The Perks of Traveling as an LPN Cruise Nurse

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An LPN cruise nurse on a cruise line might hold the job of second or “crew nurse”. He or she might also be the dental nurse on ships that are equipped with dental facilities. The responsibilities are the same or similar to those in any other healthcare environment, but the “perks” are much better.

Doctors and nurses on the ship are treated as officers.  They wear uniforms, comparable to those worn by other officers and everyone has a name tag.  The pay and the number of hours worked varies from one cruise line to the next, but if you get the job, you can expected to be placed on a rotating call schedule. 

Some ships have three cruise nurses. In that situation, the cruise nurse rotation would require you be on call once every three days for a 24 hour period.

Most ships have clinic hours, as well.  During that time, crew members and passengers may visit the clinic for minor illnesses or injuries.  Inevitably, a passenger will forget to pack their regular medications and need to visit the doctor to obtain a refill or prescription.

So, basically, the same things go on aboard ship that occur in any doctor’s office or hospital. But, an LPN cruise nurse on a cruise liner is still working in a very different environment.

In most cases, you would only be working a 4 hour shift in a clinic.  A large portion of your day can be spent enjoying the scenery or the aboard-ship activities.  You will have time to spend ashore as well when the ship docks for sight-seeing. 

Your accommodations will be free and the rate of pay is usually higher than what you make on land.  After completing a contract, many companies offer free accommodations for your spouse, as well.  Your transportation to and from the ship is covered, too.

An LPN cruise nurse  enjoys free meals, just like the rest of the crew. Other bonuses may be offered, as well.

Other than treating the occasional case of seasickness, you aren’t likely to run into a disease that you wouldn’t ordinarily see.  So, no special education is required. The only thing that you may need is an up to date passport or a license that is transferable from one location to another.  Most employers and services offer assistance in obtaining the necessary licensing.

How easy is it to find this kind of job? If you are interested in being an LPN cruise nurse, you might want to sign up with a travel nurse placement agency. Most nurses feel that a service is the easiest approach.

Travel nurse / cruise nurse

Other Career Paths to Consider:

LPN Home Care Nurse

LPN Travel Nurse

LPN Crusie Nurse

LPN Hospital Nurse

LPN Military Nurse

Elderly Care Nursing

Hospice Nursing

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