Focus on specialist nurses

Published: 15 January 2016

The critical shortage of nurses with specialist training leads to canceled surgeries. The demand for specialist expertise has resulted in the start of the programmes for specialist nursing in surgery and anesthesia at Luleå University of Technology in the autumn of 2016.

– We can not express enough how happy we are that these specialist programmes start at Luleå University of Technology. Finally we get recruitment opportunities. From all operational departments in the county, this is a long-awaited measure, says Jeanette Viklund, Nursing Director at Sunderby hospital.

Requested professions

The lack of these specialized nurses are not only in Norrbotten, but across the country. Scheduled operations are cancelled at county councils, because of a lack of specialized nurses. During the past year the University has received repeated requests from the clinical practice in Norrbotten County Council to start specialist education for nurses in surgery and anesthesia. Inquiries have also come from prospective students.

– Specialist expertise is required for working in the field and we have the teacher qualifications required to implement these specialist courses. We have had detailed discussions with the Norrbotten County Council and they have guaranteed places for the students clinical education, says Åsa Engström, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Luleå University of Technology.

Focus on Distance Learning

Luleå University of Technology has been awarded more education places for specialist nurses based on the government's budget. The high demand meant that the university chose to use the extension to the specialist programmes in anesthesia and surgery. The courses will be provided at a distance and will start in autumn in 2016.

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Carina Nilsson

Carina Nilsson, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493816
Organisation: Nursing, Nursing Care, Department of Health Sciences

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