M.A. Nursing Care

University of Maribor | Maribor, Slovenia
Programme emphasises development of student’s skills and knowledge in order to form an independent and competent individual, who is capable of reliable and professional work in clinical practice, as well as different research fields.

Description of Nursing Care

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Track Nursing Care under the master’s (2nd-cycle) programme “Nursing Care”

allows vertical upgrading of undergaduate study program Nursing Care (1st – cycle) and enables students to consolidate and build on already gained competences for the development of practice, education and research in nursing care.

The basic aims are:

  • To develope and extend the knowledge, skills, standpoints, and professional values which students develop throughout the undergraduate study programme and hence it results from their experiences and clinical practice.
  • Qualifying for independent new knowledge resources search in both the scientific and professional field.
  • Qualifying for using the up to date scientific research methods including the up to date biometrics and analytical procedures, in predictive, new and flexible environments.
  • Qualifying for independent researching in different fields of nursing care.
  • Qualifying for taking over the responsibilities for managing the most pretentious systems, which extent, define or are connected to some specific fields of nursing care.
  • To develop independent critical thinking about problems in nursing care in the process of globalization and specialization along the new trends in health care.

Among general competences of the study programme Nursing Care the following competences are especially exposed Ethical reflexion and consideration of professional ethics, integration of organizational knowledge for the support of successful management decisions, planning and control over performed nursing activities, use of Scientific research methods for research in the field of nursing care and to develop independent and responsible leadership and connection of team work.

Track “Emergency Situations In Health Care” under the master’s (2nd-cycle) programme “Nursing Care”

The purpose of study programme “Emergency Situations in Health Care” is to provide students with opportunities for developing their knowledge, understanding and skills in a very specialized area of clinical practice and also their critical awareness of current issues relevant to nursing practice.

Students will develop competences which will enable them to work effectively in teams and to make partially independent decisions concerning the critically ill and severely injured patients in the pre-hospital (ambulance unit, motorist rescuer, helicopter emergency medical service unit) and hospital environment (emergency department, intensive departments and intensive care). Students will develop abilities to work in complex and unpredictable situations, to provide independent treatment of complex technical issues, to discuss and critical assess emergency situations, to do high quality and reliable early triage of patients and injured persons in the field and in emergency centers with good knowledge of rating scales and the emergency diagnosis procedures, and to participate in the therapeutic actions on the ground and in the emergency centeres.

Track “Preventive nutrition and clinical dietetics” under the master’s (2nd-cycle) programme “Nursing Care”

The role ofnutritionin the promotionand maintenance ofgood healththroughout the lifespanis well known.Eating habits as one of the very important element oflifestylehave a major impacton theeating habitsof people, and consequently on their health.Healthyeating,especiallyin combination with otherhealthyhabitssignificantly contributes toreducing the risk ofmany chronic diseases.

The purpose of study program Preventive Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics is to educate high-quality, professional staff who will be able to raise awareness among the public and specific target groups of the population on the importance of healthy eating, food safety, the protection and promotion general health and nutrition of patients. As an expert will perform the tasks defined in the strategy of food policy and strategy of public health both in health institutions at the primary level (health centres, health care institutions, medical educational centres, ...) and various governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as in gastronomic- tourism activities, catering establishments, the counselling and food production and / or industry.

As a dietitians will be indispensable in health care facilities at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, as an independent consultant or as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment and patient care in the field of clinical nutrition.

Track “Gerontological Nursing Care” under the master’s (2nd-cycle) programme “Nursing Care”

The number of older people in Slovenia is rapidly growing. Consequently, increased and changing needs for health services for the older population, a number of new insights in the field of health care as the enforcement of increasingly demanding standards of medical care in Slovenia, are very important reasons that nurses, like other professionals in health care, need to develop and improve their professional competence with the aim of providing high quality health care and care for the elderly.

