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The best degree project was done in Iceland

Published: 7 December 2021

They went to Iceland to do their degree project on the nursing education at Luleå University of Technology. Caroline Nilén and Izabella Nygren wanted to investigate how palliative care works there.
"It was different, but at the same time it was very similar to Sweden", they say.

Caroline Nilén and Izabella Nygren will soon be finished nurses. They have recently submitted their thesis.
They received a scholarship via Nordplus, Nordkvist, which students can apply for to study abroad.
"We chosed Iceland, where we interviewed nurses about how they experience working in palliative care in nursing homes", they say.

Nursing team

Nursing team
During the three weeks they were there, they rented an apartment.
"We also had time to swim in hot springs, saw a bit of Iceland and were on a whale safari. The nature was completely different compared to ours with lava rocks and almost no trees".
The Icelandic nurses in the nursing homes, who worked with palliative care, were part of a nursing team.
"We think they have a holistic care, where they look after both the whole person and the relatives. The psychological and social aspects are also taken into account. In addition, they have a higher staff density than we have in Sweden."

Like Norrbotten

They state that the geographical conditions within this type of care in Iceland are similar to those prevailing in Norrbotten, with a sparse population.
"We really recommend other students to apply for scholarships, you learn a lot from seeing the care in another country."
When they graduate soon, Caroline Nilén will start working at Helsingborg's hospital in the emergency department or infection ward, it's not really clear yet. Izabella Nygren will work at Lycksele Hospital, on a competence service which means that she will be in four different places for two years, medicine, stroker rehab, the surgeon and the emergency room.

Encourages you to apply

Their supervisor Malin Eneslätt, senior lecturer in nursing, encourages those who have the opportunity to apply for this type of scholarship.
" Take the chance to gain a experience beyond the ordinary. It is also good to have it in your CV", she says.
At the same time, she points out that it takes good planning of time and some extra work, compared to doing the c-thesis here at home.

"Contact the international coordinator as early as possible. You can also count on it will requiring a little extra work before, during and after. It is important to think about whether you choose that way of doing your c-thesis", says Malin Eneslätt.

Päivi Juuso

Päivi Juuso, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493897
Organisation: Nursing, Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health, Education and Technology
Åsa Engström

Åsa Engström, Professor and Head of Subject

Phone: +46 (0)920 493875
Organisation: Nursing, Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health, Education and Technology
Birgitta Lindberg

Birgitta Lindberg, Associate Professor, Distinguished University Teacher

Phone: +46 (0)920 493856
Organisation: Nursing, Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health, Education and Technology
Ingela Jobe

Ingela Jobe, Senior Lecturer, Nursing Programme Coordinator

Phone: +46 (0)920 493083
Organisation: Nursing, Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health, Education and Technology