TUAS hosted the eMed-PASS project meeting
We had the pleasure to host the eMed-PASS project meeting at TUAS Kupittaa campus. Eight teachers and international coordinators from Estonia (Tartu Health Care College), Latvia (P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia) and Lithuania (Kauno Kolegija University of Applied Sciences) participated in the meeting.
The aim of the Erasmus+ funded eMed-PASS project, led by Estonia, is to improve the quality and relevance of higher education in bachelor-level nurse education at EU level across national borders in the Baltic countries and Finland. The ultimate goal is to increase patient and medication safety by developing the educational preparation of nurses.
Overview of the current research in the project field revealed similarities and differences among the countries. In Finland, several studies have explored the medication competence and education of nursing students. However, there is a need for studies in the Baltic countries, since only one study was identified in the literature search for the project.
Therefore, part of the project is to fill in this gap in research. However, the main purpose of the project is to modify, implement and evaluate the feasibility of the electronic Medication Passport for ensuring the medication competence of graduate nursing students.
The learning tool: eMedication Passport
The learning tool, eMedication Passport, has been developed by TUAS in national collaboration. In this project, culturally modified Baltic eMedication Passports are created and tested. We have now completed the cultural adaptation process and Finnish Net Solution has created eMedication Passports for each country.
In Finland, we will update the English version of the tool and evaluate medication competence on nursing students in the nursing programs (English and Finnish programs). Implementation phase will start in December.
The meeting was intensive, focusing on preparing the implementation phase and project publication and communication plan for disseminating the project outcomes. Next meeting will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania, in April 2019.