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Degree Programme in Nursing

Spring 2018

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BASIC STUDIES 24                                                
Finnish Language and Communication 3  
     
           
                   
English Professional Skills, B2 3  
     
           
                   
Customer-Driven Social Welfare and Health Care 5  
     
           
                   
Nursing Philosophy and Evidence-Based Practice in the Nursing Profession 5  
       
             
             
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills
                                               
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 1 1
     
         
                       
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 2 1
     
         
                       
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 3 1  
       
             
             
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 4 1    
         
                   
   
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 5 1      
         
                       
Swedish Communication, B1
                                               
Swedish for Working Life, Oral Communication (replacing compulsory Swedish) 1  
       
             
             
Swedish for Working Life, Written Communication (replacing compulsory Swedish) 2  
       
             
             
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PROFESSIONAL STUDIES 81                                                
Research, Development and Innovation Competence 5    
       
                 
         
Functions of the Human Organism and Principles of Patient Examination
                                               
Foundations of the Human Organism and it's Functions 7
     
         
                       
Foundations of Human Immunity, Nutrition and Microbiology 4
     
         
                       
Basics of Clinical Nursing
                                               
Care Needs and Needs-Based Empowering Nursing 4
     
         
                       
Pharmacotherapy 5
     
         
                       
Empowering Nursing of Internal Medicine and Surgical Patients
                                               
Internal Medicine Nursing 6
     
         
                       
Examinaton and Treatment Procedures for Internal Medicine Patients 5  
     
           
                   
Surgical Nursing 5  
     
           
                   
Perioperative Nursing 4  
     
           
                   
Mental Health and Empowering Nursing
                                               
Mental Health Patient and Drug Abuse Patient Nursing 4  
       
             
             
Oncology Nursing and Palliative Care 3  
       
             
             
Reception Duties, Outpatient Care, Empowering Nursing of Elderly Patients 4    
         
                   
   
Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health, Child and Family Nursing
                                               
Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health, Child and Family Nursing 5    
       
                 
         
Child, Adolescent and Family Nursing 5    
       
                 
         
Compulsory Field-Specific Studies
                                               
Leadership, Management and Entrepreneurship in Social and Health Care 5  
       
             
             
Optional Field-Specific Studies
(Select 10 ECTS)
                                               
Advanced Studies in Gerontological Nursing 5      
         
                       
Acute, Emergency and Intensive Care Nursing 5      
         
                       
Advanced Studies in Nursing of Internal Medicine and Surgical Patients 5      
         
                       
Dermatological, Ophthalmic and Otologic Nursing 5      
         
                       
Special Questions in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing 5      
         
                       
Advanced Studies in Child, Adolescent and Family Nursing 5      
         
                       
Sexuality Across the Human Lifespan 5      
         
                       
Advanced Studies in Health Promotion 5      
         
                       
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OPTIONAL STUDIES 15                                                
PRACTICAL TRAINING 75                                                
Preclinical Training
                                               
Preclinical Training in Patient Examination 2
     
         
                       
Preclinical Training in Nursing Basics 4
     
         
                       
Preclinical Training in Pharmacotherapy 2
     
         
                       
Preclinical Training in Internal Medicine Nursing 1
     
         
                       
Preclinical Training in Internal Medicine Nursing 1
     
         
                       
Preclinical Training in Surgical Nursing 1  
     
           
                   
Preclinical Training in Perioperative Nursing 1  
     
           
                   
Preclinical Training in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing 1  
       
             
             
Training in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Women's Care 1    
       
                 
         
Preclinical Training in Child, Adolescent and Family Nursing 1    
       
                 
         
Advanced Simulation 1 1  
     
           
                   
Advanced Simulation 2 1    
       
                 
         
Advanced Simulation 3 1      
         
                       
Clinical Training in Nursing
                                               
Basics of Nursing 5
     
         
                       
Internal Medicine Nursing and Surgical Nursing 1 8  
     
           
                   
Internal Medicine Nursing and Surgical Nursing 2 8  
       
             
             
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing 8    
       
                 
         
Nursing Entrepreneurship 8  
       
             
             
Specialisation in Nursing 1 8    
         
                   
   
Specialisation in Nursing 2 7      
         
                       
Nursing Development 5    
         
                   
   
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BACHELOR'S THESIS 15                                                
Bachelor's Thesis Plan 7    
       
                 
         
Bachelor's Thesis Reporting and Maturity Test 8    
         
                   
   
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ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 43 74 59 49 43 36 38 33 26 49 21.5 21.5 18 18 14.3 14.3 14.3 17 17 10.6 10.6 10.6 27 27

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.

