Progressing in Clinical Nursing Practice

Structure Type: Course
Code: STHH0003
Type: Compulsory
Level: Bachelor
Credits: 22.0 points
Responsible Teacher: Latvala, Johanna
Teacher Team: Autio, Päivi ; Alaniemi, Ritva ; Huusko, Taina ; Latvala, Johanna ; Koskimäki, Riitta ; Peltomäki, Pirjo ; Leppänen, Helena
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Learning Outcomes

The student applies health promotion methods in nursing with a client-/patient-oriented approach. The student plans the patient's nursing and applies different nursing methods. The student evaluates his/her own way of working and the function of work community, with different approaches, with ethical approach among others. The student acts with responsibility and promotes patient safety in the nursing.
Places for clinical placement:bed departments and outpatient departments, operating rooom, day- case surgery, children's wards and outpatient departments, gynaecological bed wards

Student's Workload

Total work load: 587 h
- of which scheduled studies 455 h
- of which autonomous studies 24 h
- of which scheduled studies in the classroom 108 h

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Basics of Nursing, 21 p


The surgical patient's pre-, intra and postoperative nursing. Maternity care, Paediatric and adolescent nursing.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Supervised clinical practice and learning diary.

Assessment Criteria

Pass evaluation:
- understands and can apply the ethical principles of nursing
- can operate flexibly in multiprofessional teams
- is motivated to work in the field of nursing
- can make independent decisions, under supervision, related to the patient´ s nursing
- is able to make nursing documentation and follow the principles of data security and data protection
- can carry out pharmacotherapy safely and can follow and can anticipate the effects of the medical treatment
- can evaluate the client's/the patient's health and ability to function and can monitor the changes which take place in them
- can support and guide the patients and their family
- can plan,implement and evaluate patient-oriented nursing
- realistic self-evaluation skills, knows his/her own development needs
- knows the most important examination and nursing procedures, is able to use the nursing instruments and apparatus


- does not follow the principle of professional secrecy
- does not observe agreed rules and instructions
- is not able to work in multiprofessional groups
- has insufficient knowledge basis of nursing and the students makes mistakes when applying it, the student is not able to do independent decision-making in nursing
- the clinical practice is unplanned, the objectives of the clinical practice and self-assessment are insufficient and in adequate
- cannot identify his/her own skills or development needs, is not able to work independently during the latter part of the clinical practice period
- is not able to implement patients' individual nursing although under supervision
- is not able to evaluate the patients ´ state of vital functions, nor report of them
- documentation is defective
- does not present a pharmacotherapy passport or the notes are unclear and defective
- there are several mistakes in implementing pharmacotherapy ,the student does not have a command a medical dosage calculation and does not know the medicines that are most common in the work unit
- cannot evaluate the need for guidance among the patient and the close relatives
- does not know the most common examination and nursing procedures, does not either have the ability to use the apparatus in a safe manner

Assessment Methods

Pass-evaluation on clinical practice period and learning diary.