Nursing Care I
Nursing Care
Contact hours – lectures:
Contact hours – seminar:
Contact hours – clinical exercises:

Contact hours – clinical practice:

Holder of subject:
Jožica Ramšak Pajk, MSc, Senior Lecturer
Year of study:

Nursing Care I

Contact hours – lectures:


Contact hours – seminar:


Contact hours – clinical exercises:


Contact hours – clinical practice:


Holder of subject:

Jožica Ramšak Pajk, MSc, Senior Lecturer

Education providers:

  • Jožica Ramšak Pajk, MSc, Senior Lecturer
  • Sanela Pivač, Lecturer,
  • Sedina Kalender Smajlović, Lecturer
  • Marta Smodiš, Lecturer
  • Katja Vrankar, Lecturer
  • Mateja Bahun, Lecturer

Level of study:

First Bologna cycle professional education study program





Subject-specific competences:

The student:

  • gains knowledge about the significance of health which he/she protects, promotes and restores in him/herself, in individuals and in the community;
  • gains knowledge professional nursing practice specifics and the nurse’s role;
  • is acquainted with theoretical nursing;
  • gains knowledge of the nursing process;
  • forms expert, responsible, self-confident and humane working methods in relation to patients, co-workers and the society;
  • gains knowledge of nursing significance in the process of prevention, treatment and coping with illness;
  • gains knowledge of environmental factors that represent the framework of nursing practice;
  • comprehends nurse’s role in nursing and health care teams, in research, in education, and in politics;
  • gains knowledge of theoretical models and four fundamental concepts of nursing;
  • gains knowledge of the nursing process;
  • application of the nursing process;
  • identification and solving of health problems in individual patients or typical patient groups, in families, and in the community;
  • critical judgment and creative solving of health problems in individuals or groups according to practice guidelines; 
  • performing and collaborating in diagnostics and therapeutics programs;
  • performing individual, holistic, patient centered care.

Objectives of seminar, clinical exercises and clinical practice
The student:

  • can transfer the acquired theoretical knowledge and skills to simulated conditions of patient care;
  • expands existing knowledge and gains new knowledge in nursing care;
  • is capable of applying theoretical knowledge in administering nursing care by considering individual patient needs, special characteristics of the expert field and material resources;
  • develops the required skills for administering nursing care;
  • is capable of applying comprehensive, individual, problem-centered patient care and is capable of anticipating problems;
  • develops the appropriate therapeutic communication skills;
  • learns about the importance of becoming part of nursing and multi-discipline teams;
  • is capable of perceiving patients’ needs for health care education, selects and applies the appropriate teaching method;
  • expands the ethical relations towards patients;
  • assesses patient needs at the mental, physical, social, and spiritual levels, and knows how to help solve existing and potential nursing issues under the supervision of a clinical mentor;
  • is responsible and confident in implementing clinical practice, follows the rules of nursing etiquette, develops a positive self-image of a registered nurse, and always considers the benefit of the patients;
  • gets used to accepting accountability for his/her work;
  • acquires working habits which are essential for quality nursing care;
  • is able to independently prepare nursing documentation for FHCJ and present it to the clinical practice mentor/coordinator at the study base;
  • learns how to be critical in selecting and using Slovenian and foreign literature.  

Mandatory and recommended references:

Mandatory references:

  • Alfaro-LeFevre R. Applying nursing process: a tool for critical thinking. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.
  • Gordon M. Negovalne diagnoze – priročnik. Maribor: Zdravstveni dom dr. Antona Drolca, Kolaborativni center SZO za primarno zdravstveno nego;  2006.
  • Skela Savič B, Kaučič MB, Filej B, Skinder Savić K, Mežik Veber M, Romih K, (eds.). Teoretične in praktične osnove zdravstvene nege:izbrana poglavja. Jesenice: Visoka šola za zdravstveno nego; 2010.
  • Hajdinjak G, Meglič R. Sodobna zdravstvena nega. Ljubljana: Visoka šola za zdravstvo; 2006.
  • Šmitek J. Hierarhija znanja v zdravstveni negi. Obzor Zdr N 2001; 35: 163-74.
  • Ramšak Pajk J. Hildegard Peplau in model medosebnih odnosov. Obzor Zdr N 2000; 34: 27-31.
  • Ramšak Pajk J. Dokumentacija v zdravstveni negi. Obzor Zdr N 2006; 40: 137 – 42.
  • Taylor L, LeMone L. Fundamentals of Nursing: the art and science of nursing care. Philadelphia: Williams & Wilkins; 2008: str. 351-88.
  • Aktualni prispevki v zbornikih simpozijev in mednarodnih znanstvenih konferenc v organizaciji VŠZNJ.

Mandatory references in German:

  • Wilkinson J. Das Pflegeprozess-Lehrbuch. Bern: Huber; 2007.
  • Arets J, Obex F, Vaessen J. Professionelle Pflege 1. Theoretische und praktische Grundlagen. 3. Aufl. Bern: Huber; 1999.
  • Schaeffer D, Moers M, Steppe H, Meleis A. Pflegetheorien. Beispiele aus den USA. 2. Aufl. Bern: Huber; 2008.
  • Polit DF, Tatano Beck C, Hungler BP. Lehrbuch Pflegeforschung. Methodik, Beurteilung und Anwendungen. Bern: Huber; 2004.


Recommended references:

  • Meleis AI. Theoretical nursing development and progress. 4rd edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2007.
  • Hood L, Leddy S. Leddy and Pepper's conceptual bases of professional nursing. 6th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.
  • Henderson V. Osnovna načela zdravstvene nege. Ljubljana: Zbornica zdravstvene nege Slovenije; 1998.
  • Trampuž R, (ur.). Kakovost zdravstvene nege: kako jo prenesti v prakso: zbornik prispevkov. 2004 April 3; Nova Gorica, Slovenija. Nova Gorica: Društvo medicinskih sester in zdravstvenih tehnikov; 2004.
  • Journals:
    • Obzornik zdravstvene nege
    • International Journal of Nursing Practice
    • International Nursing Review
    • Journal of Advanced Nursing
    • Journal of Clinical Nursing
    • Journal of Professional Nursing
    • Nurse Researcher
    • Nursing Standard

Study obligations:

  • 30% obligatory attendance at lectures
  • 100% obligatory attendance at seminars
  • submitted and presented seminar work

Assessment methods:

  • written examination (80%)
  • seminar work (20%)