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CARE FOR EUROPE project

Encourages the welcoming of nursing students on mobility

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Welcome to the

CARE FOR EUROPE project

Aims to contribute to the internationalisation of nursing education in four EU countries

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus + programme under grant agreement No 2020-1-FR01-KA203-080111

About the project

Care for Europe Erasmus+ KA2 project aims to internationalise nursing courses through a better integration of incoming nursing students during their clinical placements. Digital material created in this project will also provide virtual reality educational experiences for nursing students. Nursing professions are increasingly concerned with globalisation and it is therefore important to train our future nurses in multicultural teamwork so that they acquire intercultural competences already during their studies. The cultural diversity of the four participants located in four different European regions: France, Hungary, Spain and Finland, will result in rich exchanges allowing the comparison of visions, cultures and care practices.

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partners

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University of Pécs

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    Klára Simon

    Administrative Officer,
    Office of International Affairs
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    Dorina PUSZTAI

    Subject Teacher
    Institute of Nursing Sciences, Basic Health Sciences and Health Visiting - Deputy Head of Institute
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    Ildikó HUSZÁR

    Administrator Expert
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    Orsolya MÁTÉ

    PhD. habil. Senior Lecturer, Director of foreign affairs
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    Csilla GLÜCK

    Project Manager
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    Kinga LAMPEK

    PhD. habil., College Professor

 


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Universitat de Lleida, Spain

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    Joan Blanco Blanco

    RN, PhD, senior lecturer at the Deparment of Nursing and Physiotherapy and researcher at GESEC Group
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    Josep Maria Gutierrez

    RN, Master, nurse at Hospital Arnau de Vilanova and associate lecturer at the Deparment of Nursing and Physiotherapy
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    Erica Briones

    PhD, researcher at the Deparment of Nursing and Physiotherapy and GESEC Group and lecturer
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    Mariana Loezar Hernández

    Nurse, PhD student, researcher at GESEC Group and lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy at the University of Lleida.
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    José Tomás Mateos García

    RN, PhD, postdoctoral researcher at the Deparment of Nursing and Physiotherapy and GESEC Group
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    Jordi Martínez Soldevila

    RN, Master, associate lecturer at the Deparment of Nursing and Physiotherapy and researcher at GESEC Group
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    Fran Valenzuela Pascual

    PhD, senior lecturer at the Deparment of Nursing and Physiotherapy and researcher at GESEC Group

 


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Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland

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    Mika Alastalo, RN, PhD

    Senior Lecturer at Laurea University of Applied Sciences.
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    Sari Myréen, MA

    Project Planner at Laurea University of Applied Sciences
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    Tiina Haapanen, BBE

    Administrative Coordinator, Project Planner at Laurea University of Applied Sciences
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    Niina Glerean, RN, PHN, MNSc

    Project Manager, Senior Lecturer at Laurea University of Applied Sciences
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Croix-Rouge française – IRFSS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

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    Michael FAURE

    Project manager and Erasmus Institutional coordinator
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    Sylvain DUMONT

    Nursing teacher and Erasmus referent in Grenoble
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    Caroline OLIVIER

    Nursing teacher and Erasmus referent in Valence
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    Anne-Laure LEJOT

    Nursing teacher and Erasmus referent in Valence
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    Agnès DOLLET

    Nursing teacher and Erasmus referent in Moulins
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    Laurence LEDUC

    Nursing teacher and Erasmus referent in Lyon
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    Marylène ROUX

    Nursing teacher and Erasmus referent in St-Etienne
Project

Results

  • MOOC
    (Massive Open Online Course)
    to support the integration of international nursing students into a clinical placement applying 360° images and VR technology

  • Good Practices Guide
    for Higher Education institutions

  • Short film on the welcoming of nursing students
    on an Erasmus placement

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News and Events


Second training activity: summer school in France!

Second training activity: summer school in France!
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  • 2022-07-20

The Saint-Etienne institute of the Red Cross had the pleasure to host the second training activity of the Care for Europe project! This summer school gathered 19 students from the four partners of the project and their accompanying teachers. It was supposed to run from July 4th to July 13th but was unfortunately ended earlier because of the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.

