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I also received this notice in my package and was wondering if anyone has further information on it... so I received a "nein" to FH but a yes to "HF" Annerkenung provided I send them a B2 German certificate. HOWEVER... I am also supposed to submit my work permit before they give me a "yes"

My current work permit expires in a few weeks and I am going back to Canada. I cannot get a new one unless I have the recognition which is required to apply for a job... seems backwards to me. My boyfriend and I have discussed marriage but I'd rather not do a shotgun wedding in the next 12 months just to have the possibility of registration.

Anyone had luck with this? Obviously I need a permit eventually but you would think the recognition would be first. Makes no sense
Just an update: I had a face to face encounter with someone from the SRK who told us that a foreign nurse will NEVER be able to get an FH recognition, PERIOD. So yes, it will only be the HF recognition given out.

As for the work permit thing, the SRK is only interested in awarding recognition to those who can already legally reside and work in Switzerland. So it does makes sense that that would be a requirement for the recognition process. (Although the general lack of nursing staff is an issue that Switzerland and many countries are currently facing. It would make sense for the SRK to make this a more streamlined process... but that's another story all together).

My best recommendation is to try to find either:
A) a non-medical job
B) a medical job at a lower function (Pflegehelferin, FaGe or Praktikantin) in the meantime, so you can obtain a new B permit.
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C) Ask your current employer if there is any possibility of extending your current work visa.

Keep in mind that in order to continue with the rest of the recognition process, you must have a job in the healthcare setting; either, simultaneously with attending the continuing education course (Pflegen in der Schweiz) OR after you attend the class for a total period of 6 months. You must be employed at either 80 or 100% and attend school 20%.

Hope that helps clarify things. I am currently working in a hospital and attending the course they require. I will be finished with everything in the beginning of March, so I hope to have the official recognition shortly after. If you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask. Good luck!

The SRK has also been informed that their website is incredibly disorganized and not clear and they told the class that they will work on... so there's that lol
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Just an update: I had a face to face encounter with someone from the SRK who told us that a foreign nurse will NEVER be able to get an FH recognition, PERIOD. So yes, it will only be the HF recognition given out.

As for the work permit thing, the SRK is only interested in awarding recognition to those who can already legally reside and work in Switzerland. So it does makes sense that that would be a requirement for the recognition process. (Although the general lack of nursing staff is an issue that Switzerland and many countries are currently facing. It would make sense for the SRK to make this a more streamlined process... but that's another story all together).

My best recommendation is to try to find either:
A) a non-medical job
B) a medical job at a lower function (Pflegehelferin, FaGe or Praktikantin) in the meantime, so you can obtain a new B permit.
OR
C) Ask your current employer if there is any possibility of extending your current work visa.

Keep in mind that in order to continue with the rest of the recognition process, you must have a job in the healthcare setting; either, simultaneously with attending the continuing education course (Pflegen in der Schweiz) OR after you attend the class for a total period of 6 months. You must be employed at either 80 or 100% and attend school 20%.

Hope that helps clarify things. I am currently working in a hospital and attending the course they require. I will be finished with everything in the beginning of March, so I hope to have the official recognition shortly after. If you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask. Good luck!

The SRK has also been informed that their website is incredibly disorganized and not clear and they told the class that they will work on... so there's that lol
Sorry I just saw this now!!! So late. I'm back in Canada. I got so frustrated with the process to be honest and my work permit ran out. What is the difference between HF and FH in terms of what you can do? Would it be like RPN/LPN vs RN in North America? If I couldn't do things like push meds or give blood I probably wouldn't even want to be recognized and go to do something totally different. Knowing my personality I would always be annoyed lol
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Hi to all! Happy New Year Does anyone knows about changes in the process of admission for foreign trained nursing personnel to frenchspeaking cantons? With the greatest luck I got, I postponed the "transatlantic" project only to find out that recruting agency in Quebec halted their hiring process. I am wondering whether I could have a chance by starting looking for an employer independantly. It would be nice to know about "undeground currents" and weight out odds of getting a job. Any thought of the areas where non EU RN has highest chances of getting hired? Thanks
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Have you had your qualifications recognised by the Swiss Red Cross?
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Have you had your qualifications recognised by the Swiss Red Cross?
Not yet, because one of the initial steps of recognition process requires candidates to submit their permit B which, I belive should be linked to a job offer . Previously, nurses from Quebec were able to obtain job offers through agency. Currently this agency is not working with QC anymore.
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Not yet, because one of the initial steps of recognition process requires candidates to submit their permit B which, I belive should be linked to a job offer . Previously, nurses from Quebec were able to obtain job offers through agency. Currently this agency is not working with QC anymore.
See the recent posts by Brooklyngirl9 and dasdasdas, just above. It sounds like the process has been made more difficult, possibly due to the vote to curb immigration.
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See the recent posts by Brooklyngirl9 and dasdasdas, just above. It sounds like the process has been made more difficult, possibly due to the vote to curb immigration.
Thanks, that is correct some changes has been in place because of curb on immigration and, perhaps, Brexit. Although there is no 100% guarantie, I think that SRK credentials recognition will be possible once I find a job. HR of major hospitals encouraged me to apply directly but I was thinking of augmenting my chances by targeting some "unpopular" places suffering from severe shortages who might be more open to hire 3d state professionals.
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Thanks, that is correct some changes has been in place because of curb on immigration and, perhaps, Brexit. Although there is no 100% guarantie, I think that SRK credentials recognition will be possible once I find a job. HR of major hospitals encouraged me to apply directly but I was thinking of augmenting my chances by targeting some "unpopular" places suffering from severe shortages who might be more open to hire 3d state professionals.
It never hurts to try, right? All it costs to apply is your time. Somewhere up-thread there was a gal who had gotten a job doing so-called "lower-level" caring while she worked towards meeting the requirements of the SRK. If you're willing to do that, it might get your foot in the door.