Programme description

STUDY OBJECTIVES

Customer-driven nursing builds on a holistic approach to and respect for human beings. Nursing must answer the clients’ individual health care needs regarding humane conditions and well-being. In society at large, nursing promotes and maintains health and well-being, prevents and treats illnesses and reduces the adverse effects caused by illness, by supporting self-care, empowerment, independent coping and rehabilitation, as well as by alleviating pain and suffering. Nursing is collective and public by nature.

Nursing helps people of all ages, in different life situations and environments, by providing personal contact assistance using digital appliances or by offering remote health care services. Nursing contributes to the achievement and formulation of society’s health policy objectives and to the advancement of sustainable development. Nurses are professionals with a broad-ranging and profound competence in their field, as well as the ability to work both independently and in collaboration with other professionals.

Nursing expertise encompasses the ability to develop and revise operations based on research results, follow evidence-based nursing practices, work as an entrepreneur, handle international duties, influence social issues and engage in life-long learning as a member of the information society. Experts in nursing always base their work on ethical responsibility and the promotion of a good life. To work in the nursing profession, you need a solid faculty for ethical, critical and professional thought and decision-making. Graduates with a degree in nursing know how to actively acquire information and assess its suitability as the foundation for their work. They also know how to make effective and responsible use of information and communications technology in nursing. Moreover, they continue to develop their nursing expertise in their work.

The curriculum of the Degree Programme in Nursing is based on:
- The targets and future prospects of Finnish health policies that emphasise health promotion
and the importance of responding to the population’s health issues
- Legislation on the practice of the profession and on universities of applied sciences
- International agreements and recommendations, especially the EU directives 2005/36/EC
and 2013/55/EU
- The competence descriptions drawn up by the work group for health care education in
universities of applied sciences (Terveysalan ammattikorkeakoulutus 2005) appointed by the
Ministry of Education (www.minedu.fi/julkaisut/)
- The European Qualifications Framework (EQF), level 6
- The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (www.minedu.fi/OPM), level 6
- The publication Koulutuksella osaamista asiakaskeskeisiin ja moniammatillisiin palveluihin
(“Education providing competence in customer-focused and multiprofessional services”,
STM 2012) by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
- The competence requirements for nurses drawn up by universities of applied sciences, 2013
- The innovation competence, innovation pedagogy, life-long learning and regional impact
defined by Turku University of Applied Sciences for individual, interpersonal and networking
skills

Bachelors of Nursing are nursing professionals with the social mission of helping individuals, families and communities define, achieve and maintain their health. Nurses work at clients’ homes and in different fields of social welfare, health care and the third sector, carrying out and developing nursing practices. Nurses carry out independent expert work when treating patients, simultaneously providing medical care. By supporting the resources of individuals and communities, nurses help people deal with illness, disability and death. Nurses cooperate with various professional groups. Graduates from the programme are entitled to practice the profession of a nurse as licensed health care professionals.

QUALIFICATIONS
The Degree Programme in Nursing is governed by the EU directives 2005/36/EC and 2013/55/EU. Only a licensed professional, who has completed a degree in nursing, may work as a nurse. After graduation, students may submit an application for the right to practice as a licensed health care professional to the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira). Having completed the degree, students may workin health centres, hospitals and other health care institutions, medical centres, health care organisations and as entrepreneurs. “Nurse” is typically the professional title used.

The following formal qualifications of nurses responsible for general care defined in the Directive 2013/55/EU have been taken into account in the degree programme:
a) The competence to independently diagnose the nursing care required using current theoretical and clinical knowledge and to plan, organise and implement nursing care when treating patients
b) The competence to work effectively with other actors in the health sector, including participation in the practical training of health personnel
c) The competence to encourage individuals, families and groups towards healthy lifestyles and self-care
d) The competence to independently initiate life-preserving immediate measures and to carry out measures in crises and disaster situations
e) The competence to independently give advice to, instruct and support persons needing care and their attachment figures
f) The competence to independently assure the quality of, and to evaluate, nursing care
g) The competence to comprehensively communicate professionally and to cooperate with members of other professions in the health sector
h) The competence to analyse the care quality to improve one’s own professional practice as a nurse responsible for general care

Competence areas in the degree programme in nursing

Customer-driven approach
Ethical and professional standards in nursing
Leadership and entrepreneurship
Clinical nursing practice
Evidence-based work and decision-making
Guidance and teaching skills
Promotion of health and functional capacity
Social and health care operating environment
Quality and safety of social and health services

The degree programme in nursing also includes 30 cr of advanced studies
Students can choose 10 credits of the advanced studies on offer in the fields of geriatric, acute and intensive, internal medicine and surgical, dermatological, ophthalmic and otologic, mental health and psychiatric nursing, as well as child, adolescent and family nursing, health promotion and sexual health. Advanced studies may not be offered in all of the fields in a given term or year. The offer depends, among other things, on the students’ interests and choices and on the educational institution’s ability to offer different alternatives.

