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Competence-Based Curriculum Development in Nursing Education

A Story From the Western Balkans

Bokonjić, Dejan; Račić, Maja; Mašić, Srdjan; Oruč, Mirza; Rybarova, Lubica; Vidović, Kristina; Drieghe, Belinda; van Wieren, Johan; Çurçija, Erard; Seiti, Luis

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000521
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This article describes the process of competence-based curriculum development in nursing education at Western Balkan (WB) universities. Nursing education in the WB has been noncompliant with the standard educational approaches of the European Union’s directive on regulated professions. The overall aim of the TEMPUS project “Competency-Based Curriculum Reform in Nursing and Caring in Western Balkan Universities” was to bring curricular reform for bachelor’s nursing education in the WB region in line with competence-based education and professional standards to demonstrate compliance with all member countries of the European Union.

About the Authors Dejan Bokonjić, PhD, and Maja Račić, PhD, are associate professors, Faculty of Medicine, University of East Sarajevo, Foča, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Srdjan Mašić, MsPH, is with the Faculty of Medicine, University of East Sarajevo. Mirza Oruč, MsD, RN, is an instructor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zenica, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lubica Rybarova, RN, PhS, is a professor, Faculty of Health Care, University of Prešov, Prešov, Slovakia. Kristina Vidović, MsD, RN, is an instructor, University of Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Belinda Drieghe, BScN, RN, is an instructor, University College Odisee, Brussels, Belgium. Johan van Wieren, PhD, RN, is an instructor, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands. Erard Çurçija, BScN, RN, is an instructor, University of Shkodra, Lugić Gurakuqi, Shkodra, Albania. Luis Seiti, BScN, RN, is an instructor, Eqrem Çabej University of Gjirokastra, Gjirokastra, Albania. This article was developed on the basis of the TEMPUS project Competency-Based Curriculum Reform in Nursing and Caring in Western Balkan Universities (544169-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-BE-TEMPUS-JPCR). The authors are grateful to Annette Schuster, BN, MACP, and Elizabeth Klaassen for their help in editing the article. For more information, contact Maja Račić at maja.racic@ues.rs.ba.

The authors have declared no conflict of interest.

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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