Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland is the leading hospital in Iceland and the largest workplace for employees in health care. It is funded by the Ministry of Welfare, supervised by the Directorate of Health and provides specialised and general care and has the capacity of approx. 700 beds.
The main role of Landspitali is threefold; service to patients, teaching and training of clinical staff and scientific research. The hospital offers diverse clinical services in outpatient clinics, day patient units, inpatient wards, critical care units, clinical laboratories and other divisions.
Its purpose is to supply health service of the highest quality, be competitive in world wide respective and it emphasizes on compassion, progress, safety and professionalism.
The two main areas are at Hringbraut and at Fossvogur.
The Hringbraut area consists of a large number of buildings which includes the psychiatric, children and women buildings as well as the library/Faculty of Nursing, kitchen, laboratory and office buildings.
Landspítali Hringbraut - main entrance
Landspítali Fossvogi - main entrance
Applicants are preferred but not required to speak and understand Icelandic.
Foreign employees are invited to contact Human Resources, Eiriksgata 5, Hringbraut area. phone 5431330.
At the hospital there is a very acitve Employees' Association (Starfsmannafélag) that organises various events, trips in the summer, sporting and gymnastics. They also own summer houses in various places in Iceland. Their services is either free of charge or moderately charged. Events are advertised at the front page of the hospital inner website.
If you become a full member by paying additional monthly charges, you will enjoy more services, special offers and better prices for the summer houses. At the front page of the hospital inner website, events are advertised.
You find the association (in Icelandic only) at the internal website of the Human Resources. Gréta Sigurðardóttir is the contact person for information and bookings (for example trips and summer houses): email: email@example.com, phone 5431355. She is located at Eiriksgata 5, Hringbraut area,1st floor.
You will "receive" your payslip (launaseðill) into your private section of the "Oracle / Vinnustund" electronic human resource system that you can access from all hospital computers through your personal code number. It is also availble through electronic bank accounts. It is only in Icelandic but a translation and explanation how to read it has been made by the Icelandic Nurses´ Association. As it was done for nurses it focuses on issues important to their wage agreement but most aspects are shared by all employees and labour unions. It is worth it to have a look at the document; "How to read the salary statement"
Information about courses / workshops / seminars held at the hospital is in various places. A lot of it you find through the hospital Syllabus (Námskrá) that you can access through a large icon on the hospital inner website. Registration is at the same place. An approval of your manager is needed if the course is during working hours. A lot of these courses are also advertised on the front page a few days/a week before they take place ("Viðburðir"). There you will find the weekly sessions of the Nursing and the Medical Councils advertised. The sessions are in Icelandic and as such are a good forum to meet colleagues and practice your Icelandic. Regular training programmes in both clinical and support divisions that target issues specifically relevant for the respective division are usually not advertised as they are only for that unit. Guest speakers are advertised on the hospital website "Fréttir" (news).
Continuing education in English outside the hospital
We advise you to explore the English pages of the University of Iceland as well as their Institution for Continuing Education, and the websites of the University of Reykjavík, Unviversity of Akureyri and University of Bifröst. These universities run health care programms on graduate and post graduate levels where some of the courses are taught in English as well as having foreign guest speakers. The Faculty of Nursing is located on the premises of Landspitali Hringbraut area in the same building as the Landspitali library. In addition, some of the labour unions have courses so checking their websites from time to time could be a good idea.
The electronic databases (Gagnasafn) and electronic journals (rafræn tímarit) are accessible from all computers at the hospital. The library website is not in English but once you have entered the databases you are in an English speaking environment. The hospital has access to a large number of full text academic articles in electronic journals. Hard copies of some journals are also available at the library. In the list of databases you also find gateways to clinical guidelines, evidence based and best practice resources. It is also useful to search the database Hvar.is that is a database with free of charge full text material and is accessible from all computers in Iceland but the hospital databases are only accessble from the hospital.
The are courses in the use of the databases advertised at the hospital website. English speaking courses are organised on demand only: please contact the library. The staff is very helpful and will teach you how to use the library on a one/one basis. It might be a good idea to arrange a guided tour - perhaps you can collect a few colleagues and contact the library for an appointment?
The joint electronic library database (books and Icelandic journals, dissertations) for the main libraries in Iceland is Gegnir.