The purposeof studyGerontologicalnursing care is to offera set of objectsthat willprovidestudents opportunitiesto developtheir knowledge, understanding and skillsin the fieldof gerontologyandcritical awareness ofcurrent issuesrelevant tothis area. Studentswillstudyknowledgeand practiceon scientific evidence, which provides an effective, safe andeconomicalcaretoethical principles, with an emphasis onrespect for diversityandvulnerability, professionalcommunication, the ability of reflectivethinkingand analysis, organization and management, and integration withinterdisciplinaryareasthat contributeto the professionaland theacademicand as well personal development.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1st application period: from 1 June 2015 to 24 August 2015 at the latest. 2nd application period (if vacant places are not filled): from 17 September 2015 to 21 September 2015 at the latest.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 3390 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 3390 Year (EEA)

The amount of the tuition fee is set by the relevant educational institution and is the same as the tuition fee for part-time programmes for Slovene citizens. The tuition for the current academic year must be paid upon enrolment.

The list of tuition fees is available at: www.um.si/studij/financiranje/Strani/default.aspx

Foreign citizens residing in the Republic of Slovenia who are taxable persons in the RS (or their parents/guardians), EU citizens and citizens of countries with which the RS has concluded bilateral agreements are exempted from paying the tuition fee for full-time postgraduate programmes.

Start date October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • Slovenian
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

TRACK NURSING CARE
YEAR 1:

The syllabus for 1st year consists of five required and four elective courses. The winter semester consists of four required courses. The summer semester consists of one required course and two elective courses which the student chooses from the four offered elective courses. Altogether, the student collects 60 ECTS.

REQUIRED COURSES:
  • Research and Research Methodology
  • Theories
  • Concepts and Practice of Nursing
  • Evidence Based Nursing, Ethics
  • Philosophy and Science in Health Care
  • Health Promotion and Primary Health Care
ELECTIVE COURSES:
  • Management and economics in health care
  • Legal questions in nursing care
  • Education with the basis of andragogics
  • Importance of nutrition for health protection and prevention
YEAR 2:

The syllabus for the 2nd year consists of ten elective courses. In the winter semester, the student takes two elective courses of 15 ECTS each. In total, the student acquires 30 ECTS. In the summer semester the student takes one elective course of 15 ECTS and writes a master thesis of 15 ECTS.

ELECTIVE COURSES:

WINTER SEMESTER:

  • Perioperative nursing care
  • Public health
  • Quality and safety in health and nursing care
  • Informatics in health and nursing care
  • Specific ergonomic approaches in health care and nursing

SUMMER SEMESTER:

  • Gerontological health care
  • Community nursing care
  • Simulations in health and nursing care
  • Planning and running the projects
  • Logistics in health care and nursing
Master work
TRACK EMERGENCY SITUATIONS IN HEALTH CARE
YEAR 1:

The syllabus for 1st year consists of Ssix required and four elective courses. The winter semester consists of four required courses. The summer semester consists of two required course and two elective courses which the student chooses from the four offered elective courses. Altogether, the student collects 60 ECTS.

REQUIRED COURSES:
  • Research and Research Methodology
  • Theories
  • Concepts and Practice of Nursing
  • Evidence Based Nursing
  • Disaster Management
  • Clinical pathophysiology in emergency medicine
  • Monitoring and maintenance of critically ill’s vital functions
ELECTIVE COURSES:
  • Emergency Triage
  • Medical Dispatching
  • Technology in Emergency Care
  • Selected ethical topics in emergency nursing
YEAR 2

The syllabus for 2nd year consists of three required and three elective courses and master work. The winter semester consists of three required courses. The summer semester consists of three elective courses which the student chooses from the five offered elective courses and writes a master thesis of 15 ECTS. Altogether, the student collects 60 ECTS.

