Information on Hospitals in the Western Part (French speaking) of Switzerland will be added shortly.
General Educational Requirements and Professional Conditions for Nurses in Switzerland
Switzerland has a considerable shortage of nurses and other health care professionals. But there is an almost absolute requirement that an applicant speaks one of the national languages (German, French or Italian). The sites below are almost all in German, some have a French Language option. As a consequence of similarity in the nurses education system, which is basically an apprenticeship and until recently, not a University level course, and also because of commonality of language, Germany has been the largest supplier of foreign nurses to Switzerland. More recently, with the Bologna education reform, nursing has also become a profession taught at the Fachhochschule to Bachelors Degree Level.
The general consensus is, that continuous education for Swiss nurses is a must, if you want to have a career in nursing. Often, the employer pays a significant amount towards courses, which, as an employee, you only have to pay back, if you leave the employer within a short period of completing such courses.
The primary language of all the sites below is German. Some of them have French language options, but surprisingly few have English language options, even though Switzerland's hospitals are full of foreign clients speaking English.
Here is a Glossary of some words you should know when you look at Swiss Job Boards or employment advertisements in the health sector:
Swiss Job Boards and Recruiters
in the Eastern Part of Switzerland
|Web Site||Type of Site||Location, Language||Remark|
Hospital (Kinderspital) St. Gallen
CH-9006 St. Gallen
Ph:+41 (0)71 243 71 11
Fx: +41(0)71 243 76 99
|Childrens Hospital with "Stellen" (Jobs)||Switzerland, German||Large Regional childrens hopital (known as KISPI) funded by the City and Cantons of SG, AI, AR, TG and also thew Principality of Liechtenstein|
|Cantonal Hospital of St.
Gallen Rorschacher Strasse 95
Ph:+41 71 494 11 11
|City Hospital - Go to "Stellen" Section Site is in German only||Switzerland, German||The hospital also includes the Kantonsspital Flawil and Rorschach, about 30, resp. 10 miles from St. Gallen with, in total 900 beds and 4000 employees|
Retirement Home - Assisted Living etc
Rorschacher Strasse 92
Ph: 071 243 88 50
Hospital of the City of
St. Gallen with Retirment Homes, Senior Apartments etc
|Switzerland, German||Large multi disciplinary facility for the aged with a range of services for the population of the City of St. Gallen. Look for jobs under "Stellenangebote". Smallish town with 75,000 people but only 50 miles east of Zurich|
8952 Schlieren (outside Zurich)
Ph: 044 733 11 11
Fx 044 733 22 18
|General Suburban City Hospital - Go to the "Offene Stellen" Section - Site is in German||Switzerland, German||Suburban hospital with 728 full time employees - 190 acute beds and 140 long stay beds|
(City Hospital Zuerich) City of Zurich
Ph:+41(0)44 466 11 11
Fx:+41(0)44 466 26 00
|Large City Hospital - Go to the "Jobs" Section Site is in German and English||Switzerland, German, French, English||The very large Triemli hospital offers a wide range of high-quality medical treatment to the general public round the clock taking advantage of most modern diagnostics and therapy. Our field of operation comprises 11 clinics with various specialised sections and 5 institutes. A great emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary co-operation between our various clinics and institutes.|
Ph: +41 (0)44 255 11 11
|Large University and Research Hospital (in English)||Switzerland, mainly German, French, English||University Hospital Zurich is one of the largest and most important teaching hospitals in Europe. With its 40 departments and institutes, the hospital is renowned for its achievements in health care, research and teaching, as well as for compassionate care. It offers state-of-the-art treatment for a broad range of illnesses, provided by a dedicated team of leading consultants of the highest international standing.|
Ph:+41(0)44 366 22 11
Fx+41(0)44 366 20 99
|Large City Hospital - Go to the "Jobs" Section - Site is in German and English||Switzerland, German, French, English||With its acute medical care service and Emergency Walk-In, Waid City Hospital has been looking after the health of Zurich citizens since 1953. At our state-of-the-art hospital, around 1,000 staff work using the latest in diagnostic and therapy equipment. Our range of services are available to people who have full private, partial private or general healthcare insurance, and include a wide range of inpatient and outpatient examination methods including different types of treatments and therapies.|
There are many more hospitals in the same area. The above is only a small selection.
