The education system of the Republic of Slovenia is organised as a public service rendered by public and private institutions that provide officially recognized or accredited programmes.
By law, public schools are secular and the school space is autonomous.
The state acts as founder of public:
• upper secondary schools
• short cycle higher education colleges
• higher education institutions
• educational institutions for SEN children
• residence halls for students, as well as
• supporting professional institutes in education.
As specified by the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia (en), there is a guarantee of freedom of choice in education and autonomy of higher education institutions.
European collaboration and the Bologna Process have influenced changes in nursing education
The study programme Nursing is in compliance with the Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications 2005/36/ES and 2013/55/EU, as well as with the guidelines of the Bologna Declaration. Both systems provide a solid framework for the study programme Nursing, which maintains a fixed ratio between theory and practice and between natural science, social science and specific nursing care courses. Graduates who will begin implementing nursing care without internship are sufficiently qualified to competently carry out the profession of a registered nurse and, in addition, have developed the following principal abilities:
• ability to APPLY general truths, rules and abstract concepts to specific situations within the nursing care process,
• ability to ANALYSE, enabling them to become familiar with the connections and interaction of various factors in a specific situation,
• ability to SYNTHESISE, enabling them to connect different elements into a whole,
• ability to EVALUATE, enabling them to make the right judgments, based on comparisons and records.
A student connects the theoretical contents from natural sciences, social sciences and nursing care with the clinical training in working environments, which is enabled by case-based and practice-based learning. The study programme is adapted to the needs brought on by the demographic changes of a developed society. The share of practical training, as specified by directives, replaces the cancelled internship. With elective courses, students gain additional knowledge and become qualified to carry out highly diverse tasks in nursing care.
An operating room nurse (O.R. nurse) is a registered nurse (RN). O.R. nurses provide patient care during the pre-, intra- and postoperative stages. They must be able to follow directions and take constructive criticism in a fast-paced and challenging environment while maintaining a sterile and safe work area.
In Slovenia it is not organized post degree programs in operating room nursing. For new employee is in University Medical Centre Ljubljana organized internal - on the work education. It is a first year to complete and require skills.
Perioperative new employee nurse receives individual programme, lecture, clinical supervisor and instruction in pre-, intra- and postoperative care. They learn about various aspects of operating room procedures, including disinfectant and sterilization, operating room safety, surgical tools, patient communication and skin preparation. Clinical experience provides new employee with first-hand knowledge of general and specialty surgeries. Courses and clinics prepare operating room nurses to work with multiple surgical team members.
After one year of perioperative nursing experience, professionals are eligible to take the practical and theoretical exam to become certified operating room nurses (in a hospital level).
Perioperative patient care presents a demand for registered nurses with competence, skills, and experience. Without a well-grounded educational program, the novice perioperative nurse is often overwhelmed at the learning demands of the perioperative practice setting. Settings in which invasive and other operative procedures are carried out present a variety of challenges in orienting the novice nurse. There must be educational resources, coaching and support for novices who have limited real-world operating room experience, and work environments that encourage and foster professional development and a learning culture. An orientation program that focuses on the tenets of learning rather than seeing and doing without understanding holds the most promise for both recruitment and retention of perioperative nurses.