College of Nursing Jesenice participated at the Erasmus Intensive Program in Leiria, Portugal

The School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal)  hosted from 13th to 25th of May 2013 the Erasmus Intensive Program entitled »Works in Progress: an Erasmus Intensive Programme for Master students in the caring professions (no. 2011-1-NO1-ERA10-03310)”. This was the second event of the three year funded project. First event of the project in 2012 was hosted by the Institute of Nursing, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science (Norway), who is also the responsible coordinator of the project.

Erasmus Intensive Programs (IP) are short courses or summer schools, which gather together students and professors from various higher education institutions. “Works in Progress” is especially designed to enhance and extend the methodological knowledge of master students in the caring professionals, which is essential for the development of the master thesis proposal. The program includes lectures, workshops in smaller groups of students and individual consultations. Expected learning outcomes by the end of the program are (Works in Progress – Students guide, 2013):
- problem solving abilities related to conceptual and research problems, as well as social and ethical issues;
- the ability to disseminate results as well as ideas and problems to both an expert and a general audience;
- increased knowledge of Norwegian, Slovenian, Portuguese, Maltese and Irish advanced health care education, research and health care systems;
- improved confidence in being able to participate in an international academic environment;
- advanced level knowledge of applied quantitative and qualitative methods;
- heightened awareness of applied ethics;
- clarified key concepts.

In the “Works in Progress” IP in Portugal were involved students and professors from the hosting School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal), from the project coordinator Institute of Nursing, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science (Norway), and from the participant institutions School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, and College of Nursing Jesenice, Slovenia (CNJ).

This year's program was attended by two CNJ students from the Master in Nursing Care Study Program (2nd Bologna cycle). Andreja Vovk participated with the research project proposal “The Connection between Quality of Nursing and Midwifery Care and Nurses' and Midwives' Employment Satisfaction in Slovenian Hospitals”, which is preparing under supervision of Dr. Brigita Skela Savič, Associate Professor. Darja Gorjup Poženel participated with her master thesis proposal “The Nurse’s Role in Communicating the Postnatal Diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome”, which is preparing under supervision of Dr. Brigita Skela Savič, Associate Professor, and co-supervison of Dr. Fintan Sheerin from Trinity College Dublin.

From the CNJ academic staff, Dr. Joca Zurc, Assistant Professor, participated in this year “Works in Progress” as visiting professor. She conducted two lectures on academic writing skills development (together with Dr. Liz Curtis from Trinity College Dublin) and measurement quality assessment. With Dr. Josianne Scerri from Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta she carried out the workshop of data analysis in SPSS software program. In the second part of the program she individually advised the participants about quantitative methodology designs in their research proposal.

Let us mention also that CNJ contribution at “Works in Progress” in 2013 in Portugal has been the fourth time already. First time master students and professors of CNJ participated in two-day program at Trinity College Dublin (2010). In 2011 CNJ hosted the event. In 2012 CNJ first time participated in the prolonged 14th day “Works in Progress” at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science.

Impressions of the 2013 “Works in Progress” from CNJ master student participants:

Andreja Vovk: “The WIP programme itself completely fulfilled my expectations, it even exceeded them. The fact is that we had learned about those things during the Masters' course studies, but there, in Leiria, they were explained in a different way and with so much passion from some of the teachers. The teachers were great, always there for us. We have become great friends with some of the students, made a plan to do the re-union in two-years-time. For me the WIP was a great opportunity to meet new people, make new contacts, get new knowledge and a chance to visit the country I had never been to before. The programme and its participants will always have a special place in my heart. I am grateful that I had the possibility to be a part of the Leiria's story.”

Darja Gorjup Poženel: “We had a wonderful time in Portugal, meeting all the students and the teachers there. I enjoyed it very much. Everyone was very friendly; we worked also well together, as a group. The teachers were very helpful. The lectures were interesting, we learned a lot. The programme at school was well organized. The schedule was well prepared, so we always knew where to go next. And the library was very useful – I was able to search the databases for the relevant articles. For me coming to Portugal was a challenge – to leave the family alone and go there for the whole two weeks. But I do not regret going, it will be a time to remember. And the experiences gained there will be useful.

Read further if you want to know more about the program or Erasmus Intensive Program.

College of Nursing Jesenice is also part of IRIS consortium, running from Institute of Nursing, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science (Norway), whose background is resulting from regular contacts and activities of 9 different faculties. IRIS will contribute to the future implementation of the “Works in Progress” program as permanent master study course. More about IRIS consortium could be found here.

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