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Nurseshan
10/31/2016 22:18 EST

Hi everyone!
I'm new to this forum however I've been a active viewer for quite some time now :) I finally decided to make an account to connect!

I'm Canadian born and live in Toronto,however I travel to Jamaica often for vacations . ( Both my parents are Jamaican born ) I currently work as a nurse and love my job!

My question is, lately I've been thinking about the nursing field in Jamaica (preferably Kingston) how's the pay rate ? is it high demand? Are any facilities currently hiring? Also, what would the legal process be of working as a nurse in Jamaica being a Canadian citizen ? Thanks

Shaneka

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LoriB
11/1/2016 08:07 EST

Hi Nurseshan, welcome to the forum!

I can tell you what I know via a US nurse already there trying to work in her field. Pay for a nurse in a private doctor's clinic is approx. US $20-25/day.

Have you ever been inside a hospital in Ja? I visited someone in Kingston Public Hospital >}shudder{<. The private hospitals are better, but I also visited someone at Mobay Hope (since replaced by Hospiten) and it was still a far cry from first world facility.

The lab (next to private doctor's clinic) where I go for tests provides a half-bandaid to cover the needle hole, not sterile at all. (note to self: take my own)

I know a Ja'n trained as what US calls 'certified nursing assistant', pay at an old folks' home is JMD $30,000/month.

Read the Jamaica Observer and Jamaica Gleaner newspapers online. Search Nurses, search Hospital, etc. and read the articles that come up.

A few years ago there was an expose' on biopsies being stored on-site (un-refrigerated) instead of being sent to laboratories.

Currently there is an expose' on dead babies - children under age of 2 who have caught infections, perhaps at the hospitals.

I think there was something in the news this year about nurse protests, I don't recall if it was over pay, supplies or something else.

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Nurseshan
11/1/2016 11:25 EST

Thanks LoriB! I will look into it. Another thing, both my parents are Jamaican, what are the legal requirements for me to work in Jamaica as a nurse ?

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LoriB
11/1/2016 12:40 EST

Easiest route may be if you apply for Citizenship based on your parents.

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LoriB
11/1/2016 12:40 EST

Easiest route may be if you apply for Citizenship based on your parents.

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Nurseshan
11/1/2016 16:29 EST

Ok great! Thanks for the info

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Vinnyvin
11/2/2016 12:26 EST

As your parents are Jamaican born the easiest route would be application for unconditional landing - a more straight forward process and you can apply at the PICA office in Mobay or Kingston. Once received you can live and/or work in Jamaica as much as you like.

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Nurseshan
11/3/2016 15:44 EST

Thanks Vinny

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Lucky2020
10/16/2019 14:07 EST

Hi

Just joined the forum and reading through posts. Can I ask if you made the move to JA and managed to find a nursing job? I am in the UK and looking to move to JA. I am a registered nurse (Nurse practitioner) and I am trying to find information about working in JA - not much out there to be honest! Would be interested to hear how you got on please. Thanks :)

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Iriestar68
10/17/2019 11:27 EST

Lucky 2020...

Nurses do not make a lot of money here, but first things first. Are you Jamaican, married to a Jamaican or of Jamaican descent?

There’s more involved than just packing up you things and landing on the island. You need to figure out immigration, work permits, and housing. And can you afford to live in Jamaican wages? Nurses are not well paid... $30,000 is not a lot of money. Private care might pay more and a private hospital will too.

If you haven’t done so already, go the PICA website and do some research. Get your immigration stuff figured out before you make that leap.

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