P-517 Professional Skills For The Healthcare Workforce Of The 21St Century

Schwendimann R. (Basel), Spichiger E. (Basel), Kurth E. (Basel), Lindpaintner L. (Basel), Keller-Schäfer P. (Basel), Martin J. (Basel), De Geest S. (Basel)
Purpose: Based on the recommendations of the WHO and Institute of Medicine (IOM) regarding health care competencies emphasizing chronic illness management and the management of geriatric syndromes for the 21st century, the goal of this project was to revise and strengthen an existing Master’s curriculum for Advanced Practice Nurses at the Institute of Nursing Science (INS) at the University of Basel.
Methods: The 3-year Master of Science in Nursing program consists of 3 modules (research, advanced nursing practice and clinical leadership and collaboration) with a total of 23 semester courses. We analysed the match between the criteria of the WHO and IOM core competencies for health care professionals and our Advanced Nursing Practice framework including learning goals, course content and student outcomes in current semester courses. In order to evaluate the congruences and gaps between the current Master’s curriculum and the competencies put forward by WHO and IOM, we initiated a review process with 7 faculty members incorporating student’s feedback on the semester courses.
Findings: The curriculum content analysis reveals that the 5 WHO core competencies: patient-centred care, partnering, quality improvement, information and communication technology, and public health perspective were fully or partially addressed in 48% to 87% of the courses whereas the criteria were not applicable in some courses. The content of several courses needed to be revised to ensure a stronger fit with some of the WHO core competencies such as information, communication technology and a public health perspective.
Conclusions: The educational program of the INS has the ability to serve as a reference curriculum in the German speaking area of Europe in view of preparing advanced practice nurses for the care of patients with chronic conditions, service provision in new models of care and inter-professional collaboration with other health care providers such as primary care physicians.
Professional skills for the healthcare workforce of the 21st Century