Programme structure

The Master of Science in Nursing consecutive degree programme is a modular course worth 90 ECTS credits. The course lasts three semesters of full-time study or about six semesters of part-time study.

Each of the cooperating partner universities offers different specialisations in the Advanced Clinical Assessment, Intervention/Outcome and Self-management modules.

Nursing specialisation in the Master of Science in Nursing in Bern

The Master of Science in Nursing cooperation degree programme at the BFH focuses on the complementary relationship between public health and nursing. The BFH offers two specialisations, «Health Promotion/Prevention and Psychosocial Health» and «Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Nursing Services», and also covers current social and political issues.

Health Promotion/Prevention and Psychosocial Health

This specialisation takes a general approach, considering the psychosocial effects of somatic and mental illness on patients and their families, as well as the interchanging effects of somatic and mental health problems on people’s daily lives. It addresses aspects of nursing which aim to preserve and promote health. Taking a case study, this means that efficient acute care must be coordinated with community care (integrated care). This also implies that professional nursing must increasingly consider long-term health promotion. In the Health Promotion/Prevention and Psychosocial Health specialisation therefore, the focus is on an in-depth, critical analysis of various health concepts such as self-efficacy, quality of life and coping. Special emphasis is placed on the early identification of psychosocial needs and deriving possible interventions. This knowledge enables graduates to face the numerous challenges in complex nursing situations actively and with a full and detailed understanding of the issues involved.

Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Nursing Services

The increasing economic demands on the health system and the demand to see efficacy in clinical nursing will pose a great challenge in nursing in the futute. This applies to both acute and long-term care and community care. Socio-demographic developments result in changes in care needs, which professional carers therefore need to address. Professional nursing will thus need to become increasingly adaptable and flexible. Nurses will need to be highly skilled to deal with this and to meet the levels of efficacy and efficiency demanded.

The careful and well-founded selection of assessment instruments and nursing interventions, in particular with regard to their efficacy and cost-effectiveness, has therefore been chosen as the second specialisation in the BFH Master of Science in Nursing degree programme. Graduates learn to assess the efficacy of care treatments and develop, implement and evaluate future-oriented nursing services. Future graduates working in the care sector will be faced with the challenge of achieving both efficacy and cost-effectiveness while at the same time meeting individual care needs.

Cooperation partners’ specialisations

St.Gallen: Care of persons with chronic health problems, taking particular account of the needs of elderly persons and of educating patients and their families.
Zurich: Care of persons with acute and critical health problems the care of persons with acute and chronic health problems in the context of community care.