Nursing training: state of play on the university side

Nursing training: state of play on the university side

For the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the rapprochement of nursing training with the university goes “in the direction of history”, even if they must remain professionalizing. In this second part of the panorama of nursing training, Actusoins explores the subject through the end of the university telescope.

Read also, on, the first part of the panorama of nursing training:

Training of nurses: courses increasingly close to the university

After the attribution of the degree license to the State diploma in 2009 and the agreement of all the IFSI with the universities (then the creation of the training, university, of the IPA), a second stage of the universitarization of the training nurses began in 2020.

The rapprochement between IFSI and universities but also between medical and paramedical training has been growing for three years with the experimental program launched by a decree of May 2020.

It is being rolled out in three successive waves, starting in September 2020, 2021 and 2022. In total, 26 projects have been submitted by 23 universities (including nine in 2021 and seven and 2022).

With regard to initial training (first cycle), ten projects relate to bridges allowing the entry into the second year of IFSI of students in PASS-L.AS having validated, under certain conditions, 60 ECTS.

Gateways in the other direction, towards training in medicine, maieutics, odontology and pharmacy, also exist but they concern, for the moment, a much more limited number of places, indicates the ministry.

23 universities are experimenting

Eight other experiments lead students in IFSI to obtain a double diploma: ESI obtain at the end of the three years the State Diploma as well as a license (in addition to the “license grade” associated with the DEI) .

This double diploma represents a potential advantage: the Ministry of Higher Education expects that the additional training associated with the granting of a license within the framework of the experiments will enable students who have obtained this double diploma to better succeed in a pursuit of a master’s degree.

The experiments also relate to the second cycle, with nine double degree projects concerning students in specialization studies (Iade, Ibode), advanced practice or executives. They follow in parallel masters in health, in health engineering, public health, management, management of administrations and companies and in educational sciences, also indicates the ministry.

This period of experimentation, for the first as well as the second cycle, lasts six years. The projects will therefore be evaluated at the end of the 2025-2026 academic year. The results of these evaluations will tell whether certain formulas will be made permanent or not.

Nurses at the university: number unknown

Apart from experimentation, holders of a DE at the bachelor’s degree can also pursue studies in a master’s degree and then in a doctorate.

Some do, but the Ministry of Higher Education does not know their number: it would be necessary to question all the universities to find out the number of state-certified doctoral students and all the heads of masters (very many) to find out those who follow one… The diplomas they have obtained outside the university circuit (such as the DE) are indeed not indicated in their registration file…

In the same way, some IDE teach at the university without their nursing degree being known.

On the other hand, since the creation in 2019 of the qualification section in nursing sciences of the National Council of Universities, the “CNU 92”, the very first positions of teacher-researchers have been created: eight positions of lecturers and one professor. universities. It’s not much, but the sector is young.

Some nurses already engaged in research have already applied. However, a potential obstacle to the development of these positions lies in the fact that apart from if these teacher-researchers carry out research in public health, they must practice research in institutional care, indicates the ministry.

However, as these positions are attached only to the teaching staff of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, their holders have no connection with a care service and must establish an agreement with a care establishment.

A reflection on a dual membership, which exists in the medical sector, should be initiated soon to make these careers more attractive.

Geraldine Langlois

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