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Saudi Arabia > Testimonials > Portuguese Nurse Nursing in Riyadh

Q1. Where are you originally from & how long have you been a nurse?

From Portugal, nurse for 21 years

Q2. How long have you been in Saudi Arabia now, and which city are you currently living in?

I'm in Riyadh since September 2020

Q3. Have you always wanted to work in Saudi Arabia?

No idea.

Q4. What were your thoughts/impressions during your first days in Saudi Arabia? Was it what you expected, or vastly different? How so?

Completely different culture, a little bureaucratic in the beginning.

Q5. Did you find the airport arrival difficult/stressful, or was it manageable?

Normal airport.

Q6. What was the arrival and orientation process like? Was it helpful in terms of getting yourself set up for life in KSA?

No formal classroom getting orientation due to COVID, the orientation was unit based.  It makes the orientation more difficult

Q7. What was the licensing/registration process like? Did you find it difficult or easy? Was the information and assistance from Profco helpful in terms of licensing? 

This time just needed to renewal my license, it was easy.

Q8. What is it like at work? Is it vastly different to working back home, or much the same?

Almost the same, with less patients and work

Q9. Do you struggle a lot with the language barrier or is it manageable?

That it's the big problem here.

Q10. What is are the housing and recreation facilities like?

Pretty good, the other compound where I was before is better, but this one is closer to the City Center. 

Q11. What is the social life like?

No social life now much due to COVID. 

Q12. Do you manage to get out sightseeing etc. much ? Is getting around easy to manage?


Q13. How has the decision to work in Saudi Arabia affected you, professionally and personally?

Was my choice

Q14. Do you have any tips or advice for other nurses who are contemplating the move to Saudi?

Came with open mind, because in the beginning it's very difficult to accept some things.


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