More and more nurses leaving Slovenia

More and more Slovenian nurses are going in foreign countries because they can earn there for over thousand EUR more. Data reveals that every week competent chamber grants at least four licenses for those nurses who want to work in foreign countries.

Majority goes to Italy and Germany, attractive destinations are also Great Britain and Australia. In Slovenia is expected that there will be a greater drain of nurses due to bad working conditions and bad payment, and also attractive job offers in foreign countries. Some years ago flow of nurses from poorer EU members was expected, but it looks like that Slovenia is not an attractive option for them.

Again Slovenia is not only country in this situation. According to writing of European newspapers, this problems arise also in other EU countries, like United Kingdom for instance.


10 thoughts on “More and more nurses leaving Slovenia

  1. One of my wishes in the past was to become a nurse. After going to some presentations, talking to nurses employed in Slovenia and searching for other information I changed my mind. First, in Slovenia there are no competitive program to study in this direction. For example other European countries can offer a lot more and this is also one of the reasons that potential nurses are leaving Slovenia before getting a job. After they finish their study they often stay abroad to work there.
    Also conditions for work are really bad, often nurses have to work 24 hours without break and their work is not appreciated.

  2. It is similar in Slovakia and also Czech Republic where the qualified nurses and doctors are leaving their home countries and go to work abroad. Czech and Slovak nurses work primarily in Germany and Austria, but also in Britain and Slovak nurses are still interested in working in Czech Republic. The most important reasons are better working conditions including shorter working hours and of course higher wages are also behind the departure of Slovak nurses. When there is a language barrier, many nurses working abroad serve as low-level health personnel, often providing care for the elderly and in families. But i think we are witnessing dramatic migration in the health sector all over the world: nurses and doctors from Germany, France and England are going to the United States and the Czechs, Slovaks and Poles are taking their places; and they in turn are replaced by Bulgarians, Romanians and Ukrainians…

  3. We all agree that migration in »nursing sector« is in progress. But there is one thing in particular interesting. That is the final recipient country. If nurses are moving from Germany to Australia and German jobs are taken by Slovenian nurses, and Slovenian jobs are taken by Slovakian or Bulgarian nurses, and so on. The question is what is happening in final recipient, in my example Australia. You can read on this web page that salaries and bonuses offered to nurses are record high, but still people do not decide to work in this sector. Link:

  4. If you would give one person opportunity to choose between going to work abroad or stay and work home I think in majority of cases people would decide to stay in their country. So conditions for this people have to be really if they force them to move in such a big number.

  5. This problem in my country is not only about nurses but also about doctors. And the leaving of medical staff is really obvious. As I am from a family full of doctors I see the problem really often. The first reason is a really low evaluation. The people study all their life and as a thank they get almost the lowest wages. Also the working environment could be much better, but the government do not pay that much attention. There was one case when the Slovak president got really sick. Instead of being treated in Slovakia he went to Austria to get the health treatment. If a Slovak president does this what picture it brings to the Slovak doctors and medics?
    So I think as this happened, the government could start to pay bigger attention to what happens in the Slovak health department. But this would need changes in the financing as well as in the governmental structure.

  6. The situation in a healthcare sector in Finland is actual indeed. After a wide strike of nurses, when Nearly 13,000 nurses across Finland threatened to quit their jobs because of low working conditions and low salary level, Finland opens its door to Filipino healthcare professionals such as nurses, practical nurses and caregivers. Not willing to rise salaries in healthcare sector, claiming on rapid ageing of population, Finish government plans to hire an initial batch of 100 nurses from the Philippines next year. The Helsingin Sanomat newspaper reported that the starting salary for a nurse in Finland is 1,600 euros or P105,072 per month, which is low in comparison to othe sectors.

  7. It is very interesting that professionals who are supposed to take care of us, like nurses and doctors are not well paid in some (also mine) countries and they have to leave. They know how important their profession is and can find new places anywhere. Why are other jobs so well paid? Slovak helthcare is in very bad situation. My mum is a nurse and she does not get a good salary at all, sometimes it is even one month late! It is unbelievable situation. We have many doctors from Ukraine and some Arabic countries but nurses keep leaving Slovakia and they rather work as caregivers of old people in Austria or Germany. Erika Blazejova

  8. Terrible situation. The Slovakia government should do something about this ASAP…I totally agree that people what take care of the population should get paid better! The bright side is atleast that they help other in other countries…To be a nurse is always something that is needed in todays society all around the world. 🙂

  9. i can understand the present condition in slovakia,slovania,chezhrepublic..but i would like to work in these countries..plz help me to find job in this countries…contact me in this email address……


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