Academic course, part-time
Internationally, the higher health care and nursing services in primary care facilities has played an important role for years. In Austria, this field is now to be expanded, thereby facilitating access to health services and help with health issues through primary care facilities. In these facilities, centrally anchored core teams consisting of the higher health care and nursing services, primary care physicians and ordination assistants work closely together. It is planned to also house other health and social professions in such institutions.
As a Primary Health Care Nurse, you will play an essential role in all areas of disease prevention in the primary care facility. Your main tasks include identifying and advising on lifestyle and living environment-associated risks, long-term care of chronically ill and multimorbid patients as well as preventive home visits.
You will also take preventive measures for geriatric health risks, help identify health resources and support individuals, groups and families in their efforts to improve health.
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tuition fee€ 5.600,- or€ 2.940,- / semester
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FH Campus Wien is now the largest university of applied sciences for nursing and health care sciences in Austria. As the first university of applied sciences in Austria, we started the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Health Care and Nursing more than 10 years ago and have continuously built up a large network in the health sector. Our students benefit from this extensive network and from our many years of teaching expertise. Our partners also include the University of Vienna, with whom we have a teaching network.
Further key educational partners are the Vienna Health Association, the Vinzenz Group and the Barmherzigen Brüder, with whom we cooperate to provide the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Health Care and Nursing. The Academic Course in Health Care and Nursing, Practice Mentoring offers further training for a deeper link between nursing research and practice and serves as a basis for further career steps. With the Master’s Courses in Advanced Nursing Practice, Advanced Nursing Education and Advanced Nursing Counseling, we cover a broad spectrum of higher qualifications for the higher health care and nursing services.
In addition to teaching, we are also involved in research and development. R&D projects in the area of the Competence Center for Applied Nursing Research provide you the opportunity to gain practical experience in application-oriented research.
As a primary health care nurse, you take on an independent role in disease management, for example in wound management. You can draw on evidence-based nursing knowledge and participate in the treatment process for those afflicted with acute and chronic wounds.
In addition, health promotion and prevention play an important role as a contribution to strengthening the health literacy of patients and clients. The focus is on the entire life cycle from childhood to old age. For target group-oriented preparation of counseling measures and communication, you will explore different counseling concepts and communication techniques, such as principles for professional conversation.
Via numerous interfaces, you will coordinate the primary care of people across various sectors including pharmacies, social insurance, medical practices and nursing facilities, and organize counseling for nursing and health-related issues.
In addition, you will acquire knowledge of epidemiological monitoring and data analysis in the context of health research, health statistics and epidemiology. The focus is on:
- Basic skills of clinical examination (esp. auscultation and percussion of the thorax and abdomen, musculoskeletal system) - in-depth knowledge of describing physiological and pathological manifestations (skin, lungs, sensory organs, abdomen, neurological, ... excl. wound documentation) - Geriatric assessment and nursing needs assessment - triage systems - Nursing home visit - consolidation of the assessment of vital functions (e.g. ECG, pO2, pulses, ...) - selected clinically relevant conditions (e.g. delirium, hyper-/hypoglycaemia, terminal phase of life, ...)
Continuous assessment Ongoing performance reviews during the course
Mainly activating methods
- Modern forms of wound care and pain therapy - Dressing materials, dressing application and dressing techniques - Wound diagnostics, wound management and local therapies - Practical implementation of modern wound care - Nutrition in wound healing disorders - Wound documentation and legal aspects
- Central terms of counselling, training and guidance - Legal basis of counselling according to GuKG - Understanding and roles of counselling in health care and nursing - Counselling science: Selected theories and models of counselling (person-centred counselling, systemic counselling) - Selected counselling approaches and methods (person-centred, systemic, solution-oriented, resource-oriented, etc.) - Selected nursing-relevant counselling methods - Counselling processes - Counselling settings with different target groups and settings - Conversational techniques in counselling - counselling communication and relationship building - Self-reflection and metacommunication in counselling - Use of educational materials (diabetes, stoma, injections)
Final exam Final written or oral examination at the end of the course
- Counselling Level I: Individual (collegial counselling, conflict counselling, coaching) - Consulting level II: Group (development phases, team processes, role positions, moderation) - Consulting level III: Organization (organizational development and opportunity management, organizational structures and cultures, organizational learning)
- Concepts of family health nursing in the context of child and adolescent nursing in an international context with a focus on health promotion and prevention - Tasks, functions and roles of Family Health Nurses (FHN) and School Nurses with a focus on child and adolescent care related to the age groups 0-18 years Roles, tasks and functions of the nurse in the school setting in the context of school health care in an international comparison - Exemplary model projects of integrated care in the context of child and adolescent care in Austria - Calgary Family Assessment Model (CFAM)- factors and components (structure, development, function) of assessment - Suicide prevention: risk groups, risk screening - Addiction prevention - Stress management and crisis intervention - Stigmatization (public & cultural, structural, personal) - focus on health care & destigmatization - Psychosocial counselling and psychoeducation - Family and reference systems of (older) people with mental and illnesses and children and adolescents - Responsibilities of the "Community Nurse" and the "Nurse Care Coordinator" in the care of older people - "Age-friendly PHC" - age-sensitive care and support for older people - Multidisciplinary collaboration and case analysis, care assurance at interfaces - Medical history and selected standardized assessment instruments for older people (geriatric assessment, frailty screening, etc.) - Education on health topics and health monitoring in older people - Disease management in the elderly - Nursing interventions for the elderly and common somatic and gerontopsychiatric diseases (e.g.: chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, chronic liver disease, etc.). diseases such as diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiac insufficiency; diseases of the musculoskeletal system; visual and hearing impairments; oncological diseases; dementia; depression).
