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

Degree Programme in Emergency Care

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Basics of Nursing Profession
Orientation to the Profession 4
Client-oriented Nursing Activities in Everyday Life 6
Clinical Nursing Methods 6
Promotion of Health and Functional Ability 3
Pharmacotherapy and Medical Calculations 3
Infection Control 2
Nursing Process and Documentation 2
Holistic Nursing
Intravenous Fluid Therapy and Blood Transfusion 2
Clinical Studies 6
Medical Nursing 4
Professional Ethics and Communication 5
Pharmacology 2
Structured Data Search 3
Operative Nursing
Social and Health Care and Rehabilitation Environment 3  
Surgical Nursing 4  
Perioperative Nursing 4  
Clinical Studies in Operative Care 5  
Education and Teaching Competence and Digital Communication 3  
Professional English for Nurses 3  
Nursing in Changing Environments
Basic Level Emergency Care 7  
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing 7  
Gerontological Nursing 4  
Swedish, spoken 2  
Swedish, written 1  
Family Nursing
Nursing in Outpatient Health Care 3  
Communicable Diseases and Vaccination Expertise 3    
Maternity and Gynaecological Nursing and Delivery Outside of The Hospital 4    
Paediatric Nursing 4    
Nursing Skills 1      
Bachelor's Thesis
Orientation to the Bachelor's Thesis 5    
Implementation of the Bachelor's Thesis Process 7    
Reporting Phase of the Bachelor’s Thesis 3      
Acute Care Nursing
Nursing Science in Past and Today 3    
User-oriented Wellbeing Technology 3    
Nursing Administration 2    
Acute Nursing Care 4    
Emergency Medicine 1 3    
Advanced Level Emergency Care
Emergency Medicine 2 3      
Emergency Medicine 3 3      
Paediatric Emergency Nursing Care 2      
Advanced Level Emergency Care for Adults 5      
Management of Emergency Services 3      
Supervised Clinical Training
Orientation to Clinical Training: Basics of Clinical Nursing 4
Orientation to Clinical Training: Medication 1
Orientation to Clinical Training: Intravenous Fluid Therapy 1
Orientation to Clinical Training: Medical Nursing 1
Orientation to Clinical Training: Surgical Nursing 1  
Orientation to Clinical Training: Perioperative Nursing 1  
Orientation to Clinical Training: Nursing in Outpatient Health Care 1  
Orientation to Clinical Training: Mental and Substance Abuse Nursing 1  
Orientation to Clinical Training: Paediatric Nursing 1    
Orientation to Clinical Training: Maternity Care and Gynaecological Nursing 1    
Orientation to Clinical Training; Basic Level Emergency Care 4  
Orientation to Clinical Training; Obstetrics 1    
Orientation to Clinical Training, Intensive Care 1    
Orientation to Clinical Training, Acute Care 2    
Orientation to Clinical Training, Advanced Level Emergency Care 4      
Supervised Clinical Training 1 6
Supervised Clinical Training 2 6  
Supervised Clinical Training 3: Basic Level Emergency Care 6  
Supervised Clinical Training 4 6    
Supervised Clinical Training 5, Obstetrics and Paediatric Nursing 6    
Clinical Training, Nursing in Acute Care at the Hospital 6    
Supervised Practical Training 7, Advanced Level Emergency Care 6      
Supervised Practical Training 8, Advanced Level Emergency Care 6      
Supervised Clinical Training: Simulation 1 2    
Supervised Clinical Training: Simulation 2 Emergency Care 2      
Supervised Clinical Training: Working in a Project 1 4  
Supervised Clinical Training: Working in a Project 2 2      
Elective Studies
Elective Studies 5      
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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 Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Nursing Care includes the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.
The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health authorises Bachelor of Health Care degrees according to the Act on Health Care Professionals (559/1994).
An emergency nurse is legalised as a registered nurse. The training meets the requirements of EU legislation.

