Course-specific competences

Subject-specific competences derive from the study programme’s goals, basic competences, and other syllabus-defined competences. They are derived from the Tuning Educational Structures in Europe II (2005).

Five areas of competences are covered:

  1. Professional values and the role of graduate nurses in nursing.
  2. Providing nursing care and decision-making in the clinical work field.
  3. Knowledge and cognitive competences.
  4. Communicational and interpersonal competences (including ICT in the healthcare informatics field).
  5. Competences for leading, management, and team work.

Subject-specific competences for the field of Professional values, ethics, and the role of a graduate nurse in nursing:

  • Ability to work in accordance with the professionalism requirements, ethics, rules and regulations, and recognizing and solving moral and ethical dilemmas;
  • Ability to establish autonomous, comprehensive, tolerant, non-judgemental, and delicate relations towards anyone, which ensures that all rights, wishes, expectations, and needs are understood, respected, and considered;
  • Ability to educate, support, enable, and encourage health preservation and wellbeing on all who have experienced illness, stress, injury, or death;
  • Understanding and considering various rules, roles, responsibilities, and functions in nursing, and the ability to adjust these to the needs of the patient, or when the patient’s wellbeing demands it;
  • Ability to take responsibility for own professional growth, education, and the ability to improve the quality of own work with self-evaluation.

Subject-specific competences in providing nursing care and decision-making in clinical practice:

  • Ability to make mandatory/stipulated and systematic approaches to patient treatment and the use of appropriate tools/approaches based on relevant, physical, psychological social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental factors;
  • Ability to recognize and interpret signs that show normal health or changes in health and signs of illness, negative stress or impairment (setting the nursing diagnosis);
  • Planned execution and evaluation of adequate individualized nursing programmes that are being executed in cooperation with users, their families, custodians, and other health/social workers;
  • Ability to critically use, evaluate, interpret, and synthesize various information with the purpose of offering the best choice to users, which ensures the best quality, and effect-monitoring;
  • Trained to properly use nursing and social skills and other activities, and ensuring optimal care, like:
    • Fully respecting patient’s dignity, privacy, and confidentiality;
    • Carefully abiding instructions and procedures that ensure safety towards infections;
    • Quality execution of interventions in nursing and urgent medical help; 
    • Caring for quality execution of prescribed therapy;
    • Ability to safely document the application of therapy and other diagnostic or therapeutic procedures;
    • Caring for psychological, physical, and emotional wellbeing of patients – respecting and considering their hygiene needs, nutrition, daily activities, and leisure;
    • Responding to user’s needs through all life stages and health conditions, and illnesses, like: experiencing pain, disabilities, problems related to dying, etc.;
    • Ability to inform, educate, and supervise users, their families, and other loved ones.


Subject-specific competences in Knowledge and cognitive competences:

Mastering relevant knowledge and skills in these fields:

  • Nursing theories and their implementation into practice,
  • Natural and medical sciences,
  • Social studies, health and social sciences (behavioural science),
  • Ethics, law, economics, and other social studies, ICT in nursing,
  • International and national healthcare policy,
  • Solving problems and decision-making,
  • Basic principles of researching and studying.


Subject-specific competences in Communication and interpersonal competences (including ICT – information and communication technologies)

  • Ability to effectively communicate (including the use of communication technologies) with users, families, and social groups, even with those who have problems with communicating,
  • Ability to enable users and their loved ones to express their concerns and problems, while reacting to those expressions on an emotional, social, physical, psychological, and spiritual level,
  • Ability to prevent abuse,
  • Ability to use a number of communication techniques to ensure the wellbeing of users (counselling techniques, identifying and encouraging positive behaviour for health, recognizing distress, fear, stress, and depression, giving emotional support, and identifying situations where there is a need for specific counselling or intervention), 
  • Trained for timely keeping of medical records, writing reports, and the use of proper technology.

Subject-specific competences for Leadership, management, and team work

  • Realizing that satisfaction and the wellbeing of service users depends as well on the physical environment (accomodations and equipment) as on the work of health-social team as a whole; 
  • the ability to the proper management and coordination of the work and the tasks of the employees;
  • ability to cooperate and communicate effectively with users and staff, as well as to encourage the staff to set priorities and to meet the high standards of quality in the work; 
  • the ability to monitor the well-being of the assessment of the risks and the active promotion of the health of, and concern for the safety of all people in the work environment (including each other);
  • knowledge of relevant standards and skills in the critical application of the methodology for the evaluation and review avdit) the scope of the health care;
  • the qualifications for education, training, support, supervision, and mentoring of students of nursing and other health and social care workers. the ability to take account of the principles of economy in the field of health care, taking to and use of the funds.

After graduation you will have competences to work independently in the nursing field. We wish that our graduates are renowned in Slovenia as excellent staff members for executing tasks in accordance with obtained competences.