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Prevention, diagnostics, treatment and nursing. Care and nursing care of elderly people. 10.5 Credits

Prevention, diagnostik, behandling och omvårdnad. Vård och omvårdnad av äldre personer.
First cycle, O0090H
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 course, the student is expected to be able to: 

Knowledge and understanding

  • account for pathophysiology, aetiology, epidemiology, diagnostics, treatment, the nursing process and prevention in geriatric diseases
  • explain health and ill health related to human ageing and vulnerability in changing life situations
  • explain the relationship between ageing and medication-related problems
  • explain how ill health manifests itself as symptoms in older people and how this affects the individual’s daily life
  • account for the importance of gender and socio-cultural aspects as well as equal conditions for good nursing care
  • account for statutes as well as local guidelines regarding the nursing profession within care and nursing care of older people

 Competence and skills 

  • apply the planning, organisation and management of the daily work and function in a care team
  • interact with older people, relatives, other nurses and representatives of other professions in healthcare
  • prioritise the older person’s needs, together with the older person, by identifying problems, risks and resources and formulating care objectives, planning and evaluating nursing care measures
  • implement and use different methods to assess pain status as well as prevent pain and carry out pain treatment
  • implement and use different methods to assess nutritional status, risk of falling and pressure sores as well as take appropriate care measures
  • apply and be responsible for reducing the risk of infection and the spread of infection in accordance with the applicable regulations
  • count, prepare, administer and handle medications properly and in relation to the applicable statutes and legislation, and inform older people about the effects and side effects of medication
  • report and record care in the appropriate medical record system
  • handle medical equipment and use medical devices safely
  • critically examine and evaluate the quality of care based on evidence-based knowledge and proven experience
  • show knowledge of leading, organising, prioritising and coordinating nursing related to elderly people’s health problems, diseases and care that supports the elderly person’s dignity late in life, prior to dying and death
Judgement and approach
  • reflect on, critically examine and assess their own approach in meetings with older persons and their relatives
  • reflect on dignified care in the final stages of life
  • reflect on different ethical values; specifically autonomy, integrity and dignity based on the national values for care of the elderly
  • demonstrate the ability to identify their need for additional knowledge in order to develop their professional skills

  • theories of ageing
  • pathophysiology, symptoms and signs of ill health, care, nursing and prevention in the case of geriatric diseases
  • home care
  • reporting and record-keeping
  • medication management and calculation
  • medical technology
  • gender and socio-cultural aspects as well as equal access to good nursing care
  • leadership and collaboration in nursing
  • ethical and professional approach
  • care at the end of life
  • current legislation, statutes and guidelines 

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 assessment of professional skills and group written and oral examinations. 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.

Annette Johansson

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

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

0001Assessment of profesional competence7.5TG U G#
0002Written assignment1.5TG U G#
0003Seminar1.5TG U G#

Syllabus established
by 14 Jun 2018

Last revised
by 14 Jun 2018