Do you happen to have EU citizenship in addition to Canadian? An EU or Swiss spouse, perhaps? If not, the problem you're going to run into is that any employer has to go through the non-EU hiring process. They might be reluctant to do so if your qualifications haven't been recognized.

Have you considered other European countries where they speak French? I don't know, maybe if your qualifications are recognized by France or Belgium and you work there first, the Swiss won't fuss so much?
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hi all,

Just thought I would jump in here. I have a BSN from the USA and worked as an oncology RN in New Orleans. I live in Geneva, and have just passed the B2 French exam and submitted my application in December to the Red Cross to recognize my nursing license here.

Reading your posts about an internship and a 5000 CHF adaptation course in addition to 1000 CHF to the Red Cross is making me uneasy. Do ALL recognized nurses have to take this course, or is it for certain people with/without certain qualifications?

Thanks!
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Hi all,

Just thought I would jump in here. I have a BSN from the USA and worked as an oncology RN in New Orleans. I live in Geneva, and have just passed the B2 French exam and submitted my application in December to the Red Cross to recognize my nursing license here.

Reading your posts about an internship and a 5000 CHF adaptation course in addition to 1000 CHF to the Red Cross is making me uneasy. Do ALL recognized nurses have to take this course, or is it for certain people with/without certain qualifications?

Thanks!
Hi, I am not sure 100% but i think it depends because nurses recruited from Quebec did not have to pay for any course. My friend only paid for visa and, maybe for recognition, but i am not sure again as fees might have been partially covered by the agency. However, recruitment is halted for now due to changes in admission requirements for foreign nurses to Switzerland so best would clarify with RC.
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Hi, I am not sure 100% but i think it depends because nurses recruited from Quebec did not have to pay for any course. My friend only paid for visa and, maybe for recognition, but i am not sure again as fees might have been partially covered by the agency. However, recruitment is halted for now due to changes in admission requirements for foreign nurses to Switzerland so best way to figure out would be to clarify with RC.
Thanks for your reply. When you say they were "recruited" - was there a specific hospital that reached out to recruit Canadian nurses?
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Thanks for your reply. When you say they were "recruited" - was there a specific hospital that reached out to recruit Canadian nurses?
Yes, CHUV
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Hi! Iím a Canadian registered nurse. I have Swiss citizenship and speak Swiss German. Iím wondering if Switzerland recognizes Canadian baccalaureate nursing degrees or if you have to write a test to be able to work there? Anyone have any tips?
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

You many find other info in searching for The Red Cross on the EF website.



In Switzerland the Red Cross is responsible for approving diplomas from outside the country. Best to start with them.


Be sure to specify that you are CH even though you studied and live in Canada.



Here is a link in DE: https://www.redcross.ch/de/thema/ane...sabschluesse-0


Also, the health system in Switzerland is managed at the canton level so opportunities and any specific restrictions are at the canton level.
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Hi! Iím a Canadian registered nurse. I have Swiss citizenship and speak Swiss German. Iím wondering if Switzerland recognizes Canadian baccalaureate nursing degrees or if you have to write a test to be able to work there? Anyone have any tips?
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The link provided by Verbier is very detailed about how a foreign qualification is compared to the Swiss ones.

The laws and rules named there are probably online for you to check the Swiss requirements (for nurses qualifying in Switzerland).

My tip is that you gather together as much formal description as you can of the actual content of your study and practical training.

