New network developes health care education internationally
The Estonian -Nordic Network in Health Care Education (ENNHANCE) was initiated in the spring of 2019 to promote didactic knowledge taken into account different cultural and educational perspectives.
The goal is to support learning and development of students in
becoming qualified health care professionals and to strengthen the
professional development of faculty in higher health care education.
Further, the overall purpose of this network is to share experiences and
knowledge between the participating organisations to allow for the
development of evidence-based teaching practices.
The network encompasses nine international higher education
institutions (HEIs) with different programs in health care education. It
plans to have three administrative meetings on site and online meetings
twice every semester, during the years 2019-2020, in order to plan and
share innovations and ideas for future activities, focusing student and
faculty exchange opportunities, joint courses and seminars.
These shared experiences will enhance professional confidence and
broaden knowledge and awareness of cultural strengths and differences
from student and faculty perspectives. In addition, international
conferences aimed towards health care education its challenges and
implications for meeting global health care challenges will be arranged
every third year.
The network has received initial NordPlus funding for the period May
2019 to September 2020. We will apply for additional funding to enable
inclusion of universities from Denmark, Iceland, Latvia and Lithuania.
Coordinating institution: Nord University Bodö Norway
Name: Yvonne Hilli
Department of Care Science, Malmö University (SE)
Contact person: Elisabeth Carlson
Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare, University of Borås (SE)
Contact person: Ann-Helén Sandvik
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere (FI)
Contact person: Meeri Koivula
Chair of Nursing, Tallinn Health Care College (EE)
Contact person: Merle Talvik
Northern Wellbeing and Services, Lapland University of Applied Sciences (FI)
Contact person: Sirkka Saranki-Rantakokko
Department of Health Sciences,University West (SE)
Contact person: Maria Skyvell-Nilsson
Department of Health, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (NO-HVL)
Contact person: Thorkildsen, Kari Marie
Faculty of Education and Welfare studies, Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa (FI)
Contact person: Koskinen, Monika