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Thank you 5cats. I wonder if there is anyone in Germany who could explain the 2-yr further training program in detail. I heard this is available for nurses but it is not regulated by the state, therefore, it might not be recognized elsewhere...

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Well, you are right the 3-year diploma being the equivalent of the US RN. As far as I know the exact content of certifications to any type of specialty nursing ("Fachkrankenpfleger/in) is not regulated by law, but depends on where you obtain it. Are you a US trained RN? Why on earth would you be interested to work in Germany? :confused:German nurses will go anywhere else, if they are not bound by constraints such as family, funds, or language. Job satisfaction is low. Work density is VERY high (that is maybe you like being the only nurse with 20-35 patients on a night shift; and LTC/SNF you may be the ONLY RN for sometimes 80-120 patients.....).:mad: I stopped paying attention to the misery, but a newspaper article in the late '90s stated that many nurses will leave the profession 3-5 yrs after nursing school, to pursue other careers. I AM so happy to be sitting in Las Vegas with my RN license granted in July. Got my BLS and ACLS and now in the application process/interviewing. :D And if you like to work in Germany, concentrate on ICU/CCU nursing. Work as an agency nurse (granted pay will be lower than regular position), with a critical care certification YOU will have the freedom to determine when, where and how much you work. Once you have worked 11-12 full days in a row, and/or 5 WE one after another; shifts lasting 13 hrs you will get the drift. Of course there are all kinds of laws and regs protecting workers/nurses, but the reality looks different. And there are also laws stipulating that patient care has priority.....

Not much of what you were asking, but my two cents worth:twocents:. And dying of curiosity what you are up to......:smokin:

Take care,

Mieke

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hello everyone, am also a german nurse since 2005 and will love to work as a rn in atlanta or anywhere else in the us but i just dont know where to start:confused:!can anyone pls help me

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Silverdragon102 has 30 years experience as a BSN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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hello everyone, am also a german nurse since 2005 and will love to work as a rn in atlanta or anywhere else in the us but i just dont know where to start:confused:!can anyone pls help me

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Starting point would be the state Board of Nursing (links can be found at the bottom of the page) however be aware of retrogression and issues finding employer and waiting (long wait) for a visa

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Hi,

here the steps.... CGFNS for you CES..... then the TOEFL (the result needs reporting to CGFNS and State Board of Nursing).

Then get you nursing school to supply transcripts (which need to be generated according to the Krankenpflegeausbildungsgesetzt: Fach/Std. je Fach, etc.). Then translation by court approved translator of Diploma and final report (Urkunde und Abschlusszeugnis). Then letter from your "Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales" in German. Get a Vorabkopie so you can get the official translation done (get 2 original copies of ea. translation you have done). Then send them the official translation and THEY have to send it to CGFNS. Basically you will get the originals/or Beglaubigte Kopien translated and get those to your Krankenpflegeschule/Landesämter/etc. It is you job to get translations done at your cost. AND the documentation will ALWAYS be send directly to CGFNS/or the State Board of Nursing. They have to send ALL originals (Stundentafeln Theorie und Praxis, beglaubigte Kopien of Urkunde und Zeugnis) with translations to CGFNS. That means you want to be on VERY good terms with the secretary of your Krankenpflegeschule. Then the State Board were you wish to work as a nurse will let you know if, for their state you need the CGFNS test. IF not, you will register and receive the Authority to Test for the NCLEX. There are other threads on this site on how to prepare for the NCLEX. Just be advised.... KNOW the English language very WELL and start to prepare right away (google Kaplan and Saunders NCLEX-RN). The lastest I heard of that the NCLEX can now be taken in Frankfurt. And it is definitely offered in London (check Pearsonvue). AND it helps to contact potential employers beforehand. You will need a sponsor for the Visa. Hope this helps. Gruß, Mieke

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