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 families with children||3|
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
|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|
|Optional practical training||5|
|Public Health Nursing of Adults and Elderly people||4|
|60 / 60||60 / 27||60 / 33||60 / 13.5||60 / 13.5||60 / 16.5||60 / 16.5|
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
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.