A lot of nurses are planning to work outside their country to gain better salary, receive better benefits and to have more experience. Since there are still a lot of shortages of nurses all over the world, we as nurses want to grab any opportunities that may knock on our door to improve our way of living. Here are list countries to give you some idea on which place do you want to work next.


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Here are the requirement to work as a nurse in Australia; you must have an education institution and curriculum approved by the Australian State Nursing Board, a Bachelor’s degree, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), undertake a Competency Based Assessment Program (CBAP) State Nursing Boards have approved courses which assess the competency of nurses to practice (“Pre-Registration Programed” or “Bridging Courses”).


  • Unlike the USA, approval is quick and uncomplicated. Once you have passed the assessment program you are able to work within 3-6 months.
  • Eligibility for Permanent Residence after 2-3 years
  • Nurses are given priority due to the shortage of nurses in Australia
  • Enhance your Nursing Skills in worlds “Best Practice” health facilities
  • High minimum wage with the great standard of living
  • Great climate


  • High cost of living
  • High tax rate

Saudi Arabia

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Do you wonder why a lot of expat nurses (Philippine, Lebanese, Indian, Jordanian etc.) go to this country in spite of being a close, conservative and strict country? Well, as my experience I guess Saudi Arabia is one of the easy access countries to go if you really want to leave your country and have a better salary. In spite of having strict policies in Saudi Arabia it is still one of the best place to start your nursing career, some nurses work here as a stepping stone to gain some experience while waiting for their petition to go to western countries. To emphasize more, here are some pros and cons that may help you if you are planning to choose this country.


  • Limited requirements: Prometric ( Saudi Council), MOH, Nursing Licensure in your own country.
  • No tax
  • Low cost of living
  • Average to high rate salary( If you compare to your cost of living)
  • You are entitled to receive extra allowance for housing and transportation ( if you are married here).
  • For singles housing and bus is provided.
  • You are entitled to have yearly payed vacation with Plane Ticket( it depends on your hospital policy)


  • Restricted country
  • Muslim country( for non-muslim)
  • No night life

No Night life

  • Weather is extremely hot on summer (in some places)
  • You need to wear “Abaya”( for females)


  • Display of affection is extremely illegal (or else mutawa will catch you and hit you!)


In my own opinion, working here in Saudi Arabia as a nurse has some cons but it depends on the management of each hospital, some hospital have good management and some are not so good. Like in some small clinics, they provide lesser salary, lesser benefits (Some Insurance are not fully covered all your expenses if hospitalized).


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Qualifications to work in UAE are Nursing license in your own country, at least 2 years working experience, HAAD for Abu Dhabi, DHA for Dubai and MOH.


  • Payed annual leave yearly
  • Tax free salary
  • A housing allowance offered
  • Transportation allowances
  • Free Plane ticket annually for vacation
  • Free medical care and emergency dental
  • High salary rate if government
  • Middle rate salary private
  • Plenty of outdoor activities that you may enjoy (Night life Yeah!)


  • High cost of living
  • Muslim country (for non-muslim, but more open than Saudi Arabia)
  • Renting a house is expensive (if you are live out you need to pay the rent yearly)
  • Temperature is extremely hot except November to March.

UAE is tax free country but the cost of living is high, some people want to work here especially singles because they can enjoy the lifestyle compared to other close country.


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Like in other Middle East countries, most of Oman benefits for nurses are almost the same. The requirements for nurses to work here are at least 2 years’ experience, Nursing license in your own country, Prometric exam and MOH.


  • Annual payed vacation
  • Annual plane ticket package for vacation
  • Housing allowance and transportation allowance
  • Open country compared to Saudi Arabia ( Clubs, malls and Bars are available)
  • Safe country with low crime rate
  • Beautiful beaches and mountain is available to help you unwind after stressful shift.


  • Muslim country ( for non-muslim)
  • High cost of living
  • Some western good and brands are more expensive than usual.


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  • Tax free
  • Housing and furniture allowance
  • Transportation allowance
  • 35-50 days of annual leave
  • Round trip ticket annually
  • Open Country( Less conservative than Saudi Arabia)
  • Low crime rate
  • Salary is high


  • Cost of Living is high
  • Muslim country( for non muslim)
  • Many government facilities are close after 1pm


New Zealand

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In order for expat nurses to work in New Zealand the applicant must have experience atleast 5 years as a nurse. You must passed either CGNFS, IELTS, OET. Registered nurses who have gained their registration outside New Zealand must apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand to obtain a practicing certificate. The applicant has undertaken a nursing programme that is similar in all specified content and length to the equivalent programme in New Zealand.


  • Safe, low crime rate
  • Beautiful place ( Beaches and Mountains to unwind)
  • Easy going lifestyle
  • Pollution Free


  • Everything is expensive
  • Housing is expensive( Renting an apartment can almost take all your salary)
  • No city life
  • High tax rate


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In my time 10 years ago, a lot of student took nursing for their dream to work in USA because of the opportunities to migrate and experience the benefits of working in one of the progressive country in the world. I guess that’s the first reason why most of the student shifts to nursing course and even some doctors on my time study nursing just for them to go and work in USA. But processing and waiting too long for their petition to migrate in U.S. takes a lot of time and efforts that’s why when other country opens up for nurses, people start to change their direction and grab the other opportunities. The usual requirements for you to apply in USA are Diploma from a nursing school in your country, Nursing Licensure in your own country, NCLEX, CGFNS, IELTS( depending on each state), Visa screening certificate, recent job offer letter (or employment contract) and government filing fees


  • Freedom
  • Permanent resident visa
  • Medical benefits (including dental benefits, vision benefits like eye glasses)
  • High salary


  • Longer waiting to approve your petition
  • Needs a lot of money for processing
  • Tax is high
  • No housing and Transportation allowance
  • High cost of living.

We can say that in every country there are a lot of pros and cons that we may encounter; of course not all countries are perfect. I included here some of the environment that we may expect because I think this may affect your decision from choosing which country that may fit on you.

This article are based on my friends’ information, my own research and experience, if there are some points that I didn’t mention here, or some statement that is wrong, you may comment in the box and share us your own experience.