Clinical Practice 2 (UTV-BSYP2)

The course consists of two parts:

  • Part I: Preparatory teaching for Practical studies (N/A for inbound students)
  • Part II: Practical placement

The course provides both an introduction to the knowledge base and practical experience in the provision of nursing care to patients with mental disorders, surgical and medical conditions and diagnoses within the specialist health service or municipal health service. The practical placement involve active learning where the student, in their dealings with patients, family members and collaboration with healthcare professionals, is engaged in and experiences realistic learning situations and issues in order to strengthen their professional identity and skills as a nurse. The clinical studies will provide insight into the complexity of the nursing profession and its practice and will take place in one of the following areas:

  1. Department of mental health in the municipal and specialist health service
  2. Surgical department in the specialist health service
  3. Medical department in the municipal and specialist health service
  4. Home-based services in the municipal health service

The focus of the practical placement is caring and professionally nursing care for patients who are acutely, chronically and critically ill and their family members. In the course, the student shall work with and acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes in accordance with criteria for professionally and caring nursing. The student shall develop professional nursing action skills in the following areas: professional ethics and law, interaction and communication, patient-oriented nursing care, patient safety, pedagogy and management. The student shall learn to integrate theoretical knowledge and experience and research-based knowledge in a reflected and independent manner.

The student's professional identity and ability as a nurse to provide professionally and caring nursing care is developed through clinical experience in dealings with patients and family members, in collaboration with colleagues in clinical training as well as through guidance, reflection and application of relevant theory. The student is responsible for their own learning and for developing a capacity for accountability and independence. The importance of reflecting on one’s own practices, effort and development is paramount.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start

Spring, Autumn

Number of semesters


Exam semester

Spring, Autumn

Language of instruction



  • Part I: Preparatory teaching for practical placement
  • Part II: Practical placement

Part I: Preparatory teaching for practical placement

Part I provides a theoretical introduction to the knowledge base for nursing practice to patients with mental disorders, surgical/medical patients or patients in home-based services that lay the foundation for the practical placement.

Preparatory teaching for practical placement shall help the student develop preparedness aimed at professional practice as a learning arena. The teaching shall prepare and provide reassurance to the student to identify current learning situations in professional practice and participate actively in relevant learning situations. There are requirements for 100% attendance in preparatory teaching for practical placement.

Part II: Practical placement

The focus of the practical placement is the provision of professionally nursing care to patients with mental disorders, surgical/medical patients or patients in home-based services. In the clinical studies, the student will experience nursing as a profession. The practical placement will be planned and targeted ,the student will receive regular guidance, feedback and assessment from the practical placement supervisor from the placement site and practical placement teacher from the Faculty of Health Sciences. The attendance requirement for clinical training is 90%.

The practical placement run over 9 weeks (a total of 270 hours), with an average of 30 hours per week. In addition, self-study, seminars and supervision with a teacher is expected so that the study effort is equivalent to a full-time study programme of 40 hours per week.

The student follows the practical placement site's working hours and is assigned the same shifts as the placement training supervisor, including a minimum of 2 weekends in medical and surgical clinical training and up to 2 weekends in mental health and home nursing. During the first week, a shift plan is drawn up for when the student shall be present in the ward. The student follows at least 60% of the practical placement supervisor's shifts. The shift plan is approved by the practical placement training site and teacher. The organisation of the provision of supervision and the distribution of supervisory tasks between the practical placement supervisor and the teacher is established in a supervision contract. This means that the supervisory activities and forms of supervision the students are offered in the clinical studies may vary and are adapted to each student's needs.

The student plans and documents their learning process based on learning outcomes, learning needs and available learning situations in the clinicalstudies. The student is entitled to regular guidance and assessment from the clinical training supervisor and teacher so that the student is kept informed about their development and level of competence. The assessment of the student's competence is based on the learning outcomes of the study programme, the student's documentation and reflection on their own development and learning, and feedback from the clinical training supervisor. The student's learning progression is evaluated midterm and at the end of the clinical training period. The purpose of the assessment is to document the extent to which the learning outcome for the clinical training period has been achieved and to visible describe the student areas of competence and improvement . The assessment results are archived by the Faculty of Health Sciences. The student receives a copy of this.

