The top grades in terms of both overall education and clinical supervision were awarded to Sophiahemmet University College. However, the study – carried out by Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society – highlights significant differences between the various educational institutions in terms of aspects such as students’ previous experience of care work and the proportion of students who believe that they have dedicated the standard full-time hours or more to their studies. The results also varied considerably between different seats of learning in terms of the proportion of students who feel that they are well prepared for their forthcoming professional lives.
“Overall, however, we believe that this report presents a more positive picture of Sweden’s nursing studies courses than the review published by the National Agency for Higher Education in the spring,” says Vivi-Anne Sundqvist, Dean of Education at Karolinska Institutet. “It provides a bit of an incentive to keep working on those aspects where there is scope for improvement.”
In all, 40% of the country’s nursing studies courses were criticised by the National Agency for Higher Education’s review, including those offered by Karolinska Institutet.
The newly-published report is based on surveys from the LANE study – Longitudinal Analyses of Nurses Education and Working Life – which started in 2002. Respondents included a total of 1,459 students completing the final semester of nursing studies courses. The report gives the percentages of the students’ responses to each question, allowing differences to be observed between the educational institutions. The results are statistically significant.
“EXIT 2006 – En landsomfattande populationsbaserad studentspegling av sjuksköterskeutbildningen” (“EXIT 2006 – A national population-based student view of nursing studies courses”)
D. Hasson, M Omne-Pontén and P Gustavsson
Series B 2007:3 Dept of Neurobiology, Caring Science and Society Section for Nursing; Unit for Practice and Organizational Development, Karolinska Institutet
Download the report: http://ki.se/content/1/c6/03/22/59/serieB07no3.pdf