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Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

Students are able to - observe changes in the state of health of the medical-surgical patient - establish a good care relationship with the patient and his relatives - utilize the basic clinical care methods in the care of the patient - the have practical skills in medical surgical nursing - do a care plan - understand the perioperative process and is able to use it in the care of the patient - practice caring science in the care of the medical or surgical patient - give an oral report (using ISBAR as a tool)

Learning outcomes

This course contributes to increase the competence within the contextual clinical care and medical competence. The competence increases in the medical and surgical context and the medical competence will also consolidate. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills in medical-surgical nursing.

Course contents

Central issues relating to medical-surgical nursing

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The student needs to have basic knowledge in the following topics: Basic caring science, medicine 1, clinical care, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and medication calculation and administration The student must have accomplished Clinical care level 1 and have accomplished their first internship in the field.

Additional information

Compulsory participation during lectures, simulation exercise and practical skill training

Recommended or required reading

Smeltzer, Bare, Cheever, Hinkle: Brunner and Suddharth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Lippincott, 12th For written exam study: UNIT 3 Chapter 13 Pain management p. 231-254 Chapter 14 Fluid and electrolytes: Balance and disturbance (hypovolemia, hypervolemia, hyponatremia, hypernatremia, hypokalemia, hyperkalemia) p. 263-284 and 293-311 Chapter 16 Oncology: Nursing management in Cancer care (topics discussed at lecture) p. 336-385 UNIT 4 Chapter 18 Preoperative Nursing management Chapter 19 Intraoperative Nursing management Chapter 20 Postoperative Nursing management UNIT 5 Chapter 24 Management of patients with chronic pulmonary disease (asthma, COPD, emphysema; assessment and management) p. 601-634 Chapter 25 Respiratory Care Modalities (non-invasive respiratory therapies) p. 635-641 and p. 648- 651(tracheostomy) UNIT 6 Chapter 27 Management of patients with dysrhythmias and conduction problems (ECG and analyzing rhythms) p. 720-754 Chapter 28 Management of patients with coronary vascular disorders Chapter 30 Management of patients with complications from heart disease UNIT 7 Chapter 38 Management of patients with intestinal and rectal disorders p. 1067- 1105 additional reading materials posted on it learning

Study activities

  • Lectures - 50 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 10 hours
  • Practical exercises - 50 hours
  • Individual studies - 25 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the following examinations: Examination 1 Pre-exam Examination 2 Practical examination in simulation Examination 3 Written examination passed examination (written) 60% correct answers passed practical examination


  • Skogster Annika
  • Vahderpää Satu
  • Villikka Denise


Villikka Denise

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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • 2013-12-04 - Demonstrations and presentations

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