Registered Nurses and IDC's



The Seafarers Union is seeking (IDC) (RN)/MDR (Medical Department Representative) for employment on board U.S.-flag vessels that are operated under an SIU contract.

The MDR if a nurse shall hold a valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States; hold a USCG Certificate of Registry as a professional nurse; have training and experience in emergency medicine; and meet the STCW requirements for a Medical Care Provider on board a ship. The MDR if a IDC (Independent Duty Corpsman) shall hold a Certificate of Registry form the US Coast Guard and meet the STCW requirements for a Medical Care Provider on board a ship.

Working conditions and benefits shall be governed by the collective bargaining agreement. The agreement typically calls for good pay and benefits and liberal time off after completion of tour working on board vessels, normally with small crews. Living conditions on board usually include private room.

Tours of duty typically consist of four months on board followed by two months off or six months on board followed by three months off.

All applicants must meet the U.S. Coast Guard’s requirements for obtaining a Merchant Mariner’s Document. The union will assist you in that process. In addition, applicants must have or obtain a valid passport and must complete a one-week STCW course offered by a training school affiliated with the Seafarers International Union.

Prior to training, all applicants must complete a Seafarers International Union pre-employment drug test and a Coast Guard-approved physical. Upon completion, applicant will be assigned to a vessel.

For more information please contact Bart Rogers at 301-994-0010, extension 5317 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.