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Re: English-speaking nurses in Switzerland - recognition of qualifications

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Dear Antony,

That is great help.
Please do pass on my [details]
Hoping to hear from you soon.

Thank you.
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Hi,
I know there are a few nurses in the forum looking for work in the canton of Vaud. just thought I`d pass on some info to you. Gets more complicated each time I speak to someone , the process of getting registered. The Red Cross now looking for proof of linguistic ability
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  • a diploma or some test which is at least equivalent of the European Language Portfolio level B2
  • have qualified( ie nursing qualification) in a swiss language
  • swiss language is mother tongue
so now think I have to go and sit the DALF/DELF exam next month. And I thought it was all going to be so easy peasy like last time!
So girls if you are doing any courses need to aim for AT LEAST this level . if anyone needs more info PM me.

Does anyone know if there are any books I can use to study for this as too far away from centre to go to preparatory course.?
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Hello, can I please ask a question. If Germany is in the EU so the UK pin should be easy to be converted to German. And it becomes a sort of official document in German. Have you got any idea as to how to get mine converted (my German is only B1 and is not enough to fully understand the websites). I will be very great full to you
Thank you any way
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Hello, can I please ask a question. If Germany is in the EU so the UK pin should be easy to be converted to German. And it becomes a sort of official document in German. Have you got any idea as to how to get mine converted (my German is only B1 and is not enough to fully understand the websites). I will be very great full to you
Thank you any way
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Are you looking for work in Germany or in Switzerland?
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hi,
I am looking for work in Switzerland, but it is not easy to get the documents right at once. So if my diploma can be converted into German with only paper work via post - I thing it is going to be helpful in finding a job. I know it will not be as nurse, but even as a carer. And it would be an official document written in German - although not Germany the Swiss people pay some respect to German papers. So if any one knows an address or www...... , I think it is worth of trying.
Thank you

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Steps taken to have foreign nursing qualification recognised - 2011

I applied for the '' Reconnaissance de diplome'' recognition of the diploma or bachelor degree in October and got the result in January. I earned my diploma in Philippines. They recommended that I pass the language B2 for DELF, do 6 months of apprentissage or OJT as we call in Philippines (it's like working as a nurse already with salary and all) and I need to take the courses that they recommended as well. It's a 22 days in total course conducted by several nursing organization here in Switzerland. I have two places as options, one in Geneva and the other one in Lausanne as I live in a French speaking canton. I am working on my French and will take the test in June. The course will start in October this year.

The procedure itself is not complicated. It just takes time. Put together and complete all the documentation that they require you to submit. Have the documents translated into French, German or Italian, and pay the cost of the process. I paid 500 CHF.

http://www.redcross.ch/activities/he...d02a01a-fr.php

I link the site of the Red Cross here which you can visit and explore.
Thanks brave intrepid. Will they accept english documents? You said: prepare documents in french, italian or german. however on the red cross website it says they accept english too. I just received a letter from them and they asked loads of documents signed by local authorities and a copy of certificat de travail (not the cntract), plus copy of titres finals de formation prealable. did you have to do all that too? thanks.
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Re: English-speaking nurses in Switzerland - recognition of qualifications

Hi All, some really great info on this forum.

I am an Irish nurse and have moved to Switzerland with my boyfriend. I have 10 years of nursing experience but unfortunately I cannot register as a nurse in Switzerland due to not being able to speak French (or another Swiss language), which is understandable.

While I am learning French I would really love to work. Happy to work as a nursing aid or another similar role.

Does anyone have any info on where I may be able to get a job like this? An agency or a register of English Speaking hospitals perhaps.

Anywhere within an hour of Fribourg would be great.

Any help is very much appreciated.

Thanks,
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Re: English-speaking nurses in Switzerland - recognition of qualifications

Enrol in an intensive French course-if you intend to live in the French part of Switzerland. Minimum 3 hours a day -5 days a week. In 6 months you will be speaking reasonable French. Go to a nursing Agency. If you have a work permit then go to your regional unemployment bureau-they help alot.
Or put an advertisement in the paper that you are looking for work-private nursing. And get your qualifications certified by Swiss Red Cross.
http://redcross.ch/activities/health...o_090128_e.pdf

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Hi All, some really great info on this forum.

I am an Irish nurse and have moved to Switzerland with my boyfriend. I have 10 years of nursing experience but unfortunately I cannot register as a nurse in Switzerland due to not being able to speak French (or another Swiss language), which is understandable.

