4th International Conference My Cereer – Quo Vadis: Specialization in nursing – partnership between nursing and medicine


The conference with round table discussion took place on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Ljubljana's City Hotel, starting at 9 a.m.

The 4th international conference "Specialization in nursing—partnership between nursing and medicine" was organized by the College of Nursing Jesenice in cooperation with The Ministry of Health and the Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia.

The international conferences organized by CNJ have by now become traditional. Their special focus continues to be career development in nursing, the issues facing nurses’ training or education, and the importance of knowledge and new skills in nursing for meeting the health care needs of the population. The conclusions of the 2010 conference with special guest Secretary General of the European Federation of Nurses Associations, Mr. Paul de Raeve, represented important starting points in drafting the National strategy for nursing education in Slovenia. A joint effort of many experts from the field, the strategy was drafted with the help of the Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia and is now published online on the Association’s web pages. The previous three international conferences have yielded important conclusions for further development of activities and quality indicators for nursing education and professional development.

The topic of this year’s conference was specialization in nursing. Several experts and distinguished guests have accepted our invitation to participate at the conference, including Fiona Murphy, PhD, Swansea University, School of Human and Health Sciences, and Anneyce Knight, University of Greenwich, School of Health and Social Care. We published the Proceedings of Lectures that contain 17 papers.

Conference goals were

  • defining specialization types and special nursing skills;
  • defining specialization as a form of official post-graduate education, with the aim of developing theoretical and practical programs;
  • becoming familiar with the experience of other EU members in terms of developing specialization and special nursing skills;
  • defining the needs for nursing specialization and special nursing skills in Slovenian health care institutions and the society at large;
  • establishing how nursing specialization and special nursing skills can contribute to the availability and quality of health care services, and to the financial sustainability of the health care system;
  • establishing the role of health care managers, national associations, health care funding providers, and politicians in developing nursing specialization and special nursing skills in Slovenia;
  • defining key activities for further development of nursing specialization and special nursing skills in Slovenia.

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