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WORKING ABROAD / DEC. 27, 2012
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Being a Nurse in Sri Lanka

Nursing in Sri Lanka is extremely highly regarded and if you wish to become a nurse there you will need to acquire the relevant skills and qualifications prior to gaining employment. The government aims to create a well informed, compassionate and knowledgeable nursing graduate who is skilled in their specific area of nursing.

Becoming a nurse in Sri Lanka

If you are interested in becoming a nurse in Sri Lanka you will first need to gain a BSc in Nursing. This can take around 4 years to acquire, and can be obtained from either the Ministry of Health or a private sector institution.

Selecting an educational institution

Sri Lanka has more than ten public nursing academies and the one that you select will depend upon what you wish to achieve from your academic experiences. Students also have the option to complete their nursing education at a private training school if desired.

The type of education that you select will depend upon the type of qualification that you wish to acquire, as well as the level that you wish to begin your career at.

During study students will be required to complete formal study for ten weeks. Courses include a combination of lectures, laboratory work as well as practical fieldwork.

Registration and employment

Once you have obtained your academic qualification you will then need to register as a nurse. Without registering, you will not be eligible for employment in the country. 

Nurses begin their career at different levels of proficiency and therefore salaries will vary from one level to the next. Upon completion of a full year of employment your progress will be reviewed and you may be eligible for a salary increase. This will also provide you with additional responsibilities. 

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