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BRA320 Professional and behavioural aspects of patient care in radiography

Emneplan for studieåret 2017/2018

Innhold og oppbygning

The Erasmus program contains a theoretical part (BRA320) and a practical part in diagnostic imaging-, and/or radiation therapy -department (BRP302) and takes place from the beginning of January to the end of March every year. The program terminates with a written/oral examination. Students choosing to exchange will be awarded an additional 2 credits for cultural and language studies.

This subject focuses on aspects of the Radiographer's role, tasks and responsibilities when interacting with the patient. The study of chosen topics that deal with the radiographer's professionalism and behavior as a caregiver will give the student an opportunity to reflect upon situations where different considerations and demands must be weighed up against one another in decision-making processes. The subject deals with communication, conflicts of values, ethical dilemmas, respect and reflection, and factors affecting the Radiographer as a professional practitioner. These challenges are studied on individual basis, group basis and on society basis.

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence.

The student

  • has broad knowledge of and insight into criteria for professional practice and patient care in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy departments
  • has knowledge of the radiography profession´s history, future perspectives and research
  • is familiar with the welfare development in Norway
  • has knowledge of the Norwegian health system and health and social political influences
  • has knowledge about the value of professional behavior and empathy in patient care
  • has knowledge about the skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies
  • is familiar with different approaches to quality improvement regarding patient care in imaging, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy department
  • has knowledge of guidelines for research ethics

The student

  • masters communicative and co-operative skills with multicultural, foreign language patients and professional
  • can reflect upon different ways in which healthcare workers themselves can influence health and social politics
  • masters documentation, assessment and improvement of the imaging / nuclear medicine/radiation therapy departments' care, and develops skills and abilities in ethical assessment of the choice of actions and priorities in their own professional practice
  • can apply constructive and critical reflection in relation to their own work and the profession's tasks and areas of responsibility
  • can discuss research findings and evidence based practice (EBP)
  • can discover and enlighten areas where patient care is not optimal and improvement is necessary
  • masters to use appropriate information gathering techniques and bibliographic skills
  • can follow research ethics guidelines
  • suggests how to develop and implement improvements of patient care practice in relation to research findings and EBP
  • masters the first aider's role in case of a cardiovascular emergency and carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

General competence:
The student

  • can plan and carry out a comprehensive approach to patient care (holistic and humanistic) in work in the healthcare team
  • substantiate the essence and main components of a counseling conversation vs. an informative and advisory one (e.g. student instruction, patients and relatives, co-workers, etc.)
  • can carry out a short-time practice-oriented research or clinical Quality Improvement Project (QIP), either independently or in collaboration with colleagues, to improve the quality of care
  • can present results of the quality assurance improvement project
  • can plan and carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • is familiar with the latest CPR guidelines

This course builds partly upon previously acquired knowledge and experiences, from both theoretical and practical studies.

2A, B, C and D below focus on Social Science subjects from the radiographers´ perspective and are, for the Norwegian students, also part of the common topics for healthcare students (Fellesdel 1-3).
2A Scientific theory and research methodology
2B Ethics
2C State and Local government, health and social politics
2D Communication, interaction and conflict resolution
2E Psychological and pedagogical topics
2F Professional ethics and foundation
3A Patient care and nursing
3G Quality development and documentation

Clinical practice (see BRP302)

In addition to appr 10 hours of lectures and four hours of group work per week there will be two hours of demonstrations per student (CPR) during the program. Total student work per week is 40 hours.

Approved participation in mandatory work requirements

An abstract, connected to the the Quality Improvement Project QIP, of maximum 500 words +/- 10 % must be handed in two days ahead of the oral exam.

Oral exam
Twenty minutes oral presentation of the QIP from the clinical practice, followed by clarifying questions

Grading scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

New exam
The students will send a report of 1500 words. The report must be written in English and the students must send it electronically to a given address. The report must contain improvements in accordance with feedback from sensors. The report must follow given guidelines for written reports. A maximum of two written new/postponed exams is possible,


List of recommended literatures will be available at semester start.

Nina Dalen Seime