Nursing care of vulnerable groups
Module: Nursing care
Contact hours – lectures: 30
Contact hours – seminar: 15
Contact hours – clinical exercises:  
Contact hours – clinical practice:  
Holder of subject: Sanela Pivač, Lecturer
Year of study: Third
Nursing care of vulnerable groups
Contact hours – lectures: 30
Contact hours – seminar: 15
Contact hours – clinical exercises:  
Contact hours – clinical practice:  
Holder of subject: Sanela Pivač, Lecturer
Education providers:
  • Sanela Pivač, Lecturer
Level of study: First Bologna cycle professional education study program
Semester: Winter
Language: Slovene/English
Subject-specific competences: Students will:
  • understand the social and cultural behaviour of specific vulnerable groups;
  • become familiar with the characteristics of individual vulnerable groups;
  • show sufficient knowledge and skills to ensure professional and safe treatment and care of vulnerable groups;
  • recognize the role of nursing in the care of vulnerable groups;
  • be able to recognize the needs of vulnerable groups;
  • have the capacity for critical thinking and systemic approach in solving the problems of vulnerable groups;

Knowledge and understanding:
  • students will identify vulnerable groups and indicators of exclusion;
  • students will recognize the risk factors affecting health and illness;
  • students will understand the concept of vulnerable groups;
  • students will be able to critically assess and apply knowledge in identifying problems of vulnerable groups and approaches to solving their problems;
  • students will be able to help individuals have a better position, recognize the opportunities of finding the best alternatives and decision-making;
  • students will understand the problems of vulnerable groups in nursing care;
  • students will respect the ethical principles and ensure the right to privacy and security of vulnerable groups;
  • the knowledge which students acquire will enable them to assume responsibility for their own professional work, respect human rights and diversity in the light of physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of individuals.
Mandatory references:
  • Hvalič Touzery, S., Pivač, S. & Smodiš, M., 2015.  Analiza stanja na področju duševnega zdravja – ranljive skupine: raziskovalno poročilo. Jesenice: Fakulteta za zdravstvo Jesenice.
  • Mlinišek, A., 2012. Etičnost razmišljanja in diskriminacija v zdravstveni negi. Revija za univerzalno odličnost, 1(1), pp. 20-29.
  • Resolucija, 2014. Resolucija o nacionalnem programu duševnega zdravja 2014 – 2018. Available at:čfiles/file/NOVICE/NPDZč3čJ.pdf  [Accessed 5 December 2015].
  • Rožman, M., 2011. Diskriminacija ranljivih skupin v zdravstveni negi. In: B. Skela Savič, A. Prebil, K. Romih, S. Pivač & K. Skinder Savić, eds. Napredna znanja za kakovostno delo s študenti zdravstvene nege - poklicna etika in profesionalni razvoj: zbornik prispevkov / 4. šola za klinične mentorje, Jesenice, 13. 9. 2011-15. 9. 2011. Jesenice: Visoka šola za zdravstveno nego, pp. 151 – 156.
Recommended references:
  • Clement, C., Thirlaway, K., Smith, A. & Williams, J., 2014. Vulnerable young people and alcohol use: a qualitative exploration. Journal of Substance Use, 19(1/2), pp. 112-117.
Study obligations:
  • 100% obligatory attendance at the seminars
  • 50% attendance at lectures
Assessment methods:
  • written examination (80%)
  • seminar (20%)