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    Dorcas Ebuara

    Getting a job in Germany is not as tough as it seems, just make sure all your certificates and credentials are ready – as a first step, of course!

    Working as a Nurse in Germany sounds great as you can expect a well-deserved salary, good working conditions, and a chance to live in the middle of Europe.

    Things to know before working as a Nurse in Germany.

    If you prefer video contents, here is a video that briefly explains all that you need to know to get started.

    If you already have relevant qualifications and you are looking to work in Germany, you need to look at your nationality as it plays a significant role in your chances to work as a Nurse. Generally, all European citizens have it very easily, but others will need to put effort to get a job and come to Germany.

    • For most European countries, your degree will be recognized in Germany and if you’re entitled to reside there, most of the healthcare institutions and agencies will happily employ you.

    • Citizens of Bosnia, Serbia, Tunisia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are lucky nurses who are eligible for the government-sponsored TripleWin recruitment program for foreign nurses. The government will support you to get a nursing job in Germany, apply, and receive your residence permit. Nurses from Vietnam are required to have at least 3 years of experience before applying for the program.

    • Citizens of countries from the WHO Human Resources for Health Crisis lists– such as Bangladesh, Gambia, and many more on this list, because of the serious shortage of health workers, need their country more. For this reason, nationals of these counties won’t be supported by the German government, and also commercial recruitment agencies can not legally assist them in getting employed in Germany. However, there is still a chance, citizens of these countries just have to go through all the procedures on their own.

    • Citizens of Non-EU/EEA countries: If you don’t fall into the previous category, as a qualified nurse you have the opportunity in Germany. These nationals can use the professional services of recruitment agencies, which will help in finding a job, documents, and other important steps.

    • The next thing you should take into consideration before working as a Nurse in Germany is your German language skill. Germany needs you to speak German because you cannot work using English, especially in the health sector. You need to understand your patients, colleagues, and communicate with them, hopefully perfectly, in the local language. Also, you must understand some medical terms in German because it concerns human health; that is why you should have at least a level B2 of the German language.

    • The next thing you want to do is apply for your degree recognition. If you are from an EU/EEA country and completed your nursing education in one of the European/EEA counties, your degree will be easily recognized in Germany and you can start working straight away. For nurses with Non-EU certificates, you need to get your qualification recognized, but it will be more difficult and time-consuming. The entire process can take up to 12 months, but usually, you can work as a nursing assistant during this time. To be recognized as a nurse in Germany you will need to wait for authorities to verify your certificate and that all criteria are met, as well as pass a special nursing exam. However, your certificates have to be recognized before you can apply for a job. Only after receiving recognition, you will be granted a visa for working as a qualified nurse. Check their official website for all information about recognition in Germany.

    • The next thing you should know about is salary. Averagely, nurses in Germany earn 33,000 EUR annually and between 2,800 EUR and 2,900 EUR gross monthly. The salary also depends on the region, experience, qualifications, working time (night shifts are paid better). After the taxes have been deducted, you can expect between 1,580 EUR to 1,800 EUR monthly.


    • Learn German!

    • Translate all your credentials and certificates into German, as most of the organizations will need your certificates in German, otherwise, they won’t be accepted

    • Apply for as many job offerings as you can. Look for jobs on websites like Monster, Medijobs, Stellenanzeige, Make it in Germany, Stepstone and Kimeta. Send your application with all the required documents attached and wait for answers.

    • Attend interviews: If the company showed its interest and invited you to the interview be prepared to show up in person in Germany. This means you will need to fly there because not every hospital would agree on a video interview.

    • Sign up for a working contract and fly back home.

    • Apply for recognition of your nursing qualification: File for recognition of your degree at the German authority in charge in the state you’re going to work (ask your employer).

    • Apply for a working visa: After your qualifications are recognized by Germany you can apply for a working visa in your home country.

    Get your visa, move to Germany and start your nursing career!

    Are you a nurse and would like to work in Germany? Let me know your thoughts on this.

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  • Working as a Nurse in Germany

    Wasana updated 2 years, 10 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
  • Wasana

    July 18, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for the nice content @Dorcas .

    I was wondering, how about the cost implication? How much should an applicant keep in mind as the potential costs for the whole process?

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