Nursing care of chronic patients – clinical training
Module: Nursing care
Contact hours – lectures:  
Contact hours – seminar:  
Contact hours – clinical exercises:  
Contact hours – clinical practice: 160
Holder of subject: Marta Smodiš, Lecturer
Year of study: Second
Nursing care of chronic patients – clinical training

Contact hours – lectures:  
Contact hours – seminar:  
Contact hours – clinical exercises:  
Contact hours – clinical practice: 160
Holder of subject: Marta Smodiš, Lecturer
Education providers:
  • Marta Smodiš, Lecturer
Level of study: First Bologna cycle professional education study program
Semester: Winter
Language: Slovene/English
Subject-specific competences: The student:
  • independently knows how to use and connect theoretical knowledge in the fields of oncology nursing and palliative care in a way to be actively involved in the nursing processes during clinical training;
  • gets to know the nursing documentation for cancer patients;
  • gets to know the arear of treatment for cancer patients and the principles of palliative care. They become familiar with the basic approaches of palliative care and the role of nursing in a palliative team;
  • gets to know the risk factors for cancer development and the role of nursing in preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer;
  • becomes familiar with team work and the multidisciplinary approach;
  • develops culture, ethical attitudes, values and responsibilities towards patients, health care professionals and nursing as a profession;
  • encourages health promotion and prevention, guidance and instruction in accordance with the development of nursing for various diseases and injuries;
  • develops the capability for integral communication, decision making, and effective team work;
  • develops the knowledge and skills to introduce scientific findings into evidence-based practice;
  • determines the nursing needs and diagnoses (plans nursing care, implements nursing interventions, evaluates the level of quality);
  • develops a readiness to act in critical situations and emergencies;
  • respects confidentiality of information related to nursing care provided.

Knowledge and understanding:
  • knowledge of existing resources for the care of critical patients in the terminal stage of life;
  • knowing the roles of different members of social and health care teams and recognizing the importance of interdisciplinary work;
  • recognizing biological, social, psychological and environmental risk factors that could influence health;
  • obtaining knowledge in the field of planning nursing interventions;
  • obtaining knowledge and skills about implementing patient-specific nursing interventions, in accordance with different fields;
  • ensuring high-quality nursing care to patients at all stages of life;
  • respecting the protocols of quality models and knowing the assessment mechanisms and processes for continuous quality improvement in nursing;
  • identifies the conceptual framework of nursing and its most important theoretical models;
  • follows ethical, legal and humanistic values in all nursing procedures;
  • ensures the right to privacy while respecting the confidentiality of information related to nursing interventions;
  • uses IT solutions available in health care systems;
  • communicates in a clear manner, shows respect and dedication to team work.
Mandatory references: See Course syllabuses in 1st and 2nd year.
Recommended references: /
Study obligations: Students must meet the following conditions:
  • present a valid medical certificate for conducting the work of a registered nurse;
  • be vaccinated against hepatitis B;
  • have a valid student insurance based on Articles 17 and 18 of the Health Care and Health Insurance Act for occupational injuries and diseases when participating in tasks and field work;
  • have the required protective clothing, footwear, and special equipment;
  • students can do optional clinical training that complies with the internal legal acts of the Faculty of Health Jesenice (FHCJ) for the implementation of mandatory and optional clinical training.
Assessment methods: Numerical assessment of clinical training  (competences being assessed: professional behaviour, communication skills, cooperation, implementation of nursing interventions, documentation of nursing care at the clinical placement, individual student work, health care counselling).
Students will be awarded ECTS points for conducting the entire clinical training, meeting the requirements of clinical training and getting a passing grade.
Student must have successfully passed the subject in order to be admitted into next year’s study program.