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Prevention, diagnostics, treatment and nursing. Care - nursing care for people with mental ill-health and mental illness 10.5 Credits

Prevention, diagnostik, behandling och omvårdnad. Vård och omvårdnad av människor vid psykisk ohälsa och sjukdom
First cycle, O0089H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Subject group (SCB)
Nursing Science
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic entry requirements and three years of post-secondary nursing training from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland; decision to implement a proficiency test for nurses issued by the National Swedish Board of Health and Welfare. A pass in Swedish according to the provisions for basic entry requirements for the first cycle, Swedish B or Swedish 3, with the lowest grade of pass/E.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
At the end of the module, the student is expected to be able to:

Knowledge and understanding 

  • understand the importance of interpersonal relationships in the assessment of needs
  • account for key concepts of nursing work in psychiatric care
  • account for aetiology, epidemiology, diagnostics, treatment and prevention in mental ill health and mental illness
  • account for the nursing process in mental ill health and mental illness
  • describe how mental ill health and mental illness are manifested as symptoms, and how this affects the individual’s daily life
  • account for socio-cultural factors relevant to mental ill health and mental illness
  • account for legislation and statutes as well as local guidelines regarding the nursing profession within healthcare

Competence and skill

  • create the conditions for a safe and trusting care relationship
  • assess the needs of patients, perform, document and assess nursing interventions which promote mental health, identify risks of physical ill health in relation to mental illness and treatment, as well as suggest healthy activities related to these
  • identify the signs of mental ill health and mental illness, and suggest treatment options
  • explain and provide examples of the application of legislation and statutes relating to compulsory psychiatric care
  • calculate, prepare, administer and handle medications properly and in relation to the applicable statutes and legislation, and inform the patient about the effects and side effects of medication

Judgement and approach 

  • reflect critically on the care environment and the importance of care culture in psychiatric care
  • argue the importance of a conscious approach in relation to people with mental ill health and mental illness
  • critically appraise conditions for recovery from an intersectional perspective


  • recovery
  • inside perspective
  • the nursing process
  • the nurse’s responsibility
  • critical approach
  • abstract needs
  • conscious approach
  • power and participation
  • legislation and statutes
  • somatic health risks associated with mental illness and treatment
  • psychiatric conditions
  • treatment of mental ill health and mental illness

Learning takes place through activities that promote interaction between students themselves and between teachers and students. In this course, for example, literature studies, group work, laboratory experiments/simulations, workshops and seminars are used to aid student learning.Lectures are given in the chosen knowledge areas. Participation in laboratory experiments/simulations, workshops, seminars and placements is mandatory.

The course is examined through written and oral examinations as well as assessment of professional skills. To pass the course the learning objectives must be met, which means passing the course as well as active participation in the mandatory parts. Grades are set by the examiner.

The course is held in the first cycle as part of supplementary training for nurses and includes a placement.

This course, containing components with a placement, is subject to Special Regulations for Placements according to the prefect decision of the Department of Health Sciences, Luleå University of Technology.

Sebastian Gabrielsson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2018 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

0001A8.3TG U G#
0002Written individual examination2.2TG U G#

Syllabus established
by 14 Jun 2018

Last revised
by 14 Jun 2018