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Old 28-10-2009, 09:31   #1
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Nursing and Cruising?

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Some experienced advice would be welcomed!! We are looking to make the transition from landlubbers to liveaboard/cruisers. I am a nurse and he is an owner of a small company that writes software. The company is going through a phase and looks like he will be the only employee left standing. Opportunity seems to be knocking and we are opening the door. Plan is that he can do his software writing on the boat, but my skills are land based. I figured we could stay at bigger ports and I would try to get agency work for a few months and build up the kitty again. Still many kinks to work out, but we are ready to jump in. Figured we can always come back to the land if it doesn't work out. Anyone with any experience with nurses combining career with cruising?
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Old 28-10-2009, 09:42   #2
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combining career with cruising?
Well they start with the same letter.

If you stayed in your own country it may be possable
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The software part should not be a problem.

Nursing is in shortage in many of the countries I have lived in. The problem is credentials are not always universally accepted. I would start with one of the nursing sites in the different countries you wish to visit. You could not do it under the table of course so you would need work permits. There are as you said staffing sites for this.
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My wife has cruised and nursed for the last 15 years. She has found it makes more sense to return home and work than to go through the regulatory hurdles and accept less pay. A return air flight is only one or two day's pay. She has to work every two years to keep her credentials, but it always amazes me when she comes back from being on the boat for 18 months and can find agency work in a day or two. ICU/ER skills are more in demand. You might try some agency work before you leave to get the contacts in place.
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