The School of Nursing and Midwifery is currently playing host to academic staff from the European nursing education community as part of an annual exchange programme.
The 12 delegates who hail from nine European countries are arriving at the university's Faculty of Health and Social Care building today (Wednesday 19 October) to attend the 2011 European Network of Nursing in Higher Education (ENNE) event, which will run until Saturday 22 October.
ENNE meets annually to share new developments in nurse education and professional practice and to plan research and scholarly activities for the forthcoming year. This year, the programme of events is split into two halves, the first comprising a two-day series of meetings to share contemporary issues around nurse education, practice and politics in each country. Delegates will also seek to progress the current ENNE research project to determine student nurse opinion of their educational experiences.
The second half of the programme will include tours of RGU's Garthdee campus, NHS Grampian sites plus social events including fine dining, excursions along Royal Deeside and entertainment arranged by the hosts.
ENNE promotes the development of nurse education, professional practice and research across 14 European countries and supports student and staff exchanges via the Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme.
The Erasmus programme facilitates the opportunity for student nurses to participate in a three-month supervised clinical learning experience in a different country to enhance their ability to care for people of different cultures and to compare professional practice. Student nurses repeatedly report the value of the exchange programme citing a notable increase in their personal and professional confidence.
Clinical, academic and support staff can also benefit from Erasmus by participating in a one-week exchange programme to share best practices and participate in teaching and research activities. The collaborative opportunities presented to staff via the exchange have been reported to enrich their professional knowledge, expertise and practice.
The programme for this week's event also involves the planning of an annual conference for around 75 student nurses and 25 staff across the ENNE network. The School of Nursing and Midwifery at RGU will also host the Annual Student Conference from the 28 April - 5 May 2012, which will include a welcome reception for ENNE students and staff from the Lord Provost at the Town House.
Uniquely, a small delegation of representatives from Louisiana College's School of Nursing is also participating in this week's activities. This is primarily because ENNE and Louisiana are exploring the feasibility of staff and student exchanges, and collaborating on scholarly and research ventures.
Avril Milne, senior lecturer and international coordinator for the School of Nursing and Midwifery said: "It is an honour to welcome the ENNE members to RGU and Aberdeen. We very much look forward to a productive and engaging four-day programme with our European and American colleagues, and will enjoy the opportunity to play hosts once more in 2012 with the Annual Student Conference."
Notes to editors
- ENNE represents fourteen countries from across Europe, namely Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Turkey.
- Louisiana delegation - Dr David Sharp, Louisiana's international Coordinator, is an ex member of staff from RGU's School of Nursing and Midwifery and one of the early pioneers of ENNE. His wife, Dr Kimberly Sharp is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Louisiana, also an ex member of staff from RGU. The School of Nursing and Midwifery is actively engaged in discussions with Dave and Kimberly to advance its internationalisation strategy by establishing such USA partnerships to further develop its global reputation as leaders of nurse education.
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