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Nursing Education. Degree in Nursing

Degree in Nursing 

To become a nurse it is necessary to attend a three-year university course. The curriculum takes into account the growing complexity of the patients cared for and the evolution of the treatments (both in hospitals and the community), in the prospect of making the beneficiary or the family member as independent as possible.

Each university may introduce some variations into their teaching regulations, up to one-third of the curriculum defined by the national regulation (Legislative Decree 2nd April 2001; Definition of the degree classes of the health professions. Annex 1. Qualifying educational objectives). These variations consist in the inclusion or exclusion of some disciplines within the various scientific sections, in relation to the local healthcare and market needs and the organization of individual curricula.

This possibility allows to have personalized curricula, better tailored to the local needs and problems of the National Health System.

A graduate in Nursing takes part in the identification of the healthcare needs of the person and the Community and formulates the respective objectives; plans, handles and evaluates the nursing interventions; ensures the correct delivery of the diagnostic-therapeutic prescriptions; acts both individually and in collaboration with other health and social workers and, whenever necessary, makes use of the work of the support staff.

Nurses carry out their activities in public or private structures, in the community and homes, as employees or as independent workers; they contribute to the training of support staff and participate in lifelong training programmes according to their specific professional profile and conduct research.

After they graduate, nurses may carry on studying by attending a first level master (o other lifelong education initiatives) or they can enrol for the Master’s Degree.


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