 

THE SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM

The program content was combining workshops about interculturality, cultural competences in nursing, simulation workshops and some cultural activities. After the arrival of partners on Sunday 3rd July, everybody was welcome by Mohamed Abdirahman, the director of the Saint-Etienne site of the Regional Institute of Social and Nursing Education (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) of the French Red Cross. A welcoming breakfast was served to everyone and after a deeper presentation of the program; the students and the accompanying teachers were taken to a guided tour of the institute.


 

After the tour, the students were divided into mixed groups to “get to know each other” activities. The following morning, country groups prepared a presentation about their country/culture, city and university campus as well as nursing degree specificities. The presentations were a good opportunity for everyone to discover the culture as well as the differences in nursing degrees of their co-participants! The next day, the UFCV, a youth organization involved in supporting young people in the preparation of their mobility, ran a day dedicated to intercultural awareness.

 

The full initial program below:


 

A EUROPEAN PROJECT IN TIME OF A COVID PANDEMIC

The Care for Europe partners are used to adapt and adjust all activities in line with our health context. Indeed, as the project started in September 2020, many activities have been impacted by the Covid 19 situation…And so has it been again with the summer school!

Indeed, after several positive Covid tests among participants, we made the decision to stop the summer school to ensure the health security of everyone. It was impossible to modify our program with much common work in groups and simulation activities being one of the highlight of this training activity. Despite everybody had to come back home earlier, the first days were a good overview of what could be such a stay, leading to interesting discussions between students from different countries, and what seems to be an absolute enriching experience thanks to the Erasmus+ program!

 


Care for Europe-project's first multiplier dissemination event will be organized in Lleida (Spain) 3th of June.

Care for Europe-project's first multiplier dissemination event will be organized in Lleida (Spain) 3th of June.
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A multiplier dissemination event of the project “Care for Europe” is being organized to take place in Lleida (Spain) on 3rd June. Initially, this event was supposed to be held in Pécs.The event will provide an overview of the project and will be an opportunity to discuss topics related to nursing education and its internationalization.

The welcoming speech will be given by the Government of Catalonia Director of Health professionals, Dr. Montserrat Gea Sanchez. The project managers will present the project to the participants, followed by a round table discussion. Five guests from Spanish Universities and Hospitals will talk about the need for multiculturalism in clinical nursing practice.

During this event, one of the intellectual outputs will be released: a film tracking the experience of incoming nursing students carrying out a clinical placement, and of the clinical mentors supervising them at the hospitals and health care centers. This film was recorded based on interviews made in the four countries (Spain, France, Hungary, and Finland) with students from Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain, and France, who were conducting their clinical practices in one of the four countries participating in the project; and with clinical mentors from France, Hungary and Spain.

Afternoon workshops will present the film, the first finished intellectual output of the project and  the MOOC, the second project result. The latter is designed to support students in their clinical practices abroad. The audience has opportunity to get an overview of the MOOC and test its functionality in 360-environment.

To close the event, Anabel Fernández from the Professional Nursing College of Lleida will offer the closing speech.

The previous day, on 2nd June, a transnational meeting will take place between the team members, the first live meeting after the travel restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be the opportunity to finally meet each other "for real", assess the project after 18 months of working together and discuss the next steps to come: our summer school aroung interculturality in nursing and simulation which will take place in France in July; and of course finalizing our intellectual outputs!

Programme

 

June 3th 2022-Multiplier dissemination event

Campus Cappont 0.01 - Auditori del Centre de Cultures i Cooperació Transfronterera

09:30-10:00

Arrival of participants

10:00-10:15

Welcoming speech. Montserrat Gea Sanchez, Head of Health professionals, Catalonian Government

10:15-11:15

Presentation of Care for Europe Project by all project managers:

Michael Faure, Regional Institute of Social and Nursing Education of the French Red Cross - Project manager

Erica Briones, University of Lleida – Project manager

dr. habil Orsolya Máté, University of Pécs – Project manager

Niina Glerean, Laurea University of Applied Sciences - Project manager

11:15-11:30

Coffee break

11:30-12:50

Round table: Multiculturalism in clinical nursing practice

Laura Visiers Jímenez and Isabel Baeza Monedero, San Rafael University center of Antonio de Nebrija University

Josep María Gutierrez, University of Lleida- University Hospital Arnau de Vilanova

Ignacio Peña Ruiz y Cristina Arcas, Salud entre culturas-Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Madrid.

