The main goal of the I. Ya. Horbachevskyy Ternopil State Medical University is to overcome the stereotypes that medical nurse is only doctor’s assistant. The level of the national nursing should be raised according to the contemporary world standards.
A separate unit of TSMU, which combines medical and practical training of nurses, is the Institute of Nursing.
Institute of Nursing is accredited by the first (bachelor) and second (master’s) levels of higher education:
In the Institute of Nursing the following undergraduate degree programs are used for training of domestic and foreign citizens:
Specialty 223 “Nursing”
BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Degree:
- 4 years program (for students after high (secondary) school graduate) – only full-time learning program;
- 2 years program (for students already having ADN degree) – full-time and distance learning program;
- 2 years program (for students already having MD degree) – full-time and distance learning program;
Specialty 223 “Nursing”
MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) degree:
- 2 years program (for students already having BSN degree) – full-time and distance learning program
The new educational unit of the Institute of Nursing on Kotsyubynskyy St. 3
The Institute of Nursing is established by resolution of the Academic Council of Ternopil State Medical University named after I. Ya. Horbachevskyy from September 27, 2005 № 2, and the order of the Rector of the University from October 4, 2005 № 08.01-22/2359 with the beginning of functioning on October 10, 2005. The base of the Institute includes the TSMU units and hospital departments of Ternopil.
Dr. Svitlana Yastremska is the director of the Institute of Nursing from 2007. Dr. Ludmila Mazur is vice-director of the Institute of Nursing and director of Distant Education Center.
In fact, with the introduction of bachelor degree in 1995, we began to prepare nurses-managers, which can and should work as independent professionals and cooperate with a doctor, not just to help him.
The Institute of nursing includes the computer lab (42 computers), library with reading hall, 2 lecture rooms (big (150 seats) and small (40 seats)), equipped with stationary projection equipment, practical skills lab and offices of administration, teachers and technical staff.
The Institute of Nursing’s library is the research, scientific, information and cultural-educational unit of the university.
Library with reading room
Cafeteria for students
As for now Institute of Nursing is renewed and fully equipped with the latest educational models, mannequins and simulators.
The practical skills lab is equipped by modern phantoms
Assistant Valentyna Maksymova with students in the practical skills lab
Learning the nursing manipulations by international students
Long before its reorganization, TSMU had active international cooperation with universities of the USA, Canada and Europe taking part in nursing education programs. The next year Institute of Nursing formed new units in its structure such as American and International nursing school. For the first time in Ukraine under the mandate of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education of Ukraine in the Ternopil State Medical University started an experimental educational project of international students training in nursing program at special curriculum, based on the experience of the best American nursing schools.
Starting around 10 students in 2006, as 2015 has been increased enrollment of students in forty times.
Institute of Nursing graduates of different years
Among the results of successful work in creation of new educational standards were changes provided by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from 24/05 1997. №507 that introduced the educational level of Master of Nursing (8.12010006 “Nursing”), 1201 “Medicine”. Accordingly, for the first time in Ukraine, the Institute of Nursing as a part of Ternopil State Medical University in July 2008 approved new program, obtained a license and started training specialists of this level, enabling students to continue their professional growth and achieve Master’s degree in nursing.
The main component of education process in medicine is to ensure the continuity of training, and this in turn leads to the introduction of significant methodological changes in education. After studying the international experience of distance learning, taking for the example the Mary Black (South Carolina, USA) School of Nursing and with the support of Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Ternopil State Medical University introduced this form of education for bachelors and masters of Nursing
Distance learning program in “Ternopil State Medical University named after I. Ya.Horbachevskyi MOH Ukraine “is carried out for over 7 years based on the act of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine №828 from 05.09.08. The introduction and development of this form of training is provided on the base of the experience of educational institutions of the USA and other countries where exists ( distance (online)) learning format for training bachelors and masters who had basic nursing education and work in hospitals. Distance training program in the Ternopil State Medical University is gaining wide popularity among local students, as well as it involves students from the USA, Canada, Israel, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Europe. This form of education is used for qualified junior specialists or bachelors and international students that already work as licensed nurses in their countries.
