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Jan 27, '07
I'm an american nurse working in germany. There have been advantages and disadvantages to this along the way. But in end effect nursing is nursing and I couldn't imagine doing anything else. This forum is kinna neat, it's nice to exchange ideas in english! German is a very difficult language!
Jan 29, '07
Thank you for your response. I hope everything is well. I can relate to how you feel about a different language. I came to the United States when I was 16 and had to learn the language fast. I was born and raised in Mexico. It was very difficult at first but the more I practiced the easier it got. How did you ended up in Germany? Do you have family there? Did you have a hard time communicating or did you already know some German? If you feel that I am been too intrusive you don't have to answer. O. K. talk to you later, don't work too hard. Azteca.
Jan 30, '07
I had to work last weekend and I've finally found some time to write back. I don't find your questions at all intrusive. It's always interesting to see how other people end up in other countries. My story is as corny as they come. I fell in love with a cute german. He was doing a 6 month exchange program and we met and have been together for about 25 years. I've been working as a nurse here in germany for about 13 years. Yes, the language was especially hard in the beginning. But I knew I had to make a start at it or I would die of isolation! To make a long story short I understand the spoken and written word without problems, but I have my difficulties with writing and still in speaking. German is just so hard to articulate. Everyone understands me well but I will always have a strong accent. The nursing system is not as professional as in the states. Here one learns nursing as a type of training program and it has unfortunatly nothing to do with a college education. But I have seen many positive changes over the last few years, they're trying to get it going in the right direction. I've had advantages because I have a BSN. My trial time here was greatly reduced because I was over qualified. Nurses from other countries, such as Poland for example, have to work sometimes as long as 6 to 12 months before they get their permit. I only had to do 3 months, so I was a qualified nurse, according to german standards, in a very short time. I simply make the best of it. I get frustrated at times because nursing here is not as respected as in the states. The fact that it is just a "training" here and not connected to studying at a university results in having too many people who don't belong in nursing actually working in nursing. And because it's just a training program the pay is substancially lower as what we're used to in america. But what the heck, I love living here and do love my job in spite of the disadvantages. Take care, Ambil
Jan 30, '07
Thank you for sharing. I can see that you are passionate and commited to your personal life and career. It is very good to hear that you like your profession. I have talked to other nurses from different fields and a lot of them voice concerns/complaints like too much work, not enough money, or just not hapy at all. But I believe that nursing and everything in life is what you make of it, it's all about the attitude that you bring to work. As for myself, I am very happy and satisfied with my profession. Nursing has opened many doors of opportunity for me. I have been very blessed. Could I say the same if I were in Mexico? I don't know, and I guess I'll never know. I never planned to become an RN when I was a student in Mexico. I was studying tourism/management. I never thought about nursing school there because it is not highly valued, paid, or respected. The education is formal with a bachelors the highest level. I don't think they have a master or a doctoral education like the US. I always liked the medical field so I would probably have gone for Medical School down there. When I came here, that was a different story, Medical shool here is too expensive and too long. I wanted to have a family and that was something I would not compromised. I am happily married (13 years) not as long as you, 3 lovely kids. I'm having a hard time trying to teach them Spanish, they refuse to speak it but they understand some, part of it (my excuse) because my husband doesn't speak much Spanish at home even though he knows Spanish, he is from Haiti. I'll talk to you later, I have some homework to do. Adios!