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Becoming a Nurse in Costa Rica

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If you wish to become a nurse in Costa Rica you will need to complete the relevant training and gain the required qualifications before you can begin practicing. In order to become a nurse in Costa Rica, it is important that you have the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in nursing

  • A nurse’s license

  • Successfully passed an examination in Spanish proving your language skills

 

Upon graduating from university all public service nurses are required to do a period of service. Once this service is complete they can then successfully acquire the license. You will not be able to apply for a job until you become licensed there.

If you wish to obtain an unconditional license you may wish to complete a one year social services assignment. Completing this assignment will enable you to receive a ‘new graduate’ salary for the first year of service, whereby you will be able to work your way up as time progresses.

There are many qualified nurses in Costa Rica therefore the selection process is relatively competitive. It is therefore important that you successfully pass the required examinations and other requirements before embarking on your career as a nurse.

Benefits of being a nurse in Costa Rica

In addition to providing job satisfaction, working as a nurse in Costa Rica offers an excellent remuneration package, a decent pension package and a positive holiday allowance. You will also be entitled to paid sickness leave and maternity rights.  

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