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I am currently living in Switzerland. I'm a Registered Nurse in my country. I'm currently doing a nursing assistant internship in a Nursing Home. I already asked Swiss Red Cross for the process on how to have my diploma recognize. I am studying a B1 Course for the foreign speakers and will do the ''Pflegehelferin Kurs''.

I'm enjoying my internship in the nursing home but there are days when some of my colleagues make fun of me because sometimes I don't understand the Swiss German dialect. Sometimes it takes its toll on me and I'm having second thoughts on taking my chances in other English speaking countries. Do you think I should pursue a nursing career here? Can you recommend other English speaking jobs (related to nursing)?

Thank you!
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Try the suisse romande, they won’t laugh at your German. But you will have to speak French.
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Hello!

I am currently living in Switzerland. I'm a Registered Nurse in my country. I'm currently doing a nursing assistant internship in a Nursing Home. I already asked Swiss Red Cross for the process on how to have my diploma recognize. I am studying a B1 Course for the foreign speakers and will do the ''Pflegehelferin Kurs''.

I'm enjoying my internship in the nursing home but there are days when some of my colleagues make fun of me because sometimes I don't understand the Swiss German dialect. Sometimes it takes its toll on me and I'm having second thoughts on taking my chances in other English speaking countries. Do you think I should pursue a nursing career here? Can you recommend other English speaking jobs (related to nursing)?

Thank you!
Learning a language is hard work, and tiring. Be nice to yourself, and let yourself have a break after a long day at work.

But please take courage, and persevere. The better your German gets, the less anyone will have occasion to laugh at you. And the easier your life as a whole becomes, not just your work environment.

You do not have to be competent in speaking Swiss German yourself, only in High German. And with time, you will discover that the better your command of spoken and written High German, and your comprehension of it when reading and listening, the more your brain will start to relax when engaged in a conversation in High German, and that will allow you to hear and gradually understand the Swiss German speakers. Until then, just ask them politely to please repeat what they said in High German. If you continue to work at it, one day you'll suddenly realised the joy of no longer needing to make that request.

All sorts of work in nursing, and any job even vaguely related to it or using some of the same skill sets (for example, carer, private chauffeur, nanny, social worker, child-minder, doctor's receptionist, medical lab technician, or research assistant, massage therapist) in Switzerland will involve speaking the local language. You will need to understand your patients/clients/work colleagues. So it is probably very much worth the work to gain that command of the language, and get your registration.

There are many language learning methods, and a lot written on this forum about how to learn German, so if the methods you are using don't give you results fast enough, try something different. Nothing beats repetition, repetition, repetition, though, and practice, practice, practice.

As to people laughing at you: just ask them to explain the joke. You might actually be saying something that really is funny, and they you can laugh, too.

Don't worry about it. In all languages, there are words that sound similar but mean something entirely different, and perhaps you're making such a mistake without knowing it. I remember years ago reading a newspaper column of a man who had been going to the bakery every week to buy cheese tartlets, or so he thought, but he had actually be orderining little kitchen cupboards, withouth realising it. He was asking for two hot "chuchichäschtli" instead of "chäschüecheli", and he laughed hard when he finally found out that the baker had been tolerating his mistake for many months.

Edit: Being a qualified, Swiss-acknowledged nurse is a very good level to arrive at, and since there is still a shortage, you are highly likely to find work once your papers are in order, and your language skills good.
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I've been watching German movies and doing online courses in learning the language. I agree that I need a break after long day of work because sometimes its too exhausting.

I can't wait to laugh with them.

It felt good to hear those words. Thank you for your encouragement. I will continue my internship and pass the necessary courses in having my diploma recognize.

Thank you very much
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Re: Nurse

An absolutely impossible question to answer without a variety of information on your background, expectations and ability to adapt to a different culture/language & working environment

For example, some countries nurses can set their own hours (Avoiding weekends or nightshifts) but en Suisse, that is only available if you are a float nurse

Salaries vary as do working conditions from country to country

If I were you, I would start by searching for forum for threads on nursing as they are many. After, assess if Switzerland even floats your boat irrespective of employment - then factor in payscale, living wages & local culture/language

Tbh, I never understood these posts from visitors who appear to assess moving to a country on a whim when you should be evaluating many factors rather than language alone

Red Cross hurdle is merely one of the last steps (After the permit one for residency & working) and that can vary dramatically depending on where your schooling was done

If you are simply a nurse hoping to maximize salary & quality of life, you will need to dig deeper to weigh in on a move to Switzerland. US might be a better option in many ways since there is flexibility and most anyone can assimilate - but even that option would be predicated on a host of factors as well
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Tbh, I never understood these posts from visitors who appear to assess moving to a country on a whim when you should be evaluating many factors rather than language alone
As I understood it, OP ist not trying to assess whether or not to move to Switzerland. She/he already lives here, and is already working in nursing, in Switzerland, and is enjoying it. It is specifically the aspect of language which is causing strain.
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Edit: Being a qualified, Swiss-acknowledged nurse is a very good level to arrive at, and since there is still a shortage, you are highly likely to find work once your papers are in order, and your language skills good.
This is so true.

As is the rest of Doropfiz’s post. If you’re working on B1, that’s already fantastic. Keep at it, you will get there and you will earn the respect of your colleagues. The Swiss can be a little tough on the outside sometimes, but going into my fourth year living here I have been fortunate to over these first years develop true friendships with several Swiss. There are wonderful people here and you will find your way with time.

My husband had a surgery in Bern last year and no one spoke French (we live in Romandie) so he had to pull out his rusty German. Several nurses weren’t too impressed, but they couldn’t speak English either so their air of judgment was rather comical to us. Finally they sent in a nurse ... who was American! She also spoke great German and had clearly been in Switzerland for awhile. We were thrilled she had that shift as at that point my husband was fed up with trying to communicate with the nurses (his roommates at the hospital had no problem understanding his German on the other hand lol).

Just to say, speaking English will also be a great asset at some point in your career. My advice to you would be to stay in Switzerland—unlike for many other careers, you will have an easy time getting a job due to the nurse shortage, and this is a wonderful country to live in once you get to know the people.
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Hello!

I am currently living in Switzerland. I'm a Registered Nurse in my country. I'm currently doing a nursing assistant internship in a Nursing Home. I already asked Swiss Red Cross for the process on how to have my diploma recognize. I am studying a B1 Course for the foreign speakers and will do the ''Pflegehelferin Kurs''.

I'm enjoying my internship in the nursing home but there are days when some of my colleagues make fun of me because sometimes I don't understand the Swiss German dialect. Sometimes it takes its toll on me and I'm having second thoughts on taking my chances in other English speaking countries. Do you think I should pursue a nursing career here? Can you recommend other English speaking jobs (related to nursing)?

Thank you!
From someone in the same profession. Stay in nursing. You will always have work. And ignore your colleagues who laugh. Once at the start in CH the Krankenschwester asked me whether that was German that I was speaking. Laugh it off.
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Thanks doropfiz! This is exactly what I was saying.
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Yes some people were a little tough on the outside. I will hold on to your advice and toughen up.

Whenever someone speaks English I am happy and relax to engage in conversation.

Thanks AnnaSophia!
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Thanks for the reply. I did not go here on a whim. My husband is from here. I will look on the threads you suggested. Thank you.
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Thanks! Okay will do haha as the days passes by in my Praktikum I am developing the art of being kind to myself in speaking the language.
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Hello, I m Lookimg for job in NUrsing home , because I want to evaluate my diploma sa well , can you help me.Thank you!
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