The Norwegian government will offer more internships for health and social science students this year
The Norwegian government will partner with municipal sector organizations to encourage more municipalities to offer internships for health and social science students.
In a statement issued on September 9, the government highlighted that the lack of practices is an obstacle to training more health personnel, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“The agreement means that the municipal sector organization KS, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Care Services will be driving forces in bringing about greater and better cooperation between universities, colleges and municipalities”, read the statement.
As the government explains, such a move will not only benefit health and social science students, but also citizens who use municipal health services.
“The lack of internships is a bottleneck, and we hope that the agreement with municipal sector organizations will mean that we will have more in the municipalities”, The Minister of Research and Higher Education, Ola Borten Moe, emphasized in this regard.
Data shows that approximately 20% of all municipalities today do not have student interns from health and social studies programs.
According to Statistics Norway, in 2023, Norway could have a deficit of 20,000 nurses.
Thus, to deal with this situation, the government this year created 300 new study places for nursing courses and specializations and simultaneously requested universities and colleges to train within their framework another 200 nursing students. .
The 200 places are divided between institutions such as OsloMet and Høgskulen på Vestlandet, with 30 places each; the University of Agder, the University of Stavanger and the University of Southeast Norway with 20 individual places.
The government also added that to achieve increases in reception capacity, more practices are needed, especially in municipalities.
According to the government, more and more health services are provided by municipalities, and it is important that, through education, students gain experience and skills to work in them.
At the beginning of this year, the government allocated an additional NOK 50 million to public and private universities and colleges to contribute to more internships in municipalities. Thus, the money will be used to cover travel and accommodation costs as well as for health and social sciences students who do an off-campus internship.
Commenting on the agreement, Minister of Health and Care, Ingvild Kjerkol, said that many professionals with the right skills are needed in the common health service, and for this reason it is essential to increase the quality and the capacity of practices in municipalities. .
He also added that the agreement between this cooperation responds to the challenges and is an example of the effective measures that will be taken to face the challenges of the personnel in the years to come.