Newly graduated non-spanish speaking nurse moving to Spain!!!! NEEDS HELP!!!

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    i am a recent graduate in adult nursing and will be moving to spain in may 2004 i do not speak spanish but hope to learn. does
    anyone have any info about english nursing homes in the almouradi area or any suggestions on working in spain and using my skills? alison

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    Usually in order to work in a nursing home or any capacity as a nurse, you would be required to have a nursing license for that country. And of course that exam would be in Spanish. Also take inot account that if you start studying Spanish in the US, make sure you get the Catalan version, not the one from Mexico or Cuba, as they are actually quite different and you will get confused if not aware of the subtle changes. There are various cassettes/CDs available, even at Costco, for learning this type of Spanish.

    I have been to Spain many times in the past few years, and would recommend looking into some programs that teach English skills to the nurses or doctors that are there, a talent that you already have.
    Look into using a talent that you already have and are familiar with.
    You will need to obtain a work permit no matter what you are doing, so remember to take the proper documentation with you. Much easier to prepare while you are stateside than trying to request it when you are overseas.

    Good luck on your new venture.
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    My wife and I moved to Playa Flamenca near Torrevieja (COSTA BLANCA SOUTH) in May last year with our two children ages 12 and 9.

    Are you moving anywhere in this area?

    Or are you just considering moving to Spain?

    If so I can recorrmend an excellent family company who specialise in affordable properties and relocating families.

    Your welcolme to email me for information of this company, or any other queries you may have.

    Kind Regards,

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    Moving to Spain would be a dream but very difficult!! It is next to impossible to get a legal job in Spain if you are not an EU citizen. Of course, being a trained and licensed nurse will help you.

    I would recommend Pimsleur's method for learning Spanish. It is the quickest way to get fluent. One poster mentioned that you needed to get the Catalan version of Spanish, I think they meant Castilian. Most Spanish tapes/books are taught using Castilian.

    Catalan however, is actually an entire different language and would prove useful to know in Barcelona for example. Learning Catalan after Castilian Spanish would not be so difficult as they are fairly similar.
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    I was correct when I said Catalan. There are books available for this. The area of Spain is called Catalonia and the Spanish is quite different from what we are used to in the US. If you purchase training tapes from Europe most will contain a Catalan version.
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    Alison I am not yet qualified but will also be moving to Spain, probably Costa Blanca area, in the future as my (Spanish) husband wants to go back.

    Fortunately I speak Spanish (learned from Linguaphone - a slog but well worth it as you gain a very good accent) but like you ,am wondering what my job prospects would be as for some reason there do not seem to be many non Spanish nurses even in tourist areas where there are many English patients.

    Have you had any success, or does anyone know how difficult it is to enter practice there? I am an EU citizen.

    Maria - Nursing student
    Last edit by mariaf on Feb 21, '04 : Reason: Forgot to sign off
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    For starters, you will probably need to write the nursing exam in
    Spanish, just as the nurses from Spain would take their exams in
    English if wanting to work in the UK or US. So you will need to be
    quite fluent.

    You may want to consider possibly looking for a position with a
    private physician who has a large foreign patient practice. You
    would not function directly as a nurse, but more for information,
    etc. Also, look at some of the companies that do emergency
    evacuations in the area. They don't always require that you have
    a license for that country. But then you will need actual nursing
    experience for that. The second problem that you are going to
    face is that you are going to be going without any type of prior
    work experience in the US, post degree. This will actually be
    your biggest problem.

    You may also want to consider talking to some of the nursing schools
    in the area there. They may need someone to teach English for the
    nurses, but again, you are without the experience.

    Good luck...........................
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    Thanks Suzanne.

    It's true I wouldn't have experience as such. I'm in the UK, and half my hours in nurse training are being spent in practice on the wards, in the community etc - I suppose that wouldn't count would it, or am I just being hopeful!

    I have actually lived in Spain before for a few years but not in nursing; I taught English then; so I will keep that in mind.

    Thanks for your help

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    The hours that you spend in clinicals are just that. You have a teacher over you. You are a student during those hours and are functioning as such. You are not receiving any money for that, so it does not count as work experience when you are applying for a job. You are also not doing all of the same things that an RN would be doing.

    Last edit by suzanne4 on Feb 21, '04
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    There is a USNavy base at Rota Spain - maybe get a job in the military clinic there? I was stationed with hubby in Spain at Zaragoza AB but it has since closed down. Good luck.

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