So I am curious to know if any American is doing this? Perhaps I will be the first.
I have previous lived in Germany 3.5 years and speak fluent German. My boyfriend is German and lives in Stuttgart and we are trying to figure a way to be closer together. I am currently living in the US. I have student loans and don't want to downgrade my 10 years of education to the level of nursing that is practiced in Germany. I have discovered Switzerland has something similar to Nurse Practitioners, and I hope to find out more about exactly what their scope of practice is after apply to a few positions.
I have also read one must pass a language test at a certain level, which will not be any problem since I already studied in German at a German university and was previously accepted to medical school in Germany.
The switzerland equivalent appears to be called a Pflegeexpert/-in, and they use the abbreviations HoeFa II and MNS (Master of Nursing Science).
So far the positions I have seen are pretty general and don't really explain what I would be doing, and I am thinking a lot of it will be management, even though the Nurse Practitioner is attempting to be developed there.
I practice now doing mostly Urgent Care, doing some Occupational medicine, and my next job will be ER. (I do locum tenens/travelling work and love it) I have studied to long and worked too hard to give up my role, so I need to find something similar.
At the same time I will be applying for positions in Germany at military bases, but so far that has been a dead end, despite actually having interviews in person at a few bases in Germany.
If there are even any nurses working in Switzerland who know how Pflegeexpertin are being utilized I would greatly appreciate it, and any networking tips would be appreciated.
Esp. if there are any US nurses working in Switzerland I would like to know how you went about doing it, how are you dealing with paying taxes in the US as well.
I may even make my situation more unique and complicated by possibly living in Germany on the border which i believe means i have to pay German taxes, work in Switzerland, and because I am American I have to pay US taxes as well.... I am trying to pay off student loans so I need to make a similar income to what I am here in the US.
Thanks for any input.