University of Borås and PreHospen at Congress for Swedish Emergency Care

The invitation was a result of the FLISA seminar series in Stockholm about ambulance nurses’ future competence, where Birgitta S Wireklint, senior lecturer, and Anders Bremer, lecturer and doctoral student, represented The School of Health Sciences and the network for educating ambulance nurses.

Birgitta S Wireklint presented a vision of a two-year advanced level education in ambulance care, where the present state with its problems and challenges was brought forward along with the prerequisites of the region, where PreHospen is part of cooperation between national and international networks and contains a research group with clinically active ambulance nurses as well as an increasing number of doctoral students.

Other lecturers on the theme were Mats Kihlgren (Director of Sahlgrenska University Hospital), Anders Johansson (Lecturer, Lund Universitet), Eija Hägg (Head of Falck Ambulance AB) and Beatrice Zsoka (ambulance nurse, National Association of Ambulance Nurses). Birgitta S Wireklint was also part of the panel that answered to the questions of the auditorium.

  • Mats Kihlgren spoke about the future as a choice between a development either towards emergency medicine or prehospital emergency care with the emphasis on the role of ambulance care in a larger context.
  • Anders Johansson discussed Bologna as a framework for universities and its history as an education that only prepares for future work, where universities are to provide specialist education whereas the work places certify the professions.
  • Eija Hägg criticised the prevailing culture of ambulance care as an organisation in readiness and less of a health care organisation.
  • Beatrice Zsoka made it clear that the competence of ambulance nurses is neglected and subordinated that of other professions with the negative consequences for the care level, in the meeting with patients, but also how it inhibits the development of emergency care.
  • The congress made it clear that there are different opinions of the competence and education of ambulance nurses and how independent the profession should be. It is obvious that the issue contains a number of contradictions, Birgitta S Wireklint and Anders Bremer say.
  • We chose to present our vision at a time where most people might choose to ignore the issue while waiting for the conclusions presented by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education. But we think that the right thing to do is stand up for our visions even though we have work left to do.