What are the required qualifications for nursing?

The COVID-19 crisis has accentuated a marked shortage of nurses in the UAE, as well as in every part of the world. Then, if you have ever thought about becoming a nurse, and have always wanted to get a health job in the UAE, this is the perfect time to qualify.

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know in order to become a nurse, and why there are so many people turning to nursing for a satisfying and rewarding career. Here are the contents involve:

  1. What are the prerequisites to attending nursing school?
  2. What are the most important attributes required as a nurse?
  3. Which are the career paths you can take to become a nurse?
  4. What is an LPN or LVN degree?
  5. What is a Registered Nurse?
  6. Is there a difference between an ASN and a BSN degree?
  7. What is a Nurse Practitioner?
  8. What are the requirements for nursing in the UAE?
  9. How can Connect Health help you find a nursing job in the UAE?

1. What are the prerequisites to attending nursing school?

Regardless of which kind of nursing occupation you are looking for, you will need a nursing degree. The basic requisites needed for studying this health career are:

  • A GED (general education development) or High School Diploma.
  • GPA of 3.00 or higher (Depending on how advanced and prestigious the program is).
  • Take an entrance exam (Usually SAT or ACT).

Other prerequisites that are often required in many schools for an Associate’s degree program or ASN include nutrition, physiology, anatomy, and psychology.

2. What are the most important attributes required as a nurse?

There are other qualifications you need to have in order to be a nurse that are not related to certifications, education, or degrees. On the contrary, these qualifications are personal attributes or traits. Having some of these traits is required to be an excellent nurse. Here is the list:

  1. Excellent communication skills: This is one of the most important skills in this health career. Nurses need to engage the patients to ensure they are following directions and treatments accordingly.
  2. Emotional stability: It is not an easy task, but it is required that outside emotions are left at the door while on the job. Things can get hectic in your personal life or even in the workplace, but it is important not to allow personal emotions and stresses to cause harm to the patient.
  3. Empathy: Empathy is not just caring for the patient; it is more about putting yourself in the position of the patient, to understand the pain and suffering that the patient and his or her family are going through. This can be tough at times for the caregiver, but it allows for better health care.
  4. Flexibility: Nurses need to be flexible with their working hours to ensure the needs of the patients are taken care of.
  5. Paying attention to details: if you are somebody who is very precise and values meticulousness, then a medical field job is ideal for you. In other words, paying attention to details is such a crucial skill in any health career, a small mistake can mean the absolute difference between life or death and have serious legal implications.
  6. Respect: Respect for the desires and wishes of the patients, respect for regulations, and respect for different cultural traditions is a must for any health job, not only nurses.

3. Which are the career paths you can take to become a nurse?

There are different paths according to the education you decide to take to become a nurse. No path is better than the other, it all depends on your circumstances and where you want to take your health career. If you want to work as fast as possible, you may consider taking an LPN or LVN degree, on the other side, if you do not care about studying a bit more, maybe an ASN or BSN degree is ideal for you.

4. What are the most important attributes required as a nurse?

If you are interested in becoming an LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) or an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), then you need to complete a one-year program. This degree can be obtained through a vocational school or college.

4.1. What are your obligations as an LPN or LVN?

You will provide direct care to your patients when you work as an LPN or an LVN. Is important to know that your work will be supervised and directed by RNs (Registered Nurses) and doctors. The level of supervision will depend on your workplace. For example, if you work in a nursing home or long-term care facility, you will be supervised by an RN. On the contrary, if you work in a hospital, you most likely will be supervised by a doctor.

4.2. What are the limitations of an LPN or LVN License?

In some countries, an LPN or LVN license restricts the type of nursing care you can provide, unlike an RN degree. For instance, an LVN license may prevent you from delivering specific medicines. These restrictions can impact the kind of job opportunities available to you.

4.3. How much would you earn as an LPN or LVN?

The average salary for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) varies from $10,000 to $50,000 per year ($5-24 per hour) around the world. An LVN or LPN in the UAE earns on average AED 70,000 per year.

5. What is a Registered Nurse?

A Registered Nurse or RN is a nurse who obtained either an ASN (Associate of Science in Nursing) or a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree.

5.1. What are your obligations as an RN?

As an RN, you will provide and supervise patient care and their needs. You will be responsible for explaining to your patients their conditions, treatments, required physical activities, and changes in diets. Also, you will provide emotional support to your patients as well as their families. You will also be in charge of the administration of medicines for your patients.

