Interview with Tzippy Shore, Nurse and Administrator
Q: What opportunities exist for Olim interested in practicing nursing in Israel?
A:There are many options for Nurses; for a young nurse a position in a hospital is, in my opinion, the best job. Though you do need to do nights/Shabbat shifts, those shifts pay the best. At night you do not need to pay a babysitter. One can work only weekends and get a full time salary.
Other options for nurses: Tipat Chalav, baby well care centers. In Israel, you do not take your baby (up to the age of 3) to the doctor for immunizations; you take your baby to Tipat Chalav centers where the nurses check your baby’s growth, give immunizations and hearing/vision tests.
Kupat Cholim clinics hire nurses to work in a health fund center; they can work as nurses who draw blood for tests or in emergency, or who assist the doctors in different departments.
Teaching is another option, there are several nursing schools in Israel but you need a Masters Degree.
For those who need to tailor their work to family time, a school nurse might be a good job. A school nurse gives immunizations and has that fun job of checking for lice. All of the shots (for school age children) are done in school by the school system. A school nurse is hired by the municipality and works for the local government.
Q: What job did you take upon your Aliyah to Israel?
A: When I first came to Israel, I worked in a hospital setting. I chose to work in Dialysis because as a mother with a family I didn’t want to work at night or on Shabbat.
Q: What is the job market like in Israel?
A: It is not as easy as it used to be, but there is always a need for nurses. If you are coming from abroad, there is material that you have to relearn, for example medications. We use different medications and sometimes they have different names, so it can be a challenge.
When experienced people come, it is important for them to know that although they can find work there will be a relearning process which is sometimes difficult for the ego.
Q: Where should someone study nursing if they want to live in Israel?
A: If you are getting your degree abroad, an academic degree (Bachelor’s degree) is essential, and an MA is better than a BA. An MA opens up the possibility of entering the field of administration, an opportunity which can lead to working in homes (nursing, disabled children who live in dormitories, cancer hospices, etc.). If you are a nurse with a doctorate you’ll have even more opportunities available.
I believe that the best thing for someone studying is to learn here. If you go to Nursing School in Israel, you work in the hospital and you have your connections already while studying.
Q: How long does it take to study here?
A: Nursing school is a four year BA program. If you want to specialize in midwifery – realize that most babies are born by midwives in Israel – you practice as a nurse for one year and then take a nine month course followed by an internship.
Q: What documents do you need in order to practice as a nurse?
A: You need to redo the nursing exam in order to be a recognized professional (another reason to study here, no matter how much experience you have). Also bring all of your diplomas, your syllabus, transcripts (original copies).
Q: What recommendations can you offer the Olim looking for work in this field?
A: Academic degrees are highly desirable and I recommend it. There is always a need for nurses; it is a good profession and there are always opportunities. There are so many variations and opportunities in nursing (full time, part time, school nurse, teaching, administration, tipat chalav) and it is a great helping profession that is highly skilled.
Special thanks to Tehilla for allowing us to reprint this interview.