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Graduate University Study of Nursing – Promotion and Protection of Mental Health

Basic Data

Title of the study programme: Graduate University Study of Nursing – Promotion and Protection of Mental Health

Study programme implementor: The Faculty of Health Studies University of Rijeka

Duration of the study programme: 2 years

Organization of the study and teaching:
Considering that the mental health problems, according to the WHO's predictions, will be the leading pathology in the morbidity of the population in the upcoming 20-year period, it is necessary to begin with the education of the required nursing personnel involved in the management of the protective houses, patronage teams and the so-called 'case management'.On the other hand, knowledge of the causes and ways of treating mental disorders increasingly confirm the necessity of a biopsychosocial approach to the treatment of mental disorders. Masters of nursing are the professionals needed in order to implement the reform of the mental health system. In accordance with the principles of the Bologna Declaration, the proposed study programme is structured and evaluated with 120 ECTS credits and lasts two years. During the first year, four modules are implemented: general-compulsory courses, scientific research methods, psychological-pedagogical module, and a module that comprises 9 elective courses, among which the student has to choose three.In the second year of study, five compulsory courses are offered that are connected to mental health, and 31 elective courses, among which the student has to choose six. Graduate study of nursing contributes to a significantly better education of the bachelors of nursing, and helps them in mastering the novelties of the profession, teaching them to think critically by accepting new, both technical and scientific achievements of this rapidly evolving profession.We are faced with the increasing demands of modern lifestyles and work, resulting in imbalance between health and disease. Thus, the application of appropriate methods is an indispensable way of successful treatment, improving of health as a whole, shortening the time of sick leave and prolonging the work potential, while improving the quality of life.
At the end of the study, the student writes master's thesis based on the research.

Qualification and title: Master of Nursing (M.Sc.N.)

Abbreviation of the title: mag. med. tech.

I. year

Didactics
Disabled persons
Educational psychology
Evidence-based medicine
Fundamentals of Scientific Research Logic and Methodology
General Pedagogy
Interdisciplinary approach to research and statistics in health care
Manager in Health System
Medical informatics
Methods of pain measurement
Rights and obligations in health care practice
Teaching in medical education
Basics of Medical Ethics and Bioethics - elective
Communication skills - elective
Community-based Rehabilitation - elective
Group psychotherapy basics - elective
Physical activity and immune system - elective
Propaedeutic skills for physical therapist - elective
Scientific elements of manual therapy - elective
Team work - elective
The incidence of injuries in sport - elective

II. year

Clinical syndromes in psychiatry
Clinical syndromes of mental health disorders
Comprehensive care for mental health
Special medical care of psychiatric patients
Therapeutic procedures in the field of mental health
Adolescence – Modern concepts of growing up - elective
Anxiety and how to get reed of it - elective
Chronic psychiatry patient - elective
Drawing and painting in psychiatric diagnostics and therapy 
Family in health and illness
Family violence
Forensic and Prison Psychiatry
Gerontopsychiatry
Group psychotherapy basics
Health psychology
Introduction in group analysis II
Introduction to Cognitive Rehabilitation
Introductory in group analysis I
Liaison Psychiatry
Mental Health and prevention
Mental health aspects of persons with intellectual disabilities
Nonpharmacological approach to schizophrenic patient  
Obesity
Occupational Therapy
Organization of psychiatric services
Outpatient treatment of substance abuse
Psychological development of the menkind
Psychological Medicine
Reactions to traumatic and stressful life experiences
Rehabilitation and resocialization of psychiatric patient
Society and mental health
Spirituality and medicine
Suicidology
Therapy resistant schizophrenia
What is depression?