Mostly, Saudi Arabia nursing jobs are contractual, meaning that you will be working in the country for a particular period. Before, you place your signature on the contract agreement document, it is best to understand what the contracts means for you and your family, if you do have one. Read on!
How many types of contracts are there for nurses in Saudi Arabia?
There are two types of contracts either a one-year or a two-year. Most of them are single status. Hence, even if you are married, you are not allowed to bring in your family in Saudi Arabia. However, senior nurses are offered married status contracts in some hospitals but the terms are discussed in a case-by-case scenario. There are also small contracts, which take three to six months but they are rare. You an also renew the one-year or two-year contract, but you will only be allowed to work longer, if your performance is remarkable.
Hours of work
If you are lucky to acquire one of the nursing jobs Saudi Arabia, you are expected to work for about 44 hours weekly. For nurses, you will have to work for 15 shifts a month. They rotate between night and day. Mostly, the shifts are 07.00 to19.30 and from 19.00 to 7.30. In other health care institutions such as clinics, nurses follow a “business-hour trend”; they work from Sundays to Thursdays. In Saudi Arabia, Friday and Saturday form the weekend.
Can you take a vacation?
Of course, you can take a vacation. However, you will have to wait until the probation period is over. Usually, it takes 90 days and after this, you can request for a vacation. You are allowed 45 to 61 days leave annually, based on the hospital. Most institutions offer 35 days of leave including public holidays and the most celebrated Saudi National Day, to make a total of 61 days. For nurses, your public holidays are bundled together and you only go for leave, when it is convenient for the department. However, two months will be enough time, to visit various attractions around and socialize with the locals.
Can your family visit?
Yes, they can. The hospital will make this possible for you. Mostly, they provide a 90-day visa, which is more than enough to catch up with your loved ones. But, you will pay for their travel costs and accommodation.
You now understand what to expect when working as a professional Saudi Arabia nursing jobs.