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

Degree Programme in Nursing and Health Care, Public Health Nursing

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Basics of nursing care ang Nursing Science
Learning Skills 6
The Basics of Professional Nursing 6
Professional Communication 4
First Aid 2
Language studies
Professional English for Nurses 3  
Swedish, spoken 2    
Swedish, written 1    
Basics of Clinical Nursing
Infection Control in Nursing 3
Epidemiology, basics of medicine and clinical and microbiological examinations 3
Basics of Clinical Nursing 1 6
Basics of Clinical Nursing 2 4
Basics of Clinical Nursing 3 3
Studies suopporting Nursing
Anatomy and Physiology 5
Social and Behavioural sciences 5    
Pharmacotherapy and Basics of Fluid Therapy
Pharmacotherapy and Medical Calculations 3
Pharmacology 2
Intravenous Fluid Therapy and Blood Transfusion 2
Outpatient Health Care and Gerontological Nursing
Gerontological Nursing Care 3  
Nursing in Outpatient Health Care 2  
Basics of Vaccination 2  
Clinical Nursing
Supportive Studies of Clinical Nursing 6  
Medical Nursing 3  
Surgical Nursing 3  
Perioperative Nursing 3  
Menthal Health and Substance Abuse Nursing
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing 8  
Women, Families and Children as Nursing Clients
Paediatric Nursing 4  
Maternity Care and Gynaecological Nursing 4  
Development and Administration of Nursing
Nursing Administration 4      
Nursing Science and Nursing Research 5  
Bachelor's Thesis
Orientation to and Planning of the Bachelor's Thesis 5    
Implementation of the Bachelor's Thesis Process 7    
Reporting of the Bachelor’s Thesis 3      
The Optional Professional studies in Health Care
The Basics of Public Health Nursing
The Basics of Public Health Nursing 1 3    
The Basics of Public Health Nursing 2 2      
Public Health Nursing of Children and Families
Public Health Nursing of Pregnant families 4    
Obstetrics and Breastfeeding Counsellor Training 3    
Public Health Nursing of children and families with children 4    
Advanced Vaccination Skills 1    
Public Health Nursing of Adolescents
Public Health Nursing of School-Aged Children, Adolescents and Students 3      
Public Health Nursing of Working-Age Population
Development of Occupational Wellbeing and Health 3      
Public Health Nursing of Adults and Elderly People 2      
Development of Public Health Nursing
Development Project 5      
Elective Studies
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Elective Studies
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Clinical training
Orientation to Clinical Training, Basics of Clinical Nursing 5
Orientation to Clinical Training, Basics of Pharmacotherapy 2
Basic Clinical Training 6
Orientation to Clinical Training, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing 1  
Supervised clinical training, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing 6  
Supervised clinical training 11    
Orientation to Clinical Training, clinical nursing 2  
Orientation to Clinical Training, Perioperative Nursing 1  
Supervised clinical training, perioperative nursing 2    
Orientation to Clinical Training, outpatient health care / home care 1  
Supervised clinical training/home care 4  
Orientation to clinical training, maternity and child care 2  
Supervised Clinical Training 4    
Supervised Clinical Training 4    
Supervised Clinical Training, clinical skills 2    
Orientation to clinical training, maternity and health child clinics 1    
Public Health Nursing of Pregnant families, children, and families with children, Clinical training 10    
Clinical training in school health care 5      
Occupational Health Care, Clinical Training 5      
Public Health Nursing of Adults and Elderly people 4      
Optional Advanced Clinical Training 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 National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health authorises those who have passed the degree as registered nurses and public health nurses according to the Act on Health Care Professionals (559/94). The degree is comparable with equivalent degrees in other EU countries.

Public health nursing studies are based on nursing studies, which are included in the degree certificate. The extent of the studies is 240 credits and the education lasts for 4 years.
The title of the graduating students of Public Health Nursing is Bachelor of Health Care.

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

Public health nurses / registered nurses promote and maintain health of individuals, families, communities, population, and the environment, and nurse patients/clients holistically. Activating people to maintain and contribute to their health is at the centre of public health nursing. Public health nurses are involved in prevention of health risks and illnesses, early intervention and holistic nursing, and planning and development of healthy living and working environments. Independent decision making, good communication skills and empathy are highlighted in public health nursing.

Public health nurses are experts on public health nursing, primary health care, national health work, and health promotion. They implement and develop family centred health care work independently and in multiprofessional collaboration. Public health nurses work in health clinics, school and student health care, adult counselling, hospitals, home care, and health promotion. Public health nurses can also work in occupational health care, associations, and in various educational and project activities and as entrepreneurs.

Public health nurses’ professional competence is made up of ethical conduct, health promotion, decision making in nursing, guidance and teaching, cooperation, research and development, management, multicultural nursing, societal activities, clinical nursing and pharmacotherapy. Family centred health care at various phases of life and health promotion methods are emphasised. The professional competence is based on evidence based nursing and public health nursing, nursing science and other disciplines supporting nursing, such as medicine and social and behavioural sciences.

Learning of public health nursing means reflective, critical and ethical reassessment of prior knowledge and experiences, new ideas, and processing of personal attitudes. The multilevel reality and various forms of knowledge are the bases for learning the essential competences in public health nursing.

Progress of studies
After the first year of studies the 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 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. 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 a 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, professionalism in public health nursing strengthens and deepens, especially know-how in health promotion. The student is able to make ethically sound decisions based on evidence and act professionally as a public health nurse. The student is able to meet the nursing needs of families and patients of different ages in his/her own 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/public health nursing and his/her conduct responsibly. The student deepens his/her knowledge in a field through the Bachelor’s thesis and a development project.

Implementation of teaching
Completion of the degree means full-time studying for students. The degree contains the required amount of clinical training to enhance professional skills.

The skills tests related to orientation to clinical training and basic clinical training of the first study year have to be completed before the clinical trainings in the second year. 50 credits of the first-year studies have to be completed before the student can take part in clinical training in the second year. Pharmacotherapy and medical calculations have to be included in the 50 credits. Before starting studies in the option of Public Health Nursing the student must have passed 135 credits, including the clinical professional studies in nursing and anatomy and physiology.

The Finnish health policies, future challenges, and TAMK strategy have been considered in the curriculum. In addition to the Act on Health Care Professionals (559/1994) and the decree (564/1994), the competence descriptions made by the work group appointed by the Ministry of Education in 2005 on health care education in universities of applied sciences, Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences’ competence classifications, and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) were considered in the curriculum. The education fulfils the EU directive (2013/55/EU) on recognition of professional qualifications.

The Finnish Foundation of Nursing Education was involved in planning of the curriculum by commenting on the content and structure.