The Master’s Degree program in Advanced Practice Nursing in Clinical Caring Science offers advanced clinical competencies for practice nurses. After graduation, you will be able to practice in wider areas of responsibility, from independent work in advanced clinical roles to the development of evidence-based healthcare services. Completed studies will result in a Master of Health Sciences.
The Master’s Degree program in Advanced Practice Nursing program in Clinical Caring Science offers advanced clinical competencies for practice nurses. After completing this program you will be able to practice in wider areas of responsibility, work independently in advanced clinical roles, provide direct healthcare services to individuals, families, and communities, influence clinical healthcare outcomes, as well as contribute to the development of evidence-based healthcare services. Completed studies will result in a Master of Health Sciences degree.
This two-year program of 120 ECTS follows the International Council of Nurses’ recommendations for Advanced Practice Nursing. The overall learning outcome is for students to gain advanced clinical competencies, including clinical decision-making skills to work as advanced practice nurses, and skills to care for people with acute health problems and/or patients with complex and long-term health conditions.
The aging population and the increasing number of people with long-term and multiple illnesses is a growing challenge. New types of skills and services are required for person-centered care, rehabilitation, and prevention, as well as service coordination and informal family caregiving. Nurses will increasingly be responsible for monitoring the condition of patients with acute and long-term illnesses and bear primary responsibility, as well as provide support and/or consultant services to other healthcare professionals emphasizing professional collaboration. In addition, shortening hospital stays and the more advanced treatment methods will increase the need for in-depth nursing expertise in primary and specialized health care.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN; 2004) defines an advanced practice nurse as: “A registered nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills, and clinical competencies for expanded practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context and/or country in which s/he is credentialed to practice.”
According to the Nordic model of APN, the core competencies are direct clinical care, ethical decision making, coaching and guidance (health pedagogical methods), collaboration, consultation, case management, research and development, and leadership (clinical, system, and health policy). Readiness for advanced, systematic, and clinical assessment and clinical decision-making is a central key competence. A registered nurse with a master degree in APN has the capability to work independently, systematically assess patients’ need for care as well as treat and monitor certain common health problems and illnesses. In addition, s/he is responsible for promoting health and developing evidence-based nursing while engaging in multidisciplinary cooperation.
According to research, advanced practice nurses contribute to high-quality care and, especially improved patient satisfaction and patient safety.
The study program is designed to further develop nurses’ competencies in person-centered, evidence-based, and effective clinical nursing. It covers both theoretical and clinical studies. Training of clinical skills will be arranged in cooperation with regional health care organizations.
Students create an individual study plan together with the study program coordinator, including:
Caring science, advanced studies
Courses in advanced practice nursing (pharmacology, pathophysiology, physical health assessment, clinical practice)
Master thesis and seminars