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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Simo and Robald - Welcome to the Forum.

I've merged your posts into the large thread we have with info about how to work as a nurse in Switzerland.

Please have a look through, you'll find information on how to get your qualifications recognized, what documents you need, etc.

Based on your profiles, you're both non-EU citizens. Do you also happen to have Swiss or EU citizenship or are you married to a Swiss or EU citizen? I ask because I believe any employer will have to go through a special hiring process to prove there's no Swiss or EU citizen that can do the job. I'm not 100% sure this rule applies to healthcare but I think it might be.
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hi all, a little update on my Anerkennung... SRK finally recognized my credentials and I'm a Pflegefachfrau at last! Started in 2017 with A0-level in German, visa issues, working back and forth in the US as a nurse, working in CH in various non-nursing-related positions, lots of back and forth between the SRK, my university, and the Board of Registered Nursing (paperwork getting lost in the mail multiple times)... It was a marathon for me, with many bouts of doubt and frustration along the way but I am grateful to reach the finish line and not too worse for the wear good luck to everybody on this journey, feel free to message me if you have any questions, I will try to help as much as I can!

Special thanks to doropfiz and godaco for the support and encouragement
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

I’ve just passed my B2 exam -finally!!!
Starting the process now- trying to get my documents together.
SRK have changed the process recently.
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hi! I would just like to ask regarding the process of Anerkennung. Did you also pass a work permit to be able to get it? Or we’re you already in Switzerland and already have an employer. I recently had my documents assessed in SRK website and they gave me a positive result. They said, they will recognized my credentials als Pflegefachfrau. But i still haven’t able to process it since they require a work permit and i am currently working here in Germany as a nurse for one year and seven months already. I do wish to work someday in Switzerland that’s why I’m processing my papers.

Congrats for getting your Anerkennung!

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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hallo!

I am nurse from Estonia and planning to move to Switzerland, Basel, in December. Right now I have A1 german only. My plan is to go to super-intensive german language course to receive some day B2, but meanwhile I would like to work in health-based-company or hospital. Can somebody give me good tips for SRK and jobs? I havent done my precheck yet, because I dont have B2 or I need to show my B2 in the end of process? Then I would save some time also.

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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

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Can somebody give me good tips for SRK and jobs? I havent done my precheck yet, because I dont have B2 or I need to show my B2 in the end of process? Then I would save some time also.

Dankeee!
The Swiss Red Cross (SRK) offers training as a nursing assistant (called Pflegehelfer or Pflegehelferin, in German). This is the lowest level of nursing qualification in Switzerland, i.e. without at least this level, one cannot work as a nurse. It costs Fr. 2300.
https://www.srk-zuerich.ch/lehrgang-...SAAEgIDv_D_BwE

For those wishing to improve their German, for working as a nurse, there is this course, which costs Fr. 1500:
https://www.srk-zuerich.ch/lernen/pf...-in-der-pflege

For someone who already has a higher nursing qualification from another country but who is facing a long wait for the recognition, or else who still needs to improve their command of German, these courses can help. I know someone who came from Austria and another from Germany (both with fluent German) who did the Pflegehelfer/in course, just to learn the specifically Swiss vocabulary and processes.

Unfortunately one has to pay the fees oneself. Although there is already a shortage of nursing staff in Switzerland, employers and government departments have not yet moved to offer subsidised fees for nursing qualifications.
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

I have quick question. Do you need in Switzerland just regular Deutsch B2 or as a nurse you have to do Deutsch B2 Medizine Zugangsprüfung? I cant read it out from precheck documents.
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Hi everyone,
I'm a nurse from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and because I also speak French I was planning to move to Geneva for work. I've read through the posts and I'm still unsure about certain details:
In the Q&A section of the Swiss Red Cross website it states that nurses from third countries (non EU) must have a valid swiss residence permit in order to get recognition of their qualifications by the Swiss Red Cross. And on the website for the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration it states that employers in principle undertake the necessary steps with the competent cantonal authorities in Switzerland to obtain the required authorisations. I just don't understand how a potential employer will hire a nurse (without already having the Swiss Red Cross recognition of qualifications) and then do the paperwork first with the cantonal authorities, all so that a future employee can get a residence/work permit so as to be able to submit a recognition request (and then wait 3-4 months for an answer from the Red Cross)? Can someone please clarify? I'm having a hard time figuring out the steps: find a job first? Apply for recognition first? Apply for a national long term stay visa first? Any other advice? Thanks for any and all insights you can provide!
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Yes, you're right, in some senses it is circular.

Permit
Everything in Switzerland, with regard to permits, is divided into
  • "EU" (those citizens have an automatic right to settle in Switzerland as long as they can support themselves) and
  • "non-EU" (who are admitted to Switzerland, if at all, only under special circumstances).

A non-EU citizen cannot, of their own accord, apply for a permit to work and live in Switzerland. Their permit application must go through an employer.

