All Aboard!!! I learned so much while researching Cruise ship nursing. Wow, what a job! It’s not all fun in the sun for these nurses who spend up to 4 months at a time on contract. Cruise ship nursing would be best for a nurse who has ICU or ER experience who literally wants a change of scenery.
Cruise ships carry thousands of people to vacation destinations around the world. During vacations passengers and crew members sometimes get sick. The medical team of the cruise ship cares for these individuals. All cruise ships have a medical team consisting of nurses and doctors who care for this large population.
Patients on a ship may present with all kinds of acute and chronic illnesses that need to be treated. The medical team may encounter medical conditions ranging from myocardial infarctions, seasickness, to actual births!
Nurses in this career will need to have solid critical care and emergency nursing skills to build upon. Cruise ships have a hospital on-board with the appropriate number of medical personnel for the passengers on board. Even with the appropriate number of staff the nurse will have to develop skills in lab testing and radiology. The typical cruise ship hospital has consulting rooms, treatment rooms, in-patient beds, x-ray facilities, a lab and pharmacy in addition to diagnostic and emergency equipment and supplies.
Although the job as a cruise ship nurse may be challenging at times, there is downtime when you are not scheduled to work. In addition to regular salaries medical personnel also get free room and board. Since there is a large potential patient population to relatively small staff, being on call occasionally is required.
According to Cruise International, the salary for a cruise ship RN ranges from $2,800-$3,800 per month.
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