Oh wow, how good it is to hear y'all talking about my country in such a warm manner! :Melody: So I am a french nurse living and working in South of France. It will be my pleasure to answer your questions if I am able to do it.
As said above, we have public (hopital) or private (clinique) estabishments. Generally public pays better than private. But it depends on the convention of the clinic. Some pay a lot but you find them around Paris, not in small town. This is the same for psychiatric care. We have agencies too (interim) that propose you some long or short assignments in private establishments. This is what I am doing for 9 months now. This is a great choice, because due to the shortage you always have a lot of choice and you are your own boss. I decide the days I want to work or to rest, the shift I want to work, I am doing night shift, and I decide the units and clinics where I want or not to go. I earn the salary of the nurse I are supposed to replace, plus 10% for end of contract, plus 10% of insecurity prime. Now if you want to have an idea of salary, I can tell mine, but it will be just an information because it increases with lenght of service. This is something you should negociate with your employer. So, I am 4 years of service, and when I was working full time in surgery in clinic, I was making 1500 euros per month. When you work at night, you earn 10 more %. As a "intérimaire" (agency nurse) at night, I am making 1950 euros per month for surgery. Here is the most popular agencies ; www.appelmedical.com
. You have assignments in French islands too! You earn more in ICU (réanimation). Oh I have to say this is what you keep in pocket after taxes to be paid. You are paid once a month. You might think it is very a small amount, but you have to see it in the context of the life. Appartments here are very cheaper than in America. I am living by the sea in 80 m² with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living room, kitchen and balcony, a place for my car, for 400 euros per month. The taxes taken off your salary monthly serve to pay for your health insurance company, retirement and unemployment. For exemple, I had an accident of exposition to blood 2 weeks ago with a needle. So I had to have a blood test for hepatitis and HIV, and made it for free. It will be done 1month, 3 months and 6 months after and if I had to start a treatment it will be all for free. When patient go to visit a doctor, the price is 20 euros but you will have 70% of your money back a week later by social security. So finaly life is pretty sweet.
Now about being a foreign nurse in France, we are used to hire Spanish nurses. I have worked with some of them. Usualy nurses are nice with them and helpful. Of course doctors are less patient but if your french is not bad and you are doing a great job, they will trust you pretty quickly.
This is the adress of a very good french website, the most famous, where you could find a lot of news and a great forum : www.infirmiers.com
Some talked about Switzerland, this is great just in case you are living in France and working in Switzerland because you will earn 2,5 the salary, but life is very very expensive there and you do not have the same benefits!!!
Voilà !!! I hope this help. Let me know if I can help. Where in France would you like to live? I hope everything will be Ok for you,
à bientôt et bonne chance ! :hatparty: