Who are we?
The project is coordinated by the Center for Health Services and Nursing Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium with the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) as vice-coordinator. The consortium involves 10 other European partners and 3 ICPC partners, what makes it the largest consortium ever in this domain.
The coordinator and the 11 other EU partners will be involved in data collection, data analyses and policy synthesis for Europe. The countries are chosen based on their numeric, skill and geographic imbalances in their nursing workforces. They all include experienced research teams accustomed to working with databases and surveys and are located mainly in universities. The additional role of these partners is to serve as principal investigators for their country, which would involve setting up a structure of hospitals, nurses and country-specific stakeholders (nurse organizations, healthcare organisation, government).
The US-partner is the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Prof. Dr. L. Aiken and her associates play a central role in this consortium, because of their unique expertise in the domain of nurse staffing and patient outcome research and the experience in conducting international research in 16 countries. They are recognized as world leaders in this domain, as has been shown by many national and international awards given for significant and lasting contributions to research and policy. The EU-US collaboration gives the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and to expand it to nursing workforce planning in a broad European perspective.
Three partners from ICPC-countries will be involved in the project. Their role will evolve from an observational role to a testing and dissemination role.
Because the project is highly focused on supporting EU-policy making on nursing workforce panning, stakeholders will be involved in the project from the beginning to the end. It will be done as well on the country level as on the European level.