Europeanization has generated a galaxy of regimes, laws, organizations, new actors, and networks that have diluted institutional barriers to interaction across national borders. Many nation-based policy competencies have been transferred to the European level. The European Union (EU), the world's first regional regulator, bears consequences for the development of public policy and for policies affiliated with the nursing profession.
With limited exception, the EU does not have formal powers in the health care arena. However, as a result of its efforts in other fields, it has been heavily involved with health care and its providers. Nursing in the European Union demonstrates how the organization has refashioned the nursing world throughout the member states via its power in many other policy domains. This volume focuses on the EU's impact on nursing education, regulation, and research endeavours, and suggests strategies to achieve desired objectives. Volume 2, Nursing in the European Union: The World of Work, to be published in Fall 2016, focuses on real-life situations and problems EU nurses face: wages, stress, and dispute resolution.
Sondra Z. Koff integrates the European experience with a discussion of nursing in the real world, and presents the nursing profession in light of the European Union, its components, its mechanisms, and its output and activities.
Table of Contents
List of European Union Member States and Year of Entry
List of Abbreviations
1 Nursing in the European Union: The Setting
Definition of Nursing
Globalization and Europeanization
EU Directives, the Bologna Process,
and Nursing Education
The Case of the Newly Acceded Member States
Numbers: Student Quotas, Attrition, and Graduates
Who Studies Nursing and Why?
The Preregistration Program
Continuing Professional Development
Regulation of Nursing Education
3 Aspects of Professional Regulation
Fitness to Practice
4 Nursing Research
Research Development Research Literacy Research Strategies and Priorities
Evidence-based Practice: The Integration
of Research and Service
Nursing Research Challenges Conclusion
5 Representatives of Nursing and Their Activities
Chief Nursing Officers
The Professional Nursing Association Functions
Interest Group Systems
Nursing Associations: The International
Pressure Group Politics and the Institutions
of European Government
Groups and European Union Structures
Summary and Conclusion