Testimonial: British Nurse in Jeddah
"I came to Saudi rather than somewhere like Dubai because I thought I would save money here, rather than spend it and that is true!"
We live in Amoudia compound. We have our own apartments and don't have to share. Staff nurses have studio apartments, with separate kitchen and bathroom. Higher grades get a larger apartment with a separate bedroom. Everything is free except internet access. There is a newly renovated gym, outdoor pool, laundry facilities and small mini market on site. I use the mini market for basic things like water. It is delivered to our doors (and I live on the 3rd floor). They refill a 6 gallon drum for only SR 6 after you pay an initial SR 20 deposit for the drum. I have also realized that it is worth paying an extra for heavy items such as orange juice, milk etc as it cuts down on what I have to carry up the stairs when I've been to the larger supermarket for my weekly shop!
Meet and Greet:
Two men met me at the airport, one was the representative from the hospital, the other was the taxi driver and hospital taxi was used. They were very friendly and make me feel welcome.
We have a four-week orientation programme where you will be supernumerary for that time.
There are free buses laid on every day and night to a variety of places, such as shopping malls, fish market, vegetable market, the old town etc. There is an Ikea store here, very popular with the locals and very cheap and useful for adding touches to our apartments. You will also find many other familiar shops like M&S, Debenhams, New Look etc.
There are also free buses to take us to a private beach, which is north of Jeddah about 30-40 minutes away. The beach resorts are fairly exclusive and we join a sort of club by buying a book of 10 tickets to enter. At the moment the price is SR 1000 for 10 visits. The private beach tends to be used by Westerners mostly.
Probably one of the best things to do here is to go out on a dive boat on the Red Sea. It really does feel like having a one day holiday!You don't have to be a diver, you can snorkel or just come for the ride. This costs about SR 250 for snorkelers and a bit more for divers.
There is a hospital social club and they arrange lots of outings etc. I haven't joined in on anything yet, as I have been on leave or working when a trip I fancied has come up. I have got myself onto the British Women's Group email list and they also organise trips and gatherings. For the energetic, there is a Hash House Harrier group, who go on group hikes. I joined one, before it got too warm, and we had a tremendous time hiking in the desert, followed by a campfire supper.
Jeddah old town is well worth exploring, I think they started demolishing it some years ago and then realized it was their heritage and so are now preserving and restoring the old buildings. There are also lots of bargain shops in this area.
There is a huge selection of places to eat out, it's one of the Saudi's favourite pastimes.
There are numerous hair salons and beauty parlours and we also have a hairdresser also here on the compound.
You certainly don't have to stay on the compound on days off. The main restriction here is the heat! That's why they have these huge indoor shopping malls and the culture is to shop in the evenings.
Mostly what you need here are swimsuits, gym kit and light simple dresses to wear under your Abaya. You will need your fancy clothes and ball gowns for the Embassy parties.
One of the things I thought would be a problem and isn't, is communicating with the patients and relatives. They are very positive towards the British and Euroepan Nurses and love to tell me if they have visited the UK. We have Patient Officers to translate when needed. The language of the hospital is English.
The Arab work ethic takes a bit of getting used to, they have a very laid back attitude We just have to get used to it and try not to be frustrated by it, but it can be difficult sometimes!
So in summary, I'm glad to be here. I'm saving nearly all my salary and that's why I came. I'm making the most of, the gym, the pool, the beach and having no home/garden/car/family responsibilities - just me to take care of!
If you wish to apply for a post at this hospital apply for one of these open vacancies. Professional Connections services are free. All your application costs are reimbursed by the hospital.
Deputy Executive Director of Nursing Affairs, Jeddah http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=11242
Program Director - Quality & Research http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=12331
Program Director Specialty Services http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=12333
Registered Nurse - Adult Oncology/Haematology. Jeddah. Visas for Female Applicants Only http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=7854
Registered Nurse - Adult Oncology,Visas for female applicant only http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=8745
Registered Nurse - Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Jeddah visas for male and female applicants http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=6261
Registered Nurse - Cardio Telemetry (CVT),Jeddah Visas for female applicants only http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=5741
Registered Nurse CCU -Coronary Care Unit - Jeddah x 2 posts NEW UNIT http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=12602
Registered Nurse - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Jeddah. Visas for male or female applicants http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=5632
Registered Nurse - Neuroscience, Visas for female applicants only http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=6293
Registered Nurse - Oncology Clinic, Jeddah open for female applicant only http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=5887
Registered Nurse - Oncology Treatment Area.Visa for female applicants http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=11519
Registered Nurse - Paediatric ICU Jeddah, Posts for female applicant only http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=8346
Registered Nurse - Pediatric Oncology, Jeddah. Posts for female applicants only http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=8691
Registered Nurse - Surgical ICU, Jeddah open for female applicant only http://www.profco.com/index.php?job_id=5435
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Paediatric Intensive Care Unit - Jeddah, Posts for female applicant only
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Adult Oncology - Jeddah, visas for male and female applicants
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Labour and Delivery - Jeddah. Visa for female applicant only
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Surgical Intensive Care Unit - Jeddah, open for female applicant only
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit - Jeddah, Visa for Male and Female
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Coronary Care Unit - Jeddah visas for male and female applicants
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Cardiovascular Telemetry - Jeddah, visas for male and female applicants
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Oncology Treatment Area - Jeddah,Visa for Male and Female
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit - Jeddah
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - Jeddah. Visas for male and female applicants
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Renal Transplant Unit - Jeddah
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Pediatric Oncology - Jeddah. Posts for female applicants only
- SAUDI ARABIA Program Director - Quality & Research
- SAUDI ARABIA Deputy Executive Director of Nursing Affairs, Jeddah
- SAUDI ARABIA Registered Nurse - Medical /Surgical