13:00-14:15

Lunch break

Campus Cappont Rooms 0.01, 0.18 and 0.017

14:15-16:30

Professional workshops on the intellectual outputs of the Care For Europe project project

  • Film: Viewing and discussion around the film intellectual output of the Care For Europe project. The film aims to promote mobility in nursing education through interviews of students and professionnals.
  • MOOC: designed to support students in their project of doing a clinical practice abroad. This workshop will be an introduction of the MOOC and results of the piloting phase.

16:30-17:00

Closure of the event. Anabel Fernández, Professional Nursing College of Lleida.

 


Care for Europe MOOC – supporting nursing students’ clinical placements abroad

Care for Europe MOOC – supporting nursing students’ clinical placements abroad
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  • 2022-03-11

Care for Europe Erasmus+ KA2 project aims to internationalise nursing courses through a better integration of incoming nursing students during their clinical placements. In the project, digital pedagogical material will be produced to help international nursing exchange students orientate to their student exchange and clinical placement in a new country and culture. The digital pedagogical material will be created in co-operation with partner countries and higher education institutions as well as relevant stakeholders such as nurse educators, nurses and nursing exchange students. The Care for Europe project is coordinated by the French Red Cross IRFSS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France) and the project partners are University of Pécs (Hungary), University of Lleida (Spain) and Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Finland).

One of the pedagogical materials, produced in the project, is a massive open online course (MOOC) that aims to introduce the concept of cultural competence to the nursing exchange students and to orientate them to clinical placements in nursing education in Finland, France, Hungary and Spain. The MOOC’s theoretical structure has been co-created with the project partners, and the content of the MOOC is based on literature reviews in each content area that were recognized relevant.

The MOOC includes seven study modules. The first module is an orientation module where the nursing exchange student gets instructions for the MOOC. In the second module, students can introduce themselves and their country to other students. In the third module students reflect their own personal values and beliefs to be more aware of their own cultural background. Students also learn to understand the basic principles for developing cultural competences and critically examine the concepts such as ethnocentricity and stereotyping. The fourth module provides country specifics information about nursing profession and nursing education, which will help students to integrate better to the new environment and to the clinical placement. The fifth study module focuses on mentoring practices and practical issues in clinical placements, and for example, helps nursing exchange students to formulate the learning goals for clinical placement. In the sixth study module, students get information about the exchange country and local culture. Finally, the seventh module allows students to give feedback about the MOOC.

In the pilot version of the MOOC, the content and assignments were developed on Canvas, which is a web-based learning environment and learning management system that allows educators manage and assess student learning and facilitate collaborative learning. After the piloting stage, the course content will be emerged to ThingLink learning environment, which allows the use of 360 degrees interactive pictures, and for example, virtual tours in the local learning environments. The 360 degrees images will be taken in each project partner country in their nursing learning environments, which would offer the incoming nursing students an opportunity to prepare them better for the clinical placement in the receiving country.

The pilot version of the MOOC was developed for nursing exchange students who are planning a nursing exchange in Finland. The pilot version of the MOOC is being tested in partner countries and the feedback is collected from nursing exchange students, nurse educator and other relevant staff members who are working with nursing exchange students. The content and assignments of the MOOC will be developed further following the results from the piloting stage. Furthermore, the country specific versions of the MOOC will be produced utilizing the feedback from the pilot version.

The MOOC pilot will run until 10th of April 2022 in Finland, France, Hungary and Spain. If you are interested to test the MOOC and help Care for Europe project to develop the MOOC further, please contact us and we will add you in the piloting group.

The results of the MOOC piloting stage will be published in the Care for Europe dissemination event at University of Pécs, Hungary. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and in LinkedIn.