- in-depth knowledge of diseases frequently associated with chronic wounds (e.g. diabetes, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, malignant neoplastic diseases, venous insufficiency, dermatological diseases, ...) - in-depth knowledge of diseases and phenomena that occur more frequently due to chronic wounds (e.g. depression, social isolation, anxiety, ...) - diagnostic possibilities in the Austrian health care system - integrated care system for people with chronic wounds in Austria
- Basics of qualitative research - Planning and procedure of the qualitative research process - Overview of qualitative research methods (focus group, narrative interview, episodic interview, ero-epic interview, observation -auto-ethnographic writing) - Overview of selected qualitative evaluation methods (grounded theory, content analysis, thematic analysis) - Introduction to MAXQDA: importing transcripts, coding texts, outputting codes and importing them into word processing programs, outputting code findings - Presentation of results in qualitative research
Continuous assessment Immanent performance review
- Basic concepts of empirical social research - Basic rules of questionnaire construction - Basics of quantitative survey methods - Research designs - Research design - Samples
>>Medicine Management >Groups of active substances: Selected drugs for pain conditions, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, infectious diseases, diseases of the digestive system, metabolic diseases and disorders of the water-electrolyte balance. >Selected medical devices: Area of feeding, incontinence care, dressing materials, stoma materials, walking aids etc. >>Special laboratory diagnostics: >Preanalytics >Findings interpretation >Blood coagulation haematology >Clinical chemistry urine diagnostics >Autoimmune diagnostics >Genetics >Case examples and interpretation of findings
Fundamentals of descriptive statistics: - Statistical characteristics and measures of dispersion. - Frequency tables, cross tabulations Basics of inferential statistics: - Significance - Correlations - Group comparison tests (t-test, U-test, ANOVA etc.) - Statistical data analysis with SPSS
- Case studies of acute situations (heart attack, stroke, glucose derailment, intoxication, suicidal thoughts, burns etc.) - ECG (initial assessment) - Rapid tests
- Disease Management Programmes (DMP) (in Austria and other countries) - aims, funding, experiences of participants, results - Adherence - Chronic diseases (DM type 2, COPD, heart failure, PAOD etc.) - Complex cases (substitution treatment, HIV, people with mental illness, people with migration background and language barrier, etc.) - Presentation of clinical pictures/challenges, involved specialist groups, medication management, evidence-based programmes/procedures, guidelines
- Criteria of scientific work - Correct citation (focus: requirement at the Department of Applied Nursing Science) - Planning of a scientific paper - the exposé - Topic identification & concretization - Literature research and procurement (online research in theory and practice) - Material selection, material evaluation - Presentation of results - Structure of a scientific publication (focus: scientific essays)
Writing a SE thesis on a focus of choice (selected fields of action for children and adolescents, for adults or for older people)
Final exam Thesis
Financing systems in the social and health care system - Structure of the health care system in Austria - Financing and funds in the health care system (revenues, expenditures) - Cost development - Comparison of the Austrian health care system with other European countries - Primary care centres and their financial compensation incl. visions for the future Care services - Primary, secondary and tertiary care in Austria - Care services in Austria - State benefits for persons in need of care and their relatives (care allowance, care leave, etc.)
