Future leaders in nursing science
The project Nursing Leadership Educational Program for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Nurses in Europe, also known as Nurse-Lead, is receiving a grant of over 340,000 euros from the European Erasmus + program. Nurse-Lead is an educational program set up by an international group of nursing scholars. Their aim is to develop leadership and skills among PhD students and nurses with a PhD.
A number of European countries, including the Netherlands, suffer from a shortage of nurses. Boosting the nursing science may help solve this problem. University-trained nurses give impetus to professionalizing the professional nursing practice; their research contributes to a higher quality and cost-effectiveness of nursing care.
However, the nursing science is not developing at the required speed in every country. In many countries, the contribution from nursing scholars is not a matter of course. Upon completing the PhD program, many scholars still need to look for options of continuing to carry out research or find a job that combines science and practice for the benefit of the quality of care or education. The leadership program offers PhD students and nurses with a PhD degree education and training, so that they will be better equipped to secure their position in research or in practice.
The project is led by professors of nursing at the University of Iceland and the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht, including Prof. Marieke Schuurmans.
Dr. Thóra B. Hafsteinsdóttir, professor at the Faculty of Nursing Science, University of Iceland, who works at the UMC Utrecht as a researcher, said: "The application was inspired in part by the leadership program for post-doctoral nurses, which is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development, that we have set up in the Netherlands and are currently running with twelve participants. The EU grant that we have received allows us to further develop and carry out the program. To this end, we will collaborate closely with Elevate." The aim is to start with forty doctoral and post-doctoral students from Germany, Portugal, Finland, Lithuania, Iceland and the Netherlands before the end of 2018. Thóra: They may be the future European professors of nursing science, who knows?"