RN - Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Competency-based nursing is practiced in the Intensive Care Unit at The King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which has a total of 54 beds divided into five units:

  • The 15-bed Surgical Special Care Unit (SSCU-B) treats patients who have undergone major surgical procedures such as: craniotomy; aorto-femoral bypass; and all transplantations (e.g. thoracic, renal, liver, lung, and pancreatic). Cardiology patients may also be treated here if beds are unavailable in the Cardiac ICU.
  • The 20-bed central MICU (MICU-C) This unit provides acute, intensive care for medical patients aged 14 years and above in the East Wing. Medical, and oncologic conditions requiring intensive care include patients who respond to cardio-respiratory arrest resuscitation, patients with one or more system failure who need observation and/or active management such as patients with circulatory failure requiring massive volume expansion and/or vasoactive medications and invasive monitoring, patients with respiratory failure who require supportive measures such as endotracheal intubation with mechanical ventilation. Patients with CNS instability such as status epilepticus/increased ICP who require active management.
  • The seven-bed MSICU-D sees medical and surgical patients aged 14 and older.
  • The 12-bed MICU-E treats medical and oncology patients.
  • The two-bed, private Royal ICU.

1,500 patients (age 14 and up) are admitted annually. Approximately 65% of patients are surgical cases. Registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) provide continuous respiratory support. The ICU uses the Pyxis medication system and the ICG/Vigileo Hemodynamic monitoring system.

Nurse to patient ratio: 1 : 1 or 2


  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing (NOTE: degree/diploma must be a minimum three-year NURSING curriculum; degree/diploma CANNOT be online or distance education) (Due to licensing requirements, shorter degree/diploma programs are NOT accepted)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing of minimum two-year duration (Due to licensing requirements, shorter programs are NOT accepted, online programs are not accepted)
  • Current nursing (RN) license in Canada or the United States,
  • A minimum of two years current, full-time experience as a Registered Nurse, working in a mid- to large-sized acute-care hospital in North America, of which at least one year must be in the specialty area of ICU

Due to work visa restrictions, only FEMALE applicants will be considered at this time.


  • Tax-free income
  • Single-status contract
  • Accommodations provided
  • Relocation allowance
  • Annual Air Transportation
  • Medical coverage
  • More than 7 calendar weeks of vacation

NOTE: Because we are a North American based recruitment company we are only able to recruit citizens of Canada and the United States.

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King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh

The King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, with 894 beds (inclusive of 170 day beds), is the most high acuity tertiary-care centre in the entire Arabian Peninsula. Opened in 1975, it is constantly expanding and updating its facilities and services, and has the latest in technology and treatment methods.

The hospital specializes in the treatment of, and research in, cardiology, oncology, organ transplant, and genetic diseases. more

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The capital city, population about 5 million and expanding into the surrounding desert at a rapid pace. Has extravagantly fanciful buildings, malls, and towers.

The social life for Westerners is enriched by events at the foreign embassies in the city. After people acclimatize to the heat, they play sports: golf, tennis, hockey, soccer, sand-board.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, population of almost 27 million, with mountains and the Red Sea on the west coast, the Arabian Gulf on the east coast, and the Empty Quarter in the middle.

Mecca and Medina, the two most holy cities in Islam, are located north of Jeddah. The country's majority religion is Sunni Islam. Common recreational activities pursued by Westerners: desert camping, swimming and diving in the Red Sea, running, tennis, hiking in the mountains. more

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