Nurse Education Development

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.2. More aligned vocational education and training (VET) programmes in the Central Baltic region

Central Baltic

01.09.2016 - 29.02.2020

€862 094

€675 580

Project Summary:

ENDED. The aim of the project is to develop 2 curricula (CC) in the field of Home Care Nursing/Nurse (HCN/RN) within the Central Baltic region. This is done in the following these steps: 1) surveying and designing new curricula, 2) train teachers for the new curricula, 3) evaluate and publish results. Because the challenges faced by Central Baltic countries are similar, the CCs will be developed together.

 We shall improve existing CCs to better prepare HCN/nurse students in: HCN elderly care, care of people with intellectual disability and HCN teamwork. All project activities aim at increasing satisfaction with nursing education and work, highlighting the value of self-directed learning, lifelong learning, and the professional level of HCNs, to facilitate recruitment.

The expected results for HCN/nurse students will be: a) improved teamwork between HCN and RN, incorporation of ICT solutions and skills, e-learning/distance learning in the CCs, and inclusion of stress and time management, psychosocial work as well ergonomics in the curriula. The evaluation of the new CC will be reviewed.

Lead Partner

Yrkeshögskolan Arcada AB

Country: FI

Partner budget: 316.999 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 237.749 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Riga Stradina Universitate

Country: LV


Partner budget: 145.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 123.250 EUR ERDF

Tallinna Tervishoiu Kõrgkool

Country: EE

Partner budget: 145.100 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 123.335 EUR ERDF

Mälardalens Högskola

Country: SE

Partner budget: 254.995 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 191.246 EUR ERDF

Expected results

To develop 2 education curricula (16 ECSS SP) of HCN/nurse in BSR, goals are to improve: professional skills, teamwork, stress management and other work management related skills and knowledge for their future profession. By these dev. actions and improvements the HCN/nurse students and future workers will be better prepared to offering good service for end users in BSR countries. It is important for all partners to collaborate in finding solutions together to common and also country specific problems in BSR in the field of home care nursing,nursing and their cooperation. The beneficiary of the project outcomes, except the better prepared and skillful home care professionals are municipal authorities, labor market and the society as whole, facing the demographic challenge with a growing older population. Further, the program considers the cost efficiency for the improved CC. The expected project outcomes are: 1) more skillful HCN/nurses in BSR, 2) HCN/nurse students more prepared to manage the psychosocial work environment 3)improved efficiency in education by ICT based solutions, learning and distance learning in BSR, 4) improved recruitment for HCN/nurse education in all countries, 5) reduced educational drop-outs 6) improved attractiveness of HCN/nurse education, 7) preparedness towards professional challenges at work, 8) skilled technological literacy in home care nursing, 9) improved team work in HCN/nurse. We will survey post graduates experiences, carry out interventions based on survey outcome, conduct pilot educations with new content compared to existing CC. Evaluate outcomes of pilot study and design a model for new developed education CC in BSR (FIN, EST, LAT and SWE).We do evaluate the satisfaction of students/teachers related to the renewed and improved CC. Results shall be implemented in schools and presented seminars, professional papers, media,workshops for decision makers, educational professionals, municipal authorities and general public.

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