There were seven work-packages spread over eight meetings. The role of each was to focus the work at each stage and to identify tasks and guidance. This enabled each country to work in harmony with regard to the questions posed and prompts used in the focus groups. The first package set the scene by identifying the topics and leads for each stage and prepared the baseline for evaluation activity. The packages that followed linked to the 4D model of Appreciative Inquiry and followed that sequence of investigation and analysis.
Workpackage One: Steering Evaluation and Dissemination
The work in this package focused on overall project planning, the consideration of ongoing evaluation techniques and the final dissemination of the framework.This included the discussion of principles, reflection on the learning that took place and a review of the methodology used in the project. Part of the dissemination strategy involved the production of a website and publications in different countries.
Workpackage Two: Discovery and Visioning – What are the Training and Skill requirements for best practice in a mobile nursing and healthcare economy in Europe?
Belgium and Portugal (leads)
This first stage of the project focused on gathering student experiences of mobility and creating an image of an international nurse. Each country held focus groups to explore visions of the future and to begin to draw out the skills that might be useful to the Global nurse.
Each partner country brought the results of their visioning exercises from their focus groups. Data was presented conceptually through images as well as in words. The English Matrons from an acute hospital created a collage of images around he ‘Global Nurse’ of the future and then listed Standards they felt were important
Workpackage Three: Dream and Design – Essential Skills and Resources for Mobility in Nursing practice
Turkey and Portugal (leads)
This work consolidated the previous work. By identifying specific skills and testing these out with clinical practitioners, the teams confirmed what areas of learning were viewed as essential.
Workpackage Four: Design – Skills and Knowledge for mentoring and supporting learning
Ireland and Finland (leads)
This work explored how individuals could be helped to develop the skills through formal and informal education. As the project team consists of nurse educators they decided to use themselves as a focus group for this exercise.
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Workpackage Five: Design – What are the Skills and Knowledge for Clinical leadership?
Germany and UK (leads)
A focus group approach was used again to draw out how organisations, through good internal leadership, could facilitate the development of skills for mobility.
Workpackage Six: Deliver - Refining the Framework and Supplementary materials.
Ireland and Germany (leads)
This work concentrated on creating a workable framework of common skills for use in practice. The teams considered what supportive materials would be useful to the framework.
Workpackage 7: Deliver – Project dissemination , publicity and Launch of the Framework
Belgium and Finland (leads)
This work involved the preparation of materials for the June launch and considered the route to further publication and future development of the project.