Fiona Cowdell, Professor of Nursing and Health Research and NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow, Birmingham City University, UK
Margaretha Ekebergh is senior professor in caring science at University of Borås. She has illuminated learning and reflection in health care education and caring practice. Her research has generated a theory of learning based in lifeworld philosophy and caring science; ”Learning encounters in caring contexts” which has three main concepts: lifeworld, narrative, reflection. From this theoretical viewpoint, her presentation will illuminate the importance of reflective learning and caring. Her mission is also to clarify the intertwining of learning and caring and how this intertwining process strengthens in caring practice.
Title of the presentation: The interaction between learning and caring – challenges and possibilities
Lisbeth Fagerström, Professor in Caring Science at the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies and Rector of Åbo Academy University in Vaasa, Finland
Kari Martinsen, Professor, Emeritus at the Faculty of Health Studies, VID vitenskapelige høgskole, Bergen, Norway
Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt, Professor in clinical nursing at the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at Nord University, Norway
Sustainable caring based on leadership and user participation: views from a publicly financed Scandinavian perspective
Three actors contribute to the success of sustainable caring: healthcare providers with their competences and clinical wisdom, patients (some with their significant others) and clinical leaders with their thinking and actions. In the publicly financed Scandinavian healthcare system, top-down leadership has in recent years undergone a development inspired by new public management. However, in the same period the bottom-up clinical leadership is addressing fewer issues that are relevant from user perspective as well as staff perspective. This combination has an unhealthy influence on caring. Experiences of patients’ articulation of the difference between “the evil and the good nurse” have been published and in the media, there have been stories about firing leaders for being in opposition to top leadership, which has brought attention to a public healthcare sector in distress.