Advising and guidance

Guidance refers to all activities aimed at enabling future and current students to plan and manage their learning in a way that is consistent with their personal life goals and makes full use of their individual skills and interests to achieve personal fulfilment.
Depending on the stage of the university process at which these activities are carried out, a distinction is made between:
Incoming guidance: carried out before the choice of degree course, incoming guidance is aimed at future students and offers support in identifying which course to take based on individual interests, expectations and aptitudes. In this phase, the various possible scenarios are presented to the future student and the alternatives of the university path are illustrated; ongoing guidance: carried out during the university career, it is aimed at enrolled students and is designed to guide them through the degree courses they are on, enabling them to better interact with the structures and the university context; career guidance: carried out close to or after graduation, it is aimed at graduates or undergraduates and designed to facilitate their introduction into the working environment.

Incoming guidance

Guidance plays a decisive role in the complex and structured process of higher education for the new generations. The choice of a university course is in fact a very delicate point in the life of students, who has to make an informed choice to pave the way for the future life they want; shortcomings in incoming guidance contribute to an increase in the number of drop-outs from studies, as well as a slowing down of student careers by disproportionately increasing the time needed to obtain a degree.

The University of Parma pays particular attention to guidance projects aimed at secondary-school students, in order to promote accurate and in-depth knowledge of the University's course catalogue.
An important network of activities and services, described in the University Policy for Student Services document and coordinated by the Guidance Delegate, is constantly updated and optimised to support students throughout their university career.
The Guidance Delegates for the Degree Course in Nursing (nursing qualification) are Prof. Luca Ampollini, Francesca Costa and Cristina Casubolo

Guidance includes meetings with students coming to the end of their secondary-school careers, communities and facilities in the area to disseminate information about the degree course and the profession. The Open Day and Info Day organised by the University, at which professors/instructors, students and tutors are available to the community for information on training and post-graduate job opportunities.
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Ongoing tutoring and guidance

The service is intended to support the proper integration of students in the degree course through, in particular, specific tutoring activities aimed at students enrolled in the first year of the course, as well as to promote effective career advancement by students through, in particular, assistance in the compilation of individual programmes of study, ongoing guidance activities, designed to encourage students to choose the course of study that best suits their characteristics, as well as remedial activities for students in difficulty.

At the same time as enhancing the tools for assessing students' incoming skills, especially for those with a high drop-out rate, the University provides remedial teaching activities and ensures adequate tutoring services throughout the university course, calibrated to take into account the evaluation mechanisms of the courses of study, in order to pursue the result of improving the quality of the same, providing tutors for each individual degree course.

Guidance and ongoing tutoring, therefore, take on particular significance in view of the growing importance of the improvement and success, from an educational point of view, of regularly enrolled students, an aspect that cannot, however, disregard the initial level of basic skills of incoming students, which contributes significantly to the underperformance of enrolled students. In order to improve specific performance, the university has set out to develop a series of actions aimed at integrating and strengthening the core subject areas, as well as implementing supplementary preparatory and propaedeutic courses for examinations. In this sense, didactic tutoring can facilitate the completion of studies on time and, in particular, reduce first-year drop-outs. The aim is to guide and assist students throughout their studies, to make them active participants in the educational process, to remove obstacles to successful attendance of course units, including through initiatives tailored to the needs, aptitudes and requirements of individuals.
Tutoring and tutorial sessions also make it possible to support both the process aimed at increasing the number of students who enrol in the second year of the same degree class, having acquired an adequate number of university credits in relation to the cohort of enrolled students in the previous academic year, and the process aimed at increasing the number of graduates who obtain their final degree within the normal duration of the degree course.

The course has at its disposal the collaboration of employees of the National Health Service in the role of Directors of Professionalising Teaching Activities (DADPs), who assist the Course President and are responsible for the planning and coordination of teaching and training activities:

La Sala Rachele

Gotri Lucia

Merlini Cinzia

of the following didactic tutors who are responsible for facilitating the student's entire training pathway (revised due to the health emergency), also by planning personalised pathways:

AOUPR training location:

Cristina Casubolo

Pasquale La Torre

Sandrino Luigi Marra

Michele Minari

Giulia Pelosi

Rita Romano

Michele Martelli

Chiara Taffurelli

AUSLPC training location

Maurizio Beretta

Giovanna Casella

Massimo Guasconi

Daniela Opizzi

Sara Posla

Pierangela Pompini

Francesca Costa

Rosaria Sanfratello

AUSLPR training location

To be confirmed

Anatomy and physiology laboratory sessions were set up and rescheduled in the anatomy and pathology classroom for students from the three training locations and clinical sessions in distance learning mode.

Professionalising workshop activities and customised placements were implemented for students in difficulty (as per the forms customised and signed, including by the students).

The course also has approximately 900 nurses from the national health service at the three locations who provide 'clinical' tutoring during the student's practical placement, at a tutor/student ratio of 1:1, verifying that the learning pathway is regular and corresponds to the objectives of the placement. In order to ensure the maintenance of the tutoring skills of clinical tutors, a training course with experts on specific topics was initiated: tutoring strategies, the assessment process and learning models of the trainee student. The training was preceded and guided by a field study involving approximately 350 clinical tutors with the aim of describing tutoring skills.