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Qualifying for the Health Profession of Nursing

Graduates in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing carry out professional autonomy activities directed at prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and the safeguarding of individual and collective health, carrying out the functions identified by the regulations establishing the relevant professional profiles as well as by the specific deontological codes and using methodologies of planning by objectives of care in the developmental, adult and geriatric age.

They are endowed with adequate preparation in the basic disciplines, which enables them to understand best the most relevant elements, also about gender, that underlie the physiological and pathological processes to which their preventive, therapeutic, comforting, and complementary intervention is addressed and to maximum integration with the other professions.

They must also know a) at least a second language, in addition to English, in the specific area of competence and for the exchange of general information; b) notions of nursing informatics.

Educational Objectives

The main functions of the Nursing graduate are disease prevention, care of the sick and disabled of all ages, and health education. Specifically, the graduate in Nursing will be able to:

  • manage with autonomy and responsibility preventive and nursing interventions aimed at the persons cared for, the family, and the community;
  • manage the nursing care of patients (pediatric, adult, and elderly) with acute and chronic respiratory problems, cardiovascular problems, metabolic and rheumatologic problems, acute and chronic renal problems, acute and chronic gastrointestinal problems, hepatic problems, neurological problems, oncological problems, infectious problems, orthopedic and trauma problems, obstetric-gynecological problems, hematological disorders, behavioral and cognitive impairments, and psychological distress/distress situations;
  • ascertain and manage nursing care in patients with chronic problems and disabilities;
  • manage preoperative nursing care;
  • ensure the safe administration of therapy and monitor its effectiveness;
  • perform nursing techniques defined by the standards of the Degree Course;
  • activate decision-making processes based on the patient’s condition, altered values of parameters, reports, and laboratory tests;
  • manage diagnostic pathways by ensuring appropriate patient preparation and post-procedure surveillance;
  • integrate nursing care into the multidisciplinary care plan;
  • ascertain with structured and systematic techniques and modalities the problems of the care recipient through the identification of alterations in functional patterns (activity and exercise, perception and maintenance of health, nutrition and metabolism, elimination pattern, rest and sleep, cognition and perception, self-concept, role and relationships, coping and stress management, sexuality and reproduction, values and beliefs);
  • activate and support the person’s residual capacities to promote adaptation to the limitations and alterations produced by the disease and modification of lifestyles;
  • identify the person’s nursing care needs and reactions related to the disease, ongoing treatments, institutionalization, changes in activities of daily living, and perceived quality of life;
  • prioritize interventions based on nursing needs, organizational requirements, and optimal use of available resources;
  • design and implement, in collaboration with other professionals, informative and educational interventions to control risk factors aimed at individuals and groups;
  • evaluate the results of care delivered and readjust nursing planning based on evolving patient problems;
  • manage and organize the nursing care of a group of patients (including at night);
  • distinguish care needs from nursing needs by differentiating the contribution of support workers from nurses;
  • allocate and supervise nursing activities to support staff;
  • manage the paper and computer information systems supporting nursing care;
  • document nursing care delivered by legal and ethical principles;
  • ensure patients and significant persons have relevant and up-to-date information about their health status within its competence;
  • prepare the conditions for the discharge of the person being cared for in cooperation with the members of the team;
  • ensure continuity of care between different shifts between different services/facilities;
  • use professional integration tools (meetings, team meetings, case discussions);
  • work in an integrated manner in the team while respecting the spaces of competence;
  • ensure an effective physical and psychosocial environment for patient safety;
  • use physical, chemical, and biological hazard protection practices in the workplace;
  • adopt precautions for manual handling of loads;
  • adopt infectious risk prevention strategies (standard precautions) in hospital and community facilities;
  • supervise and monitor the clinical and psychosocial situation of patients, identifying early signs of patient aggravation;
  • activate the necessary interventions to manage acute and critical situations;
  • identify triggers for relapse in chronic patients;
  • activate and manage a helping and therapeutic relationship with the user, their family, and significant others;
  • manage care processes with respect for cultural, ethnic, generational, and gender differences;
  • support, in collaboration with the team, the caregiver, and the family in the terminal phase and bereavement;
  • activate informal care networks to support the user and family in long-term care projects;
  • contribute to the training of support staff;
  • participate in continuing education activities related to their professional profile and research

