Master of Science in Nursing (MScN): the innovative way to prepare APNs in Southern Switzerland

Bianchi, Monica and Levati, Sara and Prandi, Cesarina (2021) Master of Science in Nursing (MScN): the innovative way to prepare APNs in Southern Switzerland. In: 11th ICN NP/APN Network Conference, 29 agosto-1 settembre 2021, online.

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Abstract

Background The evolution of health systems and how users are taken care of, show a progressive increase in the complexity of the conditions for the exercise of the nursing role. A very topical issue at a national and international level is the redistribution of tasks among health professionals and the consequent development of new roles. In Southern Switzerland, the Government approved the creation of an MScN only in 2015. The educational design for the first edition (from September 2018) followed innovative directions Purpose To create an innovative education program that can respond to the specific needs of the territory and in line with international recommendations for APN education Methods We defined a programme which: promotes interprofessional collaboration; fosters the transfer of scientific knowledge into practice; enhances the process by which students share their experiences. The three important pillars underlying the orientation of the MScN are represented by: Fundamental Care, Self Care and Interprofessionality. They represent an important guideline for theoretical contributions and practical activities e.g.: clinical assessment, clinical leadership and clinical reasoning. Results At the end of the Master’s programme, our students will be able to: apply the principles of interprofessional collaboration; use the research results to find innovative solutions to complex problems, including the challenges associated with the sustainability of the healthcare system; participate in research projects; adopt project management methods to improve care in terms of quality, safety and to raise the levels of patient and staff satisfaction; apply transformational leadership for empowering patients and colleagues. Conclusion During the first edition of the MScN, there were many moments when students and experts of the territory were asked for an evaluation. Overall, the evaluation is more than positive. Significance The MScN has allowed to create and insert a new professional role in the Southern Switzerland context of care: APN.

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