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

Degree Programme in Midwifery and Nursing

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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
Infection Control 2
Pharmacotherapy and Medical Calculations 3
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
Social and Health Care and Rehabilitation Environment 3  
Structured Data Search 3
Operative Nursing
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  
Family Nursing
Paediatric Nursing 4  
Maternity Care and Gynaecological Nursing 4  
Gerontological Nursing 4    
User-oriented Wellbeing Technology 3  
Communicable Diseases and Vaccination Expertise 3  
Nursing Science in Past and Today 3    
Swedish, spoken 2    
Swedish, written 1    
Nursing in Changing Environments
Nursing in Outpatient Health Care 3    
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing 7  
Nursing Skills 1    
Nursing Administration 2    
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      
Basics of Midwifery
Introduction to Midwifery 4    
Natural and Medical Sciences in Midwifery 1 2    
Natural and Medical Sciences in Midwifery 2 2    
Professional Clinical Studies in Midwifery
Pre-pregnancy and Antenatal Midwifery Care 3    
Midwifery Care during High Risk Pregnancy 3      
Midwifery Care during Childbirth 2    
Postnatal Midwifery Care 3    
Health Promotion for Women and their Families 2      
Advanced Midwifery
Development Work of Midwifery 5        
Midwife as Expert 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: Paediatric Nursing 1  
Orientation to Clinical Training: Maternity Care and Gynaecological Nursing 1  
Orientation to Clinical Training: Mental and Substance Abuse Nursing 1  
Orientation to Midwifery during Childbirth 1    
Orientation to Midwifery during abnormal Childbirth 1      
Supervised Clinical Training 1 6
Supervised Clinical Training 2 6  
Supervised Clinical Training 3 6  
Supervised Clinical Training 4, Perioperative Nursing 6    
Supervised Clinical Training 5, Postnatal Midwifery and Neonatal Intensive Care 6    
Supervised Clinical Training 6, Pre-pregnancy and Antenatal Midwifery Care 7    
Supervised Clinical Training 7, Midwifery Care during High Risk Pregnancy I 6      
Supervised Clinical Training 8, Midwifery Care during High Risk Pregnancy II 6        
Supervised Clinical Training 9, Midwifery during Childbirth I 6    
Supervised Clinical Training 10, Midwifery during Childbirth II 6      
Supervised Clinical Training 11, Midwifery during Childbirth III 9        
Supervised Clinical Training 12, Postnatal Midwifery Care 8    
Supervised Clinical Training 13, Gynecologic Care 6      
Supervised Clinical Training 14, Advanced Midwifery Practice 5      
Supervised Clinical Training: Simulation 1 2    
Supervised Clinical Training, Simulation 2 Midwifery 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 registered midwife is the expert of sexual and reproductive care. Midwife’s independent professional role is to promote women’s health through their life cycle and to take care of newborn infants and women during and after pregnancy and normal childbirth. Midwives are able to support health and wellbeing of women who plan pregnancy or are pregnant, women during childbirth and postnatal period. Midwives are also able to take care of newborn infants and their families in the changing multicultural society. The core of the midwifery practice is to promote health of women through their life cycle and to take care of women with gynecologic disorders and diseases. The basis of the midwifery practice is the strong theoretical knowledge and clinical skills, which are accomplished during the long periods of supervised clinical training.

The extent of the midwifery education is 270 credits (cr) and it lasts for 4.5 years. The midwifery education includes first completed nursing studies and after that completed advanced studies in midwifery. The extent of the midwifery studies is authorised by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health both as midwives and registered nurses according to the Act on Health Care Professionals (559/1994). The education fulfils the EU directive (2005/35/EU and 2013/55/EU) on recognition of professional qualifications for nurse and midwife. International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on midwifery skills and practices are also considered in the curriculum.

The core values of the midwifery education are respect for individuals and human dignity, confidentiality, responsibility and high-quality professional conduct. The international code of ethics for midwifery has been set to regulate the midwifery practice. The registered midwife is able to support people in health promotion and maintenance, and care for the ill in a holistic manner.

The midwife is an expert who carries out and develops midwifery independently and in multiprofessional teams. The competencies are based on midwifery and nursing science and other supporting disciplines such as medicine, social and behavioral sciences. Learning of nursing and midwifery includes reflective, critical and ethical evaluation of prior knowledge and conduct, realisation of new ways of action, and processing of personal attitudes. The starting point of learning is the multidimensional reality and diverse forms of knowledge. The bases for learning rise from the key competence needs of the professional field.

The professional competencies of registered nurses/midwives consist of ethical conduct, health promotion, decision making, guidance and teaching, collaboration, research and development, leadership, multicultural nursing, societal activities, clinical midwifery and nursing, and medication.

Midwives can work in the service of primary and special health care, private sector or third sector organisations. Education also enables international assignments. Midwives can work with diverse planning and development tasks.

Midwifery throughout the study years:

After the first semester of studies, the midwifery student knows the basics of caring for ill patients. The student obeys the laws and ethical codes concerning health care. The student can recognise and predict the possible health problems of individuals and communities. The student is able to monitor basic vital signs, recognise nursing needs, and use appropriate nursing methods safely. The student knows how to carry out medication safely and master medication 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 semesters two–five, the student develops his/her clinical know-how in different areas of nursing and is able to define the health needs of patients/clients of different ages, and plan, implement and evaluate nursing interventions in cooperation with patients/clients 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 benefit the patient/client. The student knows how to evaluate his/her own work critically.

In nursing studies, supervised clinical training in postnatal ward, intensive care neonatal unit, surgical/gynecological ward and operative theatre are supporting development of nursing skills that create the strong basis for midwifery competence in the current health care and society.

For the midwifery students, advanced studies after completing nursing studies include 90 credits midwifery studies. The student strengthens her/his nursing competence but the main purpose is to develop independent midwifery skills and competence. The student is able to do ethically sustainable, evidence based decisions and to work professionally. The student is responsible for development of midwifery and professional working. The student advances her/his competence on midwifery by completing Bachelor’s thesis.

After the third year the student can monitor pregnancy with diverse methods, guide expecting families both in physical changes and growth towards parenthood. The student knows the labour progress and procedures theoretically, and can act in normal childbirth under supervision.

After the fourth year, the student can independently manage normal childbirths and is able to recognise abnormalities during pregnancy, labour and postnatal periods and can manage them as a member of multidisciplinary team. The student can monitor and take care of the mother and newborn infant after childbirth and support the family in the new phase of life. The student can implement health promotion and gynecological care for women of different ages. The student is advancing competence of gynecological care.

During the last half year, the student develops her/his competences in all fields of midwifery. The student can predict, plan and implement midwifery. She/he can solve problems, make decisions and has a critical and developmental attitude to midwifery.

Implementation of teaching
The midwifery studies can be completed as full-time studies in Finnish. The midwifery education includes the required amount of clinical training to enhance professional skills. The students are encouraged to participate in international exchange programmes and innovative projects on sexual and reproductive health.

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:
During the first year, 50 ects must be completed before starting the second-year studies. These 50 ects must include medication safety and master medication calculation.
Before starting the midwifery studies the student need to complete nursing studies expect for Bachelor´s thesis, supervised clinical training, working in a project 2 and supervised clinical training, simulation 2 midwifery.

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.