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SYKF220P Practice Study, Medical Nursing in Acute, Chronic and Critical Disease

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

This module is a supervised clinical placement with a focus on the practice of patient-centred nursing for people with acute, chronic and critical illnesses within medicine. Students use the nursing process in their nursing practice, with a specific focus on treatment, rehabilitation and pain relief in interaction with patients, relatives and other health professionals.

This module can include paediatrics, pregnancy and maternity care.

SYK220P and SYK230P each have an expected study time of 405 hours, and the total for both modules is 810 hours. Throughout this module, students will have 540 hours of direct patient-facing work. It is expected progression from the first to the second direct facing course (SYK220P and SYK230P).

90% attendance is required in practice.

Learning Outcome

A student who completes this module must have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in the categories, knowledge, skills and general competence.

KnowledgeThe student...

  • will have knowledge of technology and digital solutions in the health service
  • will have knowledge of information security in nursing practices

SkillsThe student...

  • will be able to use subject knowledge of health and illness of people with acute, chronic and critical illnesses to systematically observe, assess, implement and document appropriate nursing measures, as well as evaluate the effect of these and make adjustments as necessary
  • will be able to use their knowledge to implement measures in case of subacute and acute events, as well as practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • will be able to use knowledge of the needs of children and young people in treatment and/or services, and will be able to ensure their participation and rights, both as patients and as relatives
  • will be able to use interpersonal and communicative competence when meeting with patients and relatives
  • will be able to use technology and digital solutions to support the resources, coping and participation of patients and relatives
  • will be able to reflect on professional, ethical and legal issues in line with relevant legislation and guidelines, and adjust their practice in the course of their provision of services
  • will be able to reflect on ethical and legal problems through the use of technology and digital solutions
  • will be able to identify and evaluate individual and system level risk factors , as well as documenting these and conducting systematic follow ups
  • will have mastered mapping, assessment and documentation tools in their nursing practice
  • will have mastered the use of relevant technical medical equipment
  • will have mastered how to implement infection control measures to prevent the spread of unwanted microbes
  • will be able to participate in targeted collaboration processes with patients, relatives and other health professionals

CompetenceThe student...

  • will be able to manage their own work and prioritise nursing tasks
  • will be familiar with quality indicators and standard terminology used in nursing documentation
  • will be able to plan and implement acute, chronic and critical illness nursing, and implement nursing for patients in palliative care
  • will be able to plan and implement the safe handling and calculation of medication, and quality assure the individual patient’s use of medication
  • will be able to plan and implement communication and interaction with patients and relatives based on respect, cooperation and integrity
  • will be able to plan and implement independent assessments of nursing requirements for patients with indigenous and minority backgrounds
  • will be able to participate in the planning and implementation of measures to ensure the safe transfer of patients between different units and levels of the health service
  • will be able to convey, both orally and in writing, subject knowledge and relevant results from research and development work covering theoretical and practical issues, and will be able to justify choices in line with knowledge-based practice
  • will be able to convey opinions and share experiences with others in the field, both orally and in writing, and through this contribute to the development of best practice

Entry requirements

SYK100, SYK120P, SYK130, SYK140,

When this is the second clinical placement in Year 2 of this study programme it is required that either SYK230P or SYK330P is passed. When this is the third clinical placement in Year 2 of this study programme it is required that SYK230P and SYK330P is passed.

Recommended previous knowledge

SYK110, SYK200

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Digital resources
  • Student presentations
  • Skills training
  • Simulation
  • Supervision
  • Peer feedback
  • Self-assessment
  • Problem solving
  • Written work
  • Self-study

Compulsory learning activities

The following compulsory learning activities must be completed before students can work with patients:

1: Mandatory participation in lessons preparing students for practice, skills training and simulation. 90% attendance is compulsory.

Regarding absence from compulsory learning activities the same rules are applied as regarding absence from practical training, cf. Regulations relating to Programmes of Study and Examination at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.


Clinical placements are assessed on a pass/fail basis after a final assessment of the candidate’s performance during their clinical placement. To pass their placements, students must have reached the learning outcomes of the module and met the requirement of 90% participation in the clinical placement.

Resitting placements: If a student does not pass their placement, they will complete the placement period with the next year group.

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Course reductions

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