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Nursing in Lithuania

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If you wish to become a nurse in Lithuania you will be required to complete the required training and obtain the necessary qualifications before you can become a registered nurse. The process is relatively straightforward however obtaining specific qualifications is fundamental. In addition, you may be required to speak a number of languages, including Lithuanian and English.

In order to become a registered nurse you will need to pass the Aukstojo Mokslo diploma. Depending on the exact qualifications obtained, nurses and midwives are able to work in a range of health related settings and departments.

Once you have successfully obtained the necessary nursing or midwifery qualifications you will be required to apply to the Sveikatos Apsaugos Ministerija (Ministry of Health) for registration. Prior to beginning the registration process, it is fundamental that you meet the ministry’s requirements of good health and character.

Once every three years you will need to renew your registration, and on each occasion it is necessary to prove that you have practiced 450 hours of practice within a three year period, and that you have undertaken 35 hours of learning activity relevant to your area of expertise.

There are a number of ways in which nurses can register:

  • Under the Automatic Recognition of adult nurses

In order to register under this route you must be a holder of one of the required qualifications. This qualification must have been obtained after May 2004.

  • Under Acquired Rights for adult nurses

To be eligible for registration under this route you will need to present a certificate from a competent superior authority, confirming you have been engaged in nursing practice for at least three consecutive years within the last five years.

  • Under the General System

If you do not meet either of the above registration options you will need to supply additional information under the General System route. A transcript of your training will be required, which must demonstrate a full record of the entire theory and practice hours completed during your training.  

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