What is IPASVI Nursing College?

The Provincial Colleges are non-profit bodies regulated by public law, established and  governed by specific laws ( Legislative Decree of the provisional Head of State 233/46 and  Decree of the President of the Republic 221/50). They have their  own management and decision-making authority, they are supervised by the Ministry of Health and coordinated in its institutional activities by the National Federation IPASVI Colleges.

There are 103 IPASVI Colleges in Italy: the first ones were established in 1954 (Law no. 1049 of 29th October 1954).

The law grants Colleges an external and an internal aim. The former is the protection of the citizen/user, who has the right - sanctioned by the Constitution - to receive health care services by qualified personnel, holding a specific fitness to practise, with no pending suits against them, etc… The latter is for the licensed nurses who had enrolled in the IPASVI: the College must ensure their level of competence, exert discipline, counteract abuses, be sure that nurses comply with the Code of Ethics and professional Conduct, enforce rate regulations, encourage the cultural development of the nurses enrolled, ensure information, provide supporting services that help nurses in their practice to the best of their ability.

All the activities are financed by the registration fees, which each College establishes according to its operating costs, its activities (courses, information, journal, legal advice, etc…  ) and to the fee to pay to the Federation in order to finance the activities organised on a national basis.

The governing body of the College is the Board of Directors, which is re-elected every three years through an election among the enrolled nurses. The members of the Board vary from 5, for Colleges with less than 100 enrolled nurses, to 15 for those who have more than 1500 enrolled nurses.

Each Board internally appoints a president, a vice-president, a secretary and a treasurer. The president has the duty to represent the Provincial College, and becomes members of the National Council by right.