Assistant Professor Sanela Pivač, PhD, appointed Dean of the Angela Boškin Faculty of Health Care

JESENICE, 31 May 2021 - On 1 June 2021, Assistant Professor Sanela Pivač, PhD, will assume the leadership of the Angela Boškin Faculty of Health Care (ABFHC). She has been acting Dean until now and was elected for a four-year term as Dean in the elections held on 19 May. Assistant Professor Sanela Pivač, PhD, is a lecturer in several courses at the first and second Bologna cycle study programs and a member of the Strategic Council for Nursing and Midwifery and the Health Council at the Ministry of Health. This year, she also received the Gold Medal of the Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia awarded for significant achievements in the field of nursing and midwifery. In her program, she highlighted the efforts to further develop the Faculty and strengthen its recognition both domestically and internationally.

“This academic year has been a challenging one for both higher education teachers and students, who have had to adapt quickly to the changed situation in various ways, including by adopting distance learning. The challenge is particularly great for medical faculties such as ABFHC, where clinical training in clinical learning centres is an important part of the educational process. At the same time, the current crisis has further underscored the paramount importance of the professions we train for to ensure the health and well-being of all citizens and for society as a whole,” said Assistant Professor  Sanela Pivač, PhD. “Despite the challenging situation, our ambitious development plans have not stalled. We have successfully updated our Master's degree study program in Nursing Care to reflect the latest international guidelines. With three new specializations, this program also responds to the staffing needs in family medicine and mental health clinics. We are very pleased that we will be able to welcome the first students of Advanced Nursing Care Master's degree study program in in the coming academic year.”

In the programme she presented at the time of her candidacy for the position of Dean, she emphasized continued development of the Faculty and its study programs across all three Bologna levels, the efforts made to strengthen the Faculty's recognition and reputation in the national and international environment, as well as the importance of close integration of the clinical and the academic environments.

Assistant Professor Sanela Pivač began her career at the Jesenice General Hospital as a registered nurse and continued her career as a university lecturer at the ABFHC. She completed her postgraduate specialist studies (General Management) and a Master's study program in nursing care and holds a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. As an Assistant Professor at the ABFHC, she participates in the delivery of subjects that make up the study programs of first cycle Nursing Care (HE) and Physiotherapy (HE) study programs. She also works on the Mentorship in clinical settings specialization and on the second cycle Nursing Care study program (Master's degree/2y).

She actively participates in national and international research and development projects and associations. She is a member of the Working Group on Clinical Training in Nursing, Midwifery, Pharmacy, Medicine and Dentistry study programs at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.

About the Angela Boškin Faculty of Health Care  
The Angela Boškin Faculty of Health Care (ABFHC) is a young, modern and ambitious institution offering quality higher education in the field of nursing and health care. Our beginnings reach back to 2007 and in a few years we have managed to become a top educational institution in Slovenia with our advanced pedagogical approaches, broad international cooperation and by placing exceptional emphasis on research and development.  We are the first health care faculty in Slovenia to receive international accreditation for nursing care studies for first and second Bologna cycle degrees. In 2016, ABFHC accredited the Doctoral Program in Health Sciences (3rd Bologna cycle), and in the 2018/2019 academic year, it also admitted the first generation of students to the higher education programme in Physiotherapy (1st Bologna degree). Find out more at www.fzab.si.