New education raises the quality of healthcare

Published: 25 January 2013

This fall starts a new master in Nursing at Luleå University of Technology. The program is a response to an increased demand for higher education in the health care profession in the county.

- There is a correlation between increased skills and improved quality. Specialist allows increased patient safety, says Professor Siv Söderberg.

University education for nurses who take nursing degree today is three years. Then the most  read a specialist education for one year. Now there is an opportunity to also take a Master's degree. After a master's degree, they can go a postgraduate education for four years.

- It's so great that we now have this educational opportunity at Luleå University of Technology. Previously you had to go outside the county for this type of higher education as a nurse, says Siv Söderberg.

She believes that the practical conduct of everyday life is based on a theoretical knowledge. The study further provides not only the acquisition of knowledge, but also more tools to acquire new knowledge to solve problems in their daily work.

The council encouraged nurses to continue their education to raise patient safety and patient care. Elsa Lehtonen, care manager in the NLL, consider the master's program will improve the quality of healthcare in Norrbotten.

- We will get the benefits of the new master's program in the county. Developments in health care is needed and we hope to get more scientists working clinically within the activities.

Interest in continuing education for nurses has increased in recent years. This is evident both out in the business and universities. The requests for further training have increased, something that has not happened before.
- Both undergraduate and specialist training has been akademiserad. Therefore there is an increased interest in taking the next step which is a master and then graduate. Master program opens many new doors, says Siv Söderberg.