While I am learning French I would really love to work. Happy to work as a nursing aid or another similar role.



Does anyone have any info on where I may be able to get a job like this? An agency or a register of English Speaking hospitals perhaps.

Anywhere within an hour of Fribourg would be great.

Any help is very much appreciated.

Thanks,
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Re: English-speaking nurses in Switzerland - recognition of qualifications

Try contacting the international schools . they need english speaking nurses if you are looking for work whilst you study
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Steps taken to have foreign nursing qualification recognised - 2011
I applied for the '' Reconnaissance de diplome'' recognition of the diploma or bachelor degree in October and got the result in January. I earned my diploma in Philippines. They recommended that I pass the language B2 for DELF, do 6 months of apprentissage or OJT as we call in Philippines (it's like working as a nurse already with salary and all) and I need to take the courses that they recommended as well. It's a 22 days in total course conducted by several nursing organization here in Switzerland. I have two places as options, one in Geneva and the other one in Lausanne as I live in a French speaking canton. I am working on my French and will take the test in June. The course will start in October this year.

The procedure itself is not complicated. It just takes time. Put together and complete all the documentation that they require you to submit. Have the documents translated into French, German or Italian, and pay the cost of the process. I paid 500 CHF.

http://www.redcross.ch/activities/he...d02a01a-fr.php

I link the site of the Red Cross here which you can visit and explore.[Hi, i wanted to ask if this is the requirements if you are licensed nurse way back in the philippines or not? Thanks!]

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In need of a good old laugh

I am English,a northerner, in my thirites, married to a french guy and have been living in France for 2 yrs. I am a nurse and work in Geneva.
I am now in desperate need to let my hair down, crack a few english jokes all without minding my French!!! Sure you know what I am getting at!

Any others out there feeling the same?
Suggesting a get together, having a beer (or non alcoholic drink, doesn't have to be the pub).
Have lived in Ireland , scotland, australia, spain and travelled the world backpacking for the last 10 yrs, into most things, esp having a laugh.

any takers
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Re: English-speaking nurses in Switzerland - recognition of qualifications

Hi all

I am feeling quite stressed as I really need to rebrush on my french. I have just moved from london to biel/bienne and was wondering if I can send the red cross my papers and qualifications for recognition before I do the Language test. I want to use the time they take to have a look at my papers to repractice my french.

Thank you So much for any help
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Re: English-speaking nurses in Switzerland - recognition of qualifications

This is difficult really. As much as I love living with a big mix of people and cultures, etc - being bilingual and speaking a few more languages- I can see that from the patient's point of view, medical staff need and must have an excellent knowledge of the local language. Now that is just as relevant in the UK, or here, or anywhere.

An article in Le Matin on Sunday highlighted the huge problems that arise from foreign medical staff at all levels, who cannot understand, and cannot be understood- by staff. The article particularly focused on Psychiatrists and Psychologists, with something like a 3rd being non German/French/Italian speakers in CH. And on those who speak High German but cannot understand or communicate in Swiss German.

I am totally for the 'more the merrier' approach - but NOT for medical staff, unless they can demonstrate excellent local language skills.
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Re: English-speaking nurses in Switzerland - recognition of qualifications

Hello
I am a British trained RN and have worked both in the private and public sector here in Switzerland. It is essential that you have good language skills before even attempting to find work. After having studied French at Uni for 2 years (and six years at school) I came out here and found it very difficult initially - and pretty scary at times too.

Your best bet initially may be looking at one of the many private clinics who have a large international clientele, and having English may be a pre-requisite or at least an advantage, they also sometimes also have a better staff-patient ratio.

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I am a nurse from Philippines too. I am on the process of learning the language and I will soon take the language exam.
Have you done the registration of your license with RED CROSS?
As for me, I recieved their recommendation and I need to take a six months course on PRofessional Practice in Switzerland.

hello there!
i am a Fillipino nurse too wishing to work as a nurse here switzerland.
How was your application going? Can you give me information on how to work as a nurse . Currently I am here in Geneva for vacation with a tourist visa. I found this place is so intersting and so decided to work here legally. Can you help me how? thank You.
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my friends fiance is from Sweden and also a nurse. she learned french in like 3 months and got a joboffer straight away. i am seeing them tonight and if you want I can pass on your email adress so you can discuss with her


Hi anthony1406,

can you help me connect with your friend also? Im a nurse from the philippines and plan to apply in switzerland. tnx

my info.
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Steps taken to have foreign nursing qualification recognised - 2011

I applied for the '' Reconnaissance de diplome'' recognition of the diploma or bachelor degree in October and got the result in January. I earned my diploma in Philippines. They recommended that I pass the language B2 for DELF, do 6 months of apprentissage or OJT as we call in Philippines (it's like working as a nurse already with salary and all) and I need to take the courses that they recommended as well. It's a 22 days in total course conducted by several nursing organization here in Switzerland. I have two places as options, one in Geneva and the other one in Lausanne as I live in a French speaking canton. I am working on my French and will take the test in June. The course will start in October this year.

