European Academy of Nursing Science. Summer School for Doctoral Studies.
Between 1st and 12th July, the Summer School for Doctoral Students of the European Academy of Nursing Science took place. Néstor Serrano Fuentes (one of the Spanish representatives from the University of Southampton and member of the SALBIS research group) was elected as a representative after a process of selection, along with 35 other students from all over Europe to be part of the first year of the Summer School (a total of three years). The objective of this program is to create a multinational learning environment and improve nursing practice by considering and increasing the use of scientific evidence, offering a framework and a common European space for nursing research. The nursing school for PhD students is structured around four themes: development, viability and piloting, evaluation and implementation, reflecting the complex nature of nursing activities and interventions, as well as the challenges they pose. To learn more about this topic, it is interesting and convenient to read the book by Richards, D.A. and Rahm Hallberg, I. (2015). Complex Interventions in Health: An overview of research methods. London: Routledge.
During those days, the theory was delivered by different academics from Europe while combining discussion and activities in small groups. For example, each student had to present their research studies in 10 minutes, followed by a round of questions and comments made by the students themselves. Another activity was the creation of a presentation comparing the health systems of the countries participating in the event. This activity was of great utility, showing the differences between the countries and generating a process of thought and reflection. In the second week, second and third year students were protagonists of the presentation of their research in poster format and the development of a relevant and necessary debate on the use of robots to perform nursing activities were added.
Apart from the novel learning about the use of “complex interventions” framework, it is highlighted the great atmosphere that was experienced, inside and outside the event, creating new networks of friendship and collaboration, reinforcing once again the importance of the union as a force, in a moment in which Europe is experiencing a very complex social situation.
To read more information about the event: https://european-academy-of-nursing-science.com/