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At the European union's door: A Hungarian team's experiences of participating in the Project Leonardo for better nursing care

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The aim of this paper is to provide information about the work completed by Hungarian nurses and professors of baccalaureate nurses, in the framework of Leonardo project, organized and sponsored by the European Union. The goal of the project was to increase the effectiveness of chief nurses through a further training programme in the field of management. The team in Szeged (Hungary) chose as their area of interest, human resource management, as in this field, it is possible to achieve the greatest improvement with the smallest financial investment. We measured fluctuations and the absenteeism of nurses, changes in their qualifications, and nurse and patient satisfaction at the beginning and end of the period studied. Almost all parameters showed improvement by the end of the tested period. A book of two volumes (available on the WEB in English and in French) was prepared containing the recommendations of EU.

Keywords: European Union; effectiveness; fluctuation; human resource management; nursing

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2008.00704.x

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary 2: Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary 3: Head of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary 4: Head of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Second Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiological Centre, Section of Intensive Therapy, Szeged, Hungary 5: Head of Nursing, Dermatology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary

Publication date: August 1, 2008

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