on May 23, 2023
Published on April 26, 2023 Updated on April 26, 2023

Connected Community Upcoming Action: Addressing digital, health, and education inequalities through the Erasmus+ SmartNurse project

Smart Nurse
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A critical theoretical perspective, continuous research, good policy making, and implementation of policies are four important elements in the global fight against inequality. Academics should contribute to these endeavours in their own way, along with decison-makers and policy-makers.

One possibility for academics to engage in this process represents  the Erasmus+ program, which under 'Key Action 2: Cooperation among organisations and institutions'  supports  Capacity building in higher education; projects that enable collaboration and sharing best practices among academics. A good example of how inequalities can be addressed on an international level through the Erasmus+ program is the "SmartNurse - Developing Teachers' and Nursing Students' Competencies in Digital Nursing" project.

The three-year project, which involves 7 partners from Finland (TAMK), Slovenia (UL), and Latin American higher education institutions from Mexico (UASLP, UAA) and El Salvador (UES, UGB, IEPROES), started in November 2020 and addresses digital, educational, and health inequalities in Latin America with the aim of modernizing the nursing education curriculum using digital tools and active learning methods. The major inequalities in the domains of digitalization, education, and healts are addressed by improving didactic approaches and the use of digital technologies in the education of nursing students, as well as in health promotion, disease prevention and health care for patients with chronic diseases at the primary health care level in Mexico and El Salvador.

The EUTOPIA joint learning course will present an opportunity to make students in the Learning Community Social Inequalities familiar with the Erasmus+ project "SmartNurse - Developing Teachers' and Nursing Students' Competencies in Digital Nursing” on May 23rd 2023 at 17:00 CET. The invited guests which include Latin American partners will share with students their first-hand experiences and discuss the challenges of running and implementing such a project.

Lecturer: Dr. Jožica Čehovin Zajc, assistant professor and research associate at the Centre for Organisational and Human Resources Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

  • Annukka Huuskonen, Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Finland (project coordinator)
  • Jose Ismael Lopez Perez and Mirna Janete Bulnes, Universidad de El-Salvador (UES), El-Salvador
  • Dra. Aracely Díaz Oviedo, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP), Mexico