Community Nursing Care and Dispensary


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
Erika Povšnar, Lecturer

Education providers:

  • Jožica Ramšak Pajk, MSc, Senior Lecturer
  • Erika Povšnar, Lecturer

Level of study:   

First Bologna cycle professional education study program



Subject specific competences:

The student:

  • learns about the role and importance of community nurses in the health care system;
  • is able to recognize and interpolate humanistic concepts, theories and recent findings into community nursing care;
  • is able to recognize and apply nursing care theories in community health care;
  • monitors and identifies the influence of politics and social changes on health care in Slovenia and abroad;
  • is able to recognize the advantages of comprehensive treatment of an individual, their family and the community;
  • is able to apply and recognize the advantages of using nursing care standards and nursing care plan in community nursing;
  • learns about the ethical and legal standards in community nursing care;
  • understands the importance and types of communication in community and dispensary  health care;
  • is informed with and knows how to use the documentation in community nursing care;
  • recognizes the aim, tasks and methods of dispensary  care;
  • recognizes health care tasks and functions in dispensary practice;
  • learns how to treat patients in the dispensary according to nursing care process;
  • gains competences for independent work and team work in the field of health care and social work, health education and dispensary health care;
  • becomes familiar with specific nursing interventions, depending on the clinical practice areas of the dispensaries;
  • gains new knowledge and expands existing knowledge in dispensary and community nursing care, develops the required abilities for conducting nursing interventions;
  • learns the preparation stages for a preventive and curative community nurse’s visit;
  • implements a preventive or curative community nurse visit independently or under the guidance of a mentor;
  • recognizes patient needs independently or with the help of a mentor, responds to them appropriately and solves them under the mentor's supervision by offering suggestions or implementing interventions.

Mandatory and recommended references:

Mandatory references:

  • Navodilo za izvajanje preventivnega zdravstvenega varstva na primarni ravni. Uradni list RS, št. 19/98 in 47/98.
  • Zakon o zdravstvenem varstvu in zdravstvenem zavarovanju. Uradni list RS, št. 9/92, 13/93, 9/96 in 29/98.
  • World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Copenhagen, Health 21: The health for all policy framework for the WHO European Region, 1999.
  • Hunt R. Introduction to community-based nursing, Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams Wilkins; 2008.
  • Maurer FA, Smith CM. Community/public health nursing practice: health for families and populations. St. Louis: Elsevier/Saunders; 2008.
  • Taylor C, Lillis C, LeMonte P. Fundamentals of Nursing Care. Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore: Lippincott; 2001.
  • Rajkovič V, Šušteršič O. Informacijski sistem patronažne zdravstvene nege. Kranj: Moderna organizacija; 2000.
  • Geč T. Specifične negovalne diagnoze v patronažni zdravstveni negi. Maribor: Zdravstveni dom dr. Adolfa Drolca Maribor & Univerza v Mariboru,Visoka zdravstvena šola; 2002.
  • Gordon M. Manual of Nursing Duiagnosis. St. Louis: Mosby; 2009.
  • Ivanuša A, Železnik D. Standardi aktivnosti zdravstvene nege, 2nd ed. Maribor: Fakulteta za zdravstvene vede; 2008.

Recommended references:

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Study obligations:

To be admitted into the clinical setting, the student must:
  • 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. 

Prerequisite for the exam:
  • 30% attendance at lectures

Assessment methods:

  • written examination (100%)