Nursing On A Cruise Ship

Guest Post by Kathyrn Norcutt

If you are a registered nurse and have spent the last few years accruing a well-rounded resume of work experience, but are looking to push your health care role past the four walls you find yourself currently limited to and into a much-bigger work setting, then perhaps a job nursing on a cruise ship might just be the perfect fit.

Cruise ships are a great way to really see the world, to experience travel through work, meeting new people and exotic ports-of-call.  If this sounds appealing, then let’s look below at what criteria you should consider before applying for a nursing cruise ship job.

Of course, this is a no-brainer.  If you work on a cruise ship, desire to travel must be high on your priority list.  After all, this will be one of the many perks that those who love to get away will be able to take advantage of.   On the other hand, if travel tends to make you anxious, you should probably not consider working on a cruise ship.

Again, this should be heavily considered before dropping off that resume and job application.  If just being near the water sends your heartbeat racing and your palms sweating, chances are cruise ship nursing is not for you.  How well do you do in small, enclosed spaces.   Often times, cruise ships are stuck in the middle of endless stretches of open water.  You will be out of touch with your loved ones in such occasions as cellphone service can difficult or extremely costly.  Weigh these scenarios in your head.  You don’t want to be on your seventh day of drifting along the Atlantic with no land in sight for days before you realize what a grave mistake you made signing along with such a position.

Unique Challenges
As recently as February 14th of this year, a Carnival cruise ship foundered out in the middle of the Gulf after a small fire in the engine knocked out the ships primary power source.  As a result they have been relying upon backup sources which greatly reduced the plumbing and electrical functions.  Some 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members have spent the last few days basically in rather unsanitary conditions waiting to be towed to Mobile, Alabama.  At sea, be prepared for the unexpected.  Diseases like the Norovirus can be extremely rampant in such close quarters (as occurred back in 2012 aboard the Queen Mary and the Emerald Princess).

If after these considerations, the open seas still beckon, then jump aboard and begin your nursing on a cruise ship  journey.  By embarking upon this exciting chapter of your life, you will be able to embrace the benefits of travel and job security while enjoying seeing the world though a unique lens.

Good luck and Bon Voyage!