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Missing Job Orders in SRO.

May 27, 2010

I wanna share this story of a friend of mine who applied in SRO and had this experience.

She went to SRO yesterday to check the status of her flight departure. She finished everythign she needs to finish and just waiting for that damn text from them but she was shocked when she saw her folder and her job order is gone. They cannot give her a clear explanation but with as what other applicants. They said that some job orders were on sale. meaning, they are selling the job orders in exchange of money? I was like WHAT?I will be going to the SRO next week to check the status of my flight as well.

Things to bring in KSA

March 16, 2010

To all my kababayans out there!I wanted to share a list of important things to bring in Saudi Arabia:

In my case, our employer provided us with one pillow, one pillow case, one bedsheet and one pillow. free accomodation, free water, free electricity pero we don’t have an internet connection kaya nagpa gamit kami. Sympre kami ang nagbabayad nun every month. Hati hati kami ng mga kasama ko sa hospital na gumagamit ng internet.

When we came to KSA our employer gave us 200 riyals (salary deduction yon) to buy stuffs that we will need. In my case, I bought some toiletries.

Things I bring in KSA,

1. Toileties  (shampoo, soap, conditioner, lotion,, sanitary pads) РNagdala ako nito para just in case hindi kami bgyan ng budget atleast meron ako.

2. Crackers, cookies, skyflakes, bottled water – na delay kasi ang flight ko kaya just in case ma delayed ang flight nyo at nagutom kayo meron kayong makakain kasi medyo mahal ang bilihin sa airport

3. Jacket – Malamig sa airplane at minsan pag na delay ang employer nyo sa pag pick up sa inyo sa airport mag stay kayo at matulog sa waiting area ng airport.

4. books – kung nurse k,a med tech, etc. dala ka ng reference book just to prepared yourself sa mga interviews or questions ng mga tao sa inyo.

5. Tarha – white tarha yes!!! need ito sa work

6. white shoes/scrub shirts – kasi ang employer one pair lang ng uniform ang binibgay.

7.phone roaming- medyo mahirap kasi humanap ng sim card don na smart or globe.

8. passport, important documents just in case mag check sila.

9. ballpen /notebook – para during ng orientation nyo ma lista nyo important things.

10. others.. -> fave books, cd nyo, or anything na memorable sa inyo.

reminders:

Don’t bring a bible, a rosary, or anything that signifies christianity kasi pinagbabawal nila yan. Kung magdadala kayo please itago nyo sa pinakailalaim ng maleta nyo dahil pag nakitaan kayo nyan kulong kayo.!

at please wag kayo mag picture pciture dahil pinagbabawal pa rin nila yan hanggang ngayon. chambahan depende sa police or muttawa…

My Experience in Working as a Nurse in KSA

March 3, 2010

I worked in KSA for almost two years. I had a lot of good and bad experiences.

I was recruited by our kababayan who used to work in a PRIVATE Hospital somewhere in ASIR region. She/He was working there as a staff nurse/midwife and she recruited us to go along with her. She told us that our employer will shoulder our iqama, insurance and we will not pay anything just a placement fee from the agency. Since, she was a neigbor my parents trusted her and allowed me to go with her.

But things did turn turned out good. We have a lot of salary deductions. Our iqama, insurance, visa, etc. were deducted from our salary It was too bad. I really wanted to go home that time. But, according to our employer, If I want to go home I have to pay them all the expenses the spent in hiring me including the contract.

I have no choice at all but to stay and continue working. I was assigned in different departments and work 9 hours a day for 6 days. Sometimes I have on calls during fridays. Without any incentives or overtime pay.¬† I experienced different kinds of humiliation from the doctors, patients and even my co-workers. They said that I don’t know anything. Cause during that time I only got 1 year of working experience.

I really want to give up but there’s nowhere to go but to take the challenge.

it was a very bad experience that i will never forget in my life.

To be continued….

Working as a Nurse in Saudi Arabia

March 1, 2010

First of all, I would like to thank all you for dropping by here in my little space in the internet.

I received a lot of messages in one of the forums I joined in the web recently from nurses who aspires to work in KSA.

If you are planning to work as a staff nurse in KSA, prepare yourself for a big challenge. Saudi Arabia is a close country, they have double standard laws and restrictions which are different from our culture.

They expect the nurses to wear TARHA and wear a white uniform which is long and not fitted.

credit: Taif healthy city program flickr page

Aside from that, one must be flexible to different work areas. Sometimes, the nurses are being floated from one department to another depending on the number of patients admitted or the number of nurses who work in that area.

There is a zouk day, every month nurses can go out from their accomodation to buy stuffs they will be using for one month. (depends upon the employer’s policy)

Women have no rights no go out alone (not unless they have a written permission or a waraga from their employers). they are usually accompanied by the company’s driver or some of them are being accompanied by a filipino couple.

These are some of the informations I can share with you right now. if you have questions just simply leave me a comment.Thanks