Friday, November 6, 2009

Requirements for Middle East

The following are the documents required of most Ministries in Middle East (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dubai, etc) from the Philippines:
  • Resume/Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript of Records
  • Related Learning of Experience
  • College Diploma
  • High School Diploma
  • PRC Board Rating and Certificate
  • PRC id/license
  • Employment and Trainings certificate
  • NBI clearance
  • Passport
All nursing records, certificate of experience and PRC papers must be authorized by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Middle East country that you wish to work at.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Nursing in Kuwait

In the Middle East, Kuwait would be the best open country to work in the field of Nursing next to Dubai. One is not required to wear the hijab (head cover that resembles a black veil) and the abaya (ninja dress). Other than that, there is no arranged schedule of shopping time like in Saudi Arabia. You can freely go out of your hostel anytime but curfew hours is still implemented.

  • Bachelor of Nursing (preferably 3 or 4 years)
  • At least 2 years post graduate experience
  • Professional Nursing License in home country
  • Fit to work
  • All documents must be authenticated by Kuwait Embassy)
  • Passing of Ministry of Health (MOH) exam administered by MOH Kuwait. The hospital who will sponsor will have to require you to pass this exam in order to have a working license in Kuwait.

Accommodation is commonly provided by the hospital. Salary ranges from KD 250-400 in most private hospitals and clinics. However, nurses who work in Kuwait ministry hospitals receive higher compensation. Health insurance is shouldered by hospitals but some require that minimum percentage of health costs is required to pay by the nurse that amount to 10 - 20%. Leave includes annual (at least 25 days), maternity, emergency (15 days) and sick leave of 6 days per year.

Agencies in the Philippines which have link to Kuwait Hospitals:

For other agencies and job openings, visit Please do not ask the details of the agencies since I do not have affiliations with them. Do your own homework and leg work.

  • Ministry of Health Kuwait conducts interview and exam in the Philippines

POEA License No.:POEA-174-LB-070403
Address:1810-B San Marcelino St. Malate Manila Manila, Metro Manila
Tel. No.:5243906-10

POEA License No.:POEA-204-LB-070708-R
Address:3rd Floor Main Bldg. Reliance Center #99 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. Bgy. Ugong, Pasig City Pasig City, Metro Manila
Tel. No.:02-6723896

POEA License No.:109 -LB -061807 - R
Tel. No.:484-1700 / 5213158

POEA License No.:005-LB-053106-R
Address:205 MARBELLA BLDG. II 2071 ROXAS BLVD. MALATE, Metro Manila
Tel. No.:5213484

POEA License No.:079-LB-040208-R
Address:Unit 101 G/F Manor Building, 2635 Taft Avenue, Malate Manila, Metro Manila
Tel. No.:(632) 5252080/(632)3872616

Friday, July 31, 2009

What's your Nursing Shoes?

Miss Lilac says: The leather white Dansko Calla is a worthy buy considering its price. Since it is a leather type, it is prone to scratches but the comfort level is way beyond my expectation and with the extra inches, anyone will look taller. Moreover, the shoes look heavy but if you start moving, it is light as feather.

Product Features
  • Material: Nubuck leather
  • Lining: Leather
  • Sole: Nitril rubber
  • Lacing: N/A
  • Shank: Full, TPU
  • Recommended Use: Casual
From the Manufacturer

Ahhhhh, Dansko. There you go again. Doing your all-day comfort thing. Making us feel so good on our feet. With excellent arch support and legendary comfort, you let us stand longer than ever. And with great styles in a range of heel heights, you have us feeling all tingly inside, just like the day we first met. When wife and husband team, Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup discovered the world's most comfortable shoe in a tiny shop in Denmark in 1990, they just had to bring some home for their friends. When their friends tried them on, they told their friends. And just like that, a shoe company was born. Now Dansko not only sells their original clogs, but also heels, boots, sandals, wedges and flats too! Every style features the Dansko DNA - materials and construction carefully selected to promote good foot, leg and back health, so that you can stand better, for longer. Say goodbye to choosing between looking good and feeling good. And say hello to having it all.

Product Description

When you need the comfort of a Dansko clog but want a sportier look, slip on the Dansko Women's Calla Casual Shoes. These shoes are made with the highest quality nubuck leathers and include a breathable leather sock lining that absorbs odor and wicks moisture. A polyurethane midsole and footbed absorbs shock and increases energy return, so your feet stay comfortable throughout the day. A TPU shank provides killer stability and reduces pronation, while an abrasion-resistant outsole makes these casual shoes last and last.

Friday, July 10, 2009

IELTS Writing Tips

IELTS is one of the first step for a nurse to pass as one of the requirements of most of the countries. Certain band scores are needed as strictly listed by nursing bodies or states for instance in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

For most people, writing seem to be the most difficult section of IELTS to attain a higher band score of 7 and above. I am also struggling how to achieve that score. I have been researching online about writing tips and found one of the few best sites for accurate tips and practice exams especially in writing task.

Overall, the following list of websites helped me tremendously in understanding the exam. Hope it will help you too.


1) Scott's English Success
Pros: Best site to study especially for listening and reading. It gives a detailed overview of the whole exam. There is no need to buy the IELTS package. Moreover, Mr. Scott has an Australian accent. Highly recommended.
Cons: Not that helpful in speaking and writing sections. It costs $49 for one month subscription.

2) Exams and Study - British Council
Pros: Many exercises and study materials on 4 sections of the exam and it is totally free!

3) Dominic Cole's IELTS blog
Pros: It has very helpful tips in writing and in other sections of the exam. Also, it has useful links as well.

It has detailed information on how to write argument and opinion essays using a step by step approach. It is one of my favorites.

5) TEFLtastic
Several tips and strategies in writing in both task 1 and task 2.

6) A Teacher's Oddysey
Pros: It will do a makeover of your essay and give feedback using the 4 point critique or grading in writing. I have not tried sending my own essay so I do not know how fast they can grade it. Miracel Juanto will do the entire makeover for free.

Note: For
writing, it is very important that someone will do the checking of your essay. Because most grammar mistakes may seem right in your perspective but it is entirely the opposite. This is also true for speaking. Practice your conversational English to someone who is good in speaking or to a native English speaker.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Clinic Nurse, Dental hygienist, and Dental Nurse

Dental hygienist and Dental Nurses:
  • Work experience as a dental nurse or hygienist
  • Licensed as a nurse in Kuwait
  • Will be assigned in a prestigious dental clinic
Clinic Nurse
  • Work experience as a clinic nurse
  • Licensed as a nurse in Kuwait
  • Part time job only from 4 - 9pm daily(except on Fridays) in a clinic in Salmiya
I don't mean to sound racist but I am just helping out this recruiter who had a hard time recruiting. (haha!), sad to say they only want Filipinas. I did not question why but there's evident but unspoken racial discrimination in Kuwait.

For those interested, please send your resume to Put the job description as the subject.

Friday, February 20, 2009

November 2008 RN Babies

Congratulations, you finally made it!

Welcome to the Nursing World!

To see your names on the list, click this link: November 2008 Philippine Nursing Licensure Exam

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cancer Free

This is to reflect last year of my mom's endurance and strong will in fighting thyroid cancer. She has been through a lot and I have never seen her shed a tear after all the excruciating pain of total thyroidectomy on top of other complications of hypertension, chronic use of steroids, and arthritis. For the past few months, she had kidney stones which she also battled through it. I am happy that she is now back to her normal activities and enjoying every single beauty of life. The following are the articles I wrote when she had the cancer:

Daily Profile of a Nursing Student
Caring Point
Overcoming Clumsiness