Title Micro-ergonomics in Nursing for Maintaining the Health of Nurses
Project Number A/02/A/F/PL-124.719
Project Type Mobility - initial vocational training IVT
Individual Participation Not possible
Marketing Text Involved in this project are: The state goverment of Styria, Department 8A (as the responsible authority for the School), the School of General and...
Summary Involved in this project are: The state goverment of Styria, Department 8A (as the responsible authority for the School), the School of General and Pedriatric Nursing (SAGKKJG) Graz, the Orthopedic Hospital Schloss Werneck in Germany, the nursing home \\\"Bridgemead\\\" in Bath UK and six students of the SAGKKJ (4 students for Germany and 2 students for the UK). The project is called \\\"Micro-ergonomics in Nursing for Maintaining the Health of Nurses\\\". During the three year of nursing training, the students have to do a 200 hour periode of practical training of their own choice. Health Promotion and Micro-ergonomics have only been included in the curriculum since the new nursing law was passed in 1997 (GuK AV 1997). Unfortunately there has been little or no practical uptake of these new fields of knowledge due to the lack of training amongst registered nurses involved in practical instruction. The students who went to Germany studed the only evidence-based prevention program for Nurses for a safe patient transfer as described by Dr. Soyka. In the context of perioperative nursing they applied this knowledge to orthopedic patients(The hospital Schloss Werneck is training place of this program). Another positive effect was the contact to other nursing stuff, who showed them the land, te custams and the culture. The students in England got to know equipment (one-way-glide, patient hand block, patient handling sling, patient shifter etc.) which is still not available in Austria. They also learnt differnt techniques e.g. to place a towel under the patient\\\'s back for lifting, in order to protect the nurse\\\'s spine for the working day and working life. In addition, the nursing home \\\"Bridgemead\\\" offered different forms of care for the elderly such as day care, home nursing, respite stays, retirement villages, and long term care. Furthermore, improvement in their knowledge of English language will improve their access to scientific literature (evidence based)in future. This is important because most of the nursing literature is available in English. They also visited the Royal United Hospital in Bath and were introduced to manual handling equipment. A day visit at a hospice centre, where a multidisziplinary team told them abaut supporting dying people and their relatives left a special impression. How to support children was especially. In this institut a Physiotherapist also taught them abaut patient transfer. The project started in November 2001 and will finish in November 2002. The placement lasted from 19th July 2002 until the 24th August 2002. From the autcome of the project we expect to be able to transfer knowledge to our training places in Austria, and also improve our basic nursing training. Our public presentation in November, and some articles which will be published, should inform schools and nurses. We also would like to continue the professional contact with these International institutions.
Themes Initial training
Sectors Human Health and Social Work Activities