Thank you for replying. I should give a bit more information on whom I have contacted! I have contacted the ETC already - nothing is advertised there. I have contacted various recruitment agencies (bizarrely, there doesn't seem to be any openings there either, nor is there any agencys specifically for nurses - of which there must literally be hundreds in the UK!). I tried to access their malta union of nurses and midwives, but their website is very basic and no links to this kind of information. All the council for nurses can tell me is that on average it takes about 3 months to register with them. I have contacted lots of nursing homes etc (got their address's through Malta's yellow pages) - no response.
On contacting the royal college of nursing in UK I was told that nobody had ever spoken to them before about leaving the UK as a nurse to work in another EU member state, I quote "it is usually the other way around, my dear". I have emailed public hospitals (Mater Dei DID reply with the link to the public call application - the only one I have managed to find!). I have searched the classifieds over and over in the times of malta. It appears that they do have some sort of nursing shortage, but there is literally no info on whether I would be appreciated in the country! I know the wages are quite substantially lower than what I currently recieve here in the Uk, though frankly, I love the country and am more than willing to take the hit on pay to experience a higher quality of life (in terms of the general culture and beauty of Malta).
My heart is totally set on this country and I do not intend on giving up!! I will keep trying and trying and contact everybody on the island if needs be!
I will continue to post questions everywhere I can, and if it comes to it I'll set up camp outside the hospital and refuse to leave untill they give me a job
. I do find it slightly disheartening that with a qualification such as RGN, and the willingness to drop a salary to work in a country that needs nurses not only am I not being snapped up - but I am just hitting brick walls!! Ah well, Im nothing if not persistant!! Would love any further advice on this guys. Thanks xx