What are the requirements to be a Nurse in Germany? Help!

  1. Dear Nurses,

    Hi. I am a Registered Nurse from Philippines. I am planning to live in Germany with my future husband. I also have a plan to work as a nurse in Germany. However, I don't know the requirements in order for me to be qualified to work there. Do I need to have a German course and for how many months? Do I need to have NCLEX, CGFNS, or IELTS certificates? Are there trainings before working in the hospitals? Please help me so that I can start in the near future. I really appreciate your help. Thank you so much.

    Truly,
    Bebs143
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  3. by   Ginger's Mom
    Quote from bebs143
    Dear Nurses,

    Hi. I am a Registered Nurse from Philippines. I am planning to live in Germany with my future husband. I also have a plan to work as a nurse in Germany. However, I don't know the requirements in order for me to be qualified to work there. Do I need to have a German course and for how many months? Do I need to have NCLEX, CGFNS, or IELTS certificates? Are there trainings before working in the hospitals? Please help me so that I can start in the near future. I really appreciate your help. Thank you so much.

    Truly,
    Bebs143
    German is the language you need to be fluent in. No NCLEX, CGFNS or IELTS is needed.

    Read this thread
    http://allnurses.com/international-n...se-100277.html
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the International forum

    To work in Germany you will need to be fluent in German and meet the requirements for Germany's nursing board. NCLEX and CGFNS are just for the USA and IELTS is for English. If you are planning on working on a military base as a nurse and the base is US then you may need NCLEX etc. Have you tried searching for Germany and see what threads come up?
  5. by   rogue2578
    Bebs143,

    Its usually not that easy... You need to be able to be fluent in oral and written german. Maybe you can work as an LPN or Nurse's aid. But they may require you to take refresher Nurse course in German. Like starting to learn all over again to be able to adapt to the language.
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from rogue2578
    Bebs143,

    Its usually not that easy... You need to be able to be fluent in oral and written german. Maybe you can work as an LPN or Nurse's aid. But they may require you to take refresher Nurse course in German. Like starting to learn all over again to be able to adapt to the language.
    Didn't think there was LPN's or equivalent in Germany
  7. by   5cats
    No nursing board in Germany, no LPN, no registration, but you need the "permit to practice".
    Complicated because it's the "States"= Bundesland responsibility and they are all different, sometimes even different Goverment bodies.
    Sooo, do you speak german at all? Where are you moving? And do you have a work permit? What's your status?

    5cats
  8. by   rogue2578
    I have a relative who works for more than 35 years in a German hospital in Wulfrath West Germany. Her job responsibility is that of more likely of an LPN. I just don't know what the job position in German. LPN or nurse aid?! I have no clue.. I know from her stories. She insert urinary catheter, gives medication, provides hygiene care. Assist in transporting patients. Those who knew this kind of work in german may figure...
  9. by   bebs143
    Thank you so much for all the information. Honestly, I am moving in Bremen. I am starting to practice German language by myself. However, it is not enough. I will go to Germany perhaps in 2010 or 2011. I still don't have a working permit. Moreover, I will marry a German guy.
  10. by   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    I don't know if they have any German courses for Filipino speakers, but they do have German Courses for English speakers. Your English seems to be pretty good. I would recommend some courses to you that might help. I would Try Living Language Ultimate German. They have Basic-Intermediate for about $60.00 on amazon.com and that's in American dollars. They also have a German Ultimate-Advanced also for the same price. It's actually pretty good for it's price. I don't think it will make you very fluent in German, but you can have a good command in the language. I think Berlitz series is a waste of Time. Rosetta Stone is pretty pricey but it seems to also give you a good grasp of the language. Rosetta Stone is on a cd-rom, and Living Language Series are in a cd-book type of deal. I took a basic Russian course through living language that was a thinner version than the Ultimate Russian, and it helped me just fine when I spoke with a Russian foreign exchange student. I hope this helps you. Let us know what you learn regarding nursing in Germany. Good Luck
  11. by   Fiona59
    Spoken German is one thing, written an entirely different kettle of fish. Charting will be done in that language. It's not a pretty language to spell in...
  12. by   5cats
    When you are married to a german citizen you don't need a workpermit, that right to work and live in Germany should come automatically with the marriage, you will get resident status, and should get a paper that is saying so.
    Bremen is a free and hansetown, nice city, and has their own goverment, so you need to contact the Bremen authorities about your registration and work authorization. Don't know exactly who's doing this in Bremen, but your soon to be husband should be able to find that out, it can be that 2 different authorities are getting involved, one responsible for your nursing and education evaluation and one for your authorization to work.

    You will need a decent course for german, and your husband to be can help you if he starts talking in german to you. There are language schools in Bremen, courses for foreigners, often the "Volkshochschule" offers those courses for a decent prize.

    good luck
    5cats
  13. by   bebs143
    Thank you so much, guys. I will contact you again, if I have more queries about my status in Germany. God bless us all.
  14. by   pinay nurse ako
    im also a nurse from philippines and with the same situation like bebs 143, my fiance lives in Ldenscheid, Germany, he asked me to visit germany and stay there for 3 months and study german before getting married and continue studying when i got home. What is recognation year? i read about this from a german nurse, does recognation year still required now?
    thanks..

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