What is International Pediatric Nursing?
Travel Overseas and Practice Pediatric Nursing
If you love pediatric nursing and dream of traveling the world, you can do both. Many jobs may prevent you from international travel, but pediatric nursing enables you to do both. International traveling pediatric nursing jobs are more than available. The world is filled with people who have no access to medical help, so doctors and nurses are always in need. You can perform your pediatric nursing duties at a beautiful overseas clinic or in the remotest desert of Africa. Humanitarian organizations are always looking for qualified nurses to help war refugees, AIDS orphans or displaced families. You can also become a personal companion to a traveling family with a chronically ill child. International travel as a pediatric nurse is possible, as long as you are passionate and qualified.
International Pediatric Nursing Qualifications
To perform pediatric nursing overseas, you must be a licensed registered nurse (RN). After you pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), you must specialize in pediatric nursing. This involves studying pediatric nursing at a pediatric healthcare setting for infants, children and adolescents. Once you are comfortable in the pediatric field you can start looking at international jobs. Your likelihood of acquiring an international position increases with specialty certifications in pediatric oncology, emergency medicine or prenatal and neonatal care. With this expertise you are more likely to acquire the exact position you want and earnings. If you have experience traveling or working abroad, know a foreign language, and have a current passport, your chance heightens even more. Depending on where you apply, where you are placed, and how long you are staying there, you may have to get specific visas, vaccines or certificates.
International Hospitals and Clinics
International pediatric nursing is a very specific agency. The more specialized you are the more you are desired. If you are qualified to become a traveling pediatric nurse you have a few choices. If you seek a long-term or short-term assignment in a major overseas English-speaking hospital, your opportunities to acquire pediatric nursing jobs in the U.S. will increase. Typically this option is only offered when European hospitals have exhausted their supply of pediatric nurses. Hospitals in underdeveloped countries are more accessible. These hospitals offer greater challenges. If you start your pediatric nursing assignment in an underdeveloped country your likelihood of acquiring a European or American job may increase because you have experience under pressure.
Humanitarian Efforts and Challenges
As mentioned before, pediatric nurses are in high demand in underdeveloped countries. You can acquire an international assignment through humanitarian agencies like Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders and numerous religious or missionary organizations, such as Mercy Ships. These positions are quite challenging due to various circumstances: lack of supplies and facilities, a wide range of diseases and health crises, and wartime. These positions pose challenges to even the most seasoned nurses. The emotional and physical toll may be tested, but these assignments can be incredibly personally satisfying.
What To Expect
No matter where you work, you will be confronted with different challenges. Even if you work at the nicest hospital in Europe, you may be confronted by supplies, codes, and mechanisms that are foreign to you. Other countries like Saudi Arabia, may require very specific dress codes. If you are a woman you may have to meet other restrictions like the inability to drive (by law). In the more underdeveloped hospitals you should expect long hours and less labor laws. In any case, international pediatric nursing will be an adventure.