New Nordic-Baltic network in health care education

Shared experiences seeks to educate better health care practitioners.

​The Estonian -Nordic Network in Health Care Education (ENNHANCE) was initiated in the spring of 2019 to promote didactic knowledge taken into account different cultural and educational perspectives. 

Better health care education. Professor Yvonne Hilli (left) and associate professor Johanne Alteren, Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Nord University (photo: Per Jarl Elle).

Develop evidence-based teaching 

Professor Yvonne Hilli and associate professor Johanne Alteren, Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at Nord University says that the goal of the health care education is to support learning and development of students in becoming qualified health care professionals and to strengthen the professional development of faculty in higher health care education. 

- Actually, the overall purpose of this network is to share experiences and knowledge between the participating organisations to allow for the development of evidence-based teaching practices, Hilli says. 

The network encompasses nine international higher education institutions (HEIs) with different programs in health care education.  

Sharing faculty innovations and ideas 

The network plans to have three administrative meetings on site and online meetings twice every semester, during the years 2019-2020, in order to plan and share innovations and ideas for future activities, focusing student and faculty exchange opportunities, joint courses and seminars. 

These shared experiences will enhance professional confidence and broaden knowledge and awareness of cultural strengths and differences from student and faculty perspectives. 

Enhance a Baltic-Nordic health care network 

In addition, international conferences aimed towards health care education its challenges and implications for meeting global health care challenges will be arranged every third year. 

The network has received initial NordPlus funding for the period May 2019 to September 2020. 

- We will apply for additional funding to enable inclusion of universities from Denmark, Iceland, Latvia and Lithuania, says Johanne Alteren.

EN(N)HANCE THE BALTIC-NORDIC:  Currently, the Estonian-Nordic Healthe Care Network includes members from nine international higher education institutions. Here is seven of the institutions represented at Nord University campus in Bodø: From leftSirkka Saranki-Rantakokko, Lapland UAS Anna-Liisa Aho, Tampere University, Yvonne Hilli and Johanne Alteren, Nord UniversityMeeri Koivula, Tampere UniversityMaria Skyvell-Nilsson, University WestAnn-Helén Sandvik Borås University, Merle Talvik, Tallinn Health Care CollegeMonika Koskinen, Åbo Akademi University  and Silja Mets-Oja, Tallinn Health Care College (photo: Per Jarl Elle)