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Mental Health and Addiction Nursing Practice (6 cr)

Code: SW00BA35-3003

General information


18.08.2023 - 31.12.2024


08.01.2024 - 20.06.2025

Number of ECTS credits allocated

6 op

Mode of delivery



School of Health and Social Studies

Teaching languages

  • English


0 - 60

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing


  • Tiia Luotojoki
  • Taina Sten

Teacher in charge

Tiia Luotojoki


  • SNS22SG2
    Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing
  • SNS22SG1
    Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing


Purpose of the course
In professional practice you will work in different mental health, addiction and crisis nursing environments. You will evaluate the patient's need for care, and under supervision, plan and implement the nursing care for the patients and their families. Under supervision, you work professionally with patients in acute crisis. You work as a member of a multiprofessional team. Professional practice strengthens your professional ethics and your self-reflection skills.

Health promotion competence
Guidance and interaction skills and support for self-care
Clinical competence
Ethical competence in nursing

Learning outcomes
You are able to form a supportive nurse-patient relationship under supervision.
You support the patient's and the family's self-empowerment and skills to recognize their own resources.
You take into account the impact of an acute crisis on an individual's life and are able to support a patient in crisis.
Under supervision, you implement the common evidence-based nursing interventions in a variety of mental health, addiction and crisis nursing environments.
You are able to take into account the changes caused by the disease in the lives of the patient and the family.
You work in accordance with the values, ethical principles, and guidelines of nursing, and you can evaluate how well they are carried out in your daily work.
You reflect the development of your professional identity as a nurse.
You work in accordance with current legislation.


Culturally sensitive encountering with people of different ages and cultural backgrounds.
Nursing process of a patient with mental health or addiction disorder or acute crisis.
Deepening knowledge and skills in commonly used nursing interventions in mental health and addiction nursing, such as therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, dialogue, psychoeducation and brief intervention.
Supporting the patient in acute crisis.
Applying mental health and addiction nursing legislation and recommendations in different client situations.
Recognizing the factors affecting the safety of the patient, the family and the health care personnel in different mental health, addiction and crisis nursing environments.
Digital and mobile applications in the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders.
Professional ethics and multiprofessional teamwork..
Self-reflection skills.

Oppimateriaali ja suositeltava kirjallisuus

Learning material and literature provided in theoretical studies
Legislation (Mielenterveyslaki (Mental health act), Päihdehuoltolaki (Addiction care act), Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriön asetus opioidiriippuvaisten vieroitus- ja korvaushoidosta eräillä lääkkeillä (Social and health ministry's act of the withdrawal and substitution treatment of opioid addiction)
Material related to the practice environment

Teaching methods

Practical training in a unit providing nursing care for the patients with mental health disorders, addictions or crisis situation. Unit can be inpatient care, outpatient care, a housing unit or day care unit for this patient group. The mentor in the unit is a registered nurse.

Vaihtoehtoiset suoritustavat

Studification based on the regulations of JAMK University of Applied Sciences. Studification must be applied and agreed before the practice.

Student workload

Practical training 147 hours (4 weeks)
Practice assignment 15 hours

Further information


Evaluation scale


Assessment criteria, approved/failed

Professional practice will be evaluated using scale pass/fail with a separate evaluation criteria