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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing (6 cr)

Code: SN00BS32-3001

General information


23.05.2022 - 29.05.2022


16.08.2022 - 04.10.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

6 op

Virtual proportion

1 op

RDI proportion

5 op

Mode of delivery

84 % Contact teaching, 16 % Distance learning


Laurea Tikkurila, sote


Laurea Tikkurila

Teaching languages

  • English


20 - 30

Degree programmes

  • Degree Programme in Nursing (SNV), Laurea Tikkurila


  • Eija Söderlund
  • Milla Ylitalo

Teacher in charge

Milla Ylitalo


  • SNV221SN
    Degree Programme in Nursing, daytime studies, S21, Tikkurila

Learning outcomes

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

PART 1. Psychiatry online Medical Studies 1 cr
PART 2. Mental Health, substance Abuse nursing and Crisis Care 5 cr (incl. LbD-project)

Learning materials and recommended literature

Studymaterial available on Canvas

Important dates

Timetable, content and groups are divided in the first contact lesson (compulsory attendance). Absences from lectures are replaced by assignments.

Compulsory attendance also (dates will be reported later) :
- Service user's lectures
- Seminar 13.9.
- Simulation 15.9. or 16.9.

- Nursing skills theory test 4.10. (Retakes in November and December)

Forms of internationality

For exchange students

Students workload

1cr = 27h of student's work

5 cr = 135h
Contact lessons and seminar = 32h
Simulation = 8h
Exam and test = 2h
Independent = 93h (includes preparation for the test and for seminar)

Content and scheduling

- Main psychiatric disorders and the medical grounds for care
- Mechanisms of the most common intoxicants
- Operating principles of mental health and substance abuse nursing
- Supporting clients who are experiencing an acute crisis and are acutely ill
- Service system and legislation
- Professional interaction in care relationship with mental health or substance abuse clients and their significant others
- Pharmacological therapies for mental health and substance abuse patient
- Mental health of children and adolescents

Further information for students

Teacher Milla Ylitalo

Grading scale


Evaluation methods and criteria

Knowledge test T1-K5 (50%)
LbD-project T1-K5 (group work) (50%)

Laurea's assessment framework, level 1.