"Pier Giorgio Frassati" School of Nursing

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The School of Nursing offers a clinical internship program for other facilities offering Degrees in Nursing. The "Pier Giorgio Frassati" School of Nursing, funded by the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", holds courses for a Degree in Nursing Sciences and a Level I Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing.

The school was founded in the 1960s as a school for Nursery Assistants (Official Journal No. 58 dated 8/3/1960).

The initial years focused on training religious and lay staff that was already employed at the hospital. Later, upon request by lay employees, nurse training was offered in other areas of Italy that included much of Sardinia.

In 1967 in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe established the European Agreement on the Instruction and Education of Nurses that entered into force in 1968. Nursing took on greater scientific and clinical emphasis in order to instruct nurses and help them develop from simple agents to qualified healthcare practitioners, entrusting them with the full responsibility of their roles and ensuring that they had the skills, education and knowledge to guarantee the standards required to operate in other countries in the European Economic Community.

From 1960 to 1997, paediatric training showed optimal three-dimensional results: scientific quality, humanization, and Christian spirituality.

Observance of the religious principles of all religions has always been respected in the ecumenical and free spirit due to all citizens of the world. 

In 1994, healthcare reform in Italy removed the job title "Nursery Assistant" from legislation. Courses could be completed by 1998.

In 2000, the school reopened for basic training through funding by the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Tor Vergata. It opened two three-year degree courses at the Bambino Gesù facility in Rome: Specialization in Bioethics.

It is important to note the importance of bioethics in healthcare training with regards to the specific character of our hospital in that we must consider the medical policies within the boundaries of orthodox principles and Catholic ethics.  

In the preface of the first edition of the Manual to Bioethics published by Pensiero Scientifico, Prof. Adriano Bausola stated:

"[...] The prospects raised by important developments in scientific medicine and biology are numerous. Development in these sciences opens fascinating prospects, very broad and promising positive possibilities. Sometimes it feels like we are on the edge of a new era where many things which for millennia seemed humanly impossible, are becoming possible [...]"

We hope that the course in bioethics will enable students to further explore the question of ethical-Christian biology.