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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The course lays the basis for a caring scientific an patient safety competence and gives a structure for evidence based nursing

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

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to ;
- understand the basis for an evidencebased way of working in nursing
- understand the theory-core in caring and be able to argue for its importance in nursing care.
- understand professional ethics as a base for safe patient care
- understand the principles of patient safe nursing interventions

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

The course contains following parts ;
- Evidencebased nursing and basis in caring science
- Patientsafety:
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


Recommended or required reading

Alligood, M. & Marriner Tomey, A.2010. Nursing Theorists and Their Work.Chapter 11: Eriksson, K.Theory of Caritative Caring
Eriksson, K. 2006. The Suffering Human Being.Chicago, Nordic Studies Press
Eriksson K. 1992. The Alleviation of suffering - The idea of caring. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. 6(2), 119-123.
Eriksson K. 1997. Understanding the world of the patient, the suffering human being - The new clinical paradigm from nursing to caring. Advanced Practice Nursing Quarterly. 1, 8-13.
Eriksson K. 2002. Caring science in a new key. Nursing Science Quarterly 15, 1, 61-65.
Eriksson K. 2007. Becoming Through Suffering – The Path to Health and Holiness. International Journal of Human Caring 11, 2, 8-16.
Eriksson, K. 2007. The Theory of Caritative Caring: A Vision. Nursing Science Quarterly, 20 (3), 201-202.
Eriksson, K. 2010. Evidence: To See or Not to See. Nursing Science Quarterly 23(4).
Rycroft-Malone et.al 2004.What counts as evidence in evidence-based practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 47(1), 81-90.
Koehn, M.& Lehman, K. 2007. Nurses´perceptions of evidence-based nursing practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing 62(2), 209-215
Duffy, M. 2005. Translation Research: Its Relationship To Evidence-based Practice. The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice 19(2), 60-62.
WHO. 2012. Patient safety http://www.who.int/topics/patient_safety/en/ External link

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Practical exercises - 0 hours
  • Small-group work - 0 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 40 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 130 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 130 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

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

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the examinations
- assignment i caring science
- net course in patient safety


  • Lejonqvist Gun-Britt
  • Nyström Patrik


Lejonqvist Gun-Britt

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2013-12-11 - Exams
  • 2013-12-12 - Reports and productions

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