COURSE SYLLABUS

Fundamental principles in nursing 15 credits

Omvårdnadens grunder
First cycle, O0092H
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
by 14 Jun 2018

Last revised
by Head of Department of Health Sciences 15 Feb 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject
Nursing
Subject group (SCB)
Nursing Science
Main field of study
Nursing

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 + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 2a/2b/2c , General Science 2, Social Studies 1b/1a1 +1a2 (specifik entry A14). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics B, General Science B, Social Studies A (specifik entry 16)


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.



Course Aim
The course’s overall objective is that the student will acquire knowledge to understand the scientific basis for nursing and its development. The student will be able to account for the development of the nursing profession from a social perspective. In addition, the student will acquire knowledge of theories and concepts of importance to nursing. The student will be able to perform basic nursing activities related to basic needs. The student will be able to search for, evaluate and present relevant research and develop their ability in an academic approach. 

Component 1: Nursing as science and practice
Component 2: The nursing profession
Component 3: Scientific attitude  

Component 1: Nursing as science and practice

Knowledge and understanding
After completing the course, the student will be able to:

- Describe the historical background of nursing, nursing theories and the development of nursing in relation to current research and other important theories
- Describe the consensus concepts (human being, health, environment and nursing activity) within nursing and show how they are related to each other
- Describe the ethical theories and concepts that are important in nursing
- Give examples of intersectional aspects and describe how these affect the content of nursing
- Justify the importance of establishing and maintaining a caring relationship with particular focus on communicative processes
- Describe the importance of a person-centred approach
- Defend the importance of meeting basic human needs in relation to health and ill health from a lifetime perspective
- Identify what it means for patients to be unable to care for themselves and be dependent on others to meet their basic needs 

Skills and abilities
After completing the course, the student will be able to:

Perform basic nursing activities related to basic needs

Follow the nursing process, i.e. perform systematic observations with a focus on identifying a person’s ability to meet their basic needs and, based on assessment, perform and document nursing activities in a patient-safe manner

 

Judgement and approach

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

- Describe their own profession’s area of responsibility in relation to other personnel categories in healthcare
- Show what characterises a professional approach and how such an approach is related to being private and personal
- Give examples of practical and relationship aspects of nursing in relation to intersectional aspects
- Identify ethical problems and dilemmas and reflect on their own values in relation to clinical observations 

Component 2: The nursing profession

Knowledge and understanding
After completing the course, the student will be able to:

- Describe the development of the profession internationally and nationally
- Identify the role of the nurse in society and the importance of equal care
- Describe the role of the nurse from an organisational perspective
- Identify and apply legislation and statutes governing the exercising of the nursing profession 

Skills and abilities

After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- Show an understanding of the importance of awareness of norms in relation to equal care
- Apply basic infection control principles

Judgement and approach
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- Explain their own and others’ reasons/motives for wanting to be a nurse
- Describe work-related risks associated with nursing

Component 3: Scientific attitude  

Knowledge and understanding
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the importance of different forms of knowledge as a basis for the development of nursing practice
- Describe the concepts of science and proven experience and their importance for practice
- Describe basic scientific theories and philosophical concepts
- Describe the research process and explain the relationship between problems/research questions and methods for data collection and analysis
- Describe the quality criteria for research with both qualitative and quantitative approaches
- Describe the ethical aspects of research that affect human beings

Competence and skills
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- Search for, critically examine and compile scientific literature
- Apply principles of academic writing regarding language, rules and reference handling

Judgement and approach
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate research-based knowledge
- Show a critical approach to different sources of knowledge


Contents
Component 1: Nursing as science and practice
The historical background of nursing
Nursing as a profession and science
Consensus concepts in nursing (human being, health, environment and nursing activities)
Development within the nursing profession
Basic values in nursing
Care culture
Care meetings
Intersectionality and criticism of norms related to human health over a lifetime
Nursing as a health-oriented subject with a focus on concepts and theories on health and suffering
Ethical theories
Human needs over a lifetime
Psychological perspective on nursing related to the consensus concepts
The nursing process
Physical and emotional needs
Moving techniques
Current legislation and statutes governing patient position  

Component 2: The nursing profession
The role of nurses and patient safety
The nurse from a norm-conscious, organisational, social and global perspective
Basic infection control principles
Laboratory experiments in basic nursing
Current legislation and statutes governing nursing practice 

Component 3: Scientific attitude
Forms of knowledge in relation to nursing and the function of the nursing profession
Science and proven experience in relation to nursing and the function of the nursing profession
Scientific concepts
The research process
Ethical aspects of research that affect human beings
Search for information and reference handling
Academic writing
Critical evaluation of research-based knowledge within nursing
Critical approach to different sources of knowledge
Current legislation and statutes governing healthcare


Realization
Learning in the course takes place through individual studies, study assignments, seminars, lectures, method exercises, work-integrated learning and placements.
Participation in information searches, seminars, work-integrated learning and placements is mandatory.

Examination
A three-grade scale is used; pass with credit, pass or failed. The course objectives are examined through an individual written exam and seminar.
In order to pass the whole course, students must pass all parts and the mandatory components must be completed.

Remarks
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.

Passing this course is a special entry requirement for courses involving a placement and degree project.


Transition terms
The programme syllabus is valid from autumn semester 2018 for those students who will then be accepted on the course. The faculty programme director and heads of subjects decide on individual study plans for students who were accepted on previous programme syllabuses and who, following approved leave from studies, resume their studies in accordance with the current programme syllabus.

If a course has ceased to exist or has undergone major changes, in the first year after the change has occurred students must be offered two opportunities to take the exam and then one more each year for a further two years, based on the course syllabus that was valid at the time of registration.


Examiner
Anna Nygren Zotterman

Literature. Valid from Spring 2019 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Information researchU G#1.00MandatoryA18
0002Literature seminarU G#2.00MandatoryA18
0003Individual written examU G VG *7.00MandatoryA18
0004Clinical educationU G#1.50MandatoryA18
0005Report and seminarU G VG *2.50MandatoryA18
0006Laboratoy sessionsU G#1.00MandatoryA18