Nurse responsible for general care

The nurse contributes to the objectives of public health in health and social services. Nursing specific subject area includes the care and treatment of patients and citizens with the goal to cope with living with illness or threatening disease. The nurse collaborates with other health professionals share responsibility in relation to health promotion, health maintenance, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and relief. The nurse performs, communicates, manages and develops nursing independently and as a member of multidisciplinary teams. The nurse's work is aimed at people of all age groups whose health is threatened, and at patients with acute and chronic somatic and mental illness. The nurse focuses on both the patient's basic needs and the special needs that arise during illness or when health is threatened.

If you wish to work as a nurse responsible for general care in Denmark, you must have an authorization issued by the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

How to apply?

If you wish to work on a temporary and occasional basis, you may apply to be registered as a service provider.

Your application will be processed according to two different procedures depending on whether you want to work on a temporary and occasional basis or whether you wish to establish yourself in Denmark and work on a permanent basis.

Temporary or occasional pursuit

If you wish to be registered for a period of 12 months as a service provider to be able to work as a nurse responsible for general care on a temporary and occasional basis, you must apply for registration by sending the following documentary evidence in the form of certified true copies to the Danish Patient Safety Authority (an electronic form is being developed but is currently not available):

  • certified true copy of passport.
  • certified true copy of evidence of professional qualifications (diploma) in the original  language
  • documentation of employment conditions, including duration, frequency, periodicity and continuity, if any
  • certificate of current professional status/ good standing sent directly from the health authorities of the member state where you are legally established as a nurse responsible for general care.

In carrying out the service, you must use the professional title that you use in your home member state where you are established.

There is no fee for registration as a service provider.

Establishing a business

You can apply for Danish authorization, as a nurse responsible for general care here.

When you have filled in the application form and sent it electronically, you will receive information about registration fee and a link to a payment site where you can use the following payment cards: Dankort, VisaDankort, Visa, MasterCard and Eurocard.

You must also send the following documentary evidence in the form of certified true copies by ordinary post:

  1. Documentation of name, date of birth and nationality
  2. Name change certificate/marriage certificate, if any.
  3. Curriculum vitae, listing your qualifications and work experience in chronological order.
  4. EU diploma or other evidence of formal qualifications as mentioned in the annex to Directive 2005/36/EC.
  5. Translation of EU diploma or other evidence of formal qualifications, if relevant
  6. Certificate of current professional status/certificate of good standing to the effect that you are legally entitled to practice within your profession and that your license to practice is valid. The relevant health authority must send the certificate directly to the Danish Patient Safety Authority and it must be issued no more than 3 months before the Danish Patient Safety Authority receives all the documentation.
  7. A certificate of conformity issued by the competent authority confirming that the training leading to the award of your qualification meets the standards detailed in the appropriate articles of Directive 2005/36/EC. 

Requirements for non EU citizens and businesses

Other requirements for non EU citizens apply. Please contact the Danish Patient Safety Authority for information or visit the following website.

Fee

The fee for Danish authorization is DKK 313.

Fees are payable via the Danish Patient Safety Authority’s website using an electronic payment system. The following payment cards are accepted: Dankort, VisaDankort, Visa, MasterCard and Eurocard.

When can I expect an answer?

The decision on whether or not to issue an authorization will be made as soon as possible after all necessary documents have been received. Normally you can expect to get an answer from The Danish Patient Safety Authority within 3 months.

In case of rejection

If the Danish Patient Safety Authority decides to reject your application, you will receive a reasoned decision. If you disagree with the decision to refuse your application, you have the right to file a complaint.

Your complaint should be addressed to the Ministry of Health, Holbergsgade 6, 1027 Copenhagen K, sum@sum.dk. You can also send your complaint with digital post or to sum@sum.dk.

The Ministry of Health can decide on the legal basis of the decision and whether the administrative procedures have been correctly observed. However, the Ministry of Health cannot make a decision concerning the assessment of your professional qualifications on which the decision has been based.

Who to contact for questions?

If you have questions regarding your application or questions regarding the requirements please contact:

Danish Patient Safety Authority, Att: AAES

Islands Brygge 67

DK - 2300 Copenhagen S

Tel.: +45 72 28 66 00

E-mail: stps@stps.dk

Public registers and databases

If you wish  more information about the profession, the following private organization could be relevant for you:

Dansk Sygeplejeråd (The Danish Association for Nurses).

You will find all registered health professionals on the Danish Patient Safety online register.

Legal basis in Danish law

Bekendtgørelse om EU- og EØS-statsborgeres adgang til udøvelse af virksomhed som autoriseret sundhedsperson (not available in English)

Bekendtgørelse om ændring af bekendtgørelse om EU- og EØS-statsborgeres adgang til udøvelse af virksomhed som autoriseret sundhedsperson (not available in English)

Bekendtgørelse af lov om autorisation af sundhedspersoner og om sundhedsfaglig virksomhed (not available in English)

Legal basis in EU directive(s) on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications

2005/36/EC, Title III, Chapter III (Automatic system for the recognition of qualifications)