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Ipasvi Federation and Provincial Colleges

The Federation  

The Federation of the Ipasvi Colleges (Federazione dei Collegi Ipasvi) is the body that represents Italian nurses on a national basis. 

The national Federation coordinates the Provincial Colleges and one of their main institutional duties is to keep the Registers of the professionals. 

In order to practice their profession, nurses are obliged to register. 

The elections to renew the local and national boards of directors are held every three years. 

The Provincial Colleges  

The Provincial Colleges are non-profit bodies by public law, established and regulated by specific laws (Dlcps 233/46 and Dpr 221/50).

The law grants Colleges an external and an internal aim. The first one is the protection of the citizen/client, who has the right, sanctioned by the Constitution, to receive health care services by qualifies personnel, holding a specific fitness-to-practice title, with no pending suits against them, etc. The latter aim is for the registered nurses, because the College has to ensure their level of competence, by exerting discipline, opposing abuses, being sure that nurses comply with the Deontological Code, exerting the tariff regulations, encouraging the cultural development of the registered nurses, guaranteeing information, providing supporting services that help nurses practice their profession in the most correct manner. 

In Italy there are 100 Ipasvi Colleges: the first ones were established in 1954 (Law 29th October 1954), the most recent ones to be established are those of Avellino, Caserta, Benevento, Lecco, Prato, Vibo Valentia, Biella and Crotone.

All the activities are financed by the registration fees, which each College fixes 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 organized 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 where any registered nurse belonging to that College may choose to run as a candidate. The members of the Board vary between 5, for Colleges with less than 100 registered nurses, to 15 for those who have more than 1500 registered nurses. Throughout Italy, the nurses who become board members in the Provincial Colleges are over 1500. 

Then each Board autonomously appoints a president, a vice-president, a secretary and a treasurer. The president will have the duty to represent the Provincial College and by right becomes members of the National Council.

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