Learning outcome

After completing and passing the course, the candidate will have achieved the following learning outcomes:


The candidate:

  • Can understand how suffering and various illnesses create different needs for providing nursing care to the patient and family members
  • Has knowledge of the nurse's role in cross-professional collaboration
  • Has knowledge of how to update their professional knowledge
  • Has knowledge of pre- and postoperative nursing and providing nursing care to acutely, chronically and critically ill patients in surgical department
  • Has knowledge of mental health and mental disorders and illnesses, as well as providing nursing care to acutely, chronically and critically ill patients in department of mental health
  • Has knowledge of providing nursing care to acutely, chronically and critically ill patients in home nursing care
  • Has knowledge of providing nursing care to acutely, chronically and critically ill patients in medical department


The candidate:

  • Can provide nursing care in accordance with ethical values and guidelines, as well as applicable legislation,
  • Can apply knowledge of patient experiences and life phenomena in nursing, as well as demonstrate empathy and understanding when dealing with patients' and family members' experiences and reactions to illness and treatment of illness
  • Can apply professional knowledge of health and illness to systematically observe, assess, determine, implement and document appropriate nursing care measures, as well as evaluate their effectiveness and adjust as needed
  • Can apply identification, assessment, documentation and communication tools in nursing practice
  • Can practise nursing skills in accordance with the relevant quality standards
  • Can inform, teach and guide patients, family members, fellow students and staff
  • Can manage their own work expediently, including planning, prioritising and delegating nursing tasks
  • Can plan and carry out proper handling of medications
  • Can identify and assess risk factors related to individuals, as well as document and systematically follow up relevant measures
  • Can apply knowledge of cultural competence and cultural understanding in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care
  • Can apply knowledge of children and the needs of young people for treatment and/or services and can ensure their participation and rights
  • Can use technology and digital solutions to support the patients and family members resources , coping strategies and participation
  • Can use relevant medical technical equipment
  • Can apply knowledge to implement measures that promote good mental health
  • Can apply knowledge to take action during acute and subacute events, as well as perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation with defibrillator (CPR-D)
  • Can use infection control measures to prevent the spread of undesirable microbes
  • Can apply knowledge of evaluation, treatment and follow-up to support the patient's decision-making
  • Can apply professional knowledge and relevant research and development work in practical issues

General competence

The candidate:

  • Can reflect on ethical and legal dilemmas
  • Can meet patients and family members with compassion, care and respect, and support the patient's dignity
  • Can reflect on own willingness and ability to provide care to people's various experiences with, and reactions to illness and suffering, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity
  • Can reflect on and be active in their professional and personal development
  • Can reflect on their own responsibility for seeking, assessing and applying relevant professional and research-based literature in the practice of nursing
  • Can plan and provide nursing care for acutely, critically and chronically ill people in the municipal and specialist health service
  • Can provide nursing care to patients in palliative phase
  • Can plan and provide nursing care for pre- and postoperative patients
  • Can plan and provide nursing care to patients with mental disorders and conditions
  • Can plan and carry out assessments of nursing care needs of people with indigenous and minority backgrounds
  • Can plan and carry out communication and interaction with patients based on respect, co-participation and integrity
  • Can communicate views and share experiences with others in the field of study and through this contribute to the development of best practice
  • Has insight into social and health problems, including neglect, violence, abuse, and substance abuse and socioeconomic problems

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Practice 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

In order to pass Practical placement 2, the student must have completed supervised training with a maximum of 10% absence, and had their training assessed with a pass grade according to the course's assessment form.Assessment criteria for pass/fail in practical placement can be found in the evaluation form for the practical placement. If the student’s absence exceeds 10%, the Faculty of Health Sciences may, on receiving an application from the student, assess whether the circumstances justify allowing the studies to be completed within the prescribed time period. The prerequisite for applying for this is that the total absence does not exceed 20% of the time in the practical placement. If the practical placement is discontinued after two weeks after the start of the practical placement, this is considered one attempt.If there is doubt at any point about whether the student will pass the practical placement, the student shall be given written notice of this immediately and no later than 3 weeks prior to the end of the practical placement. In that case, the student must demonstrate satisfactory progress over the last 3 weeks in order to pass.Should the student, despite satisfactory study progression at the midterm assessment, demonstrate action/conduct that does not provide a basis for passing the practical placement, the student may nevertheless be given a fail grade, even if prior notification of doubt was not given.In addition, the assessment of the practical placement includes the following:
• Attendance at organised teacher guidance sessions
• Reflection note

Students who have not completed and passed the course will not be allowed to present themselves for exams in any subsequent courses in which this course is specified as required prerequisite knowledge.

Coursework requirements

  1. 100% attendance at preparatory teaching for clinical training. In special and documented cases, the duty of attendance may be waived by up to 20% upon application by the student.

Consequences when obligatory teaching activities are not met: N/A for inbound students

Regarding condition 1:

  • Unmet requirements for 100% attendance mean that the student must submit a written assignment in accordance with further specified guidelines. This must be submitted and assessed within the first two weeks after the commencement of clinicalstudies. If the written assignment is not approved, the student loses the right to carry out the clinical studies in UTV_BSYP2.

Course teacher(s)

Placement coordinator:

Liss Merete Kristiansen

Placement coordinator:

Hilde Knutsen

Study Program Director:

Bodil Bø

Method of work

Lectures, group work, supervised clinical training, clinical training-oriented teaching and self-study. Written documentation of own learning process compared with practical placement goals.

Open for

Exchange programmes at Faculty of Health Sciences

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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