Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the study is that the student have
knowledge and abilities to care for the patient in
clinical situations.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected
- Understand the meaning of patient safety
- be able to perform basic clinical interventions
- answer to the patient's physical, mental and
spiritual needs.
- be able to identify the needs of adult, elderly
and dying patients and to communicate with them
and their relatives
- understand the significance of hygiene and be
able to act aseptically
- be aware of different types of drugs and their
effect on the organism
- understand the responsibility of handling drugs
and work according to regulations
- identify and define the main concepts in
- perform dosage calculation correctly and thus
grant patient safety
- see the connection between patient safety and
medication administration
- instruct the patient in questions related to
drug administration

Course contents

Basic care and hospital infections and hygiene 3,5
Medication administration and dosage calculation
1,5 sp
In medication administration and dosage
calculation a basic test in mathematics is
included. This test has to be accomplished to get
the grade in medication administration and dosage
After completion of medication administration and
dosage calculation students have five dosage
calculation tests with five calculation tasks in
each. These tests are arranged twice per academic

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Theory of basics in nursing/caring

Previous course names

Clinical care, hospital hygiene, medication
administration and dosage calculation

Recommended or required reading

Iivanainen & Syväoja, Hoida kja Kirjaa, Tammi
2008, ISBN 1-265756-8
Iivanainen A, Jauhiainen, M., Pikkarainen P.
Hoitamisen taito,Tammi 2001, ISBN 951-26-4557-2
Björkman,E-Karlsson,K.2006. Kliniskt vårdarbete
för sjuksköterskor. ISBN 91-44-03836-4
Current articles
Mustajoki M et al, Sairaanhoitajan käsikirja,
duodecim 2005
Björkman, E och karlsson, K. 2006.Kliniskt
vårdarbete för sjuksköterskor, Studentlitteratur,
ISBN 91-44-03836-4
Sirpa Ernvall, Antero Pulli, Anne-Marie Salonen,
Marja-Leena Nurminen, Hanna-Sisko Kaukkila, 2006.
Läkemedelsräkning. Utbildningsstyrelsen 2006 .
ISBN 952-13-2734-0.

Säker läkemedelsbehandling. Social- och
hälsovårdsministeriets publikationer 2007:15 ,
ISSN 1236-2050. ISBN 978-952-00-2368-3 (inh.),
978-952-00-2369-0 (PDF).
http://www.stm.fi/Resource.phx/publishing/document External link
Saano S. & Taam-Ukkonen M. 2013. Lääkehoidon
käsikirja. SanomaPro. Helsinki.

Alternative in Swedish:
Hordeng H. & Spigset O. (red.). Farmakologi och
farmakologisk omvårdnad. 2009. Studentlitteratur.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 80 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 0 hours
  • Practical exercises - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 30 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 140 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 140 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Exam in basic mathemathics is a requirement for a
grade in medication administration and dosage
calculation. To get accomplished you need to have
60% correct answers in the test.

Exam in medication administration and dosage
The exam is divided into two parts: A theoretical
part and a part with dosage calculation. The
theoretical part is marked with the grades 1-5.
The calculation part is marked accomplished/not


  • Dahl Birgitta
  • Nyström Patrik
  • Ring Joachim
  • Roberts Christel


Roberts Christel

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2013-12-17 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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