The social and cultural changes which have been occurring in recent years due to different typologies of diseases, the progress in scientific and technological research in medicine, and the expressed demand of the population for safe and effective services, are only a few of the factors which underscore the need for qualified nurses, prepared to deal with health-care issues. With this in mind, the Reggio Emilia Nursing program is aimed at producing graduates who can autonomously perform activities for the prevention, treatment, and safeguarding of individual and community health, by carrying out the functions described in their professional profile, and in the deontological code, and by using planning methods for the care of children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Within a public health context, nurses work the closest with patients to meet their individual needs and for this reason they require excellent interpersonal skills, motivation, and a rigorous humanistic, scientific, and practical training.
The Reggio Emilia campus offers a three-year program which includes theoretical and practical training focused on caring for the needs of individuals and families, with attention focused not only on disease, but also on illness and sickness of patients. Students will have the opportunity to experience a form of tutorial learning, in small groups, both in nursing labs and in clinical internships. Clinical placement, which represents a fundamental part of student training, is conducted with mentors and nurses who work in hospitals and local facilities in Reggio. Traditional lectures are complemented by seminars and opportunities to participate in foreign work placements, with personalized study plans. The program is aimed at enabling students to develop and acquire specific professional competencies in three main areas: clinical (assistance planning and assessment of nursing intervention, and therapeutic education for the purpose of disease self- management); organizational (health economics and organization, and team work); professional (professional and educational development, and the use of nursing research results and ongoing training).
Once students have passed the final examination and have been officially registered in the National Professional Register, they are qualified to practice the profession of a general care nurse. Graduates of nursing can work both in Italy and within the European Economic Community, in hospitals, health residences, health care institutes, public and private facilities, or as independent self-employed practitioners, or as part of an association. Their clinical, interpersonal, and educative skills prepare them for employment in any healthcare sector. They can also work as community, district, or local health care nurses, performing their duties autonomously or in close collaboration with other health workers, or mentor other students or nurses-in-training. Graduates can participate actively in the improvement of nursing care by working as part of a team on projects or research, or further their studies in research, clinical competencies, or in organization and management.