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 is:
- to give the scientific basis for understanding caring science in the context of the humanities. - to get a solid understanding of professional nursing/midwifery care as an integral element in the curriculum.

You understand the basics of the patient safety work in Finland and you are able to give examples of the most common safety- and risktheories.

Learning outcomes

You are able to understand caring science literature and use scientific knowledge when writing an essay on one of the central elements of caring science.
You understand the theoretical core of caring science and reflect on its meaning in nursing and caring practice

You are able to describe the normal theories within safety science.
You understand how risks are avoided and managed.
You are able to give examples of how human factors influence all your work and understand how teamwork may make your work safer.

Course contents

Caring science and academic nursing practice. The basic knowledge concerning caring as a science and the idea of the human being, health, suffering, environment/the world of the patient, and caring. Sub-divisions of caring science.

Webcourse of patient safety, Patient safety through skill
web: potilasturvaportti.fi
Patient safety from a theoretical point.
Human factors, system safety and safety culture.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names


Recommended or required reading

Eriksson, K. Vårdandets idé. Almqvist & Wiksell, Stockholm. ISBN 91-20-06684-8

Eriksson, K. 1994. Den lidande människan. Liber utbildning, Stockholm. ISBN 91-634-0862-7

Suserud, B-O och Svensson, L. 2009. Prehospital akutsjukvård. Liber AB, Stockholm. ISBN 978-91-47-08448-7

Kinnunen, M och Peltomaa, K. 2009. Potilasturvallisuus ensin. Sairaanhoitajaliitto, Helsinki.

Topical research reports and articles

Study activities

  • Lectures - 32 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 12 hours
  • Small-group work - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 10 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 134 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 134 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Assignment. Passed web course on patient safety.


  • Lejonqvist Gun-Britt
  • Nyström Patrik
  • Roberts Christel
  • Wallinvirta Eivor


Nyström Patrik

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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