Waan idin salaamay dhamaan,
After that, I'm new to this site and so far so good. I like the structure of it.
I live in Oslo, Norway and I had the opportunity of studying Nursing in Norway. I graduated in the summer of 2006 and have been working since then.
The education system:
One can study Nursing in Oslo University College in three years full time or 4 years as parttime. I chose the first one, then U get the title Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. U can choose if U want to work straight away, or go ahead and study some more. If U choose to study straight away, then U can choose the first master program as it doesn't require work experience.
Two master programs:
Master Programme in Clinical Nursing Science, fulltime 2 year programme/ parttime 4 year programme, 120 ECTS. Language of instruction is Norwegian and the requirements are good grades only.
Master Programme in Mental Health Work (parttime, 4 years) 120 ECTS. Language of instruction is Norwegian and the requirements are good grades and work experience related to mental health, minimum of 2 years after graduation.
U can also choose from varieties of advanced programs. But they also require work experience, minimum of 2 years.
• Advanced Mental Health Nursing 60 ECTS credits
• Advanced Cancer Nursing 60 ECTS credits
• Advanced Operation Room Nursing 90 ECTS credits
• Advanced Paediatric Nursing 90 ECTS credits
• Advanced Intensive Care 90 ECTS credits
• Advanced Anaesthetics 90 ECTS credits
My experience as a student:
When I started, there were as many as seven Somali women, including me and one Somali man. Two of the women were studying in parttime. All of the women graduated and, unfortunately, the man dropped out already in the first semester (what ever his reasons were). I hear now, there are many Somalians studying, but I don't have the exact number of them. The school fee was only about 100 $ per semester. Schools in Norway are free, but you have to buy the books your self (even though one can get some contribution depending on your otherwise income). Some of the pensum is in English and there are requirements on using English written articles in your school work, so definitely an advantage to have, but then again all higher education require this, I presume. There were placements while studying, in hospitals or such. The aim is to experience how it's like to work as a nurse in the future.
It's not that difficult to find a work as a nurse. Even though I applied as many as 6-jobs and were interviewed for to of them. I finely got a job after two months of graduation. The only thing I don't like about my work is working in shift. Day, evening, nights and weekends (every third weekend). It's not easy finding nursing job where U can work only daytime. That's why I now applied to study one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education. The requirements are Nursing degree and minimun 2 years of work experience. I'll the become a teacher for vocational courses in the upper secondary school. The study programme can also qualify for teaching in primary schools and lower secondary schools, university colleges, adult education and other training functions in working life. My plan is to compine working as a nurse in partime and teaching in partime.
I'll insha Allah, inform you (my fellow Somalians) how the plan goes. Until then, I hope I have been of some assistant to those of you that needs the informations above. If U need more information, I'll be happy to provide to the best of my knowledge.