Foreign Nurses should begin from the bottom...

I suppose I have to change the outdated posts I did for foreign nurses hoping to work here in Norway, as there will be changes in the process of application starting this year. A lot of nurses, especially Filipinos, are reacting negatively to this unreasonable change.

There are two ways for a nurse with education from countries outside the EU / EEA seeking authorization in Norway: Either start again on the Bachelor's degree program and get an exemption for certain subjects, or to take the qualification route, which may contain the nasjonal fag, medication management, language, practice and some theoretical topics.

From January Høgskole i Oslo og Akershus or HiOA (College of Oslo and Akershus) is starting a new study entitled "Professional and Scientific basis" of 33 credits, which is a collection of all subjects. Previously subjects been spread over several years in nursing education, but they are now being compressed as a course to make it easier for foreign nurses to qualify.

Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel (SAK) recently said that it is too early to say whether the creation of the new study on HiOA will lead to nurses with education from countries outside the EU / EEA will save them from starting from scratch.

Currently, the health care ministry is out for consultation a proposal for a new licensing system for healthcare professionals who are trained outside the EU / EEA. One of the points in the proposal is that a decision by SAK shall be valid for at least three years, to give a more predictable system. It is also proposed that language examination, examinations, courses in national subjects and medication management should also be taken.

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