Bachelor’s Degree, Full-Time Studies ...

Degree Programme in Nursing and Health Care, Nursing

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Basics of Nursing Care and Nursing Science
Language studies
Basics of Clinical Nursing
Studies supporting nursing
Pharmacotherapy and Basics of Fluid Therapy
Outpatient Health Care and Gerontological Nursing
Clinical nursing
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing
Women, Families and Children as Nursing Clients
Bachelor's Thesis
Development and Administration of Nursing
Optional Professional Studies
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Perioperatiivinen hoitotyö
Medical-Surgical Nursing
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Outpatient Nursing Care 4      
Acute Care Nursing 4    
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing
Nursing of Children, Adolescents and Family
Adult Nursing
Adult Care theoretical studies 1 4    
Adult Care theoretical studies 2 4      
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Harjoittelu, vaihtoehtoiset ammattiopinnot
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Perioperatiivinen hoitotyö
Sisätauti-kirurginen hoitotyö
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Outpatient Nursing, Supervised Clinical Training 9      
Acute Nursing, Clinical Training 9    
Mielenterveys- ja päihdehoitotyö
Lapsen, nuoren ja perheen hoitotyö
Aikuisen hoitotyö
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Adult Nursing, Clinical Training 1 9    
Adult Nursing, Clinical Training 2 9      
Elective Studies
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Elective Studies
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The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester

Studies of syllabus is planned so 60 credits are studied in academic year and length of studies is 3,5/4/4,5 years. Planned syllabus may change during studies.

The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health authorises Bachelors of Health Care according to the Act on Health Care Professionals (559/1994). The degree is comparable with equivalent degrees in other EU countries.

The core values of the Degree Programme in Nursing and Health Care include respect for individuals, human dignity, confidentiality, responsibility and high quality professional conduct.

The registered nurse is able to support people in health and wellbeing promotion, maintenance of health, and care for the ill in a holistic way. The nurse is an expert who carries out and develops nursing independently and in multiprofessional teams. The registered nurse can work in the service of primary health care, special health care, private sector or third sector organisations.

The professional competencies of registered nurses consist of ethical conduct, health promotion, decision making, guidance and teaching, collaboration, research and development, leadership, multicultural nursing, societal activities, clinical nursing, and medication. The competencies are based on evidence based nursing, nursing science and other disciplines such as medicine, social and behavioural sciences.

Learning of nursing includes both evaluation of prior knowledge and conduct in a reflective, critical and ethical way, realisation of new ways of action, and processing of personal attitudes. The starting point of learning is the multidimensional reality and knowledge of many levels. Learning rises from the key competence needs of the professional field.

Competencies produced by the Degree Programme in Nursing and Health Care throughout the study years:
After the first year of studies the nursing student knows the basics of caring for ill patients. The student obeys the laws and ethical codes concerning health care. The student recognises and predicts possible health problems of individuals and communities. The student is able to monitor basic vital signs, recognises nursing needs, and is able to use appropriate nursing methods. The student knows how to carry out medication safely and masters medical calculations. The student is able to give first aid in emergency situations. The student is able to consider the meaning of different cultures in nursing.

During the middle phase of the studies the student develops his/her clinical know-how in different areas of nursing and is able to estimate the nursing needs of patients/clients of different ages, and plan, implement and evaluate nursing in cooperation with the patient/client and their significant others. The student utilises multidisciplinary knowledge as the basis for his/her work. The student is able to guide and support patients/clients in self-care. The student knows how to act in multiprofessional collaboration to the benefit of the patient/client. The student knows how to evaluate his/her own work critically.

In the optional professional studies towards the end of the programme the know-how of the student strengthens and deepens. The student is able to make ethically sound decisions based on evidence and act professionally as a nurse. The student is able to meet the nursing needs of families and patients of different ages in his/her own nursing field. The student can act as a primary nurse to patients and their families throughout nursing processes according to the principles of primary nursing. The student is able to develop nursing and his/her conduct responsibly. The student deepens his/her knowledge in a nursing field through the Bachelor’s thesis.

Implementation of teaching
The Degree Programme in Nursing and Health Care can be completed as full-time studies either in Finnish or partially in English. In adult education the studies can be completed either as full-time or multi-modal studies. The Degree Programme in Nursing and Health Care includes 75 credits of clinical training to enhance professional skills.

Progress of studies
The student’s know-how in nursing expands and deepens throughout the studies. In completion of the studies the following principles are followed:
The first-year skills tests related to supervised orientation to clinical training and basic clinical training are to be completed before proceeding to the second year's first clinical training. Before the student is able to proceed to the second-year studies, 50 credits of the first-year studies need to be completed. These 50 credits have to include pharmacotherapy and medical calculations.

By the start of the optional professional studies the student must have completed 135 credits. These studies need to include anatomy and physiology as well as the basic level studies in the optional professional studies the student has chosen.