Lack of nurses in Norway

NAV,NAV logo. Photo Norway Today Media

According to NAV’s corporate survey, nursing is the profession with the greatest deficit of workers in Norway

The business survey from the NPD charts the demand for and the lack of workers, both in counties and businesses.

There it appears that Norwegian companies are short of a total of 33,800 people. This is an increase of more than 20 percent compared to last year.

The biggest shortage is in health and social services, followed by construction. Nurses stand out as the single most sought after competency.

– This is serious for the patients, and the Government must react. Both current and future patients need an increase in nursing, Leader of the Norwegian Nursing Association, according to Eli Gunhild By.

According to NAV, there is a shortage of 3,600 nurses, an increase from 2015, when the deficit was 2,350 nurses.

– To me this proves that the politicians are doing little and are unable to stop the growing lack of nurses. We need to ensure that there is sufficient pay and working conditions with good academic environments and more professional positions for the nurses, she says.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today


1 Comment on "Lack of nurses in Norway"

  1. There are lots of competitive and skilled foreigner nurses here in Norway, but they’re being hindered in getting the said title of being a “sykepleier” due to changing of rules and regulation for applying a license. If the reason is the language, we can adopt and learn the language there’s no problem with that. But giving the assessment that we need to study for 3 years again, it’s unfair. I work in a Helsehus and I observed that there are alot of unskilled nurses who can’t even hit a vein when inserting an IVF which is a basic skill. Is this the type of nurse that you want just to fill the gap? Why don’t have a fair assessment for foreigners and let them fill those gap in health sector.

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