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Salary & Career Options For Indian Nurses Going Abroad

General information for Indian nurses going abroad

Lot of nurses graduate each year in India. There are different reasons due to which you would have completed your nursing education. One of the reasons is to help and serve the sick and underprivileged people. Other than this, many nurses in India have one ambition and that is to go abroad. A lot has been said about ‘brain drain’, the fact that good talented young people leave the country for other countries. This depletes India of good and very talented professionals. Though many nurses from India leave for other countries, it is a good sign that the quality and efficiency of Indian nurses is being appreciated all over the world, especially in Western countries like United States and the United Kingdom.

Nurses Abroad
Nurses Abroad

What is the scope for Indian nurses in the Middle Eastern and Western countries?

There is a lot of scope for nurses from India, when they go abroad. Nurses can work in any country provided they satisfy the requirements of the country. Entry into non EU countries other than USA and Australia are easy. This means that entry to Middle Eastern countries is easier, but the working conditions are not excellent. There are also certain restrictions in these countries and this is the main reason for nurses to prefer going to USA / UK to work.

There is one important difference between working in UK / USA and Middle Eastern countries. In the UK / USA, once you are registered and start working, you will have better working conditions. In the Middle East, there may not be any registration required, but the working conditions are not too great for nurses from India. Though there may be no need for registration to work in the Middle East, the pay package is on par with that offered in Western countries.

These days, it is difficult for Indian nurses to gain entry to work in many Middle Eastern countries because of the sagging economy. The oil prices have more than halved in the past few years. This has led to a reduction in the number of recruitment. At the same time, it should be emphasized that for the right candidate with adequate experience and excellent knowledge and skills, openings are still available with a good pay package.

Steps in entering UK /USA to work as a registered nurse

Here, we will see the various steps that are present if you have to work as a nurse in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Step by step process of working as a nurse in the USA

  1. Complete your nursing education from a recognized and accredited Indian college.
  2. Register yourself in your state nursing council
  3. Be proficient in English. Or you can undergo English coaching in reading, writing and speaking to make yourself proficient
  4. Check whether your educational qualification is on par with nursing education in USA. (These credential evaluations can be done through accrediting agencies like CGFNS(Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools)
  5. Appear for the NCLEX-RN Exam and clear the exam.
  6. Register for the state registration in a particular state of USA where you want to practice.
  7. Once you complete the state registration, you can practice as a registered nurse in that state. But before that you should find an employer ready to employ you. So, you need to start searching for the right employer.

Working as a nurse in U.K

  1. Complete your nursing education from a recognized and accredited Indian college.
  2. Register yourself in your state nursing council
  3. Be proficient in English
  4. Apply for registration to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of UK.
  5. Complete the registration process
  6. Apply for job in NHS or other health service provider in UK
  7. Work permit to UK issued as per your job obtained.

Step by step process of working as a nurse in Canada?

1. Your educational certificates have to be assessed by the NNAS or National Nursing Assessment Service.
2. Your English test scores, preferably IELTS or TOEFL has to be ready.
3. The state in Canada where you want to work has to be shortlisted.
4. The NNAS report has to be forwarded to the respective state board of nursing.
5. If any lacunae are noted in the NNAS report, they have to be rectified.
6. Appear for the NCLEX-RN exam and clear it.
7. You can apply for a job of your choice. You can work as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Canada.

The salary for a nurse in Canada is about $33 per hour. The minimum salary is about $30 and the maximum is about $43. This would mean that the average registered nurse salary in Canada is about $47,000 – $90,000 per year.

Step by step process of working as a nurse in UAE?
The employer has to register in the eMigrate system of the government of India. This is the only way in which recruiters can recruit Indian nurses for jobs. This has been implemented to reduce the number of fake recruitment agencies and scams.