The procedure itself is not complicated. It just takes time. Put together and complete all the documentation that they require you to submit. Have the documents translated into French, German or Italian, and pay the cost of the process. I paid 500 CHF.

http://www.redcross.ch/activities/he...d02a01a-fr.php

I link the site of the Red Cross here which you can visit and explore.
Hi, your responses have been so helpful to me so thank you! I have been feeling overwhelmed and in a state of confusion as to how I will possibly be able to get a nursing job in Switzerland. I have a few obstacles. The first being that I am an American, and getting a visa is next to impossible, the second being that I have studied French at a B2 level and have decent language skills but have not taken the DELF, and I don't feel confident enough at the moment with my French to work in a hospital. But, this is my ultimate goal I am currently working toward.

My situation is that I am an RN from California with 6 years experience in the pediatric ICU, and have worked the past 4 winter seasons in Switzerland (in Valais) as a camp nurse where the clientele are mostly English speaking. I met my bf there, who is from the U.K., and our plan is to settle in Switzerland. We are planning on getting married. This, fortunately will make it easier for me to get a job because I will qualify for the B permit, which he has. Please correct me if I am wrong about any of this. I am curious though, Do any of you know of any Americans, who were able to independently get a nursing job in a hospital or school (who don't have dual swiss citizenship or a Swiss/EU spouse)?

Brave Intrepid, I was wondering, what exactly are the courses that Red Cross recommended that you take? And do you have to take any kind of licensing exam (such as the NCLEX in the US), or do they just verify your education and credentials?

The reason I want a change from the camp nursing is that it does not pay very well. And the only other option I am thinking of is a school nurse at one of the international schools, or possibly a nursing home. I would not feel comfortable working in an ICU setting initially, because of the fast pace and intensity, and me adjusting to the language and French medical terminology. If anyone has any suggestions of nursing jobs that pay well, that would be a good setting to work in as my French language skills grow, Please post!

It's a big move for me leaving the world of travel nursing in the U.S. and I am trying to get a feel for how I can make this all work!

Eager for any info from people interested in helping!

Thank you!
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hello

My name is marion and I live in fort lauderdale and am a nursing student now graduating in april 2014. I am belgian and was considering working in Switzerland as a nurse. I would really appreciate any information pertaining to tests and other requirements to help me get there.

Many thanks in advance.

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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Nursing equivalency assessments are performed by the Red Cross and the fee is around 500 CHF as I recall.
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Thank you for the info
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Re: english-speaking nurses in Switzerland

You will acquire the visa (B) or C of the person who you marry with and this allows you to many opportunities that exist in Switzerland.

As to Nursing Stuff...

Once you have submitted your request for the recognition of the diploma they will ask you to do a 6 months (on the job training) or they call it here Stage wherein your employer or head of the nursing service will give you the evaluation based on the evaluation form that the red cross sent you. I wonder wether where you work as a nurse are qualified to do such, I am not sure. Anyway, on the other side, you will have to take a recommended course called '' Approche des Soins en Suisse'' which takes 9 days to finish and '' Actualisation Professionnelle en Soins Infirmiers'' which takes 32 days. These courses are only conducted in the school named ''Espace Compétences'' in Cully Lausanne for those who are in the Suisse Romandie. The courses cost at about 6K SF. After finishing each course, they give an exam about what you have learned. It's very different than the american way of measuring student's capability of learning. They mostly exige a written essay expressing your understanding and its implication on you as a nurse. I am having a difficulty in ajusting to it but I have no choice than to do it. Your level of french is also challenged during this exams. Lastly, Once you passed all of this courses, you are entitled to 2 certificates which you will need to send to the red cross. It will take at least a month to get their decision and if there will be no problem you will then be a switzerland qualified nurse.

Talking about, NCLEX etc.. Such thing does not exist here in Switzerland. The certificate or diploma that the school or the university where you went to is enough so that you can work as a nurse.

Ask freely, I will find time to reply and answer your querries.

Goodluck,

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