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I want to work abroad in Switzerland

Hello!

I am a current undergrad student in America studying to be nurse practitioner (specifically OB/GYN). It is my dream to live abroad and work in Switzerland after I have gotten my degree. I am both an American citizen and a Swiss one. Does anyone have information about demand of NP, the process of moving and working there, or just general difficulties that will occur? Any advice is greatly welcomed.

KatieMI, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine.

1) how can you be "undergrad" student in the US already studying for NP while all NP programs here are grad level?

2) Clinical roles for NPs as compared with what NPs can do in the USA are not existing in Switzerland (like anywhere else in Europe except, sorta of, GB, for that matter). There are  three programs in Swiss colleges for advanced  nursing but, as far as I can see, they are oriented either on leadership/administrative or clinical research or CNS (which is hardly a real clinical role too). Again, as far as I can see, programs are not specialty track, so your women's health diploma will be pretty useless and you won't have neither base not network. The demand appears to be pretty low as only three limited programs are apparently enough for the whole country. And if you are in one of direct entry programs, you won't even have nursing experience. 

3) You need to learn two of three languages to fluent level (German, Italian, French) and pass exams for each of them BEFORE you even start jumping through diploma evaluation hoops.

My hubby works in a transnational company which sends specialists to work abroad all the time. I know two people (one RN, one FNP) who mulled about possibilities to work in Switzerland while their husbands were sent there for year or two. Both ended up with next baby as they said it was utterly impossible even to get licensed as RN. 

The golden rule of professional emigration, written by blood and tears: first decide where you want to end up working and only then invest in education/licensing/etc. FROM THE START THERE. Otherwise, continue to dream about relocating wherever you want after you get enough $$$$$ to retire. 

londonflo

Specializes in oncology.

On 7/21/2020 at 6:32 PM, KatieMI said:

how can you be "undergrad" student in the US already studying for NP while all NP programs here are grad level?

Maybe a DEMSN?

On 7/14/2020 at 7:31 PM, Caitlin LH said:

Hello!

I am a current undergrad student in America studying to be nurse practitioner (specifically OB/GYN). It is my dream to live abroad and work in Switzerland after I have gotten my degree. I am both an American citizen and a Swiss one. Does anyone have information about demand of NP, the process of moving and working there, or just general difficulties that will occur? Any advice is greatly welcomed.

Switzerland sucks.  They banned the building of traditional mosques and the Swiss are overt xenophobes.  Sure they have the alps and the image of being "fair and neutral", but that is a facade.  And you are specialized in OB/GYN unless you are a midwife, so don't try to play the same card that FNPs who specialized in mental health like to toss around - it's bs.

Edited by DannyBoy8

KatieMI, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine.

7 hours ago, DannyBoy8 said:

Switzerland sucks.  They banned the building of traditional mosques and the Swiss are overt xenophobes. 

I will keep my big fat mouth shut regarding the very same issue in some (QUITE significant) parts of the USA.

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