The Nursing Study Programme, including the fields of study General Nursing and Midwifery, has all the attributes of modern nursing care with an interdisciplinary and multi-profession nature. The programme encompasses nursing care of healthy individuals and illnesses with an emphasis on a bio- and psycho-social point of view.
Students are taught to make their own decisions based on their theoretical and practical knowledge and experience. There is traditionally a strong link between cooperation of the college and world of work. The college policy is based on the need of European work market and reflects their needs and the needs of Czech institutions. Placements and practical aspects of study programmes are closely coordinated with their needs and with the professional interests of students. School placement coordinator cooperates with numerous hospitals and students can select the most convenient position. College uses general placement agreements and descriptions of individual professional content. These materials are worked out in advance before the placement starts. The extent of a placement is about two months within a study year, its’ timetable was coordinated with the needs of the hospitals and other healthcare institutions (most often is is one day per week, but in the case of an international placement it could be two full months).
Another link with world of work is the fact that many renowned specialists take part in teaching at the college. The school has created a methodology of quality control of placements and other parts of the study programme. There is a structured feedback from students and from hospitals as well. This feedback influences the content of the school curriculum. Students are familiar with their career path.
Feedback: Students and Employees
Medical College (VSZ) monitors and analyzes the needs of the institution, employees and students in order to ensure the highest quality. Educational and creative activities of the school are based on current knowledge and experience; and their international character is promoted and developed, including cooperation of institutions and experts and students’ and staff mobility.
The following procedures are used to quantify and qualify the benefits of internships and mobility: SWOT analysis, establishing an action plan, setting a timetable, content and procedure for the submission of applications, selection procedure, selection criteria, sustainability, feedback (report, interview, group evaluation (1), electronic questionnaire-internet mobility tool), internal, external evaluation – reports to the National Agency, in compliance with the profile and needs of participants and institutions involved, impact on the institution (progress, development and exchange of best practices, mutual learning), student’s results, credits earned, employability, communication, awareness (internal / external thematic meetings, student parliament, academic council), presentation of examples of good practices. The data collected are related to the fulfillment of the plan, ensuring the adequate level of material, technical and personnel and their compliance with the type of study and the objectives. Evaluation of nursing documentation is also involved. Evaluations are carried out on multiple levels by the student.
What was the challenge intended to be addressed? Why? What did work well? What did not work well? What have been the main achievements? How did you evaluate its success? What has been the change brought by this good practice?
Open door policy realization, international employability of graduates, internalization of curricula. Practical aspects of study programmes coordination with needs of hospitals and with the professional interests of students. Students are familiar with their career path. Mobility of students and graduates.
What are the enabling conditions (e.g. institutional, economic, social/cultural, regulatory) that needed to be in place or played a facilitating role for the good practice to be successful?
Strong tradition in cooperation model hospitals – schools, know-how, EU strategies in nursing care. Management of placements; quality ensuring processes.
What are the challenges, barriers or limiting factors encountered? How have they been addressed?
The challenge is tuning the school strategy with the strategy of the Czech Ministry of Health, which is the limiting factor.
Feasibility & Sustainability
What are the elements that need to be put into place for the good practice to be sustainable (institutionally, socially, economically, etc.)? If applicable, indicate the total costs incurred for the implementation of the practice. What are the benefits compared to total costs?
The study field of this programme allows the student to obtain the competence required to undertake nursing activities in inpatient and outpatient healthcare facilities, in private nursing organisations, in home and family health care and allows for the preparation of registration or acquisition of a legal licence to undertake regulated professions in EU states (so-called EU, international classification – 1st level), It can work without any barriers for a long time.
Replicability & Upscaling
What are the possibilities of extending the good practice more widely? What are the conditions that need to be in place for the good practice to be successfully replicated in a similar context? What are the steps that should be taken/respected to ensure that the good practice is replicated / up-scaled, but adapted to the new context?
Graduation from the study programme allows for the future registration or acquisition of a legal licence to undertake the profession in EU states. In this area many schools have similar strategies, the difference is the solid methodology of placement processes: information system that provides students and staff with access to the necessary information for internships and mobility, including resources, guidelines, criteria, successful completion requirements and feedback.
What would have facilitated an earlier and/or bigger impact? What are the key features that should be kept in mind if this would have to be implemented again? What would you do differently if you could go back in time? What could have been done better?
There is traditionally a strong link between cooperation of the college and the world of work. The programme started based on Czech experience, but soon EU strategies in nursing care has been implemented. More internalization of placement is needed.
Please provide some information about the context and initial situation that can help in fully understanding the action (e.g. information about the national system, applying regulations, etc.)
The college policy is based on the need of the European work market and reflects their needs and the needs of Czech institutions. This sort of education enables professional work in EU countries without any diploma nostrification. The study programme encompasses goals relating to education in terms of clients and the family/community, oriented towards the ‘Health for All in the 21st Century' Strategy, goals related to the development of the profession in direct relation to the World Health Organisation EU strategy (hereinafter WHO)