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Jobs for a U.S. registered nurse in Sweden

Chances of finding work without speaking Swedish

Michigan
post 22.Jul.2009, 03:40 AM
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What would be the chance of a person finding a job in Sweden with a Registered Nursing Degree in the U.S.A
but non Swedish speaking?
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canuk
post 22.Jul.2009, 07:32 AM
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Location: Malmö
Joined: 10.Jul.2009

negative 1000? there is absolutely 0 chance. Think of it this way, a number of the people you will care for are probably older and although people here speak great english, how about those that were from a generation where it was not so common to learn english? how would you like it if you were in the hospital and the person caring for you only spoke chineese? how about if you want to move here you enroll in some swedish classes?
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canuk
post 22.Jul.2009, 07:33 AM
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Location: Malmö
Joined: 10.Jul.2009

to whit: your chances of getting a job in Norway might be better! plus you earn way more..something to consider, sweden is a short flight away from norway.
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Michigan
post 22.Jul.2009, 01:31 PM
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Joined: 22.Jul.2009

Why would Norway be different?

the reason I am inquiring is because we lived in Sweden once before
but I was working over 60 hours per week, and my wife was going crazy
sitting home everyday, it would be nice to find her a job in any
medical capacity, so that she would not be stuck home everyday
as i have an opportunity to return to Sweden
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canuk
post 22.Jul.2009, 01:46 PM
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Location: Malmö
Joined: 10.Jul.2009

norway is full of expats, they have a shortage of skilled labor an money to burn due to their natural resources, sweden does not have this. contact some agencies in both countries and see what happens, michaelpage.se, manpower.se is a start, also check out finn.no, hope your norweigen is somewhat good as that page is not in english.
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Puffin
post 22.Jul.2009, 02:08 PM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

Non_ Eu nursing qualifications will not be recognised in Sweden unless she speaks fluent Swedish.

There is a medical Swedish course which combines language study with practical experience and visits to hospitals etc
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stephanie921
post 10.Sep.2009, 07:57 PM
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Were can i find out about these classes? How long do they usually take? Do you have to be pretty fluent already to take them?
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Furu
post 11.Sep.2009, 12:51 AM
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Joined: 16.Jan.2008

I met a foreign doctor who is doing a residency at local hospital. She told me that she need to learn Medical Swedish in order to understand medical terms in Swedish Language.

After than her qualifications need to be accepted and approved before she can do residency.

On completion of residency she will be able to work for the hospital.

Here is a document for Nursing in Sweden http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=...v_ufdE4k9mAqBAg
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Omidn
post 11.Sep.2009, 02:22 AM
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Joined: 13.Sep.2005

Don't even think about moving to Sweden if you want to stay temporarily and work as a nurse. There is absolutely no chance unless if you go through proper channel and learn the language fluently as well as renewing your qualification. I am a Canadian Microbiologist and learn the language (completed Swedish A & B ) just because of my interest however job situation is horrible, that is why I moved back to Canada after Six yrs. If you want to stay permanently then I would suggest to take Swedish classes and the evaluation test (process takes 2 yrs) so that you could have a chance to get a job as a nurse. Just remember nurse's salary in Sweden is very low. Bottom line is, don`t come to Sweden unless if you have to. Good Luck!
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stephanie921
post 11.Sep.2009, 03:01 AM
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QUOTE (Furu @ 10.Sep.2009, 11:51 PM) *
Here is a document for Nursing in Sweden http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=...v_ufdE4k9mAqBAg



So basically I would have to take the entire nursing program over in Sweden so another 3-4 yrs?
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Puffin
post 11.Sep.2009, 07:08 AM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

I very much doubt it - why are you relying on unattributed internet sources. You should check out the information from the authority that actually governs nursing licences which is socialstyrelsen (The Swedish Board of Health and Welfare)
There is a step by step plan on their website - you will need to put it through a translation programme - if you do this with a specialist language programme it won't take so long http://www.socialstyrelsen.se/ansokaomlegi...kskoterska.aspx

Mostly it will depend on how quickly you learn Swedish - it would be best to go for a specialist Swedish programme for Healthcare professionals which combines Swedish study with the other courses you have to take as well as work experience - the best known programme is SFA medicin/Vård
http://www.komvux.sodertalje.se/sfa_vard/index.htm


There was a poster from Australia who did this route and was working in less than 6 months - but it depends on your Swedish level - the course also organises the work experience etc that you have to do
http://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?s...mp;hl=SFI+Vård
http://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?s...mp;hl=SFI+Vård
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stephanie921
post 11.Sep.2009, 05:58 PM
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Thank you so much puffin! Finally I feel like its not all negative. A move to sweden is something that is constantly on my mind and the only thing holding me back is the thought of not being able to work and make a living. I will definatly need to check that out! Unfortunatly my swedish is limited to jag alskar dig and va fan lol. But i do plan to start now with learning Swedish and hopefully in a year or so ill be able to take that class for medical proffesionals!
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Furu
post 11.Sep.2009, 10:15 PM
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Joined: 16.Jan.2008

The doctor I mentioned told me it is around 18 month residency, but offcourse she was getting paid.

So do not give up before trying.
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Furu
post 11.Sep.2009, 10:17 PM
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Joined: 16.Jan.2008

QUOTE (Omidn @ 11.Sep.2009, 03:22 AM) *
Don't even think about moving to Sweden if you want to stay temporarily and work as a nurse. There is absolutely no chance unless if you go through proper channel and lea ... (show full quote)


Canada has better salaries but other indirect costs becomes an employee problem.
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Furu
post 11.Sep.2009, 10:18 PM
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QUOTE (stephanie921 @ 11.Sep.2009, 04:01 AM) *
So basically I would have to take the entire nursing program over in Sweden so another 3-4 yrs?


The link I posted is from Europa website which is official website of European Union.
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