Background: In Spain we have approximately 100 nurses who work with patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Based on the definitions of the N-ECCO (Nurse - European Crohn & Colitis Organization), only 20 of them are advanced IBD Nurses. There is currently no consensus on the level of education that such nurses should be achieve, although the level of care is “clearly beyond the first level of qualification” and would normally be achieved following a combination of broad clinical practice, professional development and formal education. There is no academic regulation in our country, and educational programs are carried out today through initiatives promoted from GETEII (Working Group on Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and different partners.
Methods: In order to promote continuous training and generate a stable network among nurses, in 2016, the Linked Project was set up. This project consists of having a minimum of sessions in each territory with 3 workshops, one of them being taught by a nurse specialised in the field of IBD. All of them utilise a participative and dynamics methodology.
Results: 10 meetings with 92 participating nurses. Topics covered: Initial visit, telephone follow-up, treatment and vaccines, communication techniques, adherence, ostomies, psychological aspects, time management tools.
The assessment of the scientific level: 20% far exceeds their expectations and 74% above their expectations 6% met their expectations. The interest of the topics treated: 53% Excellent interest, 36% Very good and 11% Good. The workshop has met expectations: 47% Fully agree 39%, Strongly agree 14% Neither agree nor disagree. I would attend the workshop again: 77% Strongly agree, 23% Quite agree. I would recommend attendance to a partner: 85% Strongly agree, 15% Strongly agree. 20% It intends to change its clinical practice after attending the workshop, 67% think it has strengthened its clinical practice and finally 13% Need more information or resources.
Conclusions: The Project has been very well-received by all participants, reaching, to a great extent, the desired expectations. In several areas of the country, the meeting served as a starting point for establishing a network among nurses in order to continue training, share their daily clinical practice and in some cases initiate research projects. From GETEII, we intend to continue working to achieve formal academic training and will continue to be actively involved in the ongoing training necessary to achieve quality care for our patients.