I've just been admitted into the ADN program at my school and I'm excited. Most of my life I have wanted to live in France (Nice to be specific). I know that I would need to speak fluent french, but what exactly would I need to do to be able to work as an RN. I have heard its better to go to the UK and work as a nurse because once you have worked in Europe you can nurse anywhere else in Europe. Any information is a huge help and is greatly appreciated.
By the way, if I know I want to eventually become a citizen of France is it worth getting a BSN?
Oct 10, '11
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
moved to our international nursing
experiencing nursing in france - nursezone
so what does it take to be a french nurse? according to danielle cosquer, cadre infirmer, an employee of l'hộpital avicenne, nursing in france is very similar to the united states but with some notable differences. french nursing school consists of 10 months of didactic training, which prepares the students to be nursing assistants. the students must then work for three years in a hospital environment and take an entrance test. nursing coursework through a university or institute combined with clinicals for two years is then required. if all classes and standardized tests are passed, students get certified as a nurse, similar to our bsn.
french nurses do not have state licensure and no continuing education hours required by the state. education for nursing certification is free and after students are certified they may work at any hospital, public or private, in any area of france and in other countries in europe. if promotion within the hospital system is desired, the nurse must work for a year or two to gain experience and enroll in additional training for specialty nurse. a specialty nurse may then advance in training to a nurse manager, or a high level nurse manager. the high level nurse manager position is similar to our director of nursing position
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 10, '11