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Learning Experiences of Nurses as Part of a European Union Project on Complementary Therapies: A Multinational Qualitative Study

Boz, İlkay PhD, RN; Özer, Zeynep PhD, RN; Teskereci, Gamze BSN; Kavradim, Selma Turan BSN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000171

The objectives of this study were to investigate learning experiences of the nurses who participated in transnational and multinational occupational training. A qualitative descriptive methodology was used. Data are clustered into 3 categories “occupational training,” “complementary care,” and “intercultural interaction.” This research has revealed many insights into the transnational training of nurses.

Akdeniz University Nursing Faculty, Antalya, Turkey.

Correspondence: Zeynep Özer, PhD, RN, Akdeniz University, Nursing Faculty, Antalya, Turkey (

The research was carried out from the funds of the European Union within the framework of the “Improving the Nursing Care With Best Complementary Therapy Strategies Based on European Union Standards—BestCARE” project, financed by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training on the grounds of agreement no. 2014-1-TR01-KA202-013246 in the years 2014-2016 at the Akdeniz University Nursing Faculty, Antalya, Turkey.

The authors acknowledge the support of the Rectorship of Akdeniz University and the presence of 15 nurses in the training program that took place in the United Kingdom. The authors thank the trainers of Athena School of Natural Therapies, with special thanks to Ms Debra Goldston, who gave her unconditional support and help for this study. The authors also thank the Centre for EU Projects of the Governorship of Antalya, Antalya Association of Public Hospitals, their Italian partner Centro Studi Delle Professioni Sanitare and German partner European Academy, and Health and Natural Therapies Association, and the NGO that supported them in the training phase of the project. Last but not least, they extend their immense gratitude to all the participants of the research study.

The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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