A handbook on Standard Operating Procedures for Nurses at the secondary and tertiary healthcare levels was presented on Monday, 12 October 2020, at the University Clinical Center of the Republika Srpska. The handbook developed within the Strengthening Nursing in BiH project supported by the Swiss Government will help standardize a range of nursing services necessary for the provision of high-quality and safe nursing care.

The nursing profession, as one of the fundamental pillars of the healthcare system, requires continuous investment and dedicated work. The introduction of new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, emerging technologies and the growing expectations of patients impose the need for constant training and nurse practice standardization.

This is exactly the purpose of the Standard Operating Procedures for Nurses at the Secondary and Tertiary Healthcare Levels Handbook, the first of a kind in the Republika Srpska. It outlines in steps 56 standard operating procedures most often performed by nurses in hospitals. In addition to its practical value in everyday work, the handbook has the educational purpose too. A total of 350 copies were distributed to all hospitals across the Republika Srpska.

On this occasion Alen Seranic, Minister of Health and Social Welfare of the Republika Srpska said that the Handbook on Standard Operating Procedures for Nurses for the secondary and tertiary healthcare levels is an exceptionally important document that will help standardize healthcare services in the entire healthcare system. This handbook will enable all nurses in this area of work to apply the same practice regardless of whether the services are provided at the University Clinical Center (UCC) of the Republika Srpska or at any other hospital in the Republika Srpska. The Minister added that this handbook is not important only for nurses working in practice but is exceptionally important for students at the secondary nursing schools or faculties in the Republika Srpska. As a result, they will have the opportunity to get acquainted with all these procedures and practices during their schooling. This is an additional step in establishing high-quality healthcare in the Republika Srpska as our long-term goal, but also a short-term goal as we are working to improve healthcare on a daily basis.

On this occasion Vlado Djajic, Director General of the UCC, stated that the healthcare system of the Republika Srpska is moving forward despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This Handbook outlines all most important procedures applied in healthcare institutions of the Republika Srpska. He also stated that this handbook shows that world trends are being followed. Its importance is huge especially in training junior nurse staff valuable for the provision of the high quality healthcare in the Republika Srpska.

Sladjana Vranjes, a working group member and the Assistant General Manager for Healthcare and Nursing at the University Clinical Center of the Republika Srpska pointed out that working on the handbook was long and hard. It is a result of the health professionals’ team work aiming to raise the nursing profession to a higher level. The handbook should be learning material that
will help both inexperienced and experienced colleagues.

Ines Katic, ProSes Project Manager pointed out that the project Has been supporting relevant partners in the Republika Srpska, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Brcko District for the last eight years. She added that this handbook is only one of the results of the project that also include standard operating procedures for healthcare levels. More precisely, what follow now is the development of standard operating procedures at the primary healthcare level in the Republika Srpska.

Additional information

The news about the Standard Operating Procedures at the secondary and tertiary healthcare levels published on the facebook page of the Vlade Republike Srpske 
The news about the Standard Operating Procedures at the secondary and tertiary healthcare levels published on the web page of the Radio televizija Republike Srpske
The news about the Standard Operating Procedures at the secondary and tertiary healthcare levels published on the web page of the Alternativne televizije

Handbook is available in eBook format (only BHS)
Handbook is available in PDF format (only BHS)