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Orientation Practice in Medical Nursing (5 cr)

Code: SWNSW202-3008

General information


02.09.2024 - 31.12.2024

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Mode of delivery



School of Health and Social Studies

Teaching languages

  • English


0 - 30

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing


  • Marina Hirjaba
  • Judith Yabal
  • Suleiman Kamau

Teacher in charge

Marina Hirjaba


  • SNS23SG1
    Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing


Purpose of the course
During the course you learn to evaluate patients' vitals and perform clinical nursing interventions and examinations.

Competences of the course
Clinical competence
Ethical competence in nursing
Health promotion competence

Learning outcomes of the course
You are able to apply the central clinical nursing methods, examinations and drug calculation in internal disease nursing, as well as related basic technology, taking into account patient safety and aseptics. You can justify your decisions based on evidence. You act according to nursing ethical guidelines. You identify and evaluate patients' health risk factors and offer relevant support.


Patient monitoring
Implementation of intravenous drug and fluid therapy
Use of various evaluation and reporting tools and use of medical technology
Blood sampling
Nursing of palliative care patients
Patient guidance and interaction in internal diseases and palliative care
Safe drug calculation

Oppimateriaali ja suositeltava kirjallisuus

Drug Calculations Readings
Gatford, J.D & Phillips, N. 2015. Nursing Calculations
Lapham, R. 2015. Drug Calculations for Nurses: A step-by-step approach
Lapham, R. & Angar, H. 2009. Drug Calculations for Nurses
Ogden, S.J & Fluharty, L. 2019. Calculation of Drug Dosages: A Work Text
Drug Calculations other useful Material:
DOSE - online application
The Dose program is free to use. Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences has a license for the Dose Drug Calculation program. Language selection is Finnish, Swedish or English. Link
Username: JAMK
Password: JAMK0921
Mobile phone applications:
You can install several free applications on your mobile from the Play Store. E.g. Drug Calculations for Nurses, Drug Dosage Calculator, Medical calculators, etc.

Teaching methods

Practical classes and simulations

There can be contact lessons, online learning and webinar lectures in Drug Calculations course.

Exam schedules

Dates of the exams will be informed at the beginning of the course

There is an exam about Drug Calculations. The date and format of the exam will be informed/agreed in the beginning of the Course. You can take exams and resits in the Exam Studio also.

Vaihtoehtoiset suoritustavat

Drug Calculations: If you already have good skills of a drug calculations, you can take just an exam.

Student workload

Laboratory classes, simulation and exam: 65h
Independent studying 70h

Further information

The teacher of the study course provides additional information about possible special practices of the study course.
The Drug Calculations Exam must be calculated correctly and the way of thinking must be written down clearly.
Drug Calculations grade is Pass/Fail.

Evaluation scale


Assessment criteria, approved/failed

You are able to apply clinical nursing methods in the care of patients with internal diseases. You can apply related basic technology taking into account patient safety and aseptics. You can justify the solutions you make based on evidence. You are able to determine doses of medication without mistakes. You are able to provide basic councelling for self-care.


You master the basic nursing interventions and the basics of pharmacotherapy. You are able to document as required by legislation.