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Press release

State of Vaud

Posted on October 5, 2020



Health professionals

Three years after the adoption of article 124bis of the Vaud public health law, which opens the legal way for this professional profile, unprecedented in Switzerland, the first specialized nurse practitioners trained at the University of Lausanne are graduating. The creation of this new profile of health professionals, on political impetus from the Department of Health and Social Action, aims to help improve the provision of health care to the population, particularly in community health and outpatient care.

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As of October 6, with a master’s degree in hand, five specialist nurse practitioners, or IPS, are graduating from the University of Lausanne where they have benefited from an unprecedented two-year training course. They benefit from the most in-depth training and clinical experience. The skills acquired within the framework of this program will enable them in particular to prescribe and interpret diagnoses, perform medical procedures and prescribe medications, in partnership with a partner physician and in compliance with the legal framework.

A relevant response to current and future health needs

Appeared in the mid-1960s in North America, particularly in response to the rise of chronic diseases, the role of IPS will better meet the health needs of the population. The Swiss healthcare system is currently experiencing significant organizational strain under the impact of an aging population, rising chronic diseases and rising costs. IPS can help improve population access and continuity of follow-up in chronic disease situations.

Where it has been scientifically studied, the impact of organizational models including IPS is equivalent or slightly superior to traditional models (access to care, quality of life, length of stay, symptoms, cost, etc.). In the canton, the IPS profile was the missing link in a system under pressure and increasingly oriented towards community health and outpatient care.

A solid training

The IPS have a Master of Science in Specialized Nursing Practice of 120 ECTS credits from the University Institute for Training and Research in Care of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of UNIL. In addition to faculty education, they complete seven months of practical training. Four orientations are possible: mental health, adult care, pediatric care and primary care.

All the IPS of this first round are hired at the Vaud University Hospital Center and already practice there. After welcoming them for a practical training course, the CHUV is delighted to be able to count on their skills in the fields of oncology, geriatrics, the Memory Center, pediatric diabetology and adult emergencies. The role of IPS will mainly be deployed in the outpatient sector and with patients with chronic illnesses.

Further information:

DSAS, Rebecca Ruiz, State Counselor, 021 316 50 04DSAS, Stéfanie Monod, Director General of Health, stefanie.monod (at), 021 316 42 99CHUV, Isabelle Lehn, Director of care CHUV,Isabelle.Lehn (at), 079 556 60 00UNIL, Gilles Lugrin, Director IUFRS, gilles.lugrin (at), 078 600 89 28

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