University of Barcelona

Advanced Nursing Clinical Practice

Objectives and competences


  • To acquire specialised training and update knowledge to work in advanced nursing clinical practice in the areas of chronic diseases and cancer.
  • To gain a solid, broad base of knowledge that will enable students to go on to doctoral programmes on nursing research in the aforementioned areas, and to acquire the knowledge and skills required to undertake research in the health field.


General competences
  • Capacity to respond to individuals' demands, according to their needs and health status.
  • Ability to organize and plan care, through the leadership and coordination of different healthcare agents and providers.
  • Knowledge that enables the contextualisation of health problems from the perspective of the health system, healthcare and specialised treatments.
  • Capacity to assess concepts, theories and models of care critically, in order to develop innovative approaches to care based on the available scientific evidence.
  • Capacity to select and use the most suitable quantitative or qualitative research methodology, depending on the proposed research question.
  • Capacity to implement different stages in the research process, from the creation of a project to its publication and application to clinical practice.
  • Capacity to interpret, analyse and use the scientific literature and reports on research results.
  • Skills and knowledge required to research aspects of advanced nursing care.
  • Capacity to contribute to improving access to the health system, the quality of care, and its cost effectiveness.
  • Knowledge of the safety culture and of the quality of patient care.

Specific competences:

Cancer specialisation:
  • Capacity to use the tools required for primary and secondary prevention of cancer.
  • Capacity to apply procedures for hereditary cancer, and provide genetic counselling.
  • Capacity to use instruments to assess patients with cancer and their families.
  • Capacity to design specialised, complex treatments for people diagnosed with cancer.
  • Capacity to carry out education for health in all stages of the cancer process.
  • Ability to manage the stages and processes involved in a clinical trial.

Specialisation in chronicity
  • Capacity to use tools for the management and care of patients with chronic diseases.
  • Capacity to use all the instruments for assessing patients and their families.
  • Capacity to demonstrate academic training to implement specialised care in situations of high vulnerability, related to chronic diseases and ageing.
  • Capacity to carry out health education in the different stages of chronic disease.
  • Capacity to design programmes and actions to promote active, healthy ageing.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the financial impact of integrated management of chronic disease.