This is a guide for RCN members considering working overseas. It gives advice on country research, language, qualification and registration requirements, attending interviews and what to consider before accepting a job.

Please note: in line with the UK decision to leave the EU on the 31 January 2020, this guidance is currently under review.

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Do your research 

Check with the International Council for Nurses (ICN) and any relevant nurses' association for information on the minimum requirements and regulatory framework in the country where you intend to work.

Obtain background information on nursing and health care in overseas countries. Learn about the culture, religious beliefs and laws of the country that you are travelling to. This will help prepare you for differences of culture and legislation, minimising the risk of you running into difficulties during your stay.

If you're interested in working within the European Union or European Economic Area, go to www.europa.eu where you'll find information on living and working in the EU.  

Country profiles can also be found at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the World Health Organisation

Carry out a 'working overseas' literature search of the RCN's Library of eBooks and eJournals.