The attainment of professional competence is implemented through theoretical and practical training that also includes the acquisition of behavioral skills to ensure, at the end of the training, complete mastery of all the skills necessary for the practice of the profession. Online theoretical training is delivered via STU’s e-learning platform. The lecturer schedules classes via streaming, and learning materials, questionnaires, and tests are available.
Practical training, an integral and qualifying part of professional training, is implemented through guided internship activities. The internship is carried out at public and private specialized health services in agreement with St. Thomas University.

Job Opportunities

After registering with the Professional Order of the country in which they intend to practice, the graduate in Nursing has multiple professional opportunities within public social-health facilities (hospitals, assisted living residences, social-health districts, territorial home care, ambulance, and helicopter care, etc.) and within private social-health facilities (private clinics and outpatient clinics, private residential facilities, cooperatives, etc.) as freelancers (home care, consulting, etc.).
Nursing graduates can continue their education by enrolling in Master’s or Ph.D. programs.

Minimum Requirements for Admission
  • A high-school diploma (or equivalent) or, if the certificate was not earned in the U.S., proof of completion of secondary school that allows for university enrollment in the applicant’s home country.
  • Candidates whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
  • Knowledge of Basic Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics is required.
Curriculum Program

Students must complete these curriculum requirements:

    Humanities and Fine Arts (9 CH)
    ENG/110 – English Composition III
    ENG/200 – Professional English profiled for Nursing (2 + 1 CH second language)
    ENG/201 – Professional English profiled toward the GERMAN language
    ENG/202 – Professional English profiled toward the FRENCH language
    Eng/203 – Professional English profiled toward the ITALIAN language
    Eng/204 – Professional English profiled toward the ARABIC language
    ENG/205 – Professional English profiled toward the RUSSIAN language
    ENG/390 – Public Speaking
    Social and Behavioral Sciences/Business (6 CH)
    PSY/200 – Psychology for Nursing (1 CH)
    SOC/150 – Sociology for Nursing (1 CH)
    PHI/350 – Philosophy and Professional Ethics for Nursing
    BUS/150 – Nursing Management (1 CH)
    Mathematics, Natural Science, and Computer Science (12 CH)
    BIO/100 – Biochemistry (1 CH)
    BIO/110 – Biophysics (1 CH)
    BIO/180 – Hygiene and Health Promotion
    MAT/230 – Statistics in Health Care
    COM/401 – Information Technology in Health Care (1 CH)
    COM/370 – Nursing Informatics
    Global Perspectives/Diversity (3 CH)
    LAW/130 – International Law for Nursing
    BIO/120 – Biology
    BIO/130 – Anatomy
    BIO/140 – Physiology
    BIO/150 – Genetics
    BIO/160 – Pathological Anatomy
    BIO/170 – Pathology
    BIO/190 – Microbiology and parasitology
    BIO/200 – Nosocomial Infection
    BIO/300 – Pharmacology I
    BIO/350 – Pharmacology II
    MED/210 – Primary Health Care
    MED/220 – Basic of Medical Rescue
    MED/230 – Internal Diseases and Intern Nursing
    MED/240 – Surgery and Surgical Nursing
    MED/250 – Anesthesiology and Nursing in Life-Threatening
    MED/260 – Geriatrics and Geriatric Nursing
    MED/270 – Long-term care (1 CH)
    MED/280 – Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Obstetric and Gynecological Nursing
    MED/290 – Pediatrics and Pediatric Nursing
    MED/300 – Psychiatry and Psychiatric Nursing
    MED/310 – Rehabilitation and Nursing of Disabled
    MED/320 – Radiology: Concepts of radiation protection and diagnostic imaging (1 CH)
    NUR/100 – Foundation of Professional Nursing
    NUR/200 – Physical Examination (1 CH)
    NUR/300 – Advanced Professional Nursing
    NUR/450 – The internship is mandatory for qualification to the health nursing profession.
    NUR/495 – Senior Project
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