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Old 27.05.2008, 10:48
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Re: english-speaking nurses in Switzerland

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Hello everyone!

I came here just a month ago, and I really need some help.

I am a nurse, though I was not licensed here in Switzerland at all. I speak English fluently, and I am still trying to learn high German.

Does anybody among you here know about where I should start to get a job, even temporarily, and how to acquire a nursing license here, because I was licensed in the Philippines.

Any help and information would be very much appreciated. Thank you very much and have a wonderful day!
I can unfortunately offer discouraging comments (and a glimmer of hope maybe?), my partner is a nursing student and I can say from experience that most of her collegues and the nurses at the hospitals are very swiss oriented (and born) and maybe 20% speaking english, with even many struggling to speak in high german. I have never met anyone that is not either swiss or a few Germans (mostly doctors) and one Dane...

All that said, there is a *dramatic* nursing shortage and this may work in your favor, but one of the causes for the shortage might be problems accepting foreign credentials, mainly non-EU. Switzerland is also in the process of changing their entire nursing educational system which doesn't help you find out where you fit.

All that said in order to find out more information, I would start by going to "Careum" (if you are in ZH), which is the nursing school located just behind the Unispital, on trams 5 or 6, a collection of red brick buildings (looks like bad 1980s north american high schools to me, but I have no taste anyway!). They should at least be able to provide you with information on where to go next or what qualification exams you might be able to take. Expect some hesitation from their side and don't be surprised by a first few "Its impossible"s (seems the common answer from beurocrats who dont know the real answer!).

Good luck, anbd welcome to Switzerland!


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