

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To learn more about registration for South African Nursing Council visit their website at http://www.sanc.co.za/ or call Allgen Review Center at (+63) 2 567 0641 or (+63) 2 567 2749 .

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For opportunities in South Africa, you may visit Light and Hope Overseas Placement Agency ( http://lightandhopeph.com). Tel. (+63) 2 631 -9149/ +(63) 2 637 6049

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How Much Do Forensic Nurses Make?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2009 by allgen2008

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The job of a forensic nurse  may sound so  glamorous due to shows featuring Crime Scene Investigations like  CSI, CSI Miami, and CSI New York. However, it requires more than just caring for crime victims. You also help in the investigation of crimes,  collecting evidence for DNA testing, and testifying  in court. And before you can become one, you need to go back to school to learn how to collect hair, saliva and other fluids.

While criminal cases arise in the community, forensic nurses are becoming popular. It offers great opportunities for nursing graduates and experienced Registered Nurses looking for a career change.

Forensic nurses are commonly found at the Emergency Room. For example the case of the distraught mother who brings in her son who is complaining that his leg hurts.

The mother says that his son fell down the stairs when he tries to catch the basketball. Check vitals and get an x-ray of the leg to see if it’s broken right?

Did you make the child change into a gown? Did you get a complete head to toe assessment? Because without it, you would have missed the evidence of previous contusions on his arm from two weeks ago when he was beat with a wrench for not cleaning his room right.

When a Forensic nurse take cases which is not under a criminal investigation, but was caused for example a natural calamity like typhoon, earthquake or landslides, it will fall under Medico Legal Death Investigation

There is no standard salary for a Forensic Nurse. It may vary from area of the country as well as the experience level of the nurse. Some hospitals offer a minimum of $1-4 dollars an hour for on-call nurses. If the SANE is called in for a case, the nurse will receive one to 1 1/2 times their base pay rate. Some organizations will not pay in hourly, but on a per case basis, it will range from $150-$400 depending on the agreement. In one website, it has sited that a forensic nursing salary starts at around $26 per hour and can reach as high as $100. These rates are typically higher than a standard nursing wage, due to the advanced training and education that is involved in becoming a forensic nurse, as well as the compensation for being on-call.

Forensic nursing can be a thrilling profession. They treat patients on criminal cases and usually worked with victims of violent crime and can help in scene investigations