NURSING IN SCANDINAVIA

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Working as a Nurse in Sweden

In Sweden, you can work within municipal, county and state or private hospitals, and have responsibilities in the operation, surgery, school health etc.

It is well balanced with general nurses in the market. However, there is a shortage of specialist nurses, and the shortage will last for several years.

A professional experienced nurse can become head of department/division manager in a ward, clinic reception or a medical center. Nurses can also work with healthcare development in hospital clinics. Outside of healthcare, nurses can be in investigative work and other healthcare management in county councils. Nurses can also work with various tasks in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.

Working as a Nurse in Norway

Nurses are employed in various types of institutions in Norway. The most common are hospitals and local authority healthcare services, e.g. care homes, nursing homes, home nursing, school health services and public health centres.

Norway has four regional health authorities: South-Eastern Norway, Western Norway, Central Norway and Northern Norway, which run hospitals in their areas. On their websites, the regions publish lists of hospitals and links to information for job seekers.

In Norway, local authorities are responsible for the care of the elderly and other care services. You may read more about this on the public health portal Helsenorge.

In Norway, some professions are regulated by law and require authorisation. The Directorate for Health and Social Affairs is responsible for authorisation, which is required for doctors, psychologists, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacologists, bioengineers, auxiliary nurses, care assistants, etc.

Working as a Nurse in Denmark

Nurses working under the Danish Health Service are supported under the Danish Nurses’ Organization (DNO), a professional organisation for nurses in Denmark. Approximately 90% of Denmark’s nurses are members of the DNO, which aims to support nurses before and during their careers. The majority of the Danish health service is public.

The more experience a nurse has, the more allowances they are entitled to. All registered nurses are automatically entitled to receive a pension. A mandatory contribution of 13% must be paid monthly. A nurse’s pension package covers a range of situations, including when you retire or get sick.

Once you have been granted nursing status in Denmark, your exact working terms will be specified in your contract. In some circumstances, nurses are entitled to temporary housing, language training and vocational training programmes.

As a member of the DNO, you will be provided with access to professional societies, training and networks. In addition, you will be in a position to receive legal advice, as well as counselling on salary and employment conditions, employment injuries, claims for damages and professional advice in connection with job shift and career planning. In addition, if you wish to purchase nursing literature, insurance and the like, you will be entitled to a discount on such purchases.