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Hälsovårdare (YH) h23, dagstudier, Vasa


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Intoduction to academic studies, communication and language
Introduction to academic studies and communication 4
Finnish 3
Finnish - Oral Skills 0                                                                
Finnish - Writing Skills 0                                                                
English 3
Basics in Nursing
The profession of nurse and public health nurse 6
Basics in nursing care 6
Human physiology and anatomy 4
Clinical microbiology, immunology and pathology 4
Drug treatment 1 3
First aid and emergency preparedness 2
Health Promotion
Basics of health-promoting care 3
Health-promoting care at different ages 5  
Clinical nursing
Internal medicine and surgery 1 4
Internal medicine and surgical care 2 5
Internal medicine and surgical care 3 5  
Perioperative care 3  
Palliative care and care in the final stages of life 2  
Drug treatment 2 2
Clinical pharmacology 2  
Clinical care measures, clinical diagnostics and radiation protection 5  
The basics of vaccination knowledge and infectious diseases 3  
Gerontology and emergency geriatric care 4  
Pediatric care 5  
Mental and substance abuse care 6  
Patient and client safety when social and health care is digitized 3
Care assessment and health technology 3    
Developmental-oriented nursing
Research methodology and care theory 7    
Leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation 3    
Starting points for the public health nurse´s work at individual, group and community level 2    
Health promotion methods in public health nurse´s workfield 4    
Public health nursing with the expectant family 5    
Public health nursing with children and their families 5      
Public health nursing among school children and youth and their families 4      
Public health nursing with working age population and elderly 5      
Health promotion skills and expert knowledge 2      
Degree project 1 3    
Degree project 2 6    
Degree project 3 6    
Development work in health care 5      
Practical training in the nurse´s fields of work
Practice: Basic care 7
Practice: Medical and surgical nursing care 1 10  
Practice: Medical and surgical nursing care 2 10  
Practice: Primary care 9    
Practice: Mental and substance abuse care 9    
Practice: Optional context 1 6    
Practice, optional context 2 6      
Practice in maternity care 3      
Practical training in the public health nurse´s fields of work
Practice: Maternity health care 6      
Practice: Child health care 6      
Practice: School- and student health care 6      
Practice: Occupational health care 6      
Practice: Advanced practice in optional health care context 4      
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 59 60 61 60 23.8 35.2 24 36 24.8 36.2 24.2 35.8 20 20 20 20 20 12 12 12 12 12 12.4 12.4 12.4 12.4 12.4 11.6 11.6 11.6 11.6 11.6

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


Within the education, health care providers are trained for various special areas. The health care profession is human-oriented work in varying environments within social and health care. Health and caring science is the science from which the public health nurse´s profession, nursing work and care are based. In addition to health care, students study public health sciences, medical subjects, behavioral and natural sciences such as anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. The Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 has been implemented in the curriculum as competences.

The studies within the program are realised through lectures, independent and virtual studies, simulation exercises, and supervised clinical studies (internships).

The health care education provides egilibity as a public health nurse and a registered nurse.

The core of the studies is the care of people of different age groups and life situations. Health sciences, health promotion health sciences, medical subjects, care work, medication management, anatomy and physiology, research methodology and professional communication are also key topics. The training emphasises preventative, interprofessional and person-centered ways of working to promote patient health.
The studies include small group work, lectures, independent and virtual studies, simulations, various examinations and work-based projects. Supervised clinical studies (practice) are included in the studies from the second semester, and usually mean 4-7 week periods in social and health care at health centers, hospitals, home health care, counseling and other healthcare institutions. The clinical studies (practice) and thesis consists of 108 cr totally.

National competencies for a public health nurse are:
Health-promoting health care work
- promotional and preventive health care work
- resource-strengthening health care work
Outreach health care work
- multicultural health care work
- business models and working methods in health care work
Health care work at individual, family and community level
- health care work with the family expecting children
- health care work with children, school children, young people and their families
- health care work with the working-age population
- health care work with the elderly and their families
Promoting a healthy and safe environment
promotion of environmental health
- prevention and care of infectious diseases and vaccination activities
Leadership and development in health care work
- the development of the quality and efficiency of health services
- the health care professional's professional ethical activities
- leadership in health care work
- the health care provider as a professional social influencer
- future-oriented health care work

Formal qualifications (DIRECTIVE 2013/55/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL) as a nurse responsible for general care shall provide evidence that the professional in question is able to apply at least the following competences:
- Competence to independently diagnose the nursing care required using current theoretical and clinical knowledge and to plan, organise and implement nursing care
- Competence to work together effectively with other actors in the health sector, I- cluding participation in the practical training of health personnel
- Competence to empower individuals, families and groups towards healthy lifestyles and self-care
- Competence to independently initiate life- preserving immediate measures and to carry out measures in crises and disaster situations
- Competence to independently give advice to, instruct and support persons needing care and their attachment figures
- Competence to independently assure the quality of and to evaluate nursing care
- Competence to comprehensively communicate professionally and to cooperate with members of other professions in the health sector
- Competence to analyse the care quality to improve her own professional practice as a nurse responsible for general care