Annual themes
1 Expert in the fundamentals of nursing
The student learns the basic information and skills required of a bachelor of health care in nursing that are needed in studies and in working life. The student establishes a foundation for his or her professional identity as a nurse.
2 Expert in the different fields of nursing
The student learns the basics of the different fields of nursing and becomes proficient in nursing practice. The student continues to grow professionally and acquires a clearer professional identity.
3 Expert in special questions related to nursing
The student learns about and becomes proficient in special questions related to nursing, and is introduced to the basics of nursing development. The student’s professional identity grows stronger and the student becomes more dedicated to the profession.
4 Expert in nursing
The student deepens his or her nursing skills and learns to work independently.
The student has found his or her professional identity as a nurse and is able to develop as a professional.

STRUCTURE OF STUDIES AND STUDY CONTENTS
The studies comprise:
• Basic studies, 24 cr
• Professional studies, 81 cr, including 15 cr of advanced studies
• Practical training, 75 cr, including 15 cr of advanced studies
• Bachelor’s thesis, 15 cr
• Elective studies,15 cr

The objective of basic studies (24 cr) is for students to develop their communication and international competence, adopt an evidence-based exploratory work approach as a student and nursing professional, as well as acquire the language skills referred to in the government decree 1129/2014.

The objective of professional studies (81 cr) is for students to internalise the principles of ethically high-quality procedures and health promotion. Students will learn to respond to the health problems of different age groups and become acquainted with the key issues and applications of the profession, as well as their scientific foundation, so that they are capable of working independently in expert duties and development work or as an entrepreneur in the field. Professional studies build on nursing knowledge, which students can link to the core knowledge and emerging electronic equipment from other disciplines essential to their profession.

Practical training (75 cr) is an integral part of nursing studies. Students carry out part of their training in classroom and simulation exercises at their own institution. This will strengthen and develop their basic competence and enable them to continue their studies in various care and operating environments. During practical training, students systematically develop their understanding of and competence in care and treatment, working towards their objectives from course to course. Practical training is supervised by qualified staff and a teacher of the university of applied sciences. It is carried out under the supervision of qualified staff members in units equipped with a sufficient number of qualified nursing staff and appropriate equipment for patient care. The educational institution providing nursing education is responsible for integrating theoretical and clinical teaching throughout the studies. Practical training meets the requirement of training promoting professional competence. The student may apply for work carried out in an employment relationship to be recognised as the practical training defined in the curriculum, provided that the work corresponds with the degree programme pursued by the student.

In the Bachelor’s thesis (15 cr), students demonstrate their capacity for independent work and their ability to use research-based information with a critical perspective. Bachelor’s theses are linked to the activities of a research group. In the maturity test , written in the field of the Bachelor’s thesis, students demonstrate their competence in the field and their skills in the Finnish language or the language in which they received their secondary education.

Elective studies (15 cr) deepen and broaden the students’ professional nursing competence. They generally deal with topics in the field of advanced studies.

The studies are based on the innovation pedagogy adopted by Turku University of Applied Sciences, which emphasises multidisciplinary activities, research and development, flexible curricula, entrepreneurship in the service industry, as well as internationality. The innovation pedagogy is based on experimental learning, the sharing of information and competence and the combination of various perspectives. It aims at developing the innovation competencies of students. Since innovations are often created at the interface between areas of expertise, a multidisciplinary approach can support innovative activities. Studies in the degree programme are based on modules. A module refers to units with a scope larger than a single course or a field of competence that helps students deal with comprehensive materials.

