SPRiNG Living lab (LL) aims to contribute to the resilience of primarily nursing students and starting nurses, and in a later stadium also other healthcare professionals. The aim is to retain nurses and other healthcare professionals in the employment market as much as possible. From the start of the education programme, we aim to pay attention to the physical and mental health and well-being of nursing students and other care professionals.
Partly thanks to the research project 'SPRiNG: Starting Strong in Nursing', vital and resilient training and working has acquired a place in the curriculum. The research (funded from 2015-2020 by the SIA RAAK PRO programme) has contributed greatly to an understanding of physical and mental symptoms and their relationship with intention to leave and actually dropping out of education. Risk factors for the complaints, thoughts of quitting and dropping out were also identified. There are many starting points for solutions to some problems and promising measures and interventions for others.
The results and insights from the research project were presented during a final symposium on 27 January 2021. Based on the initial results, the SPRiNG Living Lab has been set up to develop and carry out implementation projects, create new research plans and acquire funding for them.
With the SPRiNG Living Lab we will start, from the ongoing research of SPRiNG: Starting Strong in Nursing, with the implementation in education and practice and the design and acquisition of follow-up research.
The primary objective of the project was to gain a qualitative and quantitative insight into potential factors of drop-out due to physical and mental workload of nursing students of higher vocational education during their internship and training, but also as starting nurses in the first year of their career. In this way, specific preventive interventions can be used or developed to promote a healthy work style and a healthy learning/working environment.
The evidence-based interventions were examined. The feasibility of two promising interventions was examined and the first indications of effectiveness assessed.
Cooperation and ambition
Management, study counsellors, deans, and internship and work supervisors can come to the SPRiNG-LL team with their questions and ideas for improving education and internship practice. With professionals from the field, teachers and students, we can develop new interventions on the basis of co-creation and design research into the effects of new and existing interventions.
The ambition is to grow into a platform where knowledge and experience are exchanged to increase the resilience and resistance of nursing students and to realise a sustainable career start for newly graduated nurses. The knowledge and expertise is also used for educational development and lessons, courses and training can be incorporated into the curriculum. We always look for important needs of students on which a supporting offer will be focused. When designing the support and guidance structure, we look closely at current activities and structures and try to link up with them. When developing education, we also look for support from various course holders, members of the curriculum committee and, of course, the management.