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Old 03.05.2007, 14:04
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Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

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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Old 07.05.2007, 10:56
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Is this a recent change? I had my qualifications recognised by the Red Cross last year and didn't need to do this as it was a UK (EU) qualification it was not required. The process did take some time but was fairly straight forward.
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Yes!!! New requirement, When my husband accepted his job in January, he checked for me and the language was not part of the verification, and now the time has come for me to go through the process, we have found that you have to sit a test. However, it is only B2 wich with a few lessons should be fine. I only wish that they would make it as hard for all the foreign nurses in the uk who are not able to string a sentence together- I have been appalled by their poor English.
The red cross have been very helpful providing the right info etc and advise that the process should take between 2-3 months - plenty of time to do an intensive course at one of the language schools.
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Old 13.11.2007, 12:07
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Thank you for the information i have been offered at job at the CHUV Lausanne and now need to battle the legal requirements and swiss 'goal-posts'...
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hello

I am an Australian student nurse. I am currently studying a bachelor of science nursing 3.5 years here in Perth and am relocating to Switzerland at the end of this year. I would like to know some information about finding a job as a Nurse in Switzerland, i have not been employed as a nurse here but have practical experience with my training. I have lived in Switzerland for 2 years and can speak german but have not completed any german qualification.
Is it difficult to get a job as a nurse in Switzerland considering i am only finishing my degree this year?
Any help would be fantastic.
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hello,
My name is Kristina and currently living in USA and work as RN at ICU. My family and me planning to move to Switzerland. Could you tell me how much the nurse make after the taxes? And is it true that Switzerland doesn't have public kindergarten for 2-4year olds (my daughter will be 3 )
Thanks so much for any information!
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Old 19.07.2009, 23:37
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And is it true that Switzerland doesn't have public kindergarten for 2-4year olds (my daughter will be 3 )
Welcome to the forum It's true that there is no public kindergarten for this age group. And public kindergarden is not five days mornings and afternoons a week. You can find more information about the available daycare options in the Family Matters/Health area.
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

RESPECTED SIR, i MS.fiona antony WORKING AS staff nurse medical intensive care unit since 2yrs in one of the reputed hospitals in india. now i would like to work in switzerland as a nurse,would u please help me to achieve my goal. Thanking you, FIONA ANTONY
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hi feomol,

You need to contact each hospital respectively & the Red Cross Swiss.

I did return to work 2 years ago but have since left my post in April this year due to ongoing battles with the Red Cross Suisse in order to validate my Child Nursing degree. The swiss do not train within different sectors as a nurse like the UK therefore they found it very confusing that my degree only enables me to work as a registered child nurse & provide care to children from Newborn until 16 years of age.

After 2 years and considerable cost I was not granted the 'Reconaissance de votre titre professionnel' due to my language qualifications not being degree standard/B2 although I could complete my job and work within a neonatal Intensive Care Unit very competently.

You need to provide degree/diploma certificates of the language you shall work in up to degree standard whether that be french, german or italian depending on where you shall work within Switzerland. The website www.redcross.ch outlines all of the required qualifications and paperwork which needs to be provided in order to work as a nurse in Switzerland.

Good luck

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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hi I am also a registere nurse just about to leave Australia and live in Sursee-just out side of Luzern. How difficult is it to do private nursing-my german is limited!!!! Further to that how difficult is it to work in other non professional roles such as cleaning, stocking ect.

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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

HI everyone nice forum going on here..

I am also a Registered Nurse, gained my degree in the Philippines 10 yrs ago, with CGFNS certificate for the US and IELTS, etc.

I plan to put up a small child care center for english speaking toddlers in the Basel/Zurich area.. I'm guessing I need a Swiss Certification for my Nursing degree for this venture as well?

Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated

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Hi I am also a registere nurse just about to leave Australia and live in Sursee-just out side of Luzern. How difficult is it to do private nursing-my german is limited!!!! Further to that how difficult is it to work in other non professional roles such as cleaning, stocking ect.

Regards Santa Teresa.

I guess a lot will have to do with how many sick fluent English speaking patients you can find.......
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HI everyone nice forum going on here..

I plan to put up a small child care center for english speaking toddlers in the Basel/Zurich area.. I'm guessing I need a Swiss Certification for my Nursing degree for this venture as well?
I believe a degree or certifcation in early childhood education would be necessary, not nursing. The childcare business is fairly regulated and you need qualified persons to satisfy the service for protection of minors/children.
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Hi thanks for that,,

very interesting.. so eventhough I worked in the Pediatrics unit of hospitals and have learned Child Psychology, Developmental growth and needs - from my nursing degree and that I was a mother to 2 toddlers years ago wont count?

I will surely check out those regulations and contact the governing bodies this early. I guess I thought it was as easy as how I did it in the US (Toto's not in Kansas anymore for sure

Oh yeah, this was Lillemor, I changed my username to a more appropriate one

Note that I also have a degree in Business Management hence was able to put up prior child care facility in the US. I am well aware of all specifications for the Child Care industry and being a caregiver, well at least over there..
I'm very curious if I can even get my foot in the door, so to speak, here in Switzerland!

Anyway thanks again

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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hi.
My name is Katherine.
Recently moved to Switzerland, Genève, and being a Registred Nurse myself, with experience from working in a Neonatal Unit in Denmark, I would like to get in contact with you.

Please contact me if you have the time and would like to help me with advises to become a nurse in Switzerland.

Kind Regards
Kathrine

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what kind of info are you looking for?
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hello everyone,

I am currently working in intensive care in Australia and i was wondering if it is possible to find work in Switzerland as a nurse from english speaking country without any local languages skills. Are there english speaking medical centres, hospitals, health community centres or just anything to do with health but in english?

Your help in this regard will be highly appreciated.
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Hello everyone,

I am currently working in intensive care in Australia and i was wondering if it is possible to find work in Switzerland as a nurse from english speaking country without any local languages skills. Are there english speaking medical centres, hospitals, health community centres or just anything to do with health but in english?

Your help in this regard will be highly appreciated.
If you can't even use a search function in English, what makes you think you're capable of treating patients in a foreign country with little or no knowledge of how to communicate with them ?

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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hi everyone,

I have gone through all the hoops of the french B2 language courses and applied for my reconnaissance with the red cross but I thought I'd have a look at jobs while I'm waiting for the certificate.

On some of the job websites it asks for a "droit du practique". Does anyone know what this is? Also, sending in a CV; I assume even with my mediocore level of french it is better to send in a CV in french rather than English or does it not matter too much?

I have tried to get information from the red cross but they seem to have turned off all their email, phone and fax machines for the last week and a half.

I appreciate your help!!

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Hi Travel Nurse, approx- 5 yrs ago I worked just out of Geneva as a nurse in an International holiday camp, did not need any Swiss qualifications, it was pocket money only and they do give accomodation if required...its a good respite from travelling...if you want more info contact me.
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