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Postgraduate Programme in Specialist Nursing

The postgraduate programme in specialist nursing is a second-cycle programme for licensed nurses. The programme leads to a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing and a Master of Science with a specialisation in a certain area of expertise, and also provides a basis for continued second- and third-cycle studies.

At the Sahlgrenska Academy, the programme has eleven different specialisations. All specialisations provide expertise for advanced care in person-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality development and patient-safety and informatics.

Specialisations with a full-time pace of study

Anaesthesia care, paediatric and adolescent healthcare, intensive care and surgical nursing comprise 60 higher education credits. The district nurse programme comprises 75 higher education credits.

These specialisations are offered in full-time studies and are largely located on campus. They provide formal qualifications to work in these areas of expertise.

Anaesthesia care

Anaesthesia nurses are responsible for narcosis and anaesthesia and for advanced nursing prior to, during and after surgical interventions in a high technology environment for patients with various ages and illnesses. The work is also characterised by situations that require high readiness to act in emergency and disaster situations both within and outside the hospital.

District nurse

District nurses work with public health and meet patients of all ages and in various care situations: in paediatric and school healthcare, at healthcare centres or in municipal home healthcare. The work is independent and comprises health-promoting and disease prevention measures in relation to lifestyle issues and self-care support as well as nursing, examination and treatment for various complex illnesses in cooperation with other professions within and outside the own organisation.

Intensive care

Intensive care nurses are responsible for advanced nursing of patients with impending or manifest failure of vital organs in severe illnesses and accidents at high-tech postoperative departments and intensive care wards. The nursing work entails understanding and addressing the patients' and relatives' interpretations and reactions to being in a critical condition and to being cared for in a high-tech environment.

Surgical nursing

Surgical nurses are responsible for the advanced nursing of patients undergoing surgery. They are active in a high-tech environment and work preventively to ensure quality and patient safety to avoid healthcare-related injuries such as healthcare-associated infections. The profession is also characterised by teamwork together with other professions that are involved in the surgical operations.

Specialisations with a half-time pace of study

Surgical care, medical care, oncological care, psychiatric care and elderly care comprise 60 higher education credits. Some of the programme is provided as net-based distance studies, but studies are also conducted with local meetings on campus.

The specialisations provide advanced studies and further development of expertise that is required in the respective specialisation.

Diabetes Nurse

Diabetes Nurse is a good choice for you who are stimulated by independent work and want to develop your skills in advanced diabetes care and health promotion work with patients who have diabetes. Since diabetes is a disease that is increasing there is a great need of diabetes nurses in hospitals, primary care and community care. The program is offered in collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, University of Skövde and University West.

Paediatric and adolescent healthcare

Paediatric nurses have two overall functional areas, health and medical care. The disease prevention and health promoting work as well as the nursing that is provided in case of paediatric disease and illness are based on the specific needs and rights of every child. In the nursing work, upon acute or prolonged illness, as well as in examinations and treatments, the members of the child's family are central cooperation partners.

Surgical care

Specialist nurses in surgical care work with outpatient- as well as inpatient care. The work comprises advanced nursing for adults and the elderly in conjunction with surgical treatments. The expertise of the specialist nurse provides the opportunity for development of care in many different areas, such as wound treatment, smoking cessation, post-operative pain or nutrition.

Medical care

Specialist nurses in medical care work with advanced nursing in outpatient and inpatient care in a number of different medical specialities. The work entails management and nursing for acute and chronic complex conditions as well as preventing complications of disease and treatment. A central aspect in the function is also to meet and support patients with chronic, life-long illness and their relatives.

Oncological care

Specialist nurses in oncological care work with advanced nursing of patients with cancer and those undergoing cytostatic and radiation treatment. The work is independent and comprises supporting and discussing with patients with life-threatening illness, providing information on treatment and working with symptom alleviation. The oncology nurse often works in team and is active in paediatric, adult and palliative care.

Psychiatric care

Specialist nurses in psychiatric care work to promote mental health and prevent mental illness both in individual patients and groups. The professional function comprises advanced nursing of children, adults and the elderly with complex psychiatric conditions. The dialogue is of central importance to the professional function. The specialist nurse often works in team and is active in both outpatient and inpatient care.

Elderly care

Specialist nurses in elderly care work everywhere that elderly are being cared for, that is in primary care, home nursing, inpatient care and in residential living for the elderly. Specialist nurses in elderly care handle the extensive and complex pathological picture that is commonly present in the elderly. The function is focused on promoting health, preventing and treating illness and coordinating nursing in complex, somatic and psychogeriatric conditions among the elderly.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

Admissions take place every autumn semester. All these programmes are conducted in Swedish.

Applicants must have: A Swedish or Nordic licence to practice nursing, completed the bachelor's degree or equivalent foreign degree in one of the health care sciences major areas, one year of working experience as a nurse, and in addition to this applicants need language skills corresponding to Swedish B and English A.

Page Manager: Annelie Hyllner|Last update: 11/2/2016
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