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Is it hard finding work as a nurse anywhere? I know I need a work visa, would it be hard to find a job? Is there enough nurses there already? Thank you!
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Is it hard finding work as a nurse anywhere? I know I need a work visa, would it be hard to find a job? Is there enough nurses there already? Thank you!
Which location are you talking about? Also, hello and welcome to the forum. You might want to write an introductory post in the "Introductions" subforum since you're asking for advice here.

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Re: American interested in Nursing

it's one of the sectors that needs new workers and newspapers always saying how they will need to be recruited abroad as there are not enough.
I would guess you need official recognition of your diploma for nursing, that's handled by the red cross, only french and german language it seems:
https://www.redcross.ch/fr/reconnais...professionnels
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Re: American interested in Nursing

Key question: What languages do you speak?

Yes, there is a need for nurses, but of the maybe dozen or so US qualified RNs I know living here only four have found nursing jobs. The others have not yet reached the proficiency in German and/ or French, Italian needed.

All came here as dependents of their (headhunted) spouses or are married to Swiss/EU citizens so the residency permit wasn't the initial stumbling block that it would be for you if you are trying to move here on your own. The stumbling block has been language proficiency to get their qualifications recognized, and then demonstrating the level of 'on the ward' fluency needed to be hired.

A few of the nurses I know have given up, as they felt that in the time it has taken to reach German proficiency they have been out of the field long enough that their skills are no longer up to date. Shame, as they were highly trained in specialized fields, actually educated far beyond the typical Swiss level for nurses.

One who is working was an NP in the U.S., but this profession really does not exist here. She is frustrated at having lost the ability to practice at that level, but at least she has a job.

One who is not yet fluent enough to work as a nurse has found a job as a care assistant in a nursing home, a far cry from her training, but again, at least a job. This kind of job would likely not get you a work permit, though.

TL;DR: Yes, there is a need for nurses. But if you don't yet speak German (French, Italian), learning to do so should be a priority.

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Re: American interested in Nursing

As a fully qualified nurse there is no problem finding work.As a nursing aid there is not so much work around. Your qualifications have to be verified by Swiss Red Cross.But German and or French is a must. Unless of course you find work in an English speaking klinik-but thats unlikely. I work as a qualified Nurse in an elderly persons home in Zurich
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As a fully qualified nurse there is no problem finding work.As a nursing aid there is not so much work around. Your qualifications have to be verified by Swiss Red Cross.But German and or French is a must. Unless of course you find work in an English speaking klinik-but thats unlikely. I work as a qualified Nurse in an elderly persons home in Zurich
German/French/Italian is a must even if you were to work in an English speaking environment, because the Red Cross won't validate your qualification without B2 in a Swiss language.
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Yes you are right. My qualification was recognized 17 years ago. And I had nothing like B2. My German was very basic. No doubt things have changed.Now it costs 1000 CHF to get qualification recognized
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