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Nursing Careers : offshore oil rig nurse

Life on board an oil rig can be either exhilarating or frustrating for a nurse, depending upon your outlook. You can expect to work about six months a year and have about six months off. However, during the six months on the rig, you'll work a 12-hour shift every day. You will have no days off, except possibly half a day at Christmas and/or New Year's.

No alcohol is allowed on the rig and the only shopping is as the on-board store that sells toiletries, candy and cigarettes. Some people complain that during the six months off, they are bored and restless. On the plus side, the nurse is usually autonomous, working alone with the doctor onshore and miles away. Cooking, laundry and cleaning are provided for you, and you still receive higher pay than you would receive for a "normal" job.

Working on offshore oil rigs is often dangerous, and a qualified medical person must be the first responder to emergencies, accidents or illness. Generally, the oil company requires someone with extensive medical training, such as a nurse, to serve as the rig's medic, coordinate sick bay, handle medical supplies, administer medications and coordinate the efforts of those oil workers trained as first aiders As a nurse working on an off-shore rig, you should be able to diagnosis and treat a wide-range of medical problems as well as triage patients, provide life-saving procedures and handle any necessary evacuations to onshore hospitals. The range of treatments needed varies from administering medication to controlling bleeding, calibrating drug dosages and applying immobilization techniques.

You will most likely be the only medical person to treat as many as 150 people, although in serious situations, the off-shore nurse can contact a doctor via telephone for advice. When working, you'll be responsible for the crew's health as well as maintaining all medical records, the continuing training of those on-board designated as first aiders and ordering all medical supplies and necessary equipment. Beyond the medical requirements, as the oil rig nurse/medic, you will be a member of the senior management team and must handle reporting and management requirements. With oil rigs operating throughout the world and nearly all of them requiring medical personnel, there are jobs available in these competitive nursing positions. For example, a nursing job in the United Arab Emirates requires a person with at least two years experience in an emergency room and demonstrated expertise in emergency medicine, certified in CPR and first aid with excellent English language skills. Understanding and speaking Arabic is also desirable. Oil rigs operating under British governance that may be near Norway or South Africa require different language skills.


Blogger David said...


Thanks for some basic information. I'd love to see you expand on the day to day experience and provide more details. For example, what is the quality of the food? How large are the living quarters and are there single occupation rooms or just to share? Is it quiet enough to sleep? Do the companies provide specialized training taking care of injuries specific to this field, i.e., solvent/oil contamination? Crush injuries? What are some of the most common injuries? What are the rates of drug and alcohol use on board (and while I understand these are not allowed we ALL know it is an issue and it must or should be acknowledged). Thanks for your writing and I look forward to hearing more!


20 March 2013 at 02:49  
Blogger David said...

Thanks for your post. I'd love to learn more about daily living conditions on board. I am hoping there is specialized training provided such as emergency evacuation training (esp after the BP debacle!), training on Hazmat exposure to pts and ourselves, treatment modalities and so on and so forth. What is the food like? Living accommodations etc. I am a firefighter and an ER nurse and it would take a lot to get me to leave but this sounds very interesting and challenging. Thanks!

20 March 2013 at 02:53  
Blogger Twologix said...

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26 March 2013 at 00:05  
Anonymous christian jon said...

wow... Im a Nurse-EMT and a fire fighter... How can i Apply for this Jobs? PLease need help

11 December 2013 at 20:46  

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