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SYKF330P Practice study, Nursing under Mental Health Disorder/Illness

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

This module is a supervised clinical practice which covers patient-oriented nursing to patients with mental illnesses/psychiatric conditions. Students use the nursing process in their nursing practice, with particular emphasis on health promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in interaction with patients, relatives and other health professionals.

Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary collaboration, principles for the therapeutic environment, patient safety, user participation and professional management.

This module also includes the following topics:

  • Documentation and systems for medical journals
  • Current government regulations with specific focus on the use of force
  • Management of medications and -calculation

The expected workload for this module is approximately 405 hours. 270 hours are allocated to patient care. The remaining time for compulsory learning activities and self-study.

90% mandatory attendance 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.


The student

  • has knowledge about health- and social policies including current regulations from the authorities and the use of force.


The student….

  • can use professional knowledge of health and illness related to psychiatric illnesses/conditions to systematically observe, assess, conclude, implement and document the appropriate nursing actions, and evaluate the effect of these and adjust according to need
  • can use professional knowledge to initiate or contribute to interdisciplinary, interprofessional and cross-sectorial collaboration in order to ensure a coordinated, comprehensive and coherent course of treatment across providers and levels
  • can assess potentially threatening situations to patients, relatives and staff, and implement measures to prevent such incidents
  • can reflect and deal with professional, ethical and legal issues, according to relevant legislation and guidelines, and adjust nursing practice accordingly
  • can use relational, communicational, and tutorial skills in relation to users, patients and relatives
  • can apply knowledge of medical examinations, treatments and follow-up to support the patient's ability to make informed decisions
  • can use up-to-date knowledge about the health and social services system, rules and regulations, and guidelines for nursing practice.
  • can master the available tools to analyze, evaluate, and document and communicate nursing practice.
  • can find and assess risk factors on the individual, system, or environmental level, and to document, systematically follow up, and implement relevant measures

General Competense:

The student ….

  • has insight regarding quality indicators and the standard terminology used in nursing documentation
  • is aware of and understands the use of technology and digital solutions on individual and system-based levels of health service
  • can plan and implement responsible handling of medications including calculation of dosage and ensures proper use of medication among patients
  • can plan and implement communication and interaction with patients and relatives based on respect, cooperation and integrity
  • can plan and implement targeted collaborations with patients/users, relatives and other service providers, and be able to prevent and resolve conflicts
  • can plan and implement measures to ensure safe transfer of patients between different units and levels of the health services
  • can plan and implement service development in collaboration with patients and relatives.
  • can communicate professional knowledge and relevant results from research and development, covering theoretical and practical issues, both orally and in writing, and justify choices according to knowledge-based practice
  • can present opinions and share experiences with others in the field, both orally and in writing, and contribute to the development of best practice

Entry requirements

SYK100, SYK130, SYK140, SYK120P

Recommended previous knowledge

SYK110, SYK200

Teaching methods

  • Group work
  • Digital resources
  • Student presentations
  • Skills training
  • Simulation
  • Tutoring
  • 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 practice is considered passed/failed after a final assessment of the candidate’s performance during clinical practice. To pass, students must have reached their learning outcomes and met the required 90% attendance.

New Clinical Placement If a student does not pass, he/she must take a new clinical placement together with the following year’s class.

Examination support material


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Course reductions

  • SK166 - Rettleia praksis i psykisk helsearbeid/helsevern - Reduction: 12 studypoints