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Intensive Care III, Practice 7.5 credits

Intensivvård, Verksamhetsförlagd utbildning III
Second cycle, O7071H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Subject group (SCB)
Nursing Science

Entry requirements


More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to: 
  • take independent responsibility for and lead such care of severely ill or injured patients as falls within the area of responsibility of an intensive care nurse
  • Independently observe and assess patient function for all organ systems and be able to initiate and independently carry out medical measures and nursing measures based on the patient's needs 
  • based on an ethical approach, take independent responsibility for and lead nursing in the final stages of life
  • participate in end of life examinations and treatments 
  • provide an account of the function of medical technology in intensive care, and use it independently
  • apply her/his specialist skills to major accidents and disasters, with a focus on leadership and action in the healthcare groups 
  • With a focus on gender equality, describe and analyse organisation and leadership in emergency healthcare
  • demonstrate self-knowledge and the ability to empathise  
  • apply current laws and statutes 
  • documenting care and nursing 
  • document in a scientific manner 
  • identify the need for further knowledge in order to continuously develop her/his skills, in order to be able to conduct safe care


  • Nursing measures and medically indicated measures for severely ill or injured patients in intensive care, with a starting point in an evidence-based approach
  • Nursing measures and medically indicated measures in cases of failure of vital functions
  • Medical technology in intensive care; principles for and the management of medical technical devices and medical technological elements.
  • Nursing in cases of organ donation and at the end of life
  • Ethics
  • Major accidents and disasters, with a focus on leadership and action in the healthcare groups 
  • Organisation and leadership in emergency healthcare, with a focus on gender equality
  • Current laws and statutes
  • Documentation of care and nursing
  • Scientific documentation and critical review

Teaching and learning is conducted in the form of independent study, lectures, assignments, seminars and supervised clinical practice. Participation in seminars and clinical practice is compulsory.

Written examination and/or seminar
Practical examination

Assessment of professional competence.

The grading criteria for G (Pass) are specified in the study guide

As concerns the clinical practice, only one relocation is permitted for the course. One more relocation may be granted if special reasons to do so exist. “Special” reasons are the reasons set out in regulations from the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, HSVFS 1999:1.

The course is given at the advanced level, within the context of specialist training to become an intensive care nurse, and clinical practice are a compulsory component of the course.

This course, which contains modules with clinical practice (clinical practice modules), is subject to ‘Specific Rules for Clinical Practice’, pursuant to a decision by the Head of the Department of Health Sciences, Luleå University of Technology. 

Tutoring is available in the course room in Canvas.

Åsa Engström

Transition terms
The course O7071H is equal to O7018H

Literature. Valid from Spring 2020 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
*Aitken, L., Marshall, A., & Chaboyer, W. (2016). ACCCN's Critical Care Nursing. Elsevier Health Sciences.
*Henricson, M. (Red.). (2017). Vetenskaplig teori och metod: Från idé till examination. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
*Larsson, A., & Rubertsson, S. (Red.). (2012). Intensivvård. Stockholm: Liber.
Nilsson, H., & Kristiansson, T. (2015). Katastrofmedicinsk beredskap: att leda sjukvård på ett särskilt sätt. Lund, Studentlitteratur.
*Wiklund Gustin, L., & Bergbom, I. (Red). (2012). Vårdvetenskapliga begrepp i teori och praktik.


*Willman, A., Stoltz, P., & Bahtsevani, C. (2016). Evidensbaserad omvårdnad- en bro mellan forskning och klinisk verksamhet. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Evaluation of professional competenceU G#6.00MandatoryS20
0002Individual written examination and/or seminarU G#1.00MandatoryS20
0003Individual written examination and practical examinationU G#0.50MandatoryS20

Syllabus established
by Dean of Department of Health Sciences 14 Jun 2019

Last revised
by Dean of Department of Health Sciences 14 Jun 2019