5.2. Which are the career paths available for an RN?

As an RN, you will have more opportunities in respect of choosing a career path than an LPN or LVN. You can choose between serving in a nursing care facility or outpatient clinic, working in a hospital or home healthcare service, or even joining the military to serve as an RN.

6. Is there a difference between an ASN and a BSN degree?

An ASN is a two-year degree. Many people choose this degree because it is the fastest way to become an RN. You can obtain an ASN through community college programs as well as from various nursing schools. The average salary for an ASN varies from $14,000 to $63,000 per year. An ASN in the UAE earns on average AED 110,000 per year.
On the other hand, a BSN is a four-year degree. In many countries, you need a BSN degree to work as an RN. One of the biggest reasons why people go for a BSN instead of an ASN is the salary each receives. The average salary for a BSN is estimated to be around $25,000 and $89,000 per year. A BSN in the UAE earns on average AED 150,000 per year.
In addition, holding a BSN degree instead of an ASN degree gives you more advantages. If you want to take your health career into other areas of medicine and get a research-oriented, clinical, managerial, or administrative job, but have an ASN, then you will need to go back to university to obtain a BSN.

7. What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner or NP is an RN that has completed specialized training in a specific field of medicine such as internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiac, or another area and holds an MSN degree. The average salary for an NP is estimated to be around $42,000 and $111,000 per year. A BSN in the UAE earns on average AED 230,000 per year.

7.1. What is an MSN degree?

If you want to go to the next level and become an NP, you will need to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing or MSN degree. An average MSN degree takes 2-4 years to complete. With an MSN degree, you can work in a specific field, manage a nurse staff, teach at a nursing school, or even take your health career to the next level and operate your own clinic.

7.2. What are your obligations as an NP?

As a Nurse Practitioner, you will prescribe medications, physical therapy, order most exams such as laboratory tests, X-rays, TAC Scans, EKGs, etc. Because of the advanced training and specialized studies an NP goes through, you can serve as a primary direct provider of services in patient care.

7.3. Where can you work?

An NP can work in most health care places, such as a physician’s office, clinic, hospital, pharmaceutical company, healthcare technology, surgery center, military medical facilities, or a research facility.

8. What are the requirements for nursing in the UAE?

In order to work in any health job in the UAE, you first need to apply for a DHA (Dubai Health Authority), HAAD (Health Authority of Abu Dhabi), or MOH (Ministry of Health) license, depending on where you want to work.

In order to apply for a nursing license in the UAE after studying abroad, you will need the next requirements:

  • Have completed an accredited midwifery or nursing program with at least three years in training.
  • Possess a Basic Life Support Certificate.
  • Have two or more years of experience as a Registered Nurse.

Regarding the DHA license, you can apply for it and take the required exam online. Here is the list of the documents you will need for the application process:

  • Valid Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport-style photo (white background, passport size).
  • Qualification certificates
  • Nursing or midwifery degree
  • Registration certificates
  • Verifications and registration certificates from all jurisdictions where the applicant have worked in
  • Two previous employment references confirming their good health and good character.
  • Transcript of all the relevant training (nursing or midwifery courses) that the applicant has completed. These need to be calculated in hours or be in conjunction with a letter from the training facilities indicating how the credits translate to hours.

After the application is completed, nurses will need to take a 70-question two-hour multiple-choice exam. In order to pass the exam, you will need to answer at least 42 questions correctly (60% of the questions correctly). Results are available within 5 working days

After passing the exam, you will receive an eligibility letter that is required to get a nursing job in Dubai. The whole application process costs AED 1,142, broken into payments of AED 210 and AED 932.

9. How can Connect Health help you find a nursing job in the UAE?

If you are looking for a nursing job in the UAE, we can help you with the entire process. You can sign up and apply for a health job on our webpage. Make sure to read the job descriptions and requirements carefully before applying to ensure the opportunity is right for you.

On the other hand, if you are looking for an employee, in Connect Health we can help you find the best candidate that your business deserves. We have an extensive database where you can find the right candidate for your business or if you prefer, you can post a health job vacancy on our webpage.

Would you like to contact Connect Health to obtain more information about Health careers in the UAE? You can send us an email to info@connecthealth.ae or call us at +971 433 166 88 to talk to one of our representatives who will gladly answer all of your questions.

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