The key to success of distance learning is the possibility to obtain new knowledge without discontinuing work. Obtaining a bachelor’s or master’s degree gives graduate students of TSMU the unique opportunity for career progress and financial well-being. All international graduates of TSMU that applied for evaluation of their diplomas in the United States by NACES (National Association of Accreditation and Evaluation of Diplomas), successfully passed it and were employed by hospitals on the positions of licensed nurses.
Under the terms of the contract, each year our university professors carry out visits to some local centers in USA with which our university signed an agreement on joint activities on the topic of distance training program in “Nursing”.
In June 2014 a delegation of TSMU visited New York (USA) for deepening of international relations and cooperation with the company «Global Professional Consulting» as well as for taking part in the graduation exams for Bachelors and Masters degree in “Nursing”.
Within the terms of visit to the USA was a meeting between the Rector of our University Mykhaylo Korda and president of «Global Professional Consulting» Irina Kokurina. The meeting resulted in signing a contract on cooperation between this company and Ternopil State Medical University.
The increasing interest to the program of distance learning in the TSMU among nurses who have a license and work in the USA. She pointed out that graduates of this program successfully evaluated the university diplomas in the independent agencies in the USA, which gives them great career opportunities and future financial well-being. Currently, the program of distance learning in Ternopil State Medical University has a high level of trust and demand between nurses in USA.
Almost every year our Institute of Nursing initiates the powerful international conferences on nursing.
Students and young scientists of the Institute of Nursing actively participate in international conferences, seminars and symposiums. Both Ukrainian and international students involved to the scientific work.
The Institute of Nursing establishes international cooperation.
Some of the academic stuff of the Institute of Nursing were in the Nursing School named after Mary Black, which is the subdivision of University of South Caroline Upstate to discover nursing system of education in USA. Especially: peculiarities of students’ clinical work and starting the cooperation between this school and our university.
Also some of the academic stuff of the Institute of Nursing took part in MATRA project in 2006 – 2010 to receive the grant. The aim is to improve the medical help to elderly people in Ukraine. The program is sponsored by Netherlands’ government.
Thus, in the framework of international exchange at the University of Grant McEwan (in. Edmonton, Canada) in October 2014 assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology department Petrenko Natalia and senior laboratory assistant of the department of general patients care, Master of Nursing Rybalka Tamara.
The visiting program included visits of classes on various subjects, meeting with teachers of nursing programs, visits to medical institutions. During the training our teachers were able to attend lectures and practical sessions on nursing care for families with young children and nursing fundamentals, lectures on the basics of healthy lifestyles, the foundations of scientific research, mental health. All practical training took place in the well-equipped training center. Training also included many meetings with university professors.
As a part of this cooperation, lecturers from MacEwan University and Ternopil State Medical University developed an elective course “Psychological Health” and now introducing it into the curriculum of nursing training for Bachelors of Nursing and postgraduate training for practicing nurses. After testing this elective course in the Ternopil State Medical University and its evaluation by external reviewers, it may be included in the curricula of other higher educational institutions of Ukraine. In May 2015 a delegation of University of Grant McEwan consisting of Professor Elizabeth Burgess-Pinto and project manager of the Ukrainian Center of resources Yuri Konkin visited our university and presented this newly designed elective course.
The question of learning the basics of providing psychological care to patients by nurses was discussed at the meeting of the Vice-Director of Personnel Management, of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Head of the Department of Education and Science of the Department of Personnel Management, Olexandr Volosovets and Rector of Ternopil State Medical University, Professor Mykhaylo Korda with representatives of the University of Grant McEwan – professor Elizabeth Burgess-Pinto and project manager of Ukrainian Center of Resources and Development Yuri Konkin.
The cooperation with the Institute of Nursing of another educational institution in Canada – Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology), a part of which is the Nursing School. A preliminary negotiations with the representatives of International Relations and Director of the School of Nursing, Ms. Lauren, about the agreement on cooperation, students and teachers exchange, PhD program in Nursing and the opportunity to participate in grant programs funded by the Government of Canada.
In 2015, the Institute of Nursing accredited training direction 6.120101 “Nursing”. Accreditation was successful. We received a certificate for training such specialists in total of 650: 50 students in a full-time education program and 600 people on distance learning.
In the future plans of the Institute of Nursing are improvement of work on the current programs to be not only the first, but also the best educational institution of nursing education.