REQUIRED COURSES:
  • Medical and surgical emergencies
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology and therapeutic interventions
  • Simulation in emergency medicine
ELECTIVE COURSES:
  • Emergency Situations in Paediatrics
  • Emergencies in Pain Management and Palliative Care
  • Effective communication and coping in special working circumstances
  • Emergency situations in medical intensive care
  • Emergency situations in surgical intensive care

Master work

TRACK PREVENTIVE NUTRITION AND CLINICAL DIETETICS
YEAR 1

The syllabus for 1st year consists of required and elective courses. The winter semester consists of four required courses. The summer semester consists of three required course and one elective course which the student chooses from the three offered elective courses. Altogether, the student collects 60 ECTS.

REQUIRED COURSES:
  • Research and Research Methodology
  • Theories, Concepts and Practice of Nursing
  • Evidence Based Nursing
  • Food structure and quality
  • Biochemistry
  • Patophysiology of nutrition
  • Preventive nutrition.
ELECTIVE COURSES:
  • Management and economics in health care
  • Education with the basis of andragogics
  • Importance of nutrition for health protection and prevention
YEAR 2

The syllabus for 2nd year consists of three required and three elective courses and master work. The winter semester consists of three required courses and one elective course which the student chooses from the three offered elective courses. The summer semester consists of one required course and two elective courses which the student chooses from the five offered elective courses and writes a master thesis of 15 ECTS. Altogether, the student collects 60 ECTS.

REQUIRED COURSES:
  • Human nutrition
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Selected Topics of Biochemistry and Clinical Biochemistry
  • Selected Topics in Public Health.
ELECTIVE COURSES:
  • Selected Topics in Infectious Diseases
  • Alternative nutrition
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition in Infants, Children and Adolescents
  • Nutrition During the Elderly
  • Sports nutrition
  • Eating Disorders
Master work
TRACK GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING CARE
YEAR 1

The syllabus for 1st year consists of five required and four elective courses. The winter semester consists of four required courses. The summer semester consists of one required course and two elective courses which the student chooses from the four offered elective courses. Altogether, the student collects 60 ECTS.

REQUIRED COURSES:
  • Research and Research Methodology
  • Theories, Concepts and Practice of Nursing
  • Evidence Based Nursing
  • Ethics, Philosophy and Science in Health Care
  • Gerontological health care
ELECTIVE COURSES:
  • Management and economics in health care
  • Legal questions in nursing care
  • Education with the basis of andragogics
  • Importance of nutrition for health protection and prevention
YEAR 2

The syllabus for the 2nd year consists of five required courses and three elective courses. In the winter semester, the student takes four required courses. In the summer semester, student take one required course and one elective course, which the student chooses from the three offered elective courses and writes a master thesis of 15 ECTS.Altogether, the student collects 60 ECTS.

REQUIRED COURSES:
  • Palliative Care and Gerontology Nursing
  • Social gerontology and social work
  • Pathophysiology of Aging
  • Pain Control and Palliative Care
  • Chronic diseases in the elderly.
ELECTIVE COURSES:
  • Infections in Health Care
  • Ergonomic Approaches In Health Care
  • Role of ICT in Ageing
Master work

Requirements for Nursing Care

Candidates who completed the following may apply for the master's (2nd cycle) programme:
  1. A bachelor’s (1st cycle) programme in the field of health (72)
  2. A bachelor’s vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in the field of health (72)
  3. An undergraduate programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in the field of health (72). These candidates are typically awarded 60 ECTS credits and may enrol in the second year provided they satisfy the transfer criteria laid down in the accredited degree programme.
  4. A bachelor’s vocational programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 and a specialisation programme adopted prior to 11 June 2004 in the field of health (72). These candidates are typically awarded 60 ECTS credits and may enrol in the second year provided they satisfy the transfer criteria laid down in the accredited degree programme.

In order to be admitted to the track “Medical Emergencies”, candidates must possess three years of work experience in the field of nursing care, which is demonstrated by a certificate of employment.

Work Experience for Nursing Care

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

The study programme has been accredited by the Slovene National Agency of Quality Assurance.

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