Background and aims - NESTLED

Patient safety is high on the EU policy agenda and the European commission stresses the importance of cooperation between member states to improve patient care and patient safety. 

This is needed whether patients seek care in their own countries or in other member states. 

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Teaching nurse students clinical skills and clinical competencies, decision making and communication skills through simulated learning (SL) is a didactic strategy that supports this priority and the importance of patient safety. 

To some extent simulation is about ‘the doing’. However, the NESTLED consortium believes that it is more than that. 

Through simulation you have a real opportunity to link theory and practice. The benefits of simulation in nurse education are well documented and evidence based. Availability of high fidelity technologies has thus caused clinical training to re-emerge over the last decade as a discipline. 

Capital expenditure on developing educational environments and purchase of high fidelity simulators (HFS) has not necessarily been matched with investment in the capability of educators to maximize the potential of simulated learning for student learning. Many educators lack the experience or have not been afforded the time required to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience needed for delivering successful simulated learning (Mauro 2009). 

A skilled educator is a prerequisite for effective simulation based learning. A number of educator competencies are documented such as developing simulation scenarios, debriefing techniques, creating a safe and positive learning environment, guiding (facilitate) critical reasoning, mastery of technology and equipment operation, debriefing and demonstrating appropriate professional communication skills and comportment. 

NESTLED is a 2-year long international development project funded by EU’s lifelong learning program Leonardo da Vinci. 

The purpose of NESTLED is to develop a European model for nurse-educator training in the use of simulation-based learning. In addition, the project will test the transferability across providers of nurse education in EU countries. 

The model’s target group is faculty meeting these relatively new demands regarding their role as nurse educators, as well as other health professionals who train hospital staff in clinical competencies. 

The consortium consists of the following: 

Core Partners: 

  • VIA University College, Faculty of Health Sciences, Denmark 
  • University of Huddersfield, School of Human and Health Sciences, United Kingdom 
  • Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health Care and Nursing, Finland 
  • Laerdal Medical, Norway 
Associated partners 
  • Tallinn Health Care College, Estonia 
Ineligible Partner 
  • University of Wollongong, Australia and Johns Hopkins University, USA 
Members of the consortium are: 
  • Rikke Buus, Senior Lecturer at VIA University College, DK 
  • Tina Hartvigsen, Lecturer at VIA University College, DK 
  • Annie Topping, Professor at University of Huddersfield, UK 
  • Janet Hargreaves, Professor at University of Huddersfield, UK 
  • Andrew Bland, Senior Lecturer at University of Huddersfield, UK 
  • Andrew Sutton, Senior Lecturer at University of Huddersfield, UK 
  • Stephen Prescott, Senior Lecturer at University of Huddersfield, UK 
  • Leena Hannula, Senior Lecturer at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, FIN 
  • Leena Rekola, Principal Lecturer at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, FIN 
  • Päivi Haho, Head of Health Technology at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, FIN 
  • Jaana-Maija Koivisto, Senior Lecturer at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, FIN 
  • Eija Raussi-Lehto, Senior Lecturer at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, FIN 
  • Ari-Pekka Åker, Senior Lecturer at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, FIN 
  • Merit Kotsar, Senior Lecturer at Tallinn Health Care College, Estonia 
  • Ave Körve, Assistant Lecturer at Tallinn Health Care College, Estonia 
  • Leif Henriksen, Regional manager Northern Europe, Managing director, NO
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