Objetives and competences acquired in the program
The aim of the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing taught at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz School of Nursing in conjunction with the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid is to train nurses to have integrity and to occupy leadership roles in the fields of education and research, thus meeting the needs of people, families, and communities thanks to their solid scientific and humanistic skills. With these abilities, nurses go on to promote and maintain people's health or help the sick as they recover their health; provide palliative care and dignity for the dying; promote versatility and adaptability in their daily work; and approach their profession with a sense of teamwork and a multidisciplinary mindset so as to best adjust to a changing society and its cultural diversity.
To achieve these goals, a Curriculum has been designed which is followed in all of the Schools of Nursing that are associated with the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. The study program is divided into four modules based on discipline and function, thus creating greater unity between educational planning and the acquisition of competencies, and even allowing for common elements to be developed across different academic programs. These modules are in turn made up of semester-long courses, and students take 30 ECTS credits per semester, 60 per year, totalling 240 over four years. Knowledge and skills are acquired progressively, beginning with the basic-training subjects. Upon completion of these courses, students take compulsory classes that develop the fundamental knowledge imparted in the beginning stages. Finally, students enroll in courses that help them develop key aspects of nursing practice. To achieve these goals, a clinical practicum program has been designed to complement students' study of theory and educate future nurses on all the health needs of people. In this practical stage of their education, students rotate between general-care units, specialist-care units, and even travel to settings found outside of the hospital itself, where they gain specific knowledge on elderly care and care for underprivileged populations and promote good health in the community.
In their training, students develop social skills and a sense of responsibility and solidarity. For this reason, an event is scheduled every year to bring the newest students together with those who are nearing the end of their degree, promoting a sense of community within the university and encouraging stays abroad.
Competencies acquired in the program
The following competencies set forth under the Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES) are given special emphasis in the Bachelor's Degree Program in Nursing:
- The ability to analyze data and reach decisions, reflecting on relevant topics of a social, scientific and ethical nature.
- The capacity to manage information, including search, analysis, and synthesis of documents obtained from a number of sources.
- The ability to organize, plan, address problems, make decisions, and adapt to new situations.
- A commitment to ethics and a sense of solidarity.
- The ability to learn and to work autonomously, a sense of quality-driven motivation, goals-orientedness, and a critical view of others and of oneself.