1. Employer registers in eMigrate system
2. Lists demand for nurses with all the terms and conditions of employment of nurses.
3. Indian nurses are recruited through the Overseas Manpower Corporation Limited (OMCL)or through the Non-Resident Keralites’ Affairs Department (NORKA-ROOTS) or the Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants Ltd. (ODEPC).
4. No fees will be collected by the recruitment agencies or the employer. This will not be collected during recruitment or from the salary after employment. This has been implemented to help reduce the incidence of recruitment scams.

To get your licence to practice in Dubai, you will have to register yourself in the website of the Dubai Health Authority.

Are you in any doubt about the process of applying and getting registered as a nurse? If you are in doubt and would like a free consultation, do not hesitate to contact us. Email us your queries and we would be happy to help you out.

The main reason for many Indian nurses to go abroad is the high salary of nurses. A comparison of the salary for nurses in various countries will help a nurse planning to go abroad to decide which country would be the best option.

Salary in Qatar

  • Staff Nurses – Bedside nurses – 2,00,000 INR per month on an average  (9000 – 13000 Qatar Riyal per month)
  • Nurses in teaching positions – 3,00,000 INR per month on an average  (11000 – 15000 Qatar Riyal per month)

Other benefits for nurses – Free accommodation, free insurance, home travel air fare once a year, Other allowances

Salary in Muscat / Other Middle Eastern Countries

  • Staff Nurses – Bedside nurses – 1,35,000 INR per month
  • Nurses in teaching positions – 1,50,000 to 2,00,000 INR per month. It can even be as high as 3,00,000 INR per month for highly qualified and experienced nurses

Other benefits for nurses – Free accommodation, free insurance, home travel air fare once a year, Other allowances

Salary in USA

  • Staff Nurses – Bedside nurses – 3,00,000 INR per month
  • Nurses in teaching positions –  3,50,000 INR per month

Other benefits for nurses – Weekend off, Continuing professional development

Salary in Canada

  • Staff Nurses – Bedside nurses –  2,10,000 INR per month
  • Nurses in teaching positions – 2,10,000 INR per month

Salary in Australia

  • Staff Nurses – Bedside nurses – 2,00,000 to 3,00,000 INR per month
  • Nurses in teaching positions – 2,30,000 to 4,00,000 INR per month

Salary in UK

  • Staff Nurses – Bedside nurses – 2,00,000 to 3,00,000 INR per month
  • Nurses in teaching positions –  2,00,000 to 3,00,000 INR per month

The salary paid to nurses around the world increases year on year based on the inflation. The amount that a nurse is able to remit to India or any other country which is her home country is also based on the exchange rate that varies from time to time.

If you have any particular queries about the salary in a particular country for a specific nurse role, or the process of going abroad, please contact us. We would be happy to inform you the latest salary details or other processes.

Which would be the best Middle East country for nurses to work in?

Safety of nurses is very important when they work in a far off country. In the Middle East, there seems to be a perennial demand for healthcare workers, mainly Indian nurses. The best Middle East country for Indian nurses to work in would be Qatar. The reason for this is the high level of safety in this small country. Doha is the capital and is one of the safest places. There are several reasons for the safety of this nation, which is seldom seen in other Middle East countries.

Other than Qatar, there are nurse vacancies in other countries as well. These countries are relatively less safer than Qatar, but still safe for work. So, if you are planning to relocate, your first choice should be Qatar. The other places come as second and third choices for Indian nurses to work in.

5 Comments

  1. Wini Pereira

    I am from India. After HSC can i complete diploma in nursing from any foreign countries???

    • David Prakash

      Yes. You can complete your diploma in nursing in any country of your choice. You just have to select your college of choice and apply. If you satisfy their eligibility criteria, you will be given an admission.

  2. Hi David,

    My wife is in USA now in H4 visa.
    She is preparing for NCLEX exam.
    In the mean while.. I am looking for a consultancy who is processing the green card for Indian nurses in USA.

    Kindly provide us the consultancy details.

  3. I’m from Im a register Nurse by INC. I want Nursing job in the USA ,canada and Austria,how is process for got job, plz tell me about process reply or on my gmail-ashokgmegh@gmail.com .i will wait your reply.

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