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PRAKHB050 Practical Nursing Studies with introduction to the Norwegian Welfare state, 15 credits

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

Nine weeks of clinical nursing practice including introduction; usually in hospital and community health (either home care, or nursing home).

One week of theory about the Norwegian welfare state, ten weeks in total.

Practical information:

  • The student must be prepared to carry out the practical nursing studies in practical training sites on contracts with HVL campus Haugesund.
  • Staff at practical training site/the student make out a rota equally distributed over the weeks of practice.
  • One week of clinical practice consists of minimum 30 hours clinical practice + 10 hours self-study.
  • During practical studies the student will focus on clinical work through direct contact with patients and next of kin.
  • The rota must be approved by teacher and student supervisor/contact nurse at the practical training site during week 1.
  • The student must by and large adhere to the rota of the contact nurse.
  • The student must work day, evening, weekends and night (where feasible).
  • Group tutorial with teacher is obligatory and counts as practical training.
  • For a practical period to be considered as passed, the student must have been present at least 90% of the scheduled time.
  • Absence exceeding 10%, regardless of cause, results in failed practical training.
  • The student is encouraged to continuously obtain any absence up to 10%, if possible for the practical training site.
  • Should illness or other unaccountable circumstances result in absence exceeding 10%, hand in  "Absence with doctor's certificate during exam" and a doctor's certificate (or other valid documentation) to the study administration no later than 3 working days after acceptable absence, otherwise the practical training will be regarded as a failed attempt.
  • Absence between 10% and 20% can still, if possible for the department, be obtained during practical training in agreement with contact nurse and teacher.
  • In special cases, absence can be obtained up to one week after the practical period should have ended. In such cases, Head of nursing department has decision-making authority.
  • Change of shifts without approval from nurse or instructor counts as absence.
  • The student is responsible for reporting absence to the department.
  • Obligatory initial conversation, midway and final evaluations will be carried out in all practical periods lasting 6-8 weeks. In practical periods lasting 4 weeks, there will be an initial conversation and final evaluation. Midway and final evaluations are carried out in accordance with the assessment form AssCE (cf. guide to AssCE form). The student should note that different levels of nursing practice are expected in relation to how far advanced the student is in his/her study and the number of practical periods he/she has completed.
  • The obligatory assignments must be approved by the teacher in order for the student to pass the practical period. 
  • If a practical period is not passed/not completed, the student has to carry out a new practical period in whole, with corresponding tasks. This must be carried out regardless of the cause of the non-passing/non-completion.
  • For further information the student, contact nurse and student supervisor are asked to consult the Curriculum for practical studies.

Learning Outcome


The Student:

  • Has knowledge of means to maintain basic needs of patients.
  • Has knowledge of different ways to facilitate a therapeutic milieu, including physical surroundings, factors pertaining to contentment and activities.
  • Has knowledge of relevant means of communication, especially communication promoting client participation and interaction with patients and their next of kin.
  • Has knowledge of appropriate conduct and cooperation with patients and next of kin.
  • Has knowledge of information, guidance and teaching relevant for the patient and their next of kin.
  • Has knowledge of the nursing process as a method in practicing nursing to patients.
  • Has knowledge of relevant illnesses and disabilities, of treatment, rehabilitation and relevant nursing.
  • Has knowledge of palliative nursing and alleviating treatment to seriously ill and dying patients and their next of kin.
  • Has knowledge of relevant preparations, examinations, nursing procedures and use of technical utilities.
  • Has knowledge of drugs, effects, side effects and management of drugs.
  • Has knowledge of cooperation, work management and organisation of institutions, and cooperation between the different levels in the health system.
  • Has knowledge of how various factors and interdisciplinary cooperation may contribute to improvement processes and a sound care pathway.
  • Has knowledge of risk factors in relation to patients.
  • Has knowledge of current guidelines, regulations and legislation governing the health service.
  • Has knowledge of relevant resources in the local community/municipality - for instance visitation services, volunteer centers, and patient and user organizations.
  • Has knowledge of the Scandinavian welfare model, and its impact on the health system.


The Student:

  • Uses purposeful communication verbally and non-verbally.
  • Uses relevant principles for information, guidance and instruction with patients and other collaborators.
  • Identifies, assesses, prioritises, plans, implements, follows up, reports and documents the need for nursing to patients/users with various disorders. This is carried out in agreement with the patient, the next of kin and other co-workers.
  • Identifies the patient's resources and motivates the patient to use, as well as strengthen them.
  • Carries out nursing procedures, administers drugs according to current guidelines, and assists in examinations and treatment in a professionally justifiable manner.
  • Is capable of interacting with own occupational group, and is able to cooperate interdisciplinary and interdepartmentally.
  • Prevents complications and attends to the safety of the patient in line with updated knowledge.
  • Attends to the patient's autonomy and integrity in accordance with ethical and legal guidelines.
  • Uses knowledge from syllabus, research and development work in the nursing practice.
  • Reflects on own professional practice and modifies it during guidance.

General Competence:

The Student:

  • Demonstrates insight into the significance of communication in promoting trust and establishing a sense of safety in patients.
  • Demonstrates independence, accuracy and a professional justifiable manner of all kinds of nursing, for example through carrying out nursing procedures, management of drugs and through examinations and treatment.
  • Complies with the duty of confidentiality and acts in accordance with professional, ethical and legal guidelines.
  • Demonstrates respect, understanding and charity and takes each person's situation and perception seriously, regardless of culture, religion and perception of reality.
  • Demonstrates responsibility for own learning, takes initiative in learning situations and utilizes instruction actively and constructively.
  • Demonstrates an ability to reflect critically on own capability to practice nursing to patients.

Entry requirements

  • It is an advantage that students have achieved 90 ECTS credits of a Bachelor in nursing prior to the exchange. Applicants from institutions with other degree systems will be assessed individually.
  • Students are expected to have general theoretical knowledge of nursing. A minimum of 8 weeks clinical practice in a medical or surgical ward of a hospital is required.
  • Students are expected to have at least intermediate level in English language

Recommended previous knowledge

Previous subjects in home country.

Teaching methods

These methods might be used: Integration of theory and practice, guidance and reflection, teamwork, supervised practical training/student follow-up, demonstrations, written obligatory assignments/work and digital assignments, oral presentation, project work, oral classmate response, skills training, reflection notes, self-evaluation, seminars.

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