Faculty of Nursing
The Faculty offers 4 bachelor's (undergraduate) degree programmes, i.e. Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy, and 4 master's (postgraduate) degree programmes, i.e. Clinical Nursing, Advance Nursing Practice; Health promotion and rehabilitation and Art Therapy. Graduate students who are highly qualified have the right to work in the country's health care institutions.
Students begin their studies at the University with general subjects and focus more on nursing (or occupational therapy, physical therapy, midwifery or other fields depending on the programme) as their studies continue. Much emphasis is placed on clinical practice and work with patients. The LSMU Hospital, Kaunas Red Cross Nursing and Palliative Care Hospital, Kaunas Clinical Hospital, Kaunas Child Development Hospital and Child Mental Retardation Centre pose excellent environments for gaining practical skills.
The study process is divided into semesters and consists of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and self-studies. Nursing and midwifery programmes at the undergraduate level are module-based, which gives better learning opportunities and corresponds to the EU standards for nursing. The main focus is placed on the competence required for the field of specialisation.
The Faculty in the Past and Today
The mission of the Faculty of Nursing is to educate and improve highly qualified nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy and occupational therapy specialists by providing the knowledge and professional skills and forming the system of attitudes and values, to conduct research in nursing, midwifery, rehabilitation, gerontology, physical therapy and occupational therapy and to participate in the creation and implemetation of the health policy and strategy. The Faculty of Nursing promotes international cooperation of teachers and student exchange programmes.
The Faculty consists of the main academic departments: clinical department of Rehabilitation, clinical department of geriatric medicine, clinical department of Behaviour Medicine, Department of Nursing and Care and Institute of Sport. In the Faculty of Nursing, students are actively involved in various academic activities. The diploma of nurses and rehabilitation graduates is recognised internationally.
Tasks of the Faculty
The Faculty of Nursing offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes and ensures that students gain necessary qualifications and a professional identity. The devoted, diverse and professional employees on the teaching and research staff make a major contribution to knowledge, health policies and future practice.
- To ensure availability of the studies in the Faculty of Nursing to young people and specialists in health care and other related professions.
- To integrate a wide range of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physical therapy, gerontology and geriatric study programmes and research.
- With the help of information technology and effective teaching methods, to prepare highly skilled nurses, midwives, occupational therapists and physiotherapists as well as actively participate in the training of other health care professionals.
The numerous international relations of the Faculty are continually strengthened, replenished and honoured. Networking, research projects, student and teacher exchange programmes, as well as short visits and intensive programmes within Europe and overseas are part of the Faculty’s daily life.
Currently, the research topic of the Faculty is "Preparation and implementation of medical, social, rehabilitation and nursing programmes for patients and disabled people with significant disorders of biosocial functions on the in-patient and out-patient level".
More detailed information on scientific activities and participation in research projects is provided in the websites of the Departments of the Faculty.
In 1990, Kaunas Medical Academy took into account the request of Merciful Sisters Society and recommendations of the regional meeting of Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian specialists and appealed to the Ministry of Health to obtain permission to prepare nurses with higher education.
In 1990, Rector prof. A. Praskevičius issued an order to start preparing nurses with higher education. On 1 September, 1990, the first 50 student nurses were admitted. Assoc. prof. S. Gendvilis was appointed the supervisor of the study programme. The study programme was developed following the experience of nursing faculties of Polish universities and medical academies.
In 1992, by the order of Rector V. Grabauskas, assoc. prof A. Šeškevičius was appointed the vice- dean, and on his initiative the Faculty of Nursing was established. Assoc. prof. A. Šeškevičius was appointed the dean. The training programme was modified in accordance with the WHO requirements for nurses, midwives and social workers and Lithuanian Law on Higher Education for the bachelor‘s degree in nursing.