The book “Family Health Nursing – Selected topics” is the one of results of international cooperation within the project “Family Health Nursing in European Communities” (FamNrsE), which concerned the care of family health and was financed from the “Life Long Learning Programme, Education and Culture DG” . The project was implemented in the period from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2013.
The “Family Health Nursing in European Communities” project was covered with patronage by the European WHO Office and preceded by two-year pilot studies (2001 – 2003), conducted in Scotland according to the WHO guidelines. The report from these studies established the subsequent steps in the development of nursing in Scotland. Simultaneously, the report showed that two years is too short a period to determine and undertake complex actions which would cover both the education of nurses and the development of a new model of nursing practice. The studies confirmed that the potential of a new approach to nursing practice directed towards care of health of the entire family should continue to be developed and discovered. At the same time, in many European countries, including Poland, considerable development has taken place in the concept of a ‘new type of nurse’; however, under various names: environmental nurse, PHC nurse, family nurse, district nurse, etc.
The main goal of the project ‘Family Health Nursing in European Communities’ was the construction of common university education programmes which would serve the preparation and implementation in Europe of the specialty: ‘Family Health Nursing’, based on the theoretical essentials and competences of nurses in partner countries. The detailed goals of the project are:
1. Development of the definition of ‘Family Health Nursing’ in partnership countries in order to harmonize the scope of competences of nurses according to the education standards in individual countries.
2. Development of modules of education in family health nursing specialty on the levels of licentiate and Master of Arts; pilot implementation and evaluation.
3. Defining common standards of education and standards of practical preparation of family health nurses for performing the occupation.
4. International exchange of knowledge and experiences concerning occupational competences and scope of tasks of family and environmental nurses in partner countries in order to provide a high level of health care.
5. Promotion and intensification of cooperation based on partnership, between decision-makers, academic circles and nurses practicing their occupation on the European level.
The main coordinator of the project is the University of the West of Scotland. Several
institutions engaged in the education of nurses from several countries of the European
Union have joined the project:
• University of Economics and Innovation, Lublin, Poland;
• Research Institute of the Red Cross, Austria;
• Witten University, Germany;
• Escola Superior de Enfermagem do Porto, Portugal
• University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Craiova, Romania;
• Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania;
• College of Nursing, Jesenice, Slovenia.
Professional nurses’ organizations were also partners cooperating within the project,
which joined the project after it had already started:
• Polish Nursing Association, Poland;
• Deutscher Berufsverband für Pflegeberufe, Germany;
• Ordem dos Enfermeiros, Portugal;
• Romanian Nursing Association, Romania;
• University of Rome, Italy;
• College of Community Nursing, Portugal;
• Family Nurse Project, Portugal;
• University of Alicante, Spain.
The conference summing-up the project was held in the beginning of September
2013 at the University in Porto, Salão Nobre of Instituto Ciências Biomédicas Abel
Salazar. The output of the project in the form of common university education programmes
and implementation in Europe of the specialty ‘Family Health Nursing’
will be popularized both in partner countries and the remaining countries of Europe.
Target groups of the project ‘Family Health Nursing in European Communities’ were
• entities operating in the field of management and promotion of health care,
• health care institutions, health care facilities,
• academic staff,
• the societies of EU countries participating in the project.