Five Countries With The Highest Paying Salaries For Registered Nurses

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Five Countries With The Highest Paying Salaries For Registered Nurses


Five Countries With The Highest Paying Salaries For Registered Nurses

International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on the 12th of May – the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This day is observed in order to mark the contributions of nurses to not only health and life, but also society as a whole.

Many people do not realize what a great contribution nurses make to in our society. More often than not these unseen heroes are overworked and underpaid. Therefore, we have decided to assemble a list of the five countries with the highest paying salaries for registered nurses:

  1. United Kingdom

For pay scales in healthcare, nurses fall under Band 5 or higher, depending on the employees’ experience and qualifications. Nurses who are trained outside of the European Union or European Economic Area, will need to register themselves as a nurse with the regulatory agency in UK, NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council).

  1. United States of America

Registered nurses in the US generally have a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, an associate degree in nursing or a diploma from a nationally acclaimed nursing program.

Foreign nurses are required to have a CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) certificate or a full and unlimited license to practice professional nursing in the state of their intended employment. Having an employer ready to proceed with their immigration process is essential for obtaining a visa and license; the process could take up to a year.

The average annual salary for a registered nurse in the US, as of May 2015, is approximately US$67,490, which is equal to ZAR917,678.

  1. Norway

Norwegian Directorate of Health supplies licenses to practice in the healthcare industry and the applicant will need to apply online. Knowledge of the Norwegian language is crucial in order to migrate.

The average monthly salary in health enterprises is NOK44,900 (ZAR74,697) which is approximately ZAR889,925 per year.

  1. Canada

Internationally Educated Nurses looking to work in Canada must get licensed as per the processes followed by all Canadian registered nurses.

As an initial requirement, applicants must write the national exam for practicing as a nurse. Applicants will also need to register themselves with the board of nursing in the province where they plan to work.

As of March 2016, the average yearly salary for a registered nurse in Canada is C$57,991 which is equal to ZAR600,377.

  1. Australia

In order to practice as a registered nurse in Australia, applicants must complete two independent processes. One is being registered with the NMBA (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia) and the other is to get a visa.

For nurses, the ANMAC (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council) performs skills assessments for migration while NMBA assesses whether their educational qualifications are equivalent to corresponding Australian qualifications. However, neither of these guarantee a job in Australia. It is advised that applicants complete both processes in order to get a job before moving to Australia.

As on March 2016, the average yearly salary for a registered nurse in Australia is AU$55,016 which is equal to ZAR558,494

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