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US nurse being relocated to Singapore

Postby eramie » Thu, 29 May 2008 3:10 pm

Hello all,

I am currently a labor and delivery nurse in Texas being sent to Singapore with my husband by his company this summer. After reading all the nursing post on this site I am a little nervous! I have been in contact with some hospitals over there (mainly KK women's) but it seems like it takes a long time for people to respond back. I did notice that the nursing board states to go through your "hiring insitiute" to get a license but most of the hospital job postings state you must already have that taken care of. Little confusing! Are the jobs and pay really that bad over there? Is it worth the effort to try to work as a nurse there or should I just apply with burger king now? I have contacted 3 or 4 hospitals with current job positings in my area to try and meet with them when I am there looking for housing in a few weeks but still no response. My husband will be traveling a lot so I've got to do something while I'm there. I love my job as a nurse and would love to continue it in Singapore. Any advice would be great!

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Postby taxico » Thu, 29 May 2008 4:49 pm

many foreign nurses email those facilities for job openings, and not all are qualified, so you need to be patient when it comes to a reply from them as well as be careful to wording your emails. why not call them up?

have you tried thomson medical centre as well? i believe thomson and KK are the 2 main birthing centers (although others have such facilities as well) in the country.

you could apply directly to (some) private OBGYNs who have their own nurses (private hospitals supply them too), or use a medical profession job agency. they flourish and could hook you up if you're not fussy.

otherwise, head on over to each hospital's website for an index of doctors... you can try googling 1. gleneagles, 2. alvernia, 3. elizabeth and 4. camden hospitals for a start. unsure if east shore hospital's still opened!

check out www.moh.gov.sg also for links to info on the nursing profession as well as a list of all hospitals. there're some clinics that operate like hospitals (full facilities), so give them a shot too. (eg, Japan Green Clinic)

nurses don't get paid a lot in singapore especially in the public sector, even if you were a highly skilled and specialized one back home... you're likely to take a big cut in singapore, incomparable to your texan paycheck!

there're always jobs in the public hospitals, but you'll have a steep learning curve to overcome (which you might not) due to cultural differences nor be accustomed to the barrage of politicking...

private nursing gigs pay better in general but you might not get one (or one that you like) as easily - you should also be prepared to run your employers' clinic and fulfill both clinical and administrative roles.

(99.99% of private singapore clinics have their own dispensaries and also because all doctors there are strapped for time, you might have to take on the further roles of dietitian, pharmacist and therapist... and more!)

that *might* also entail some shift work. money might not be what you're used to either, but that experience may be something more bearable while you learn the lay of the land... (i'm putting it across gently here)

when you think you're ready to handle singaporeans of all kinds (they're NOT EASY to deal with), you can head on over to public hospitals if you wish to not let your skills rust away... (please don't work at BK!)

allied healthcare professionals are not as respected in singapore (or perhaps in asia in general) compared to the united states. they take a very diminished role in the patients' minds... GOOD LUCK!!!

(regardless, i'm 100% sure you'll learn heaps if you were to go into the public sector as long as you have a genuine desire to serve; you'll do fine. worry not! smile smile smile! don't worry too much! enjoy singapore! :b)

taxico, m.d.

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Postby eramie » Fri, 30 May 2008 12:31 pm

Thanks for the advice. Two of the hospitals you mentioned were hospitals that I have emailed about positions they have open. Will take your advice on getting in touch with some doctors!

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Postby taxico » Fri, 30 May 2008 12:49 pm

the nursing scene isn't inhospital. just takes some getting used to. : )

good luck! and be sure to pop in here when you feel like ranting, whenever!

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Postby sleepydog » Sun, 01 Jun 2008 11:19 pm

Try to apply a job in NKF, sure you will get it! :D

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Postby sleepydog » Mon, 02 Jun 2008 2:19 pm

Thanks for the message, Eramie, but I can't PM you as I dont have enough post here.

I would like to let you there are 30% above foreign nurses in SG, most of them come from China, India, Phinipine, Myanmar, Malaysia, a few from UK, AU as I know. Since shortage of medical/nursing staff,it's usually easy to get a job if the employer think you are qualified, I strongly believe that you may get your job offer as long as you don't care about the salary. It's doctor's job to help deliverying a baby in SG. Not like China or US, midwives do the job most of time.

