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Through practice to new competences in medicine
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Within this project, School for nurses Mlinarska as the applicant raised the professional knowledge and skills of their students through professional development, with the Portuguese partners Braga Mobility Open, which was responsible for finding a hospital / institution in which students did their practice. Professional training of the participants was carried out in March 2016 for a period of two weeks. The project engaged 22 students who were educated for nurse / technician for general care, and 2 accompanies teachers. During the mobility period students have been accompanied by two teachers who were responsible for monitoring and ensuring the implementation of mobility, considering that some students were minors. Students who attend the program nurse / technician for general care doing their VET practice for 120 hours after finishing third and fourth grades, which amounts to 320 hours, and fifth grades achieved vocational practice for a period of 240 hours including the final work. Health exercise are organized and and supervised by professional teachers of the School. The main goal of the project was to improve the professional knowledge and to acquire new skills through professional practice in order to strengthen personal development, employability and facilitate transition to the labor market after their vocational education. Specific goal of the project was to transfer the experiences gained during the work placement to other students and to create incentives for lifelong learning and improvement in the future. Through professional training participants wanted to get to know the vocational education in Portugal for program nurse / technician for general care with the special emphasis on geriatric care. This project gained insight into the knowledge and skills that students receive after finishing their education in Portugal, they got to know the working conditions and obligations, met the regulations and professional standards and as the result of that knowledge they increased their working competences. Participants were able to compare two education systems and improve their skills and learning methods. Along professional and vocational skills, the project contributed to the development of intercultural, personal and language skills. This project had to be implemented in order to improve the exchange of good practice and improve vocational education at the School for Nurses Mlinarska which is a leading professional institution for the education of nurses / technicians in Croatia. The entire project was implemented in three phases, namely: preparation of mobility, mobility implementation and monitoring of the implementation of mobility. The preparation phase of mobility covered the following activities: Coordinator developed a plan for implementation of the project, all project participants have been selected according to predefined criteria, coordinator defined a detailed work programme with host organization in accordance with interests and objectives of the project. The project coordinator organised meetings with all project participants and their parents and informed them about the obligations of participation, partners and documentation. Also, all project participants were obliged to participate in language and cultural training in order to be prepared for professional training and practice. Partner hosts carried out activities related to the implementation of the work program, participants accommodation, meals, local transport organization, finding companies / hospitals / health facilities for the performance of professional practice. The implementation phase included professional training for students in the partner institution Bragamob in Porugal, for a period of two weeks in March/ April 2016. In the evening, partners organised social and cultural activities in order to participants meet with the foreign country, know their customs, culture and way of life. Monitoring phase began immediately upon approval of the project through informing the public about project through the website of the School. Employees, collaborators, students and parents were informed about the result of the project through bulletin boards, parent-teacher meetings, sessions of teachers' council, hosting events, through conferences, seminars with the participation of staff of the School. Dissemination of the project was implemented during all phases of project activities and after the project , and included dissemination through applicant and partner website and all kinds of different events where participants disseminated project activities and thus encouraged the strengthening and point the importance of vocational education and lifelong learning.

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