Nurses and Midwives

Nurses and Midwives

Nursing care

Nursing care encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles.

The mission of nursing care is treatment of people, healthy or sick (patients, ill persons, wards, residents, users, clients ...), who are unique in time and space, thus being at the very top of nurses’ value system. Nurses balance the ability to experience and understand a person as a whole of physical, mental, spiritual and social being with their knowledge, experience and abilities – at the same time they incessantly adjust and change their positive attitude towards themselves, others and the environment.

Midwifery care

Midwifery care is a professional field and one of the primary forms of health care, which treats women during normal pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal period, and newborn children and infants in order to preserve or attain the best possible health; it also carries out some tasks which are the domain of gynaecology and family planning. Midwifery care is an essential part of the health system, which considers pregnancy and childbirth a natural part of human life cycle upon which depends health of families or entire communities.

The mission of midwifery care is treatment of women during pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal period, and newborn children and infants in order to preserve or attain the best possible health; it also carries out some tasks which are the domain of gynaecology and family planning. It takes into account that pregnancy and childbirth the natural part of human life cycle upon which depends health of families or entire communities. It takes into account the needs of its wards and their decisions, which based on sufficient information.

Performing nursing and Midwifery in the Republic of Slovenia

Nursing and midwifery in the Republic of Slovenia is regulated with the Health Services Law and other executive regulations (the Registration and Licensing of Nurses and Midwives Regulations).

The conditions governing the exercise of Nursing and Midwifery professions in the Republic of Slovenia

In order to independently provide nursing or midwifery services, nurses and midwives have to comply with the terms set by the law and other regulations, as well as with the specific requirements set by the Health Services Act and other legislation.

Nurses/midwives are required:

  • To have adequate professional qualifications and training; Nurses or midwives are qualified for independent practice if they have a degree from the University College of Nursing or a degree of some comparable foreign educational institution – in accordance with the regulations on the qualifications recognition procedure for nationals of member states of the European Union for practicing regulated professions or regulated professional activities in the Republic of Slovenia.
  • To be fully registered with the Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia; to have applied for registration
  • To be licensed as an independent nursing or midwifery practitioner; to have a valid licence of the Nurses and Midwifery Association of Slovenia.

Nurses or midwives are required to use the Slovenian language when practicing nursing or midwifery; when working in the bilingual areas of the Italian or the Hungarian national minority, they also have to use Italian or Hungarian.