Don't be scared by what the comments said here, in the public hospitals like SGH, CGH, TSSH,etc, nurses get more job to do but pay less, nurses work in private hospital should be better than the public one, I dont have any experiences there, only heard from friends. BTW, it seems the cacasians get promotition fast than the other foreigners,LOL

If you are interested to be friend, PM me your contact number, maybe we can meet up for a coffee if we are free, to share some more about nursing!

Wish you good luck

GL

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Postby SharonAS » Wed, 04 Jun 2008 11:34 am

Hi, I am an oncology nurse from the UK and was quite commited - prior to moving here. I have been here for about 6 weeks and still haven't found a job. The whole registration thing is confusing. Jobs advertisments state you have to be registered with the Singapore Nursing Board already but they won't register you until you have a job offer and then you have to get transcripts from your university etc. so it's a long process. I have a couple of friends out here who are nurses and it took them both months to find a job and then get all the paper work sorted. And of course the pay really is as bad as it looks. I've disscounted ward working as I don't want to be working that hard for so little.
But Singapore is a great place. If you want to catch up for a coffee when you get here, drop me a line.
Sharon

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Postby W » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 9:38 pm

Yes nurses pay here is incredibly bad compared to what I was use to (luckily tax is much less here though), I am not sure for a private hospital but in a public one don't expect more than $2400 to $2800 per month depending on experience, new grads here only start on $1600 t0 $1700, Sing dollars of course!! and this is a 6 day full shift week, 9 hour day with 1 hour lunch (if you are lucky enough to have one). Its better if you hold a degree, that is worth more as they are very big on education here.

12 hour shifts don't seem that popular here either, only in ICU and OT I think. I am use to working 12 hour shifts and never worked more than 4 days per week. My advice is if you are a westerner don't even bother applying for any ward positions, its not worth the stress or money. I think nurses here are looked down upon and not really recognised as a profession, they are definitely not paid like one, I have seen jobs advertised with much less responsibility and qualifications paying more. Though so far all the nurses I have worked with here, especially local trained ones are extremely knowledgeable, hard working and very professional.

I agree with Sharon as it is a bit of a catch 22 here as you cannot apply for your nursing registration until you have a job secured but most places will not hire you unless you have a Singapore nursing registration and practicing cert, a lot of places even openly say you must be Singaporean or already have PR!! I have just started working a few weeks ago and all together it took over 4 months.

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Postby bruinbear » Mon, 16 Jun 2008 8:49 pm

I thought the hospitals were very short of nurses and I see so many nurses from foreign countries!

If you have the necessary work experience and qualifications from the USA, I suggest you approach the private hospitals to see if they have any vacancies.

These include places like Thomson Medical Centre, Mt Elizabeth, Mt Alvernia, Raffles Hospital etc.

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Postby Icemocha » Tue, 08 Jul 2008 11:31 am

Even locals Singaporean nurses do not want to work in local govt. hospital. 8 out of 10 nurses are from cheaper labour countries who speak horrible english.

You may want to contact the private hospitals. Thomson Medical Center is a good choice since 80+% of the hospital revenue are from child birth.

They won't be paying you for your skills, but rather for a non-asian face to serve the non-asian clients. i.e. a Public Relation nurse.

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Postby kadiolo » Tue, 17 May 2011 6:58 pm

This thread it a bit dated, but I was wondering if any of you who expressed interest were able to secure nursing positions. If so, how is the job going. If not, how is the search going? Thanks.

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Postby daveness » Sun, 29 Jan 2012 1:31 am

Hi all,
Im currently in singapore until 5th Feb 11 on holiday. Ive accepted a job in nursing ITU and am scoping the place out to meet up with the managers. Is anyone who is nursing in singapore available to meet me for a coffee so I can ask you all about nursing in singapore while im here? drinks are all on me, it'd be great to meet someone who knows about local life on a nursing wage...approx 5400 sing dollars in total a month?
Thanks! Dave from UK. daveness@hotmail.co.uk


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