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Hello Everyone,

I am sorry if this has already been discussed; there are so many threads on nursing but I did a search and did not find anything on nursing assistants.

I have a BScN from Canada, but due to the long process of getting my credentials recognized and not being that great at German I thought it would make sense to get another health related job while I focus on getting as good at German as possible.

From my understanding you need B1 German to work as a Nursing Aide/Assistant. I have done searches on hospital websites and I do not see positions for them though... I have looked at Pflegehelfer and Pflegeassistent but the only hits I get under nursing are for Pflegefachfrau/Pflegefachmann which I need to degree recognition for.

Does anyone have experience working in these positions and could give me some insight on where to apply? I am thinking some long term care homes would be a good idea as a start.

Merci viel mal!

P.S. I am looking in Kanton Bern

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I've done a few searches on a couple of other sites, but degree recognition is also required, even for care home ads I found. I think you're stuck until you get your recognition through.
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Your profile says that you know French. Canton Bern has areas where French is the main language or bilingual, e.g., Bienne-Biel. Would it make sense for you to seek work in a French speaking area of Canton Bern?
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Your profile says that you know French. Canton Bern has areas where French is the main language or bilingual, e.g., Bienne-Biel. Would it make sense for you to seek work in a French speaking area of Canton Bern?
Hi! Yes I do know French, but I had noticed that in Biel/Bienne it seems as though bilingual French/German is required. I also don't know if my French is good enough (my understanding is good but speaking could use practice). I will look into some of the French areas though Thank you

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I've done a few searches on a couple of other sites, but degree recognition is also required, even for care home ads I found. I think you're stuck until you get your recognition through.
I saw that there is also a SRK recognition process for nursing assistants but I was wondering if places would hire without it if I can provide diplomas. Thinking of giving another 500CHF to the Red Cross gives me a headache! I suppose it may be unavoidable though.

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Hi! Yes I do know French, but I had noticed that in Biel/Bienne it seems as though bilingual French/German is required. I also don't know if my French is good enough (my understanding is good but speaking could use practice). I will look into some of the French areas though Thank you
You could also try in Fribourg canton, it's also bi-lingual. Area nearest to Bern is German speaking, further away (other side of Fribourg city) is French, but you hear both languages spoken wherever you are in the canton. It's not too far for commuting purposes if you're based in/near Bern.
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