Working as an Anaesthesiologist in Norway
For many years, thousands of foreign doctors have been working in Norway. Though, due to a chronical shortage, the country has been eager to attract doctors from abroad to fill vacant positions in the constantly expanding healthcare industry.
In Norway, two occupational groups have the anaesthesia education – anaesthesiologists and nurse anaesthetists. The formal educations of the two groups differ, but they overlap and complement each other in everyday work.
In Norway, anaesthesiologists are also responsible for advanced pain treatment, intensive treatment of severely ill patients, and emergency medicine. Therefore, anaesthesiologists must have broad medical knowledge and skills, since the anaesthesiologist in pre-hospital care will be the only doctor carrying out the treatment of acute, serious illnesses and injuries. Anaesthesiologists do their job mostly in hospitals, working closely with physicians from other disciplines in cross-departmental work.