In Austria nursing is regulated by the government, the Federal Ministry of Health and Women. There is no register for nursing professions. Registration is compulsory for Midwives only.
The educational Diploma entitles Nurses for the practice of the profession. In order for nurses to exercise their profession they need a three year education programme (4600 hours) covering various fields of education. This is regulated by the legal act 1997 (Gesundheits-und Krankenpflegesetz), BGBI.I NR.108/1997)
Nurses can work as self employed or may be employed by hospitals or other institutions under medical or nursing management supervision.
http://www.fepi.org/docs/country_profils/Prof_AT_EN.pdf (assessed on 23.03.2009)