|Web Site||Type of Site||Location, Language||Remark|
Ph:+41 (0)61 265 25 25
|Large University Hospital - Go to "Das Spital" then to "Stellen" (Jobs) on the Navigation tabs||Switzerland, German - There is an English page if you go to "Angebotscenter" and then to "International Services"||The University Hospital Basel is one of Switzerland's leading university medical centers. It has an international reputation for providing the most advanced treatments in a compassionate, patient-centered environment. More than 700 physicians and 1500 registered nurses provide state-of-the-art treatments in all medical fields. The patients receive the best care possible and they benefit from the latest technical and scientific knowledge.|
Ph: +41(0)61 685 65 65
|Childrens Hopsital- for Canton Basel Stadt and Canton Basel Land||Switzerland, German, French||For Jobs
go to "Offene Stellen"
on the tab on the right hand side of the Page - A
newly constituted hospital/research center with
129 beds and 830 employees in a new building
L'hospital universitaire des enfants des deux Basles (UKBB, Universitaets- Kinderspital beider Basel) est un centre universitaire autonome de medecine pour enfants et adolescents ainsi q'un centre de formation et de recherche.
4101 Bruderholz (Basel)
Ph: +41 61 436 36 36
Fx: +41 61 436 36 50
|Large Cantonal Hospital Look for the "Jobs" link on the roght hand navigation side||Switzerland, German, French (site is only in German)||Large 430 bed Cantonal hospital on the outskirts of Basel with 1,600 employees from 45 nations|
|Bern University Hospital
Ph:+41(0)31 632 44 33
Fx:+41(0)31 632 07 65
|Large University Hospital - Go to "Arbeitgeber/ Stellen" on the Navigation tabs - Top of the page||Switzerland, German, French Site is only in German||Large university hospital and research center with a 1,000 bed hospital employing over 6,700 people from 80 nations. 1,020 Phycisians and scientists and over 2,900 caregivers and therapeutic occupations|
|Kantonsspital Luzern 6000 Luzern 16||Large Cantonal Hospital||Switzerland, German||Large Cantonal Hospital with three sites and 5,400 employees|
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A large part of the Swiss Hospitals are run by the Canton's, that is the individual States. There are 26 States in this small country of 8.7 million people. They each have quite restricted salary scales which leave little room for reflecting nurses shortages within specific specialties. Some of the private hospitals offer slightly higher salaries, but by and large the figures shown below are the average. The Cantons of Zurich and Geneva pay slightly higher salaries, while Aargau, despite its proximity to Zurich, pays some of the lowest salaries.
The median pay in the health industry is (end of 2020) around Sfr 129,000 per year (currently about US$ 132,000) with 20 to 28 days paid vacation and working a 42 hour week. While pay for a staff nurse ranges from SFr 98,000 to SFr 129,000 (end 2020 currently about US$100,500 to US$ 132,000) per year. Employees offering specialties get paid more. Nurses work generally 42 hours per week. There are night shift, weekend and overtime payments which are about 20% higher than the standard hourly rate. Because of the shortage of nurses, there is a good opportunity for overtime. There are also opportunities for time in lieu and in general, employers offer four or more weeks of paid vacations annually. As a general rule employers are also generous financing further education in your health speciality. Health Insurance is as a rule not covered by the employer, but it is easily available and by international comparison (except when you come from a country with a National Health Service!) relatively cheap. Some employers offer subsidized housing and restaurant services for staff.
The working environment in Swiss hospitals, especially the relationship between doctors and nurses, is said to be correct but cool. If anyone has personal experience, please send us an e-mail and we will add your comments on this page. Modern management methods, and especially methods of personnel management, appear, from some reports, still to be a kind of mystery for many Swiss hospitals and clinics.Though it has improved somewhat during the last ten years. But, please write, if you have personal experiences and we will add your comments on that point as well!
There is currently a nursing manpower shortage of about ten percent and a large number of planned positions are not being filled. This figure also varies widely across the country. Foreign nurses amount to approximately 35% of all nursing staff employed.
The requirement of knowledge of a national language and similarities in education and training make German nurses the largest foreign contingent in Switzerland.
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