NURSING AND MIDWIFERY SCIENCES
COURSE STRUCTURE DIAGRAM WITH CREDITS
Profile of the programme
The Course started in the 2005-2006 academic year under the name “Specialized Degree Course in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences”, before taking the current name in the 2011-2012 AY, in accordance with new regulations (Ministerial Decree 270/04). From its first year, the Course has been characterized by a multidisciplinary approach, which focuses on its fields of interest and development, namely:
• Management area (organization – management)
• Research area
• Training and education area
• Advanced clinical area (aimed at the study and development of nursing/midwifery management experience, as in the case, for example, of some types of long hospital stays).
Most students attending the Course are Nursing graduates, while a smaller percentage are Midwifery graduates. The places, in accordance with ministerial decrees, vary between 18 to 25, with a greater prevalence of the higher number. Selection and admission tests have always attracted a high number of applicants, around 100 (with much higher peaks in some years). The second-cycle degree in Nursing and Midwifery is designed to provide an advanced academic and professional training that enables students to participate skilfully in health care, managerial, training and research processes in an area pertaining to one of the class 1 healthcare professions (nurse, midwife). The degree is organized in a single module over two years.
Teaching activities of the course can include all the forms specified by current legislation as well as other experimental ones (lectures and seminars; tutorials and laboratory activities, with small groups of students supervised by a tutor, etc.).
Attendance at theoretical and practical activities planned for the course is compulsory. Absences must not, as a rule, exceed 50% of the hours of formal and informal teaching activities. A certification of attendance at the compulsory teaching activities of a subject is necessary for the student to sit its exam.
Work experience attendance is entirely compulsory: internship sites are identified together with the student, in accordance with the training objectives of the course. Internship experiences are categorized according to specific characteristics, they must supervised by a tutor in a 1:1 ratio and must be carried out in one of the following areas:
• managerial and organizational (for examples, in healthcare management offices, working alongside the manager)
• research (that is, an internship aimed at research carried out in special study centres)
• training and teaching (in degree courses, alongside an educational coordinator, or in company training sectors, where the person in charge is either a nurse or a midwife)
• advanced clinical area (that is, aimed at the study and development of nursing/midwifery clinical management experiences, for example in long-term hospital stays, alongside the manager).
Key learning outcomes
Graduates from the Second Cycle Degree in Nursing and Midwifery must possess an advanced academic and professional training that enables them to participate skilfully in health-care, managerial, training and research processes in an area pertaining to one of the Class 1 healthcare professions (nurse, midwife). At the end of their Course of Study, second-cycle graduates must be able to express advanced skills of an educative, preventive, welfare, rehabilitative, palliative and complementary type, in response to priority problems of the health of the population and problems of quality in the services. Based on the knowledge acquired, they will also be able to take into account, in the scheduling and management of health workers, community needs, the development of new methods to organise work, and technological and IT innovation, including references to forms of tele-assistance and tele-didactics, and the planning and organisation of pedagogic-training interventions as well as the homogenisation of operational standards to match those of the European Union. The Second Cycle Degree Course normally lasts for two years split into two semesters for each academic year. Second Cycle graduates must develop, also following experience gained through appropriate professional activity, an integrated approach to the organisational and managerial problems of the health professions, qualified by mastery of the techniques and procedures of health management, in respect of their own and others' skills.
Final examination, if any
Upon completion of the course the final exam must testify to the cultural growth of the student in their field of study. To this end, the final exam consists of a progress report on an advanced and/or innovative subject in a discipline from the course, chosen under the supervision of a professor on the course. The report is discussed in front of a Commission, usually composed of professors from different disciplines. The discussion must make clear in particular the capacity gained by the student to select and use independently and critically the methodologies of analysis acquired during the training on the one hand, and the flexibility to use other interdisciplinary frames of reference on the other.