39266 - Nursing Internship 1 (IMOLA)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

At the end of the internship period, the student is capable of identifying and meeting the low complexity care needs of individuals. They can establish effective interpersonal relationships and initiate a supportive connection with the individual/family. Moreover, they can integrate their activities within the service organization, adhering to the ethical principles of the profession.

Course contents

Acquiring knowledge and technical, relational, and educational skills to identify and meet low and medium complexity care needs of individuals.

The specific objectives aim to develop the following:

  • The ability for critical thinking and decision-making consistent with the responsibilities of general nursing care as recognized by the profile (DM 739/94).
  • Competencies in intra and interprofessional teamwork, with a particular focus on collaboration and multidisciplinary synergies.
  • Relational competence towards individuals, families, and communities.
  • Educational competence towards individuals, families, and communities.
  • The ability to self-train through continuous education and to cultivate a lifelong learning attitude, starting from a solid foundational education.

Throughout the educational journey, the development of sensitivity and an attitude aligned with the values expressed in the Nurses' Code of Ethics is intended."

- The ability to apply knowledge and understanding includes:

  1. Conducting nursing assessments and identifying related care needs in low complexity situations.
  2. Providing general, preventive, curative, palliative, and rehabilitative nursing care for health promotion throughout the lifespan, to individuals, families, and communities. Care is directed towards situations of low care complexity in various clinical and care contexts.
  3. Establishing and promoting the therapeutic relationship.
  4. Implementing technical and educational interventions.
  5. Ensuring the correct application of diagnostic and therapeutic prescriptions.
  6. Collaborating with other health and social professions in an integrated manner.
  7. Upholding the ethical principles of the profession

The ability to comprehend and apply the acquired knowledge is achieved through integrated internship activities, various forms of tutorial and laboratory work. These activities allow students to integrate, compare, and apply the knowledge gained through theoretical educational activities and individual study, in clinical nursing practice, fostering critical reflection during periodic individual and group meetings.


- The ability for autonomy of judgment includes:

  1. Identifying specific competence and collaborative problems in low complexity care situations.
  2. Defining expected care outcomes.
  3. Establishing appropriate care interventions based on priorities, scientific evidence, and the will of the assisted person.
  4. Evaluating the achieved results, including qualitative aspects, and the care process.
  5. Identifying health needs of the individual, family, and community in collaboration with other professional figures.
  6. Recognizing situations conflicting with the ethical principles of the profession.

The acquisition of knowledge and the ability to consciously and responsibly apply it in clinical internship activities allow the student to develop the essential capacity for autonomous judgment required to practice nursing.

Communicative skills include:

  1. Using verbal and non-verbal communication channels consciously in nursing care.
  2. Working in groups.
  3. Utilizing technical-scientific language in nursing documentation.

Communicative skills are developed during clinical internships, specific laboratories, tutoring sessions, and group work.

- Learning skills include:

Identifying one's own learning needs and the methods to fulfill them.

  1. Selecting content that aligns with one's learning needs.
  2. Keeping one's competencies up-to-date.
  3. Properly applying legislation concerning the practice of nursing, in accordance with ethical principles and the overall regulatory framework.

The development of learning skills takes place throughout the entire study program through various activities such as lectures, seminars, laboratories, tutoring, internships, interactions with teachers and professionals, and individual study. Additionally, students may participate in supplementary experiences during internships, such as attending conferences, congresses, and updating initiatives consistent with the contents specified in the Study Plan.

The program mainly refers to integrative activities and laboratories conducted during the academic year, building upon the prerequisites established through theoretical teachings in the study plan and clinical internship experiences.

The laboratory sessions cover various techniques, including those demonstrated in the classroom during different nursing courses. The methodological laboratory refers to individual and group sessions guided by course tutors to apply the nursing care process, particularly focusing on assessment and targeted assessment, as well as defining nursing diagnoses using L.J. Carpenito's Bifocal Clinical Practice Model and/or Gordon's Functional Health Patterns Model, applied to individuals receiving care from the student during the internship.

Access to the internship is subject to the approval of the Fundamentals of Nursing Care Laboratory (C.I.) after attending the course. (See programs for Fundamentals of Care Laboratory and Seminar on Patient Safety)



Operational Instructions, Protocols, Procedures, and Check-lists for educational purposes prepared by the Training Section for the academic year of reference, as well as Standard Care Plans.

For the technical content presented by teachers during theoretical classroom activities, laboratories, and integrative activities, the bibliographic references are the texts identified by the teacher and listed in the specific bibliography.

Teaching methods

Clinical internship experience Guidance and support during internship activities from internship tutors/guides Integrative activities of laboratory work and clinical and methodological tutoring.

Assessment methods

The modes of access to the internship exam are indicated in the Internship Regulation of the Degree Course.

The overall learning assessment takes place during the Internship exam, where the ongoing evaluations expressed by the internship tutors from the involved locations regarding the achievement of the objectives specified in the evaluation form are also considered. The evaluations expressed during the internship contribute 30% to the final evaluation.

The Internship exam consists of several tests that investigate different expected competence levels:

A written care plan related to a clinical case with low complexity, which must be developed within a defined time frame based on the Conceptual Model provided by the Training Section. Successfully passing the written test grants access to the remaining tests, which include:

Two simulations of nursing care techniques related to the program, evaluated using checklists constructed within the Gestural Laboratories.

An oral test that assesses the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of scientific content and relevant professional regulations to nursing care, as well as judgment skills related to proposed low complexity care/organizational situations.


Teaching tools

To support the internship activities, the educational offerings containing internship objectives consistent with the teachings and laboratories are used, along with the technical-practical and internship activity logbook, and the care plans developed during the internship.

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