Lecture with activating methods, discussions
- Digitization and technology in nursing care - Areas of application of digital technologies in nursing - Challenges of technology use on an individual and societal level - Technology assessment - Current topics from the professional context (inpatient and outpatient care)
Continuous assessment Immanent performance assessment (intermediate tests on Moodle, presentation and written work)
- Definition and practical examples of eCounseling and eHealth methods - Relationship process, e.g. according to Peplau, and the role of the caregiver - Exemplary instruments for implementation (ICT, applications and software) - Data protection in the digital work environment - Influence of environmental conditions on health behaviour and participation in eCounseling and eHealth offers - Preventive and health-promoting offers by means of eCounseling and eHealth; examples from practice - Benefits and limitations of eHealth and eCounseling offers, e.g. Ambient Assisted Living
- Health literacy- Clarification of terms, - Connection with health - Figures/data/facts from Austria and internationally - Areas of health literacy:- Health information conveyed by media (written, websites, apps, social media,...) using the example of current health communication topics (e.g. vaccination)- Quality criteria of "Good Health Information" ("Good Health Information Austria") - Preparation of method papers on the organisational level - Checklist for assessing the quality of health information - Risk communication and fake news - open questions in the field of health information - Intercultural aspects - Quality of conversation in health care- Quality characteristics in the area of personal conversations between members of the health care professions and patients - building a patient-centred communication culture - Communication training - Citizen and patient empowerment as a transversal field of action- more participation, more self-determination through health literacy - Patients' rights - The health literate organization - a short insight- Creating frameworks and structures for more health literacy - Examples of health literate organizations
- Basic concepts, terms and definitions of population development and its processes. - Overview of past, present and future population trends - Implications of the projected population development for Austrian health policy in general and the financial viability of the Austrian social security system in particular. - Overview and interpretation of basic epidemiological terms - Overview of the most important national and international health organisations and their respective focus on epidemiology (e.g. WHO, ECDC, RKI, Ministries of Health) - Presentation and analysis of data from different databases on sub-areas of epidemiology such as care epidemiology, social epidemiology, environmental epidemiology and discussion of the impact on individual and collective health of people and groups of people - Apply different epidemiological data to create target group-specific and evidence-based health and care interventions, or evidence-based counselling content.
Final exam LV-final oral or written final examination
Mainly activating methods Lecture, presentations, group work, discussion
- Theoretical foundations of evaluation - Methodological foundations of evaluation - Design of evaluation projects in health promotion - Basic principles of HTA and HIA - Importance and application of HTA and HIA in Austria and Europe - Components of and methods in HTA and HIA - Conception of HTA and HIA
Final exam LV-final written or oral final examination
Mainly activating methods, lecture, presentations, group work, discussion
- Practical counselling exercises with a focus on the counselling content level on selected topics such as -Stoma, diabetes -medication management -adherence, -disease management, -amputation, -Chronic Illness, -relatives of the chronically ill - Practical counseling exercises focusing on conversational techniques in counseling: -Paraphrasing, -Reframing, -verbalizing, -mirroring -Formulating questions (solution-focused, hypnosystemic, analytic, hypothetical, circular questions, aggravation questions, scaling questions, miracle questions).
- Analysis phase with use of assessment instruments (fatigue, delirium, pain) in the context of counselling - Selected counselling examples on content level (pain, migration and illness, psychiatric topics, fall prevention, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic wounds,...) - Selected lifestyle factors on content level (nutrition, exercise) - Basic principles of crisis counselling (BELLA concept)
- Occupational groups in the health care system and their tasks or areas of competence - Explanation of terms (interdisciplinary, interprofessional, multiprofessional, multidisciplinary, etc.) - Various leadership styles and their advantages and disadvantages - Communication and teamwork - Promoting cooperation in the primary care centre (meetings, team building, practical examples)
- Presentation of the key points of the thesis - Examination discussion and proof of in-depth knowledge of a related topic relevant to the final thesis - Cross-connections to integrated forms of care for selected age groups
Final exam Commission final examination
- Role of PHCN in international comparison - Implementation of primary care units in Austria - Different professional titles and fields of activity of PHCNs - Objectives of PHCN in comparison with other countries
- Basics, methods, models, tools and goals of quality management - Actors of quality management - Measurement criteria and key figures of quality management - Continuous improvement process - Basics of clinical risk management - Methods of risk assessment - Instruments of risk management - Potential risks in the health care sector
Mainly activating methods, lecture, group work, discussion
- Contents of the laws underlying primary care in Austria - 15a B-VG Target control health - Company forms in the health care system (e.g.: hospitals, group practices, outpatient clinics, PVE, Ärzte-OG, ...) - Range of services, financing, requirements - Competences of the participating health and social professions
Teaching times 1-2 times a month blocked: Thursday afternoon Friday and Saturday all day Schedule of the academic year, subject to change: Academic year schedule (PDF 132 KB, content only available in German)
Electives Selection and participation according to available places. There may be separate selection procedures.
You also have the opportunity to attend selected open courses (in german only) from other degree programs or departments. You can find the registration details here.
As a graduate, you will use your expertise to contribute to the exciting task of helping to establish and continuously develop the new professional field.
Primary Health Care Nurses (PHCN) can be found in the following positions:
Master course for advanced professional training, part-time
Financial aid is available for academic courses, master courses and for courses and seminars.
You can find information about funding agencies under grants and scholarships.
A maximum of 30 ECTS of the completed academic course modules can be credited for the master courses "Advanced Nursing Practice" and "Advanced Nursing Counseling" in order to enter the 2nd semester, after a successful admission interview with the head of the program.
Before the beginning of the first semester, you have the opportunity to catch up on knowledge from the fields of nursing science and research as part of a preparatory course in order to meet the admission requirements for the course or simply to refresh your knowledge. The next dates are in June 2021.
More information about the propaedeutic course (content only available in German)
Information for applicants with non-Austrian (school) certificates (PDF 145 KB)
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