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

POEA application process

February 28, 2010

I would like to share some tips to all of you about the application process in POEA for nurses who aspire to work in Saudi Arabia.

First STEP.

Before going to POEA, please prepare all your documents such as the following:

Original and Xerox Copy of the documents,

  1. Resume with detailed job description
  2. Certificate of Employment (atleast 1 1/2 years of experience in hospital)
  3. College Diploma
  4. PRC license and certification
  5. Board of rating
  6. Transcript of records
  7. NBI clearance
  8. Passport
  9. Certification of trainings and seminars attended

STEP 2:

– Submit all the requirements in Window M. (They will evaluate your documents for approval)

– They will give you two forms to fill up

– They will instruct you to encode all the informations in POEA e-register

Write your e-registration number in your folder .

STEP 3:

– After you finish encoding and filling up the form, go back to Window M. They will give you an orange paper and instruct you to wait for the SRO text for your interview and exam schedule.

for more infos please visit http://www.poea.gov.ph