Graduate profile and opportunities for employment
Graduates of the Fundación Jiménez Díaz Nursing School - UAM
Last updated: November 2015
A significant percentage of students who complete their studies in our school are given the opportunity to join the staff of the Hospital Fundación Jiménez Díaz or any of the other hospitals managed by Quirónsalud.
According to the first edition of the Index of Hospital Excellence for 2015, an index released by the Instituto Coordenadas de Gobernanza y Economía Aplicada (Coordinates Institute on Governance and Applied Economics) and based on a survey of 2,000 health-care professionals, four Quirónsalud centers were among the top ten in Spain, including both public and private institutions. The Fundación Jiménez Díaz earned the highest spot on the list.
Graduating students wishing to form part of this hospital should note that the Index of Hospital Excellence understands excellence in hospitals to be the sum of quality care, hospital service, well-being and patient satisfaction, capacity to innovate, personalized care, and efficient use of resources—all of which are values and principles acquired during study and training in our school. Our school is also a staunch advocate of free, quality, and public health care.
Graduates of the nursing school are qualified to provide care in primary and specialist settings and to carry out administrative and management duties within the realm of nursing, provide teaching services, and conduct research. These activities may take place in our country, in countries belonging to the European Union, or other countries provided the proper degree recognition has been granted in adherence of existing agreement frameworks.
According to the provisions of Directive 2005/36/EC and Directive 2006/100/EC of the European Community, both of which are transposed in Spanish law according to the provisions of Royal Decree 1837/2008 and Order CIN/2134/2008, students earning a degree in nursing will have developed the necessary skills to choose between careers in the following fields:
- Health care
- Management and advisory services
In accordance with the dispositions appearing in Law 44/2003 of November 21 on health professions, those who hold a degree in nursing are qualified to work in the nursing profession either on a self-employed or salaried basis. The duties that professionals who hold a degree in nursing may carry out are "management, assessment, and provision of nursing care aimed at promoting, maintaining, and recovering health and also to prevent disease and disability." For its part, Royal Decree 1231/2001, of November 8, approving the general statutes of the Spanish Association of Nursing Professionals and of the General Council on Regulation of the nursing profession, establishes the duties assigned to the profession of nursing under Title III "Of the basic principles of the nursing profession," Article 54 (nursing care):
- The duties of nursing professionals are directly derived from the mission of nursing in society, are carried out according to the Code of Practice of Spanish nursing in adherence of professional standards of quality and excellence, and do not vary with changes in place or time, the state of health of the individual or the group of patient receiving care, or the resources available to provide such care.
- It is the concern of the nursing profession to provide care either individually or, where necessary, coordinated, team-based care within care teams. The care provided shall include tasks for which nursing professionals are qualified, and the recipients of nursing care are to be individuals, families, and communities, and this care shall be direct, continuous, comprehensive, and individualized and will make use of the training and practice imparted concerning the principles of care equity, accessibility, coverage, and sustainability.
- Nursing care comprises help that is included under the professional remit of nurses and may be provided for both healthy and ill people and to communities. Nursing care consists of any and all activities benefiting the maintenance, promotion, and recovery of health; the prevention and disease and accidents; as well as the rehabilitation and reinsertion of people in society where possible and/or the provision of assistance meant to aid people in dying with dignity.
In addition, holding a degree in nursing is a prerequisite for enrollment in any of the nursing specialties regulated by Royal Decree 450/2005, of April 22, on specialties within nursing. These specialties include:
- Obstetrics and gynecology nursing (midwifery)
- Mental health nursing
- Geriatric nursing
- Occupational nursing
- Nursing for medical and surgical care
- Nursing for family and community health
- Pediatric nursing
As a result, the career prospects of nursing graduates include all activities assigned to the profession, and these duties may be carried out either on a freelance or salaried basis, providing health care for the community in primary-care centers, in the home, schools, centers for the disabled, residences for the elderly, patient associations, etc. Nurses are also fully trained to work either for themselves or for others providing care in hospitals of any complexity level and in any department, as well as internal medicine, surgical units, specialty wards, operating rooms, emergency departments, intensive-care units, etc.
Nursing graduates are also qualified to carry out administrative and management tasks for nursing services, occupying positions and responsibilities related to health-services planning. Teaching and research are two other fields in which nurses are equipped to work, either on a part-time or full-time basis. Graduates of nursing programs will be granted access to governmental systems regulating certification of teachers for secondary or university-level teaching as well as careers in research.