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PRAKHB058 Practical Nursing Studies with introduction to the Norwegian Welfare state, 30 credits

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

One semester 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.

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.

Compulsory learning activities



Practice. Passed/failed

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