The core values of the Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Nursing Care include respect for individuals, human dignity, confidentiality, responsibility and high-quality professional conduct.

An emergency nurse is able to care for acutely ill and emergency patients both in hospitals and outside of hospitals. An emergency nurse is able to support the person´s health, by evaluating, examining, taking care of and advising the patient and his/her family in a holistic way, as well as transporting and guiding him/her to further care.

The professional competence of an emergency nurse is based on nursing science, medical science and the application of care practices in these disciplines, as well as other disciplines such as social and behavioral sciences. The emergency nurse possesses good co-operation skills (interpersonal, leadership and communication). An emergency nurse is a client/patient-centred specialist with extensive technical and operational knowledge and skills in acute care and emergency care at different phases of the care chain.

Learning in nursing and emergency care involves a reflective, critical and ethical evaluation of previously-acquired knowledge and actions, as well as an insight into the new and the development of one's own attitudes. The starting point for learning is the multi-level reality and the different ways of knowing. Starting points for learning emerge from the core skills needs of the profession.

After the first and second semesters, the emergency nursing student knows the basics of caring for a sick person and his/her significant others. This means that the student is able
• to follow health care legislation, occupational safety guidelines and ethical guidelines in his/her actions;
• to identify and anticipate individual and community health problems;
• to observe the basic vital functions of the human body and identify the patient's nursing needs, safely using appropriate nursing intervention methods;
• to administer medication safely and manage the medication calculation;
• to provide first aid in emergency situations, and
• to take into account the importance of different cultures in nursing.

During the third, fourth and fifth semesters, the student develops clinical knowledge in different areas of nursing and is able to identify, plan, implement and evaluate nursing needs for patients / clients of different ages in collaboration with the patients/clients and their significant others. The student uses his/her knowledge from different disciplines as the basis for his/her own activities. In addition, the student is able
• to guide and support patients/clients in self-care;
• to work in multidisciplinary cooperation for the interest of patients/clients;
• to use basic emergency care technology, equipment and tools;
• to investigate the patient's basic vital functions, make a situation assessment and start the emergency care with basic care tools, and, finally,
• to critically evaluate his/her own work.

In semesters six, seven and eight of the elective professional studies, the student’s competence will be strengthened and deepened.

The student, as an emergency nurse, is able to make ethically sound, evidence-based decisions and act professionally. Moreover, the student is able
• to care for an acutely-ill patient in emergency rooms and in intensive care units;
• to independently assess the condition of a suddenly ill or injured patient, to monitor and maintain a patient’s basic vital functions, and to start advanced level emergency care;
• to work in accident situations and lead in emergency care situations, and
• to assist in emergency childbirth and care for the newborn child and his/her mother.
The student is prepared to develop his/her own professional skills and emergency care nd ultimately advances his/her knowledge of emergency care nursing by writing a bachelor’s thesis.

The Degree Programme in Emergency Nursing is completed as full-time study in Finnish. Some studies can also be undertaken in English. Some of the studies can be completed in international student exchange programmes or in projects. In adult education, full-time or multifaceted studies can be implemented. Emergency nursing education includes 83 ECTS credits in practical training to enhance professional skills.

The student’s competence in nursing expands and deepens throughout the studies. Completing the programme involves the following principles:

Fifty credits must be completed in the first and second semester before proceeding to the third semester; these 50 credits must include pharmacotherapy and medication calculation. The first-year supervised orientations to both clinical training and pharmacotherapy and medical calculations are to be completed before proceeding to the first clinical training. In addition, the student needs to participate in theoretical studies and orientation to clinical training of the clinical environment.

By the start of the emergency nursing studies, the student must have completed at least 135 credits. These courses need to include anatomy and physiology, and the basic competence skills of emergency care.

Students have the opportunity to deepen their international competence up to 20-30 credits. The studies may consist of English-language theoretical studies in Finland, international student or trainee exchange or other international studies.