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GroupK72D16S/Degree Programme in Nursing (in English) (Kemi)
Study unitK702D21 Medication in Nursing, 4.00 ECTS credits, 107 h
UnitTerveysala (Meripuistokatu 26) Kemi
Time of implementationSpring1/2016-2017, Spring2/2016-2017
Responsible teacherMikkola Anja
Other teachers
Status of implementationFinished

Description status Ready
Language of instruction English
Starting and ending dates01.01.2017 - 17.03.2017
Minimum number of participants  
Maximum number of participants  
Enrolment period01.09.2016 - 10.02.2017
Implementation method
Virtuality 1 ECTS credits
R&D integration 0 ECTS credits
Resit dates of the exam
Koulutuksen aikataulu (www-linkki)
Description language English 

Medication in Nursing 4 ECTS

Competence Goals:

After this course the student can administer safe medical care under the instructions of a physician. S/he is able to monitor medical care and to analyze its impacts. The student knows how to implement pharmaceutical calculations in the medical care of clients from all age groups. The student recognizes the risks involved in a medical care process and s/he is able to apply the information about medication errors to develop and improve the process of medical care.


Assessment criteria  
Pedagogical arrangements

Drug Administration and Drug calculation

-contact lessons (reflection, co-operative learning, exploratory learning, training in TC)

-different kind of functional methods and laborating

- independent work

-literature, articles, other material


Drug calculation

Boyer, Mary Jo., 2009Math for nurses : a pocket guide to dosage calculation and drug preparation.
Boyd, Claire.2013 Calculation skills for nurses / Claire Boyd.
RogersKatherine M.A &Scott,William N.2011 Essential calculation skills. Berkshire, England : McGraw Hill. Only part 3 Games from there!
Other materials used during the course.
Drug Administration
Abrams, A.C., Pennington S.S., Lammon, C.B. 2009. Clinical Drug Therapy, Rationales for Nursing Practice, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, China.

Adams, M.P., Holland, Jr, L.N., Bostwick, P. M. 2009. Pharmacology for Nurses. A Pathophysiologic Approach, Pearson Education, New Jersey, USA.

Saano & Taam-Ukkonen. 2013.Lääkehoidon käsikirja. SanomaPro. "NATIONAL GUIDE FOR PHARMACOTHERAPY IN SOCIAL AND HEALTH CARE" (Turvallinen lääkehoitosuositus (2006) Only part 3 Games from there!

Journal articles and researchworks about medications and drug administrationsMaterial in the Moodle environment and in assignments.


Drug Calculation

Learning Outcomes:

The students

  • know conclusion, ratio and proportion as well as formula methods
    used in medical calculation,
  • can apply suitable methods to solve medical calculation tasks,
  • master these methods so that they can perform medical calculation without making any mistakes,
  • are familiar with critical thinking and check the reasonableness
    of calculation results,
  • understand the significance of medical calculation in drug administration being aware of the risks of possible miscalculations.


Oral medications, parenteral medications, intravenous medications, insulin, heparin, paediatric medications, solutions

Drug Administration

Learning Outcomes:

The student:

  • knows the legislation of drug administration and understands how to apply it in practice
  • -knows nurse´s role and responsibility in drug administration
  • -can find information about drugs and drug administration and knows how to use Pharmaca Fennica
  • knows how the body handles medications and how drug influences the body and knows how to monitor the effects
  • knows the central concepts of drug administration, different kinds of drugs and the right ways to give medicine
  • understands the meaning of drug calculation in drug administration and can use the basic drug administration information in calculation
  • understands the meaning of asepsis and knows how to carry out it in drug administration
  • knows about the disadvantages, side effects and interactions of drugs
  • gets motivated to constantly develop his/her professional competence in drug administration and understands the importance of it also after graduation


legislation of drug administration

nurses´ role and responsibility in drug administration

Pharmaca Fennica/Sfinx-interaction database /

the main concepts in drug administration

the forms of medicine and how to give medicine

the dosing of medicine

drug calculation

asepsis in drug administration

how the body handles medications and how drug influences the body and how to monitor the affects

disadvantages, side effects and interactions of drugs

the security vocabulary in drug therapy and patient care

some special areas in drug therapy


Drug Calculation

grade: passed - unpassed + 80 % attendance

100 % attendance in TC and laborations,

Drug Administration

grade: 0-5 (exam) + 80 % attendance

100 % attendance in TC and laborations, Approved independent assignment