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Degree Programme in Emergency Care

This curriculum is a translation of the curriculum of the Finnish degree program.

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Curriculum responsibility: Pirjo Kinnunen

Basis of Education

The degree program in paramedics leads to a Bachelor's degree in social and health care, the degree titles being Bachelor of Health Care. The scope of the studies is 240 credits and the duration is 4 years. The skills produced by the degree correspond to the level of higher education defined jointly in the European Union, which enables the movement of labor and experts.

A paramedic is an outpatient emergency care specialist whose job is to independently assess the condition of a person who is suddenly ill or injured, initiates and maintains the patient’s basic organ functions, improves the patient’s prognosis, and improves or alleviates his or her condition. The role of the paramedic is also to support and guide individuals and communities in a variety of acute situations at different stages of life. The paramedic's special area of ​​responsibility is care-level emergency care, ie the readiness to provide enhanced care-level care outside the hospital. Emergency care emphasizes co-operation with the emergency services, emergency response, police, rescue services and social services. The emergency care service is part of our country's health care system. The emergency care service enables the targeting of health care measures and the initiation of necessary treatment for the patient already in the encounter situation before transport. Due to the long distances, Finnish emergency care also emphasizes patient monitoring and care during transport. The paramedic can work e.g. in ambulances, hospital emergency departments, intensive care units or other primary care and acute care planning, training, administrative and development tasks or as an entrepreneur.

The nurse acts as a nursing expert in multidisciplinary working groups and networks, and develops and promotes research and other evidence-based nursing. The nurse works to promote health in both national and international working life. He can work in public and private social and health care organizations. The nurse participates in the development of health and welfare services and in social decision-making in accordance with sustainable development. The nurse implements and develops nursing work for the individual, family, and community that promotes and maintains health, prevents disease, cures, and promotes rehabilitation. The professional competence of a nurse includes e.g. anticipating and supporting resources for factors affecting the health, well-being and resources of individuals, families and communities. Under the guidance, the nurse promotes the control of factors that affect individuals' own lives and the mobilization of resources when a person becomes ill.

The values ​​and ethical principles of nursing guide the activities of nurses and paramedics. The starting point for his professional activities is the legislation in force at the time and Finland's health policy guidelines. The operating environment for nursing and the competence of staff are regulated by national and European legislation, which aims to ensure equal opportunities for health and well-being for all.

Legalization as a health care professional

National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (VALVIRA) legalises health care as a legal professional, nurse, at the request of a paramedic. Legalization requires that the training of paramedics meets the minimum requirements for training as a nurse. The professional qualifications of nurses and the training of nurses responsible for general care are regulated by Directive 2013/55 / ​​EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and the European Qualifications Framework (2006). The task of the university of applied sciences is to verify that the graduating health care professional has the competence required by the professional skills requirements.


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