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Becoming a nurse

Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

To become a pediatric nurse or nurse, you must have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Pediatric Nursing. The course lasts 3 years and is made up of 180 University Credits (CFU). Currently in Italy access is limited, therefore to access it you must pass an admission test, which is announced a few weeks before by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). The numbers of nurses who can access them are fixed annually. Nurses or pediatric nurses are health professionals who are responsible for the powers provided for by the Ministerial Decree of 14 September 1994, n. 739 and by the Ministerial Decree of 17 January 1997, n. 70, or are responsible for general nursing / pediatric care. Each university can present different Didactic Regulations, up to one third of the program defined by national legislation (Dl 2 April 2001; Determination of the classes of the degrees of the health professions. Annex I. Qualifying educational objectives). Subsequently, once they have graduated, nurses or pediatric nurses, in order to practice the profession, must register with the Order of Nursing Professions.

Public universities in Italy for a three-year degree

List of 1st Level Masters

1st level Master for the nursing profession
In order to further explore the various areas of nursing, every year Italian universities offer 1st Level Masters, which access is subject to the achievement of a three-year degree. Universities activate masters, but if they do not meet certain criteria or a minimum of enrollments, the master does not necessarily start. The masters are defined by the National Observatory for the health professions, which has published a detailed list in this regard.

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Master’s degree in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences
The Master’s Degree in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences is a two-year course, which has a total of 120 ECTS and can be accessed by both pediatric nurses and midwives, upon obtaining the three-year degree or other equivalent diplomas. Currently in Italy, access, as for the three-year degree, is limited in number, therefore to access it, you must pass an admission test, which is announced a few weeks earlier by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Through this master’s degree, the nurse acquires advanced skills in research, training and management. The master nurse can operate:

  1. in all health and social assistance structures with functions of direction or coordination of the services in which nurses and midwives find themselves, with functions of professional leader for innovative projects, for the reorganization of care processes, to implement new organizational models, for management management ,
  2. in corporate or academic training centers for teaching, tutoring, training planning, management of training processes, and finally,
  3. in research centers for projects related to nursing obstetrics or in multicentre and multidisciplinary projects.

2nd level Master for the nursing profession

It is possible to access the 2nd level Master only after having obtained the master’s degree in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences. The 2nd level masters, as for the 1st level ones, are defined by the universities and must respect certain criteria in order to start. These masters are defined by the National Observatory for the health professions, which has published a detailed list in this regard.

Ph.D

The PhD in Nursing is the ultimate level of education in this field. In this academic path, the doctoral student acquires high research skills, which he exercises through a scholarship (about 1000 euros a year), at the University, accredited bodies or private entities. In order to access the doctorate it is necessary to have completed a master’s degree in Nursing and Obstetric Sciences or equivalent. This is a limited number of courses, which each university manages independently through the Doctoral Schools. It is therefore an academic path, which requires the payment of university fees. A doctorate lasts 3 years, at the end it involves the acquisition of 180 research training credits (CFR) and, as for the other courses, ends with a research thesis. Since there is no clear and uniform programming, it is advisable, if you want to access a research doctorate, to search for calls within the sites of the various universities.

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