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WORKING ABROAD / DEC. 27, 2012
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Nursing in Italy

The public healthcare system in Italy is regarded as one of the best in Europe. Its universal healthcare system, the National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale), is a tax-funded system that was implemented in 1978 and modeled on the British system.

Due to a shortage of nurses in the country, the government has recently implemented a number of measures to encourage a greater number of people to take up nursing in the country. In 2005, Italy spent 8.9% of its GDP on healthcare, in an attempt to further improve the system.   

Becoming a nurse in Italy

In order to become a nurse in Italy it is essential that you have fluency in the Italian language.

One of the most important factors in becoming a nurse in Italy is acquiring the necessary qualifications. There are various grades of nurses, and in order to become a particular type of nurse, you must first pass the necessary examinations, which are known to be very competitive.

Applicants for admission to nursing courses must be at least 18 years of age. Entry is only permitted upon successfully passing the school-leaving exam. Applicants must also have good physical and mental health, and pass a multiple choice entry exam.

Basic training takes place in universities and last for a period of three years. Nurses who wish to complete a post-basic nurse education can also do so in one of the country’s many universities.

Finding employment

Once you have acquired your nursing qualification you will need to obtain a nursing license. Without a license, you will not be able to operate as a nurse in the country. From here, you can begin the process of finding employment as a nurse within one of Italy’s many hospitals.

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