In other words, not just the name of a subject or module, but the syllabus or learning-goals or competencies achieved, through how many hours of school, lectures, group project work, in how many hours per week and weeks per block or semester. Similarly with practical training at what level and with supervision by whom, in teams of what size, how many of which were senior professional nurses. And which responsibilities were transferred to you as you completed (how? Theoretical and practical exams of what nature, structure and duration?). Also how many academic papers of how many words and at what level.

Where such information does not already exist on the website of your university, or of your professional registration body, or was not in handouts issued to you while studying, collect the info and tabulate it yourself (possibly with memory-jogging conversations with your co-students or former lecturers). Then get someone from one of those institutions or a senior nurse or an HR department to stamp and sign your table to certify that it adequately describes the qualification and training you have.

Before you embark on that exercise, I suggest you read the above Swiss rules, so that you can see where/how you can demonstrate that your courses really tick all the boxes at all the levels of what a person qualifying in Switzerland would have to complete.

Good luck!
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

My 2 cents:
We started the process to get my Wife's USA BSN degree and experience verified by SRK. She then took a year to pass French B2 and 2 years later she got her qualifications verified last week at ISCED level 6 (Bachelor's in Nursing) to work in Switzerland.

I believe that if your education is not at par with Swiss education then they ask you to take extra course and come up to their qualification level; This was not the case for us though and my wife has a Nursing degree from USA. We still live in US and palling to start looking for a job in CH soon.

Hope this helps... Good luck everyone
If you know of a good place to start searching jobs, please let me know. We already have a French resume and application letter with picture and positing CV on jobs.ch, jobmas, indeed etc.
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We started the process to get my Wife's USA BSN degree and experience verified by SRK. She then took a year to pass French B2 and 2 years later she got her qualifications verified last week at ISCED level 6 (Bachelor's in Nursing) to work in Switzerland.

I believe that if your education is not at par with Swiss education then they ask you to take extra course and come up to their qualification level; This was not the case for us though and my wife has a Nursing degree from USA. We still live in US and palling to start looking for a job in CH soon.

Hope this helps... Good luck everyone
If you know of a good place to start searching jobs, please let me know. We already have a French resume and application letter with picture and positing CV on jobs.ch, jobmas, indeed etc.
Very informative, thank you for sharing with everyone. You mentioned that you still live in USA. Does it mean that your wife was able to start and complete the evaluation without a residense permit?
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My 2 cents:
We started the process to get my Wife's USA BSN degree and experience verified by SRK. She then took a year to pass French B2 and 2 years later she got her qualifications verified last week at ISCED level 6 (Bachelor's in Nursing) to work in Switzerland.

I believe that if your education is not at par with Swiss education then they ask you to take extra course and come up to their qualification level; This was not the case for us though and my wife has a Nursing degree from USA. We still live in US and palling to start looking for a job in CH soon.

Hope this helps... Good luck everyone
If you know of a good place to start searching jobs, please let me know. We already have a French resume and application letter with picture and positing CV on jobs.ch, jobmas, indeed etc.
This is indeed good news, and may give hope to the many users that have posted on this thread. Sounds like it was quite a long process! May I ask, is it the full nursing qualification, or the CNA-type qualification as mentioned in posts above?

Do either of you have Swiss or EU citizenship in addition to American? I ask because it seems like a lot of work to go through the qualification process to "hopefully" get a job here. Even if her qualifications have been recognized, if she's not a Swiss or EU citizen the employer would have to go through the non-EU hiring process. Given that there's a shortage of qualified nurses and doctors that shouldn't be too tough, but some employers might not be familiar with the process.

As for where to start looking, since she speaks French you'll want to mostly search in the French-speaking areas. CHUV is the hospital I hear about most on this Forum. It's in Lausanne. Maybe check their jobs board?

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Very informative, thank you for sharing with everyone. You mentioned that you still live in USA. Does it mean that your wife was able to start and complete the evaluation without a residense permit?
That's another of my questions. A number of people who have posted above found they could not get a full recognition without a residence permit already in hand. If it is indeed possible to do this without Swiss/EU citizenship AND without a residence permit, it is reason for celebration!!
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

My wife and I live in USA. She is EU citizen and American. I am American citizen... We were able to go from start to finish while in US with no travel or residence permit to CH.

We started our application saying she is EU citizen; So she can continue the official verification process without B2 certificate in hand. Since her education is from US she could not carry on (even when she is EU citizen) after the preliminary assessment and had to pass B2 before starting official verification by SRK. That's why took us 2 years to complete. You don't have to wait for B2 if your education is from EU.. but have to show them the certificate before the final decision..

Make sure to provide syllabus, Course details, and ALL education certificates from High school to degree (if you have it). My wife had Bachelors of Science in Nursing so she got ISCED level 6. If you have anything less line CNA then your level will be lower or if you have Masters or PHD then you will be ISCED level 7 or 8 respectively..
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