Extension studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

During this course, the student develops both theoretical and practical competencies that support advanced contextual expertise in the field of emergency ward nursing.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to: -independently assess acutely ill or injured adult patient's clinical status by identifying vital functions/disorders, as well as, to determine the need for treatment - independently initiate immediate treatment based on accurate diagnosis of the patients condition - demonstrate teamwork skills with others from diverse backgrounds, while caring for patients in the emergency department - discuss and reflect on patient safety and ethical aspects of emergency ward nursing

Course contents

This course utilizes systematic patient assessment (triage) to determine the level of care and appropriate action in a variety of situations. Components include: - Basic teamwork and communication skills in the ER - Rapid recognition and proper response for acute respiratory emergencies - Securing an airway and maintaining oxygenation for acutely ill patients - Care of the patient with cardiac emergencies - EKG interpretation and care of patients with arrhythmia's - Care of the patient with cardiac emergencies - Care of the patient with an hypovolemic emergency - Care of the patient with neurological impairment in the emergency dept. - Care of the unconscious patient/impaired consciousness/seizures - Care of the patient with acute infection/Sepsis - Emergency care for the patient suffering from Gastrointestinal issues.(Poison,toxic substances) - Care of the patient needing surgical intervention in the emergency dept - Care of the patient requiring medical intervention in the emergency dept.(Endocrinology) - Emergency care for the trauma patient - Care of the critically ill patient via the emergency ward

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Accomplished first, second and third year courses with a passing grade.

Previous course names

Advanced care 2016-2017

Additional information

The student should have language skills in both English and Finnish as teaching always takes place in either language. Tasks and written work can be done in Swedish, Finnish or in English.

Recommended or required reading

Akuuttihoidon laitteet. 2013. Pölönen, P., Ala-Kokko, T., Helveranta, K., Jäntti, H., Kokko, A. (toim.). Duodecim. Akuuttihoidon lääkkeet. 2017. Parviainen, I., Ala-Kokko, T., Bendel, S., Kaukonen, M., Koivula, I. (toim.). Duodecim. Teho- ja valvontahoitotyön opas. 2017. Ritmala-Castrén, M., Lönn, M., Lundgrén-Laine, H., Meriläinen, M., Minna Peltomaa (toim.) 2., uudistettu painos. Duodecim. Verensiirto-opas. Eeva-Riitta Savolainen, Anri Tienhaara, Tomi Koski, Eija Mahlamäki, Susanna Sainio, Katja Salmela (toim.) 1. painos 2018. Duodecim. EKG-tulkinnan työkirja. 2016. Mäkijärvi, M., Parikka, H., Raatikainen, P., Heikkilä, J. (toim.) Duodecim EKG. 2003. Heikkilä, J., Mäkijärvi, M. (toim.) Duodecim Duodecimin kirjat ovat myös verkkokirjoina, www.terveysportti.fi, vaatii oston. Ensihoito. 2017. Kuisma, M., Holmström, p., Porthan, K. Sanoma Pro. Oireista työdiagnoosiin. 2016. Kosonen, A., Saikko, S., Alanen, P., Jormakka, J. Sanoma Pro. Additional learning material/scientific articles are posted on ItsLearning

Study activities

  • Lectures - 60 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 40 hours
  • Practical exercises - 60 hours
  • Individual studies - 40 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 70 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 270 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 270 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Demonstrations and proficiency exams

Assessment requirements

In order to accomplish the course the student will actively participate in contact days including, Net-based activities, lectures, competence development and simulations.


  • Ekman Petra
  • Paakkonen Heikki
  • Stenman Tiina
  • Villikka Denise


Villikka Denise

Home page of the course


Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

Introduction to the course: 17.9 Introduction to the course beginning 9am. A class schedule will be given with accurate times on lecture/contact days. 19.9 HTH koulutuspäivä certification (9-16) E4 24.9 Lectures 26.9 Simulations (9-16) 1.10 Lectures 3.10 Simulations (9-16) 8.10 Lectures 10.10 Simulations (9-16) 15.10 Lectures 17.10 Simulations (9-16) 22.10 Lectures 24.10 Simulations (9-16)

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations

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