Italian nurses - page 3

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Any Italian nurses reading this forum? Would like to know what the general pay/benefits are in Italy Is it better there, do not see any italian nurses trying to come to the USA... Read More


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    Quote from babyj9396
    I'm actually still here in the States. I leave for Sicily in August and have found work at a Transplant Hospital there that's affiliated with UPMC in Pittsburg, PA (That's what I do here in NYC). I'm very excited, nervous, etc!
    babyj9396

    Please PM me when you get a chance. I hold dual US and Italian citizenship.

    I have been thinking about doing some travel nursing to Italy once my current commitment is up in a little over a year. Since my family is from Sicily I have been thinking about working in an English speaking hospital/clinic there.
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    ciao a tutti! i am also italian american (half) =) i speak Italian, english, and spanish, so language is not an issue... and even though i am only going into my first year of college as a nursing student, i am hoping to one day move to italy...i was wondering what the salary is like for a "BSN" nurse as we call it here in the states, and just how hard the requirements for an american nurse to get a job in an italian hospital...i unfortunately do not yet have dual citizenship...

    i know this thread is old, i but i would appreciate if anyone had any advice =)

    grazie :]
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    hi! i know this thread is very aged, but i'm Italian and i'm going to graduate in nursing by the end of this year.
    I think that Italian Nurses doesn't come to US 'cos the ammission test is very diffcoult...Some friends of mine made it and told me that there were asked some questions of american culture impossible to know for us, and maybe also for you...
    Anyway if i were you i'll never even think to come here in Italy...to work as a nurse i mean...here people doesn't respect nurses as in your country!!!People doesn't even know that to become a nurse you have to Graduate...and most of time even Medics doesn't!!!Plus for a nurse here is not possible to make any prescription,as you do .
    Nurses here try to gain the respect,but is not that easy-..Italian culture is very old...But We are trying to make a lot of thing to obtain the respect we deserve!
    I leave in Milan (the north of Italy) here there are a lots of opportunities in working as a nurse,but i think that as soon as will be possible for me i'll try to work in Switzerland or maybe in US.
    Anyway if you decide to come and work here in Italy you must know that the salary is not as in US,here a nurses salary is from 1500$ to maximum 2000$ if you work in a public hospital, if you work in a private one it can increase up to 2500$,but it depends. A nurse work on shift 2pm-9pm,7am-2.30pm,8.30pm-7.30am.
    The life in the north of Italy is very expensive, the location of a flat is about 1300$/month, so you can imagine how difficoult could be leaving with just 1500$.
    I would love to know how is working in US as nurse, if there a shotage of nurses too... 'cos i'm going to make my graduation thesis on differences in being an nurse all over the world, and why in Italy there's shortage of nurses...

    Hope this will be useful
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    i am a bsc nurse from india .and i hve 2 .5 year experiance.am planing for apply italy so what all r the reruiredments..../
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    Quote from Savonarola
    I am a German nurse and I applied for a NY License one year ago. Because the process has taken such a long time and the job opportunities for nurses are very bad in Germany my husband and I moved to Italy in July. The salary is higher than in Germany, the working conditions are better (we live in the north of Italy). I as well think that the biggest problem of Italian nurses is the language. Italian people mostly don`t speak English and they even don`t want to learn it.
    I agree. It's not that Italians are not smart enough to learn English, they just don't bother learning it. I know that English is the universal language but not many people prefer it. Many people in Europe love love the italian language and many people understand it. Not everybody wants to come to US, not because they hate but because they don't want to leave their country, business, family, friends etc.
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    Hello Everyone!

    I just found this thread and I have a question for all of you. I was born and raised in Italy and I have been living in NYC for the past 12 years. I am currently a nursing student at NYU and I'm getting a little tired and frustrated to pay so much money for education! I really miss the fact that in Italy we have great university free of charge (you just pay taxes) so after searching different programs over the internet, I found a very good one at the University of Bologna. So now I'm thinking of transferring there and save some $$$. The reason is that when I will be completely done at NYU I will owe almost $100K in student loans!!!!

    I wanted to ask you if any of you did this and how is the job market for someone who graduated outside the US. There is no doubt that I will come back to NYC as soon as I'm done. I'm married to an American and we have 2 small children. I'm not scared so much about the exam but more about the job overlook for foreign graduates. I speak fluent Italian, English, French and Spanish therefore language is definitely not a barrier for me!

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Grazie e per favore fatemi sapere se siete Italiane e lavorate negli USA.

    Kika
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    Quote from kika72
    Hello Everyone!

    I just found this thread and I have a question for all of you. I was born and raised in Italy and I have been living in NYC for the past 12 years. I am currently a nursing student at NYU and I'm getting a little tired and frustrated to pay so much money for education! I really miss the fact that in Italy we have great university free of charge (you just pay taxes) so after searching different programs over the internet, I found a very good one at the University of Bologna. So now I'm thinking of transferring there and save some $$$. The reason is that when I will be completely done at NYU I will owe almost $100K in student loans!!!!

    I wanted to ask you if any of you did this and how is the job market for someone who graduated outside the US. There is no doubt that I will come back to NYC as soon as I'm done. I'm married to an American and we have 2 small children. I'm not scared so much about the exam but more about the job overlook for foreign graduates. I speak fluent Italian, English, French and Spanish therefore language is definitely not a barrier for me!

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Grazie e per favore fatemi sapere se siete Italiane e lavorate negli USA.

    Kika
    Wow your English is very good.
    We have some nurses from European countries here in Australia and often their English is so-so.
    I would think with your genuine fluency in English plus the other languages you will have a lot of opportunity ahead of you.
    What about repatriation companies? They employ multi-lingual nurses
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    Hi Pedicurn,

    Thank you for your reply. No I didn't know about this type of agencies but I will certainly look into it.

    Best,
    Kika
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    Hi there!
    I'm an Italian nursing student and a EMT-A.
    I don't know why the Italian people (nurses) don't "move" to USA or rest of the world.
    Here we have Nurses university since 1999, before they just had a "regional or professional school".
    Pur salary is too bad,we know...but we have a big issues with the english...So, italian nurse is scaried by other languages!
    Personally,next year,I'll would like to move to Australia and work there,I hope....
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    Quote from suzanne4
    I have worked with quite a few Italian nurses over the years. The biggest issue is language requirements, that is why you do not see too many trying to come over here. And it is also much harder for a foreign nurse to work there, as they would need to be fluent in Italian and be able to pass a language exam, as well as the Italian nursing boards.

    Actually that is true after being in Italy twice many people do not want to speak English despite learning it in school and will turn their back and will not even look at you if you do not speak Italian. I spent 3 days my first time In Rome alone and I never felt so alone. I wanted to cry. Northern Italy is different but still many people are proud and do not wish to even attempt to communicate with you. It's more pride than anything. But it wasn't very welcoming to a person who saved up a bunch of money to not feel welcomed at all and snubbed. Yes I agree I'm in another country but when you go to other places in Europe you can meet half way and people speak English knowing their jobs depend on people on holiday.


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