Current active subject description (last updated 2024/25)
Clinical Practice: Mental Health Nursing, Community and/or Specialist Health Care Services
Current active subject description (last updated 2024/25)

Clinical Practice: Mental Health Nursing, Community and/or Specialist Health Care Services

The course builds on completed supervised professional training studies and theoretical courses. The student may meet patients of all ages who require mental health care.
Observation, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation as a clinical competence shall be further developed. Emphasis is placed on safeguarding the basic needs of patients. The student shall reflect on ethical issues seen in the context of applicable legislation/national guidelines and the significance this has/will have for the practicing of nursing in relation to people with mental health problems. In addition, the student shall have knowledge of nursing from a health-promoting perspective.
All courses in the first academic year completed and passed, as well as SYK2003 Practical Nursing Skills, part 2.


  • have broad knowledge about people-centred nursing
  • have broad knowledge about mental health and the most common mental disorders and illnesses
  • have knowledge about the effects and side effects of the most common psychotropic drugs
  • have knowledge about the legislation employed within the mental health services
  • have knowledge about drugs and alcohol and addiction


  • can meet basic needs of people with mental illnesses, and provide the grounds for the practice of nursing
  • can apply professional communication and skills with regard to building relationships with patients and relatives and in interdisciplinary/interdepartmental interaction
  • can apply professional knowledge to observe, assess, decide on, implement and document nursing measures and evaluate their effectiveness and adjust if necessary
  • can apply knowledge about the health and welfare system, laws, regulations and guidance in the practice of their service
  • can reflect on how mental illness can affect the patient’s experience of their own life situation
  • can safeguard the patient’s needs in relation to health promotion, coping and preventive needs
  • can assess situations that may become threatening for patients and employees, and can implement measures to prevent such events

General competence

  • can demonstrate commitment and independence in line with professional ethical guidelines in respect of patients, relatives, employees and other partners
  • have insight into the connections between health, education, work and living conditions, and can apply knowledge about this in order to contribute to good public health.
  • can reflect on their own professional development
  • take responsibility for their own learning and demonstrate commitment in nursing practice under supervision
In addition to semester fees and literature on the reading list, expenses must be expected regarding additional housing, travel expenses etc related to supervised professional training, cf. Nord University’s guidelines.
Compulsory. Supervised professional training study

Practice the profession of nursing during supervised professional training, mainly with regard to patients with mental illness, under the supervision of nurses who are familiar with the course’s learning outcomes and who assess the student’s achievement of these. The student will perform tasks relating to the subject area during the supervised professional training studies.

The student will complete a self-assessment in respect of their own achievement of the learning outcomes.

Eight weeks of supervised professional training in the municipal and/or specialist health service

SPT - Examination: The student will practice the profession of nursing and their achievement of the learning outcomes will be assessed throughout the process. In the event that there is a risk that the student will not pass, the student must be notified in writing at the time of the interim assessment or at least three weeks before the final assessment is due to take place, any shortcomings must be specified and documented and the student must be given the opportunity to work on these up until the final assessment.

An accurate assessment can be ensured through collaboration between the placement supervisor and the lecturer based on clear learning outcomes for which the student will also have the opportunity to assess themselves.

The following requirements must be met in order to pass the period of supervised professional training: 90% attendance during the supervised professional training

Achievement of learning outcomes

Approved written, practical and/or oral assignments Grading scale: Pass/fail