Part-time education is planned and implemented in a way that the students are able to complete their studies while working at the same time. Stydying in the degree programme is based on the premises of innovation pedagogics defined in the strategy of Turku University of Applied Sciences. Innovation pedagogics combines learning, producing new information and applying the knowledge acquired. In multiform education innovation pedagogics means, for example, innovative teaching methods, different social learning environments, alternative methods for completing studies, flexible curricula, internationalism and entrepreneurial activities. In practice, innovation pedagogics refers to an approach to learning and tuition that emphasises orientation on working life and focus on research and development.
The principles of adult pedagogy are applied in the planning and implementation of the part-time studies. The students are seen as active learners who are motivated to self-development, ongoing continuous education and maintaining and developing their professional skills. The needs of the students completing their studies while working at the same time are taken into consideration by implementing the studies with the help of multiform methods. The studymethods vary from lecturing, internet-based network and simulation, independent studies and practical training. Contact teaching is approximately 4-6 days per month. Independent student work, interactive online studies and study guidance during the studies is significant. The Optima learning environment is an important channel of information and interaction, and it is taken into use at the start of the studies.

As part of the studies, students shall participate in various joint research and development projects of the University of Applied Sciences. In the different study modules, the research and development activities of the degree programme are realised as, for example, working-life-oriented final projects and project studies. Students also complete entrepreneurial studies, which consist of lecture, online and simulation teaching, independent study and practical training (8 cr).The student's earlier entrepreneurial competence may also be accreditated. The student's competence will be assessed based on certificates or other evidence.
Students pursuing a degree in nursing complete their studies partly at the university of applied sciences and partly in different types of health care units and workplaces.

THESIS
In the Bachelor’s thesis (15 cr), students demonstrate their capacity for independent work and their ability to use research-based information with a critical perspective. Bachelor’s theses are written as part of job-oriented research projects.

INTERNATIONALIZATION
The goal of international activities is for students to broaden their world view, understand different cultures and learn to work in multicultural environments. International activities include taking courses taught in English, studying abroad, tutoring exchange students and participating in various seminars and projects. Separately agreed upon, studies abroad can be included in the degree completed in Finland without extending the duration of studies. The degree programme includes 30 credits of compulsory studies in English.

POSTGRADUATE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
A Bachelor's degree opens the door to further education in the form of a Master’s degree or a second-cycle degree in a higher education institution.

Competence objectives

Pedagogic approaches

Assessment

EVALUATION AND FEEDBACK
The studies have been organised into modules or courses. To successfully complete a module or course, students must demonstrate the required competence. Teaching follows the principles of innovation pedagogy. This means the use of various teaching and learning methods, which are also linked to assessment and the provision of feedback. The degree programme leads to the qualification of a nurse specified in the EU Directive 2013/55.

The assessment of learning focuses on the development of and prerequisites for professional competence. The assessment guides and develops learning and addresses both the learning process and the learning results. Continuous assessment helps students set and assess their goals as well as identify their own strengths and areas of development through self- and peer evaluation. The assessment procedure is comprehensive and emphasises the mastery of core competencies. Subject to a separate agreement, students may choose their own individual way to demonstrate their competence. Assessment is carried out in situations as similar as possible to the real-life cases in which students need the competence. For practical training to be approved, it must correspond with the scope defined in the curriculum, as well as progress towards and achieve the objectives. Students will build a personal competence portfolio from the very beginning of their studies. They can use the portfolio to demonstrate their own fields of expertise, both during their studies and after completing the degree.

Under certain conditions, students can have prior studies completed at other Finnish or international higher education institutions or other educational institutions recognised in their degree, provided that they are equivalent to the competence goals defined for the degree programme. Students may also apply for recognition of equivalent competence acquired in another way (e.g. work experience). The student’s competence will be assessed based on certificates or other proof. Students have the obligation to provide proof of their studies and competence.

Studies progress according to the principles agreed upon in the degree programme. Development into a nursing expert is a process in which students are supported by different forms of tutoring. Students will receive guidance from the very beginning of their studies, and a tutor teacher will be assigned to each student group. Tutoring may be personal or geared for the whole group, and it may be linked to theoretical studies and/or practical training. Guidance is also provided by the modules’ teachers and the study counsellor.

The overarching goal of study guidance and support for learning is for students to progress in their studies in accordance with the group’s curriculum. Students draw up an individual study plan (ISP) to guide their study progress in terms of schedules, content and methods. The ISP helps students develop their competence in relation to the competence goals defined in the curriculum. If a student experiences problems with the ISP, a tutor teacher or study counsellor will step in as early as possible to provide support.

The student’s adherence to the ISP will be monitored throughout their studies, and the ISP will be updated along the way in development discussions with the tutor teacher and based on a self-assessment of innovation competencies. Students are responsible for their study progress and for seeking guidance, if required.

Students participate in the planning of teaching and its implementation in different working groups. They assess their learning and provide feedback on the planning and implementation of teaching regarding individual modules, semesters and, towards the end of their studies, the entire degree programme. Student feedback is taken into account when developing education.