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Professional Nursing Education and Training
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The demands of the European nursing and medical sector to highly qualified nurses is indispensable. Professional Nursing Education and Training (Acronym: PRO-NURSING) is aimed at bridging between tasks, knowledge domain and curriculums of nursing across Germany, which could be a benchmark for other European states. The triple attributes of nursing (task↔ knowledge ↔ curriculum) will be considered dynamically by incorporating evidences of changes with respect to existing standards and protocols of nursing. The entire system will be developed as a web-based application with the ontological back-end. This is innovative especially for supporting nursing educators and medical supervisors to include variation in performing care and treatment, and preserving quality of nursing care in the clinics and hospitals in a long run. In particular, the objectives of PRO-NURSING are: 1. Systematic job analysis of nurses, particularly for job holders as the target group, i.e. establishing a structure for defining and assessing performance. 2. Developing a standard (reference) nursing process model for identifying responsibilities, tasks and required knowledge domains of basic nursing in association with medical processes in hospitals, i.e. to set up a common process model that contains specific nursing general processes and within the processes, general protocols are linked to tasks and activities. 3. Systematic curriculum analysis with regard to existing curriculums in Federal Republic of Germany, and mapping them to nursing knowledge domain and tasks. The project consortium consists of four partners with managerial, technical and clinical expertise and capacities, namely: • University of Siegen – Institute of Knowledge Based Systems (USIEGEN), Siegen, Germany Coordinator of the project with expertise in Knowledge Management, Knowledge Based Systems, Software Development and Medical Informatics • University of Amsterdam (UvA) – the Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour (HRM-OB) section of the Amsterdam Business School, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Full partner of the project with expertise in Human Resource Management, Personnel selection, Job knowledge assessment • Beta Klinik GmbH, Bonn, Germany Full partner of the project with expertise in Medical and nursing,and Vocational education and training • Netpositive Ltd. , Budapest, Hungary Full partner of the project with expertise in IT, Process management, Document Management, System Integration, SOA (service-oriented architecture), Knowledge Base Development In addition, the partnership will subcontract FIVAN Center of Neurological Rehabilitation to monitor the project management and validate quality of intellectual outcomes. FIVAN possess dual technical and clinical functionalities with over 15 years’ experience in developing innovative ICT solutions for promoting education of care-givers and nurses. The core intellectual outcomes of the project are: Nursing Tasks Ontology (O1), Nursing Curriculum Ontology (O2), and PRO-NURSING System (Web-based Application) (O3). The intellectual outcomes are realized based on proper implementation of their subset activities. In order to reach project stakeholders and public audience, and to disseminate the project’s intellectual outcomes, the consortium will organize a one-day seminar in Beta Klinik, Bonn. The project will deploy multiple methodologies for project management and coordination, quality management, literature survey, analysis of databases, nursing job analysis, nursing curriculum analysis, nursing process modeling, ontology engineering, software process models (requirements analysis, design, development, integration and testing) as well as usability and pilot-testing. In addition the systematic dissemination and exploitation activities are considered as the key factors for the project success and sustaining the project intellectual outcomes in a long-run. Last but not least, the expected long term benefits of the project at the local, regional, national and European/international level can be foreseen as: • Supporting nursing schools and authorities in local, regional and national level for bridging the gap between labor market requirements and learning contents provided in nursing curriculums and studying programs • Promoting use of ICT approaches in nursing education and training in all levels of students, job applicant and employed nurses, particularly in the German nursing sector • Fostering HRM in the European and international nursing sectors • Providing a benchmark for combining the analyses of task, knowledge domain and curriculums in a unified framework for European and international nursing sectors
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