Nursing in Sweden

  1. 0 Is anybody familiar with nursing in Sweden? How does RN associate degree translate to Swedish nurses? I am fluent in Swedish so language is not a problem, but I am not sure who to contact about credentials, etc. Also, how is work there in general? Any info would be appreciated

    Thanks
    Scully
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  3. Visit  Sweden profile page
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    Hi

    Im a nurse from Sweden and I would be happy to answer any questions you have about nursing here. Since you are educated outside eu/ees you are going to find it difficult to get a Swedish lisence.

    You need a permit that allows you to stay here before they even look at your papers! Work permit based on your work as a nurse is not enough. You need a work/stay permit based on family relations or on some kind of humanitarian reason before they will assess your papers. Is this something you have, Swedish family / relatives?

    After the work/stay permit you are going to have take tests (medical knowledge and Swedish) and it seems like you also have to get 3-6 months clinical education (supervised by another nurse).

    Looking through all of this I actually realize that my journey to get to California and work was not to bad comparing it to my own country's rules.....

    We have a need for nurses here (especially in certain areas, like icu, operating room) and you would be more than welcome to join us if all works out!

    Anna


    This link will give you a lot of information from the Swedish national board of health and welfare (mostly in Swedish).

    http://www.socialstyrelsen.se/Amneso...SJoversikt.htm
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  4. Visit  scully_forensic profile page
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    Quote from Sweden
    Hi

    Im a nurse from Sweden and I would be happy to answer any questions you have about nursing here. Since you are educated outside eu/ees you are going to find it difficult to get a Swedish lisence.

    You need a permit that allows you to stay here before they even look at your papers! Work permit based on your work as a nurse is not enough. You need a work/stay permit based on family relations or on some kind of humanitarian reason before they will assess your papers. Is this something you have, Swedish family / relatives?

    After the work/stay permit you are going to have take tests (medical knowledge and Swedish) and it seems like you also have to get 3-6 months clinical education (supervised by another nurse).

    Looking through all of this I actually realize that my journey to get to California and work was not to bad comparing it to my own country's rules.....

    We have a need for nurses here (especially in certain areas, like icu, operating room) and you would be more than welcome to join us if all works out!

    Anna


    This link will give you a lot of information from the Swedish national board of health and welfare (mostly in Swedish).

    http://www.socialstyrelsen.se/Amneso...SJoversikt.htm
    Dear Anna, thank you so much for your reply. I wasn't sure that anyone would be familiar with this topic since whenever I mention I know Swedish and studied Scandinavian Studies on the University in my country they look at me saying: What the heck? Oh well, I guess it's because Europe seems the end of the world for some people here . I come from Poland and I am an EU citizen. I wonder if that could help if I look for a job in Sweden. I studied one semester at the University of Stockholm. I was an au pair in Sweden for a year at that time. I didn't have to pass any language tests because they gave me credit for 5 years of Scandinavian Studies in Poland. They have some sort of agreement between those universities.

    Anyways, thanks a million for the website too. I will have to see if my EU citizenship will be helfpul at all. Please stay in touch, I'd definietely would like to ask you more questions. Thanks.

    Scully
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    I forgot to mention. I don't have any relatives in Sweden. I have friends but not family relatives.
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    [quote=scully_forensic;2171284] I come from Poland and I am an EU citizen. I wonder if that could help if I look for a job in Sweden.

    Hi Scully

    Being a EU citizen should help a lot since you dont need a work permit to work here. That should also mean that they have to look at your credentials if you apply. Did you go to school i usa or in Poland?

    Anna
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    [quote=Sweden;2171366]
    Quote from scully_forensic
    I come from Poland and I am an EU citizen. I wonder if that could help if I look for a job in Sweden.

    Hi Scully

    Being a EU citizen should help a lot since you dont need a work permit to work here. That should also mean that they have to look at your credentials if you apply. Did you go to school i usa or in Poland?

    Anna
    I went to a 2 year nursing school in the US. I have associate science degree from the US and BA from Poland. I'm trying to get a job in a hospital to get some experience before I have to go back. So I guess I wouldn't have a problem with the work permit, just with the credentials.
  8. Visit  jonRNMD profile page
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    Sweden has the most number of blondes per capita in the world.....if i were still single, i would not mind working for free in Sweden
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    Quote from jonRNMD
    Sweden has the most number of blondes per capita in the world.....if i were still single, i would not mind working for free in Sweden

    Big deal, blondes! I'm blond, fit, cute, educated, nice and smart and still can't find a husband!
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  10. Visit  suzanne4 profile page
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    Back to original topic. Language requirements are not necessarily waived for you when it comes to licensing requirements. And schooling is usually only valid for a certain amount of time. More than likely you will be required to write the language exam for there.

    As well as licensing issues. The two year degree from the US is usually not accepted for licensure there.

    You have been away from that country for several years. Same thing would happen in the US. If you did your training in another country, and then came here and completed your MSN, you would still be required to write the English exams for immigration purposes.

    *****please stick to the original question of the thread.:spin:
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Apr 26, '07
  11. Visit  zahfa profile page
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    Dear Anna
    I am a nurse and I had worked for two years in ICU in IRAN. now, my husband and I live in Lund(Sweden). my husband study here as a PhD student in Physics department and I am looking for work here. Could you help me that what should I do first? I am looking forward to hear you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Zahra

    zahfa@walla.com


    Quote from Sweden
    Hi

    Im a nurse from Sweden and I would be happy to answer any questions you have about nursing here. Since you are educated outside eu/ees you are going to find it difficult to get a Swedish lisence.

    You need a permit that allows you to stay here before they even look at your papers! Work permit based on your work as a nurse is not enough. You need a work/stay permit based on family relations or on some kind of humanitarian reason before they will assess your papers. Is this something you have, Swedish family / relatives?

    After the work/stay permit you are going to have take tests (medical knowledge and Swedish) and it seems like you also have to get 3-6 months clinical education (supervised by another nurse).

    Looking through all of this I actually realize that my journey to get to California and work was not to bad comparing it to my own country's rules.....

    We have a need for nurses here (especially in certain areas, like icu, operating room) and you would be more than welcome to join us if all works out!

    Anna


    This link will give you a lot of information from the Swedish national board of health and welfare (mostly in Swedish).

    http://www.socialstyrelsen.se/Amneso...SJoversikt.htm
  12. Visit  vampiresfluff profile page
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    I was wondering- you can't work in sweden with an associate US degree? Sweden only accepts B.S?? confused.
  13. Visit  vampiresfluff profile page
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    Did you ever find out if the associate degree from US works in sweden? I might end up moving to sweden at some point and am intending to get an associate 1 year accelerated nursing degree in US. Any info that is useful and relevant you have discovered is most appreciated!

    TACK!
  14. Visit  suzanne4 profile page
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    The accelerated programs in the US will not meet the immigration requirements for any other country. If that is your goal, then you need to rethink what you are going to be doing.

    The two year degree does not meet the requirements for licensure in most of the EU countries either. The specific requirements are that you have been actually enrolled in an approved school of nursing for at least a specific amount of time that is the length of the programs in that country.

    Other issue is that if you do not have at least a EU passport, then it is going to be almost impossible for you to get hired there as well, nor get a visa to work there.

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