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GroupK72D15S/Degree Programme in Nursing (in English) (Kemi)
Study unitK702D36 Guided Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing, 10.00 ECTS credits, 267 h
UnitTerveysala (Meripuistokatu 26) Kemi
Time of implementationSpring1/2016-2017, Spring2/2016-2017
Responsible teacherPietiläinen Hannele
Other teachers
Status of implementationFinished

Description status Under modification
Language of instruction English
Starting and ending dates01.01.2017 - 29.05.2017
Minimum number of participants  
Maximum number of participants  
Enrolment period01.09.2016 - 15.03.2017
Implementation method
Virtuality 2 ECTS credits
R&D integration 9 ECTS credits
Resit dates of the exam
Koulutuksen aikataulu (www-linkki)
Description language English 

Guided Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing 10 ECTS

Competence Goals:

Student is able to explain the most common disorders related to mental health and substance abuse. S/he knows the related principles of nursing, the best practices and service systems in different working environments. Student understands holistic nursing care and support by participating in the nursing process. Student is able to analyse and recognise the elements of positive mental health in the behaviour of a person. S/he can explain how mental health is constructed and developed in the different phases of the life of a human being. Student is able to describe the effects of the initial phase of a disorder on setting of the objectives of nursing care. Student fosters his/her competence in psychiatric nursing and its interventions on the level of an individual and the society (early intervention, prophylactic, therapeutic, empowering and rehabilitative nursing work). Student develops his/her interview and communication skills further. S/he gets more working tools and learns how to use them. Student perceives the nature of psychiatric nurse – patient relationship and its dynamics in the healing process of a human mind. Student knows how to use professional, therapeutic communication as a tool to promote the mental health and coping of a client/patient and his family. Student works as a member of a team in choosing different interventions and in implementing them in the care of individuals, families and communities. S/he knows how to communicate in a professional and collegial manner. Student develops and grows in the role of a nurse and is able to use his/her personality as a tool in psychiatric work counseling and s/he asks for support also from the work community.


Assessment criteria

GUIDED PRACTICE competences - evaluation

Grades: Passed/Failed

Methods:Self-assessment, clinical supervisors’ assessment, peer assessment by dialogic discussion


Learning process of the student

Attainment of the student’s self-set competence goals, purposefulness, self-directedness, information/data retrieval, and justifying the action taken.

Self- and peer-assessment in the learning process, and feedback from the supervisors.

Ethical competence

Compliance with confidentiality, secrecy and privacy protection policies, and legislative issues, acting according to the values and principles of professional ethics, compliance with safety regulations at work, taking responsibility for own action, therapeutic attitude towards the client/patient/family/cooperation and study networks. Responsibility for own professional development.

Co-operation and communication competence

Ability to start and maintain professional communication at work: patient and client relationships, employee skills, collegiality, team-work skills, pair work skills, multi-professional work skills, co-operation with care and service units/institutions, organisations and networks. Co-operation and interaction is focused on the main objective/mission of the unit.

Mentoring and Counseling Competence

Ability to mentor and counsel different patients/clients, their next-of-kin and groups. Supports and guides the client in self-care and management of personal health problems and concerns. Health promotion competence.

Decision-making competence

Nursing process, reporting, information provision and documentation, coordination. Self-leadership competence, awareness, autonomy, positive outlook, creativity, responsibility.

Clinical competence in nursing

Identification of the biopsychosocial needs and problems of the patient/client/close network. Holistic evaluation of the patient. Planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing interventions. Use of methods and tools in nursing. Functioning in care relationship. Examination- and nursing procedures. Ergonomy. Aseptics. Fluid therapy and pharmacotherapy.

Criteria for the grade “Fail” of Guided practice:

Student can fail the guided clinical practice based on the assessment criteria of professional, co-operational or development competencies. Guided practice can be assessed as a “Fail” based on a single criterium in the context of the following competencies:

Professional competence

  • neglect of ethical principles, regulations, legislation,

  • endangering patient safety,

  • insufficient knowledge and skills in nursing

Co-operation competence

  • drawbacks in co-operation competence

  • non-commitment in care relationships

  • non-collegiality in action

  • essential deficiency in professional interaction

Development and developing competence

  • lack of motivation and self-initiative

  • lack of purposefulness

  • unplanned training/guided practice

  • drawbacks in self-assessment and reflection

  • drawbacks in working life (employment) skills
Pedagogical arrangements

Two days TC-studies before practice. The topic is case simulation. Students work with cases before simulation and produse report about their assignments.

Practice in mental health and substance abuse units. 6 weeks.Patients mostly speak Finnish. Students need to manage the basics of Finnish language.

At the end of the practice one TC


Material in Moodle.


Mental health and substance abuse care. Defined in work book.


Criterias in work book in Moodle.