Vocational Qualification in Social and Health-Care: Practical Nursing
- Studies begin: August 2021
- Language of instruction: English
- Teaching time: Day time teaching
- Mode of teaching: Contact teaching
- Form of learning: Supervised learning, Independent learning
- Extent of the study programme: 180 Competence Points
- Planned duration: 2 years
- Program fee: 15 000 EURO (2 years)
- Vocational Qualification in Practical Nursing (Lähihoitaja)
The goal of the education is to train health care professionals so that a graduating licensed practical nurse responsible for general nursing care knows how to promote and maintain the health of the population, to prevent illnesses and to provide evidence-based nursing care comprehensively for clients and patients of all ages and suffering from different illnesses, and to alleviate the suffering of the patients and their close ones.
Composition of the qualification
The Vocational Qualification in Social and Health Care is composed of vocational units (145 competence points) and common units (35 competence points). The scope of a vocational qualification is 180 competence points.
The Vocational Qualification in Social and Health Care comprises eight competence areas:
• competence area of care and rehabilitation for elderly people, practical nurse
• competence area of podiatric care, practical nurse
• competence area of children’s and youth education and care, practical nurse
• competence area of mental health and substance abuse work, practical nurse
• competence area of nursing and care, practical nurse
• competence area of oral health care, practical nurse
• competence area of care for the disabled, practical nurse
• competence area of basic life support (BLS), emergency practical nurse (BLS).
The competence areas include four compulsory units, of which the first two compulsory units, Promotion of growth and social inclusion and Promotion of wellbeing and functional capacity, are included in all but the Competence area in basic life support, in which the compulsory units are Promotion of health, safety and wellbeing and Maintenance and promotion of functional capacity.
The common units are: Communication and interaction skills, Competence in mathematics and natural sciences, and Society and working life skills
The scope of the optional studies students must include in their qualification is 15 competence points.
Vocational skills and competences required for completion of the qualification
Holders of the vocational qualification in social and health care have wide-ranging basic capabilities for the different tasks in their occupational field and more specialised competence and the vocational skills required in the world of work in at least one competence area in working life activities. Practical nurses or emergency practical nurses (BLS) who have completed a vocational upper secondary qualification are able to carry out their work following the regulations, operating practices, values, and occupational ethics of their field. They are able to work in professional interaction and in multiprofessional and multicultural operating environments. They know how to plan, implement,
and assess nursing and care that promotes the client’s or patient’s health, wellbeing, functional capacity, growth, and social inclusion in different social and health care or educational operating environments. They are able to provide client-oriented guidance on how to use the services, are able to use wellbeing technologies diversely, and develop their professional competence according to the principles of lifelong learning. They are able to take care of patient and client safety, work aseptically and ergonomically, and take care of their occupational safety and wellbeing at work.
In the competence area in children’s and youth education and care, they know how to promote the child’s growth, wellbeing, and learning in early childhood education and care and are able to promote the child’s, the adolescent’s, and the family’s health and wellbeing. In the competence area in mental health and substance abuse work, they are able to do mental health and substance abuse work and work with the clients and networks in that field. In the competence area in care and rehabilitation
of the elderly, they are able to work in home care in a manner that enhances the client’s functional capacity and promotes the social inclusion of the elderly. In the competence area in nursing and care, they know how to promote the client’s health and are able to work in home care and nursing. In the competence area in care for the disabled, they know how to enhance the social inclusion of individuals with disabilities and to maintain and enhance their functional capacity. In the competence area in podiatric care, they know how to promote the podiatric health of their clients and are able
to work in podiatric care. In the competence area in oral health care, they are able to work in oral health care and know how to promote oral health. In the competence area in basic life support (BLS), they are able to enhance health, safety, wellbeing and the functional capacity and are able to work in
emergency and acute care.
The optional units provide practical nurses or emergency practical nurses (BLS) with competence required for profiling themselves in the different sectors of activities in social and health care. These sectors include the use of wellbeing technology in the maintenance of functional capacity, terminal care, taking samples, supporting living at home and life management, mental health and substance abuse work for different client groups, patient immobilisation, perioperative care, acting in situations with multiple patients and in disasters, terminal care, use of functional methods, enhancing children and adolescents’ mental health skills, oral health care, and podiatric care.
The program fee for an academic year will be 7500 euros for students who come from outside the EU/ETA area.
The program fee for the entire program duration (2 years) is 15000 euros for students who come from outside the EU/ETA area.
Holders of vocational qualification in social and health care can work in different tasks in nursing and care, services for the elderly and persons with disabilities, mental health and substance abuse work, home care, early childhood education and care, child welfare, families with children, and in different tasks in outpatient and institutional care in social and health care. They may work in basic health care and specialised medical care, for example, on inpatient wards, in outpatient clinics, oral health care, basic life support, perioperative units, terminal care, home care, or hospital services at home.
Their jobs may be found in the public, private, or third sector. Qualification holders may also work as entrepreneurs, for example, as providers of podiatric care. Emergency practical nurses (BLS) with a qualification in the competence area in basic life support have a diverse set of specialisation options open to them in the world of work, and also work in other fields than emergency and acute care. They cannot, however, work in early childhood education and care.
The qualification of practical nurse also awards general eligibility for higher education.