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Interested in being a nurse in Switzerland

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I am an Indian born British citizen working in Scotland as a registered nurse since 2005. I would like to migrate and work there as a nurse .pls let me know is there any reputed agencies who recruit overseas nurses .I am currently learning German and French. What level of these language are they expecting for nurses
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Near fluency for safety reasons.

Decide where you want to go, French or German speaking part, and concentrate on really getting your level up in one at this stage.
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Thanks for the reply .I want to know which part of Switzerland got good hope for nurses. I have no contacts in Switzerland
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I can't help with advice on nursing opportunities. But the German you learn at school is totally different to Swiss German - so you basically have to learn 2 languages. Whereas Swiss French and French French are very similar, so that makes it easier.

If you do a search in the top right hand corner - nursing in Switzerland

you'll find lots of useful information, as the question has been asked so many times. Bonne chance.
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Re: Lourde

Why Switzerland?

When I was in hospital, one of my nurses planned to go to the UK to top up his qualification and then he could work anywhere (his plan was Australia).

If you don't have the language, there would be better places to go, unless you need to be here because of a significant other?
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At least C1.

As obviously you need to be able to properly speak with and explain stuff to patients. They won't be speaking English.

Even assuming you managed to get to at least C1, you'll need to be able to at least understand Swiss German at some point too (though maybe not speak it). Same here, not everyone (be it patients, doctors, other nurses, any other staff) will be willing to switch to HG to accommodate you.
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You need to be fluent to at least B2. Surprised me, I thought it would be C1 too.

https://www.redcross.ch/fr/prestatio...-linguistiques

First decide which part of Switzerland you want to move to. Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel, Sion, western part of Switzerland is French speaking. Bern and everything east is German. Concentrate on one language, otherwise it'll take you forever to become fluent in both. That's not to say you can't learn the other later which will obviously give you more opportunities down the line.

And you'll also have to get your qualifications recognised by the Swiss Red Cross.

Swiss Red Cross (SRC)
Contact point for recognition of foreign qualifications
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CH-3084 Wabern
T +41 58 400 44 84 (Mo-Fr, 08.00 am - 12.00 am)

https://www.redcross.ch/de/srk-diens...-srk-anerkennt

This will cost several hundred francs.
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Old 06.11.2016, 11:08
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You need to be fluent to at least B2. Surprised me, I thought it would be C1
B2 isn't even fluent... But I guess that is the absolute minimum to even be remotely considered, though they will not go with a B2 speaker in reality if there's enough around that speak the language indeed fluently. That's true for every type of requirement though.
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Find it quite shocking it it only B2- which as said above, is NOT fluency at all. When people are in hospital, confused, in pain, frightened- the last thing they need is to have to enunciate and explain- and fear they might not have been understood- or feel they can't ask questions because the nurse will not understand. That is even more so for people who are not used to have to adapt the language for foreign speakers, as those from rural areas, who often speak dialect- especially if elderly.

When I spent 7 months in hospital after my car accident in 1970- one nurse had just arrived from deepest Yorkshire. She could hardly speak a word of French- but as I had just spent my initial first 6 months in the UK - I became her language assistant and teacher during that time. As I was on traction for 4.5 months - she kept rushing into my room every few minutes and say 'how do you say this, how do you pronounce that, how do I explain xyz....and then would come and spend some of her time off talking and learning about vocab, grammar, etc. By the time I left she was doing really well...but what if?

I wouldn't like myself, my grandchild or any of the elderly round here being looked after with only B2, honest (thinking of in how much pain I was after my knee op this Spring, and how totally zonked I was - chatting to the foreign cleaners and meal servers, etc- was lovely - but I wanted the nursing staff to know what I was saying, and understand their communications to me.

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Agree. And given the Swiss tend to be strict and highly critical on these things, I'd be very surprised to find a B2 speaker in a hospital anywhere, unless maybe there is a really and dramatically severe shortage or during extraordinary times.
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Find it quite shocking it it only B2- which as said above, is NOT fluency at all. When people are in hospital, confused, in pain, frightened- the last thing they need is to have to enunciate and explain- and fear they might not have been understood- or feel they can't ask questions because the nurse will not understand. That is even more so for people who are not used to have to adapt the language for foreign speakers, as those from rural areas, who often speak dialect- especially if elderly.
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I think B2 is good enough for a nurse, honestly. The nurse is usually doing simple tasks, gives simple explanations - whereas the doctor, well, it's a totally different case.

I know that the Swiss (in general) are highly critical of this aspect, but let's be practical for a moment.
Of course, it all depends on the area of activity.
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During my way too frequent visits to UK hospitals in recent years I would say that there are a significant number of nurses working in them who only have a very basic level of English and are probably only at B2 level.
Nursing shortages make getting foreign nurses in to do the work a necessity it would seem.
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Re: Interested in being a nurse in Switzerland

I know its an old thread, but I just want to say that I got a job as a nurse with my B2 german skills. However, it was challenging to write the reports about each patient every day, since my grammar isn't perfect, or sometimes even just answering the phone and understand everything when I couldn't see the body language..
You dont really learn "medical german" in a normal german course, and it's really different. Because of my (medium) german, I started as a Fachfrau Gesundheit (a level below the nurse) the first few months, so that I could learn certain important things without the preassure of speaking perfectly all the time.
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I know its an old thread, but I just want to say that I got a job as a nurse with my B2 german skills. However, it was challenging to write the reports about each patient every day, since my grammar isn't perfect, or sometimes even just answering the phone and understand everything when I couldn't see the body language..
You dont really learn "medical german" in a normal german course, and it's really different. Because of my (medium) german, I started as a Fachfrau Gesundheit (a level below the nurse) the first few months, so that I could learn certain important things without the preassure of speaking perfectly all the time.
Private clinic or state hospital ?
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