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Intensive Care Nursing

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: SH00BC96
Curriculum: SH 2024K
Level: Bachelor of Nursing
Credits: 3 cr
Responsible Teacher: Joensuu, Miia
Language of Instruction: Finnish


Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)Language
3002SH2021-34CK, SH2021-34DK, SH2021V-34K2025-01-01 – 2025-02-23Miia JoensuuFinnish
3003SH2022-3A, SH2022-3B2025-04-01 – 2025-05-31Miia JoensuuFinnish

Learning Outcomes

-is familiar with intensive care environment and ensures the safety of care
works as a part of a multidisciplinary team
-is familiar with special features and methods of treatment in the intensive care
-is familiar with basics of examination and care of critically ill patient
-knows how to evaluate and treat nursing care problems concerning a critically ill patient
-is familiar whit examination, monitoring and care equipment used in an intensive care setting and understands how to interpret the information correctly
-takes into consideration the patient´s family and their needs
-is familiar with the basic medications and fluid therapy used

Student's Workload

Student´s workload 81h
-Guided teaching 42h (8h+8h laboratory groups: care of an intubated patient, extubation, invasive measurements and monitoring, cpr)
-Independent study 39h

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Medical Nursing,Surgical Nursing and pharmachoterapy


-the definition of intensive care. The role and competency of a intensive care nurse
obseravation and care of the critically ill patient (includes)
-cardiovascular observation and care; invasive methods
-respiratory; respiratory failure, ventilator care
-observation and care of a neurological patient
-observation and care of a gastrointestinal patient
-severe infections
-medication, fluid therapy, nutrition, drug calculations
-basic care and rehabilitation
-the encounter and support of the patient´s family. The consideration of thei needs
-the ethics of intensive care

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

Ritmala-Castrén M, Lönn M, Lundgrén-Laine H, Meriläinen M, Peltomaa M (Toim.). 2017. Teho- ja valvontahoitotyön opas. Kustannus Oy Duodecim.
Material and articles by teacher

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

-lectures, familiarization with the material, exercise

Assessment Methods

-Exam (0-5)
-Laboration (100% presence)