Mirjam, a Nurse from the Netherlands Working in Sweden
Mirjam is a nurse from the Netherlands, specialized in pediatrics. She moved to Sweden with her husband and children and during the past six months she has been working at the Uppsala University Hospital.
Why Sweden“The main reason why we moved to Sweden is that we really love the nature here. In the Netherlands, it’s more expensive to buy a house in the middle of nature. Our life is much more relaxed here, and we have a better work-life balance. Besides being more family friendly, Sweden is also a beautiful country.”
The process with MediCarrera“I met a person from MediCarrera at a conference near Utrecht. We planned to move to Sweden anyway and I was looking for a job. It was challenging for me to find a job abroad, I didn’t know where to start. MediCarrera really helped me, and I had a very positive feeling about them. My husband already had a job, so we took care of all the other arrangements such as housing.”
The study tour“I was already familiar with the city where MediCarrera found a job for me, so it was very convenient. I went on a study tour and visited the hospital. My first impressions were very positive! The people there knew exactly what I do, what my experience was and where I worked before.”
Working conditions“The work-life balance is really good in Sweden. Family is very high on their priority list. They even tell you: “Don’t work too late because you have to go home to your family.” They never tell you that in the Netherlands. The work I do is pretty much the same as at my previous job, but teamwork is much better in Sweden. I have more time per patient because there are fewer patients per nurse. One nurse has 4 patients a day whereas in Holland you can have up to 8 patients a day. It is still busy here and there’s always something to do but the balance is better. I also think I’m very much part of the team at the hospital. My colleagues really accepted me.”
“I’ve asked my children whether they wanted to go back to the Netherlands or stay in Sweden and they immediately said they wanted to stay.”