Travel Nursing Series: Travel Nursing in Greece

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Why do people travel? Perhaps plain wanderlust urges people see new places and have new experiences or the need to get away from everyday stress or pressures at home or work. Some may want to make a religious pilgrimage to a sacred site or a new career may beckon. Whatever the reason, travel allows you to make a connection in another country, meet different people and experience different cultures.

One of the easiest careers to “take on the road” is that of the health care professional. Physicians and nurses are in demand in every country in the world and it is easy to find work overseas. Nursing skills are universal and those of nurses in the United States are among the most advanced. Getting certified to work overseas in a foreign country, although a bit tedious, is relatively easy. Usually a placement agency can help guide the US nurse through the process. Salary and benefits are in line with standard travel nursing guidelines. Subsidized housing, signing bonuses, paid vacations and health insurance are offered, depending on the particular job. You will need to pack your own nursing uniforms and nursing shoes as these items are not provided by the employer.

Nurses in Greece are in significant demand. To find and apply for a position as a nurse in Greece it is best to use a professional agency to help with the procedure. Travel nurse agencies help guide nurses to find the ideal job in Greece. International employment applications can be overwhelming with the amount of paperwork required but a good agency will help with the necessary visas and certifications. The agencies are the intermediary between employer and nurse, negotiating a contract that is beneficial to both parties. They will provide job particulars such as work hours, overtime regulations and nursing uniform requirements. Many international hospitals have adopted the US trend of wearing uniform scrubs instead of traditional nursing uniforms. Shopping for medical uniforms in Greece may be difficult, but online websites offering large selections of uniforms scrubs at discount prices are available for your uniform needs.

The Greek National Health system provides a basic medical service to Greek nationals and it has a reciprocal agreement with the British National Health Service. There are many public and private hospitals in Greece, all with varying standards. Some private hospitals have affiliations with U.S. facilities. These hospitals are an excellent resource for American nurses looking for positions abroad in Greece. The staff doctors at these private hospitals have been trained in U.S. or another international teaching institution. In public medical clinics, especially on Greek islands, often very little English is spoken. Many visitors to Greece, and Greek citizens, transfer from island care units to hospitals in Athens hospitals for more modern and professional care.

Medical facilities in Greece range from barely adequate to very good. Public hospitals are severely understaffed, especially during the night shift on non-emergency wards. Nursing jobs in these facilities is very demanding work. The standards of nursing and after …

The Faris Hotel Laconia the Peloponnese Greece

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The Faris Hotel is situated on the top of a mountain opposite the majestic Tayegetus mountain range. It is incredible to find such a peaceful oasis. However, if you don't like to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life, it's not for you.

There is a choice of rooms, double, twin, single, triple rooms and suites. Breakfast is available and included in the price, but you pay extra for other meals.

The hotel is built of stone in the manner of traditional houses in the area, and it has views over the Spartan plain, and you can also see the sea from Gorani, the nearest village. From the terrace you can also see eagles wheeling overhead at certain times of day. If you have never seen wild eagles, you will marvel at their agility, sweet calls and their majesty.

There is a fireplace for winter use in the dining room, and you can sip the local hooch, a kind of clear brandy, while sitting in front of it. The nibbles that accompany the hooch are a delight, figs stuffed with walnuts, for example.

The owner of the hotel, George, can tell you all about the local area and will transport guests up to the shelter if they want to do the Prophet Elias walk to the mountain peak. This is shaped like a pyramid and is a local landmark.

On the slopes leading up to the hotel you will see George's walnut and chestnut trees and you can usually purchase preserves made with them. There's the local honey too, which is great with locally-made yoghurt.

The water piped into the hotel is spring water, quite different to the usual tap water. it really quenches one's thirst.

The hotel has two huge Greek mountain dogs in residence outside. They act as guard dogs and are so big that wild boar don't get the better of them for long, although one of the dogs was blinded by one. Thankfully, she's recovered, although her sight is still not fully restored. There are cats too, so it's quite a menagerie.The hotel is dog-friendly, so your pooch can accompany you, and make new friends with the resident animals.

The Byzantine monastery at nearby Gola is worth a visit, but check the opening times with George.

The road up to the hotel is steep, with hairpin bends, so be warned and take it slowly.

The hotel is well signposted from Xirokampi, so it's easy to find.

It's a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year. Book early though to avoid disappointment.

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