Photo credit: Ilpo Uusivirta/Laurea


In­ter­cul­tur­al­ity in Care – Developing in­ter­na­tional nursing students’ clinical placement through an Erasmus+ project

In­ter­cul­tur­al­ity in Care – Developing in­ter­na­tional nursing students’ clinical placement through an Erasmus+ project
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  • FEBRUARY 2021

Training activity around mentoring and in­te­gra­tion of culturally diverse nursing students

Clinical placements play an essential role in nursing education and clinical environments are becoming increasingly multicultural. It is therefore important to focus educational interventions on better integration into the clinical environment and developing intercultural competencies. To launch our Erasmus+ project for innovation and exchange of good practices, a Training Activity on how to develop the mentoring and integration of nursing students from another culture into a clinical environment was organised online coordinated by Laurea University of Applied Sciences.

On the first day of the Training Activity, the participants gathered to discuss the current situation in their countries and organisations. The objective was also to identify training needs, existing good practices and possible concerns in each country, which was done by creating a teamwork activity around these topics in the first workshop for later use in the project.

On the second training day, the participants had the great pleasure to familiarise themselves with the research findings of professor Kristina Mikkonen and researcher Ashlee Oikarainen from the University of Oulu in Finland. They shared their profound knowledge of the integration of culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students into healthcare organisations as well as their brilliant expertise in cultural competence education for mentors with the participants.

Later in the afternoon on the second training day, the participants had a change to have a workshop on professional language skills for nursing with researcher Inkeri Lehtimaja who provided them with useful tips and recommendations on how to support the students’ foreign language learning during training.

On the third day, there was an interesting opportunity to retrace an Erasmus student’s internship path in the clinical environment of the project coordinator IRFSS AuRA in France, during which the participants could experience through many testimonies how rewarding it can be to have an international trainee on the ward, both from the professionals’ and patients’ perspectives.

Mutual un­der­stand­ing and enriching ex­pe­ri­ences

On the fourth training day, the participants became familiar with the Hungarian partners, the University of Pécs and PhD Orsolya Máté’s studies on transcultural nursing as well as PhD Klára Simon’s case studies on communicational incidents in health care. The participants could find many similarities in their countries regarding the minorities in health care, such as challenges in communication due to the respect for the elderly and traditional gender roles as well as different health practices that could be avoided by developing mutual understanding.

On the last training day, the participants could travel virtually to Spain to meet several healthcare professionals from the University of Lleida and listen to their testimonies. Near their Igualada campus, there is a very modern 4D Health Innovation Simulation Center, where students can become familiar with clinical practices in a real clinical environment. One of the advantages of this simulation center is that all the situations where actors play the patients’ roles can be recorded and analysed afterwards by students and teachers. The day was a perfect way to conclude the project’s first training activity, which served as a very important starting point for the intellectual outputs and provided the project partners with evidence-based material for their future work.

Language barriers were discussed on many occasions during the training activity, but it was also found that international students often become very close to the patients, which reveals that there are of course more dimensions in communication than just the spoken language. Clinical mentors often found that they learned not just new practices from the international student, but also that they were able to see their own practices and work from a different valuable perspective, and even step out from the healthcare framework they had built around themselves. A very enriching experience in any profession!


1st training activity

1st training activity
  • Admin
  • NOVEMBER 2020

The first Training Activity will take place at the start of the project, as it will also aim to unite the partners around the project. It will be intended for lecturers responsible for clinical placements/internships, that is the people who provide the link between an incoming student and their internship structure, or who place incoming students on internships.


Care for Europe kick-off meeting

Care for Europe kick-off meeting
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  • SEPTEMBER 2020

On September 14, 2020 Care for Europe kick-off meeting was held online through Zoom. The goals of the meeting were

  • to get to know each partner better, therefore project members introduced their own institutions and their role in the project, the participating colleagues
  • to set the dates for our first transnational meetings and important deadlines
  • to set the dates and modalities of our 1st training activity (for staff/professors in charge of incoming clinical placements in Nursing)


We also discussed questions partners had regarding the present pandemic situation and how it will affect the project.


Project acceptance

Project acceptance
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  • APRIL 2020

In April 2020, the French Red Cross and three European universities decided to partner and to respond to a request for proposals of strategic partnership projects under the Erasmus+ programme. Our project was accepted and, on September 1, 2020, Care for Europe project was officially started.

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