Any potential employer wanting to employ a non-EU citizen must be able to demonstrate to the Swiss immigration authorities that they have searched through all of Switzerland (first step) and all of the EU (second step) and even so were unable to fill the post, such that they now desperately need permission to employ a non-EU citizen. Employers do this by proving, for example, in which journals and on which websites they've placed and ad, which agencies they've been using and how long they've been advertising the job, while being unsuccessful in recruiting the necessary staff member.

Red Cross assesses residents of Switzerland only
It is true that the Red Cross will not do the work of assessing any foreigner's qualification until the person is living in Switzerland. This is because there are too many people living abroad who have half a dream to move to Switzerland, whose applications would clog the system, potentially without ever actually helping Switzerland to get nurses.

How do employers hire a nurse whose qualifications are not yet recognized?
Specifically for nursing, many employers take the leap of faith in employing a foreign nurse without a Swiss-recognized qualification. However, they are - for obvious reasons of patient safety, etc. - not allowed to employ the person according to their proper rank.

Therefore, some nurses take on a job at a much, much lower level than their qualification, but having spoken openly with the employing hospital or clinic, and agreed (if you can do this, get it in writing, in the contract) that the post will be upgraded to their real level as soon as the Red Cross has granted recognition.

This can also mean, however, that the incoming nurse would need to be willing to step down, perhaps several levels, to earn less and to do more boring work, just in order to get a job and thereby permission to live in Switzerland. But this is temporary, just until they obtain their Red Cross recognition.

What is needed to get [successfully] recognized?
In recognition, there's the formal step that must be done through the Red Cross. There's also the other sense of recognition, that is, informally and for future promotions, by your employer. For either or both, it can be worth making the effort to collect full documentation.

Collect all your qualifications, but not only your graduation certificate. Ideally, go back to the college or university at which you studied and the hospital in which you trained, and try to collect the full syllabus of what you did, or the current equivalent. This should include the names of all the modules you did, but also, if you can get your hands on them, the lists of actual content of each block/course.

Also, make a list of the hours you spent on theory and on practice, with supervision/mentoring and then alone with reporting to a superior, for each of these.

Note which exams (practical, theoretical, which material, how long was the exam, what did it involve) you wrote, the standard pass marks/scales, and the mark you achieved.

Obtain documentation from your professional nursing board, detailing the ranks of nurses and their qualifications, and the certificate of your registration at your level.

EDIT: Also collect your work records and references or testimonials, especially the sort which document the dates, and also your specific responsibilities, including in-house extra training.

The Red Cross may deem some of your qualifications as equivalent, but some as "lesser than" what they need in Switzerland. In that case, you may be required to first complete an extra module/course at a nursing college in Switzerland, to gain the competence required in Switzerland. Unfortunately, no-one can tell you this beforehand, although you might be able to gain some sense of the comparison by looking at nursing colleges in Switzerland.

I have also heard of someone who was required to pass an exam in things that are not so much medical but very specifically Swiss, using the local terminology, such as being able to use the recording systems so that the insurances could be properly billed.


Bonne chance and, hopefully, soon welcome to Switzerland. We certainly do need more nurses!

Last edited by doropfiz; 08.04.2022 at 12:52. Reason: Adding: references, responsibilities and in-house training
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Thank you so much Doropfiz for such a clear and very detailed response! The rationales you provided also help to comprehend everything even more! Amazing!!
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Thank you. Please note that I edited my previous post to include a paragraph about references, responsibilities and in-house training.
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Re: Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

There is an acute shortage of nurses throughout Switzerland. Therefore, a nurse who qualified in Switzerland, or who has successfully had his/her foreign qualifications recognised by the Swiss Red Cross, and who - as you do, Snowtop - already speaks a Swiss language, can easily find a different job if the first one doesn't appeal. In this sense, it doesn't really matter where you start, if you can once get your foot in the door.

This shortage makes it all the more difficult for "unattractive" employers to find staff. Accordingly, in your search for an employer who is desperate enough for staff to take on the application to the migration authorities in order to be allowed to hire you, you might find that you're more successful if you apply to the less exciting or more strenuous fields of nursing (typically these are considered homes for the care of patients with severe, chronic health restrictions, or for the aged and especially for those with dementia or other severe cognitive impairments) and in the less fun locations (hospitals or clinics in less glamorous areas, i.e. rural and with few connections to an exciting city).

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Hi everyone!

I searched the forum and saw only one post where a US RN had successfully had their credentials evaluated in Switzerland and wanted to ask some questions in hopes that there are other US qualified RN's here that can help answer them.

1. I have an EU Passport
2. I speak Italian English and learning French B2 is not a problem.

If any US RNs are here: Was your BSN recognized as equivalent to the Swiss qualification by the Swiss Red Cross?

Did you have to do any further classes or training before you could practice as an RN in Switzerland after you did the equivalence process?

I have emailed the Swiss Red Cross (wherever they are speaking Italian) and they tell me I just have to submit the pre-check and cannot provide anecdotal information about how the process typically goes for US trained nurses. If anyone could share more about their experience with this I would greatly appreciate it!

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

Another question: do you still need to be resident in Switzerland while you wait for recognition of the Nursing degree if you are an EU citizen?
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