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Does anyone have experiences working in the swiss hospitals.

I've heard that is very different for Uk?
I've heard that the hospital are always understaff and staff have to work always overtime ?
Are swiss accepted foreigners (apart from Germans) to work for them? (as a qualified staff)


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Re: working in a swiss hospital

My girlfriend is German and she works in a Private Klinik in the hospitality/service department, she does 11 hour shifts!! But never more than 4 days a week.

This is because she has to be there from breakfast til evening meal and there are no other early late or night shifts.

I think she is generally well accepted considering most are Swiss and she is a foreigner
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There are 1000s of foreign nurses working in CH, both in public and private hospitals. As a patient though, I'd like to know how good your French/Italian/German is, depending on the region.
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Re: working in a swiss hospital

Don't have any personal experience but a close person to me has worked as a nurse in a nursing home and also in a hospital here in the German speaking part of Switzerland.

What I've heard is that at least in these two places foreigners are considered as second-class people and - in case you only speak High German - some of the locals might shut you off completely by refusing to speak nothing but Swiss German with you. Coffee room conversations are one thing but they might even do this during official status meetings.

Also, be very careful when discussing nursing practices with the locals. The way they do things is the best in the world and they only get offended if you tell them how things could be done differently.

The good thing is that there will be lot's of other foreigners there with you so you can form an alliance with them (have you watched Survivor by the way?).

You need to get your credentials recognized by the Swiss Red Cross and the qualifications you get here might be a bit lower than the ones you have in your home country. You also might need to do some additional training. There are also language requirements (at least B2 in one of the local languages). But after this you get to do the exact same things as the locals.
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My girlfriend is German and she works in a Private Klinik in the hospitality/service department, she does 11 hour shifts!! But never more than 4 days a week.

This is because she has to be there from breakfast til evening meal and there are no other early late or night shifts.

I think she is generally well accepted considering most are Swiss and she is a foreigner

Does your girlfriend works 80 or 100 % because 11 hours per day four days a week sounds full time.

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Does anyone have experiences working in the swiss hospitals.

I've heard that is very different for Uk?
I've heard that the hospital are always understaff and staff have to work always overtime ?
Yep, I've heard that hospitals in the UK are always understaffed and staff have to work overtime.

Nursing isn't a graduate profession here, I believe.
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