Title RENOVA - A knowledge transfer and framework construction for nursing staff across Europe to develop professional skills as Managers
Project Number LLP-LdV/TOI/10/RO/020
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Since there is a real need for information to be directly accessible to the sector to which the current project is applied, due to the large-scale recruitment being done across Europe and especially for Romania and Poland, from where a lot of work force originate. It was also noted that most persons arriving in western EU have to recover a lot of knowledge in areas that the project addresses due to the difference in both professional execution levels and the technology ‘tree’. Our proposal is directly aimed at transferring the necessary knowledge to nurses that are “migrating” for better jobs within France or western EU, due to the disadvantaged conditions from less developed countries of EU. As geographical distribution, the project covers only France, Romania and Poland, but addresses in the future all countries, that have similar issues.
Summary The aims of RENOVA envisage supporting participants in the acquisition and the use of skills and qualifications for the professional development and the employability of experienced nursing staff within health management. The project aims to support improvements in quality and innovation in VET systems and practices, and to enhance the mobility of staff for the benefit of both health organisations and their personnel. The professional role of nurses is changing throughout the EU: there is more demand for qualifications that go beyond the traditional medical skills, as more nurses are required to play managerial roles at medical institutions. RENOVA proposes that the provision of an adequate educational framework for this professional group would enhance its labour mobility and raise the profile for related educational institutions. RENOVA is looking to develop materials for project-based learning where students make things collectively, tackling real problems under the guidance of experienced practitioners, sharing ideas and working in teams, where tutoring helps students to reflect on their objectives and assumptions, where lecturing felicitously completes learning by giving students the knowledge they need to perform the core activities of their work or interests. Students can learn from these experiences and apply them in their professional worlds. RENOVA is committed to develop professional skills among nursing staff accordingly to labour market needs as set out in 'New Skills for New Jobs'. Allowing nursing professionals to develop as managers through the project addresses the need to invest in the right skills and improve the matching of jobs with these skills in the EU. The choice to focus on a profession where there is a preponderance of women allows the project to address issues concerning equality between men and women in their access to professions with authority and status, confronting sexual discrimination with regard to women making progress in their line of work. Management positions offer a challenge to disempowerment, and the partners consider that can be increased effectiveness in the provision of accessible management training for nurses. The consortium gathers partners from four different EU countries – Romania, Poland, UK and France – bringing different economic and cultural experiences that balance the RENOVA objectives.
Description The necessity for the project is based on the urgency in rectifying disadvantages and on the requirement to ensure that Europe is increasingly inclusive as a community. In these countries, nursing professionals are in an ideal position to benefit from the aims of New Skills for New Jobs, the EC focus on labour market development that is guiding principle for RENOVA.The project addresses issues concerning diminished professional mobility and reduced professional life chances for two specific groups in the labour market. The nursing profession has a high proportion of women in its ranks, and among the men who are nurses there is also a higher than average proportion who are gay. This seemed to be an appropriate profession to assess in terms of possible sexual discrimination or discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation as well as a project being able to fulfil the potential for promoting equality between the workforce and other health-based professions. Our consideration identified that both groups are disadvantaged in the workplace in terms of not being empowered to reach their potential as leaders and authority figures in the labour market. Management positions offer a challenge to disempowerment: the partners see that there can be increased effectiveness in the provision of accessible training for nurses to develop into the ranks of management by transferring current practice and developing this to raise the potential for nurses to progress to management positions in any number of European countries. This would enhance nursing as a career choice for all people, and make a direct contribution to challenging current bias in the labour market. There is also the problem of knowledge deficits and social gaps between the usual forms of experience gained either in Romania or Poland and what the requirements are for a better job or higher levels of activity that require specific skills that are not as yet so developed in “young” countries. The majority of export of work force migration is taking place for “low level” jobs, while the higher value work experience is still being sought after, but not available to under-developed countries. The project wants to create the necessary means to cover this gap, building a bridge to offer free access to information and support the creation of a small training centre in the long run with free access.
Open and distance learning
Utilization and distribution of results
Human Health and Social Work Activities
open and distance learning
program or curricula
The project will specifically provide:
1. Virtual classrooms in which the intended target groups will participate and learn specific skills;
2. Case studies and use cases (limited to the chosen area of the project but with the free ability to be developed in the close future) for the chosen subjects;
3. Development of an excellence centre that aims at offering free access and development support to the target groups mainly, but for the long run, to any areas of expertise.