Nursing in Switzerland
- 0Feb 27, '10 by silentsiren4Hello.
I am American but interested in attending nursing school in Geneva. Does anyone know anything about their nursing education system? For those foreign nurses who have come back to the US to live and work, how difficult is it to pass the exams, etc... What kind of loop holes do you have to go through. Thank you all for any comments or help!
- 0Mar 1, '10 by silentsiren4Thanks for your reply. I would like to go to swizertland for multiple reasons... The schooling is free, my boyfriend lives nearby and I would like more of an international experience which I would be able to get from their schooling system. I realize that the NCLEX exam will be terribly tough. My goal is to apply to midwifery schools in the us after. Not sure how plausible that is either.....
- 0Apr 8, '10 by fabienneI am a Swiss citizen and I went to nursing school here...it's true,i didn't have to pay to go to nursing school as the government pays for a lot of the expenses. I would assume though that it is not free for international students.
feel free to email me with any question you have...
- 0Apr 8, '10 by silentsiren4Hi,
Thanks for your reply. I was just in Geneva and spoke with the Haute ecole de sante about their nursing program. It is indeed basically free, a 500 CHF per year which is, as you may well know, nothing for an American. Unfortunately I was under the assumption that it was only 3 years but it is in fact 4. I already have a bachelors and masters and just cannot accept the idea of going to nursing school in four years when I could do so much more in that amount of time.
Ultimately I would like to become a nurse practitioner but what I have come to understand is that this does not exist thus far in switzerland?
Do you work in the US? How difficult was it for you to pass the NCLEX exam and to find a job as a foreign graduate. ANy other ideas of words of advice would be greatly appreciated. thank you for your time
- 0Apr 8, '10 by fabienneNo, I still work in Switzerland. I am in Virginia at the moment but will be going back to Switzerland this weekend. i haven't started the NCLEX process yet..I still have a long way to go...
I live in the German speaking part of Switzerland so the system in Geneva might be different, I am not quite sure...there have been major changes is the nursing education system over the last three years.
Are you sure you would have to attend the whole 4 year program for a Bachelor's? just wondering because you already have another Bachelor's and Master's degree.
- 0Apr 23, '10 by crystalballHi there,
I read your reply. I am currently taking my prereq for nursing school here in CA at a junior college. I was looking to get into the ADN nursing degree program which is only 2 years. My problem is we are moving to Switzerland in June 2011 due to my husbands promotion.. (not really a problem....we are very excited about moving there!!!) I was wondering if you know of any nursing schools where I could earn my nursing degree? I don't have any previous exp as a nurse and will be in Switzerland at least 2-3 years, maybe more. We will be living in or near Zurich or possibly north in Schaffhausen. I also want to know if I can come back to the states and work as an RN or do I just have to take the NCLEX exam to do that? I do not speak much German but I am willing to learn it. So i would need a school that teaches in English if there are any.... Are there ADN degrees as well as BSN degrees in Switzerland?? any response would be much appreciated...thanks so much!!!
- 0Apr 23, '10 by silentsiren4Hi,
Exciting about the move! Unfortunately the information that I have been able to gather show that there are only 4 year bachelors in nursing programs. They do not have accelerated programs like we do for people like us who already have a degree. I went to see the school of nursing in geneva and they did not mention any other schools in switzerland with advanced degrees...but hey you never know so I would try researching nursing schools in bern. On the other hand I do believe that they are attempting to start something similar to a nurse practitioner and only in Bern... but do not take my word for it. If that is the case they may have a quicker version that four years for students that already have university degrees. Sorry I am not much help!
Good luck !