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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing (6 cr)

Code: SH00BS88-3028

General information


28.11.2022 - 04.12.2022


06.01.2023 - 31.05.2023

Number of ECTS credits allocated

6 op

Virtual proportion

2 op

Mode of delivery

67 % Contact teaching, 33 % Distance learning


Laurea Porvoo, sote


Laurea Porvoo

Teaching languages

  • Finnish

Degree programmes

  • Sairaanhoitajakoulutus (SHP2), Laurea Porvoo (Finnish)


  • Tiina Himmelroos
  • Maija Aho

Teacher in charge

Maija Aho


  • SHP222KA
    Sairaanhoitajakoulutus, monimuotototeutus, K22, Porvoo


The student is able to
- describe the most common mental health disorders in children, young people and adults and their main examination and treatment methods
- use evidence-based information and recommendations when justifying decisions, approaches and working methods used in mental health and substance abuse nursing care
- apply the principles of resource-oriented interaction in the care of a mental health and substance abuse clients and in supporting the significant others
- recognise the patient's difficult emotions, psychological strain, grief and crisis, and describe how to help the patient and their significant others to manage these difficult feelings
- describe the significance of the service system for mental health and substance abuse nursing, digital services and work in multiprofessional teams and networks
- describe the special features of medication treatment in mental health nursing
- explain the significance of ethical guidelines and legislation in mental health and substance abuse nursing
- recognise special features related to cultures and subcultures in mental health and substance abuse nursing
- analyse ethical questions related to mental health and substance abuse nursing
- analyse the significance of their own attitudes, perceptions and resources when implementing client-oriented nursing

Teaching methods

The implementation plan is available in Finnish.

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