Nursing students in Germany for international teaching programme

Monday 3 February 2014

This month, student nurses and lecturers will travel to Fulda in Germany as part of an EU RADAR intensive teaching programme with partner universities from Finland, Germany, Spain, Cyprus, Slovakia and the USA.

The programme focuses on students developing their skills in the early recognition of an acute deterioration in patients to ensure the provision of timely and appropriate care.

The award from the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme will be used to provide student nurses with the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise and respond appropriately when a patient’s vital signs indicate that they are becoming acutely unwell.

Year two of the three-year programme engages academics from the seven partner institutions and the German Red Cross and Ambulance Service to teach the management of acute illness.

Students will participate in clinical scenarios in the University’s hi-tech Simulation Laboratory which contains computer-controlled mannequins in a hospital ward environment. The simulation of human patients means that students can develop their skills in a realistic environment before coming into contact with real people.

The students will also examine pertinent issues such as the management of risk and debate 'do not resuscitate' practices.

Senior Nursing Lecturer, Melanie Stephens, project coordinator and member of the international team which designed the course, said: “The project gives staff and students the opportunity to get to know each other’s healthcare systems and approaches to nursing education while improving their clinical skills to enhance patient care and outcomes.”

For more information contact Melanie Stephens on