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What to consider if you are thinking of working abroad

Working abroad can offer exciting oportunities for nurses, but do your research and plan your move carefully, writes Erin Dean. 
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Working abroad can offer exciting oportunities for nurses, but do your research and plan your move carefully, writes Erin Dean

One of the reasons Josie Gilday wanted to study nursing was the exciting opportunities it offered to work abroad.

The HIV nurse specialist planned her career so that she had the right skills to work for an international charity and it has paid off, with job offers in a range of countries including Chad, Haiti, Myanmar and South Sudan.

‘Working for a non-governmental organistion abroad is often not hands-on nursing,’ she says. ‘It is about training, teaching and managing local staff, so you need to be competent and confident in your skills before you go. Working in areas such as accident and emergency, HIV and surgery offer useful preparation.’

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