Licence for independent practice of nursing and midwifery
A licence is a permit for the independent practice of nursing and midwifery in the Republic of Slovenia. The licence is granted for a limited period, i.e. for seven years, and can be renewed on the basis of proof of professional competence to continue the work.
Registered nurses and registered midwives who have completed at least a three-year or 4,600-hour study programme with theoretical and practical education must hold a professional college or university degree obtained in the Republic of Slovenia.
All other graduate nurses, graduate midwives and higher vocational college nurses must have a degree from a professional college or a higher vocational college or a faculty in the Republic of Slovenia or in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia obtained before 25 June 1991, or a degree in nursing care or midwifery officially recognised in the Republic of Slovenia, or a foreign professional title recognised as equivalent to a Slovenian professional title obtained under the act governing the recognition and evaluation of education and completed professional examination.
Health professionals submit a single application for entry in the register of nursing and midwifery services and for the issuance of a licence.
A licence may be withdrawn in case a major professional error is made. The procedure for withdrawing the licence may be carried out ex officio or upon a proposal by the Chamber or a professional association for nursing or midwifery, or upon a proposal by an employer.
The licence may be withdrawn in the following cases:
- if a health professional's work is found to threaten the health or life of a patient – up to seven years;
- if a temporary safety measure, i.e. the prohibition related to the provision of nursing or midwifery services or pursuit of the profession, is imposed on the provider – for the duration of the measure imposed;
- if the provider is convicted for an intentionally committed criminal offence prosecuted ex officio with a sentence of imprisonment of six months or more – for the duration of the sentence;
- if the provider fails to obtain evidence regarding the fulfilment of conditions for obtaining or renewing the licence in a legitimate manner, or has provided false information in order to obtain or renew the licence – up to four years;
- if a major professional deficiency or error on the part of the provider resulted in permanent and serious consequences for a patient's health or their death – up to seven years;
- if the provider is convicted for an intentionally committed criminal offence prosecuted ex officio in connection with the provision of nursing or midwifery services – for the duration of the sentence.
After the expiry of the licence withdrawal period, the health professional may reapply for a licence. When re-awarding a licence, the Chamber may verify the applicant's professional competence and order him or her to take a professional competence test.
Acquisition of a permit
Health professionals have their licence renewed for a period of seven years - licence period - on the basis of proof of professional competence. Health professionals' professional competence is verified in respect of the licence period through licence points awarded for in-service training.
To get the licence renewed a health professional must have obtained at least 70 licence points in the preceding licence period. Health professionals who fail to obtain a sufficient number of points must sit a professional competence test in order to get their licence renewed.
After receipt of a complete application, and based on the assessment of the appropriateness of the programme or training and the number of licence points obtained, the Chamber informs the health professional of the number of allocated licence points and enters them in the register.
No later than six months before the expiry of the licence, the Chamber informs health professionals about the licence expiry date, the total number of licence points obtained in the current licence period, and invites them to submit any additional evidence on professional training no later than 90 days before the licence expires.
In the 30 days before the expiry date the Chamber issues ex officio a decision on licence renewal to providers that have obtained a sufficient number of licence points.
Providers who fail to obtain the required number of licence points to have their licence renewed must take the professional competence test no later than 45 days before the licence expiry date. The professional competence test consists of an oral or written examination on the health professional's theoretical knowledge and also includes a practical part.
If a provider fails to pass the test of professional competence, the Chamber informs the employer employing the health professional thereof.
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