As our two previous blog entries enlightened you mostly about why our project is important and who’s behind it, You may have begun to wonder how NURED will actually be carried out. How can we reach such ambitious goals – which steps are necessary along the way?
Even though we obviously feel the NURED Project is very special and unique, it works like many other projects do: by gathering information from people (in our case home care nurses and other personnel) we can pin point areas of development within nursing education, and try to improve and better them in order to help home care nurses be even better at what they do.
To gather information we are using a survey known as the Quality/Work/Competence-scale, and have also added some questions about the level of education home care nurses have received. This questionnaire is currently being carried out in all four countries (Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia). When the results are in the fun truly begins: planning and carrying out pilot courses for nursing students. Next after these pilot courses it’s, of course, time to evaluate the feedback given by the participants, and then make these courses even better for the final product.
Each of the four countries has their own focus area regarding which part of education to try to improve: 1) teamwork 2) stress and time management 3) ICT and distance-learning platforms, and 4) working with patients with intellectual disabilities. In the end we will bring these puzzle pieces together to create curricula which will benefit students all countries. (By the way – remember the first blog entry, where we explained our NURED-logo and the four puzzle pieces? Here’s another reason for there being 4 of them
While carrying out this project we are also following the rules and regulations of the Interreg Central Baltic programme that, together with the European Union, funds this project. You can find out more about Interreg and other interesting projects here. (External link)
Besides the project teams in each country and their local partners (some of which we’ll introduce to You in a future blog-post), we have also welcomed bachelor’s and master’s degree thesis writers to take part of the project, so hopefully we will have some interesting theses to share with you guys next spring! Because what’s better than getting students of all levels involved in a project like NURED – a project, where they can help improve the education their future colleagues receive.
So, this was the shortened and simplified version of the hows, whats and wheres of the NURED project. Even though it may sound quite simple, it will surely keep us busy as bees until its end in August 2019!