Applying as a nurse in Norway,anyone else? - page 2
Hi, was just wondering if anyone else here is applying as a nurse in Norway?? I am leaving on sept 8 and want to get in touch with other nurses who is planning/hoping to work in Norway.. Please... Read More
1Aug 28, '10 by NorwegianNurseQuote from zeejayWe have two different types of nurses in Norway. Through high school (two years in school, two years as an apprentice), you can be a what we call a help nurse. To work as a nurse, you need a bachelor in nursing. There are a few jobs as help nurses in hospitals, but it's mostly nurses who work at hospital now. But in nursing homes, they need both a lot of help nurses and nurses. In more rural places (and in the north), they need a lot of nurses too, and some work places you get a lot of perks.hi, acn u pm me om how to apply as a staff nurse in norway? does it need working experience? i have lots of questions, does it have any agency to assist my queries? thanks..
If you are from a country outside the EU, you need to fill in an application form to get the authorization and licence to work as a nurse/help nurse. If you want to work as a nurse, you need higher education and they have to compare your education with the Norwegian education.
The agency is called The State's Office of Authorization for Health Personnel (SAFH).
2Aug 29, '10 by NorwegianNurseQuote from NurseCubanitaRN2bWe have two official Norwegian languages, but they're very similar, so you need only one of them (bokmål) to understand the other one (nynorsk). All Norwegians learn English in school, and some of us learn German, French and Spanish too. Most Norwegians speak and understand some English, so if you speak English, it's easier to live here.Are there any schools there in Norway who offer Norweigan courses for those who don't speak the language. What other languages must others speak besides Norwegian?
There are a lot of courses to learn Norwegian all over Norway.
0Aug 29, '10 by auspicious_princessHello everyone!
Glad i found out about this forum/thread. I am an RN and planning to apply for an authorisation as nurse in norway because I read that before they allow and give you a license you must first have your credentials verified by NOKUT and get a norwegian language course as well.
How much [usually] is the cost for enrolling in a Norwegian language course? price range? someone told me that some schools offer it for free and others require payment. anyone could help me with this? will appreciate it much.
2Sep 1, '10 by joecalifaHi I just found out some info about registration.
Conditions of authorisation and licence
For general nurses there are two normal situations in respect of application for licence or authorisation:
1. Authorisation: Authorisation is granted to applicants who have successfully completed their nurses' training. The conditions for authorisation can be found under Norwegian Health Personell Act Section 48.
2. Licence: a licence represents permission to work as a general nurse, but under certain conditions. The validity of a licence can be restricted in terms of duration, locality, specific tasks, etc. and can only be granted after a concrete assessment of whether the licencee is deemed capable of practising her/his profession responsibly. A licence may after a specific assessment be granted to general nurses with qualifications granted outside the EEA (see below) and to specialist nurses with professional education/training at college/university level, who do not have general nursing as part of their training corresponding to Norwegian basic nursing training, and who must consequently confine their professional practice to their field of specialisation. A licence may also be awarded to a general nurse who has earlier had her/his national authorisation withdrawn, but who is in process of regaining acceptability.
Applicants with education/training and possible authorisation as general nurse obtained in an EEA country
Norway has through the EEA Accords and a special Nordic Agreement (not translated into English) entered into an agreement mutually to recognise authorisation granted by other Nordic countries. In such cases, no investigation is made as to whether the qualifications are commensurable with Norwegian qualifications. Other EEA citizens are granted authorisation if the applicant can present the diploma or other documentary evidence as mentioned in Council Directive 77/452/EEC and 77/453/EEC (with subsequent amendments). The Regulations have been incorporated in a special EEA Regulation of 21 December 2000.
Applicants with other foreign nursing qualifications
For applicants with nursing qualifications from countries outside the EEA, authorisation pursuant to either of two regulations (Health Personnel Act, section 48, subsection 3a or 3c) can be granted. In the first, the conditions of authorisation are that the applicant's education/ training is acknowledged as commensurate with the corresponding Norwegian qualification (Health Personnel Act, section 48, subsection 3a). It is a condition that the applicant's education/training was at college/university level. The assessment is based on a comparison of the applicant's documented education/training with the curriculum for Norwegian general nurses' training. Depending on the nature and extent of possible deviation from, or inadequacy in relation to, Norwegian general nurses' training, the applicant may be required to undergo supplementary training in Norway to compensate for deficiencies so that the training, seen as a whole, can be acknowledged as of equal quality. Which courses/practice may have to be undergone will appear from rulings by the Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel (SAFH).
Should the applicant have undergone relevant further training and/or professional nursing experience, the application may (as alternative to section 48, subsection 3a) be assessed in relation to the regulation concerning requisite skills (Health Personnel Act, section 48, subsection3c). Here the condition is that the documented basic training, further and advanced training and professional experience, cumulatively equip the applicant with the necessary nursing skills. It is therefore important in all cases to submit documentation of advanced training and professional experience (see Guidelines to application form).
In some cases, external consultants advise SAFH on what ruling to make. An adviser does not make the final decision, but provides professional counsel which may influence SAFH in its handling of the case. Only when the foreign professional qualification has been evaluated will the decision be made as to whether authorisation or licence should be granted.
SAFH draws applicants' attention to the requirement that all nurses educated/trained outside the EEA must take a course in Norwegian national subjects (National Insurance Regulations, etc.) in order to be granted authorisation as general nurses in Norway.
Should the applicant be eligible for authorisation when Norwegian national courses and possible other training have been completed, SAFH can grant a nursing licence (Health Personnel Act, section 49). The licence may contain certain restrictions following an individual evaluation in each case. The licence will be of sufficient duration to make it possible for the candidate to make good what had been lacking before the licence expires. When training courses have been undergone and requirements in terms of practice (if any) have been met, authorisation may be applied for once more.
SAFH does not require applicants to be conversant with the Norwegian language in order to have an application for authorisation or licence processed. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure that health personnel have sufficient command of Norwegian to be able to perform their professional duties satisfactorily.
SAFH does not require that residence- and work permits are in order before processing applications for authorisation or licence. It is the responsibility of the applicant to see to this her-/himself by contacting a Norwegian embassy, consulate or other official representative. Information is to be found on the Directorate of Immigration (UDI)'s website, see under Immigration/ Specialists.
ApplicationApplications on formal application form are submitted to SAFH.
I hope that this can help a bit, good luck.
0Nov 9, '10 by flymeherethereQuote from auspicious_princessthanks for the info joecalifa!
i just recently sent my credentials, as well as the documents required by SAFH. hope all of it would suffice and hopefully evaluated appropriately for me to be able to get an authorisation. cheers!
following your footsteps, princess..