The Degree Couse in Nursing is a 3-year program and attendance is obligatory. Throughout the course, the curriculum combines formal training (lectures, seminars, etc.) with practical activities (laboratories and clinical internships). The academic year normally begins in the first week of October, and continues to the end of September, with a summer pause in August. Students should expect a daily commitment of about 8 hours to the course.
The high level of commitment is necessary because nursing is a wide-ranging and multi-competence profession. However, the numerous tasks of nursing fall into one of the following 3 categories: technical (e.g. managing ventilation for patients with respiratory deficiencies); relational (e.g. helping patients to accept chronic illnesses, such as diabetes); educative (e.g. preparing patients for the self-administration of therapy after hospital discharge).
To fulfil these roles, nurses need to be able to identify patients’ requirements, to plan and manage the role of nursing in subsequent assistance, and to assess outcome.
The San Raffaele Nursing Degree enables its graduates to practice throughout the European Union.
Work opportunities include: public and private hospitals, in all in-patient wards and in all services (e.g. First Aid, operating theaters); in social services centers, specialist surgeries, services for the aged, Hospices; as a self-employed professional, in General Practice surgeries and other recognized health agencies; in research and teaching at Universities and healthcare institutions.
Postgraduate studies open up further, specific opportunities:
- A first level University Masters in clinical nursing. This could lead, for example, to institutional commissions to devise clinical assistance protocols in critical health areas (surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, etc.).
- A first level University Masters in management and tutorship, which could lead to roles in the management and/or training functions within health institutions.
A 2-year University Masters in Nursing and Obstetric Sciences, which in turn opens the door to 2nd level Masters and/or research doctorate degrees. With such qualifications, the nurse can apply for management roles, such as Nursing Director, or General Director, within health institutions.