Living abroad, even just for a season, can be a hugely rewarding experience. Maybe you’re following a spouse who got a new position or you’ve been longing to travel your whole life, but don’t have infinite resources to make that happen. Nursing abroad can allow you the freedom to travel and immerse yourself in a new culture, while taking home a paycheck each week.
In general, nursing abroad won’t make you the same take-home pay and benefits that nursing in the United States will, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Depending on the length of your assignment, you’ll have a couple months to not just visit a bucket-list locale, but really delve into life in France, Saudi Arabia or Japan.
Just keep in mind you’ll have plane tickets, visas, and accommodation to pay for, and not all international staffing agencies offer the same bountiful benefits packages that you can get in the States. So you might want to have some padding in your bank account before striking out.
Curious about where to start?
If you’re a US nurse thinking about travelling abroad, you’re in the right spot. We can’t offer as much help for international nursing as we can for US-based travel nursing, but we want to provide you with some resources to do your own research.
This is mostly because every country has different rules and regulations about what nurses need in order to practice in their country, and different visa and immigration standards.
To start, here’s a list of nursing boards by country. Their websites should provide further information about what you need to do to work abroad.
If you’d like the ease of working with an agency, check out the bonus section of our ebook, “The Ultimate Guide to Travel Nursing Agencies.”
If you’d like to do your own research, you can go this page on Moving to the United States or the Department of State’s Temporary Worker Visa page. Or, scroll through our ebook, “The Ultimate Guide to Travel Nursing Agencies” — a handful of the agencies on the list work with international nurses as well as US nurses.