During the COVID-19 pandemic, community nurses have been engaged more than ever before, providing to the patients essential health care services on the front lines. Concurrently,
the importance of adequate personal protective equipment for health workers in their workplace became clear.
Healthcare is always and everywhere the ultimate challenge! Quality primary healthcare for
everyone is possible when we share a common goal and when WE PRESS FORWARD together!
Community Nurses supported by the ProSes in BIH have changed the lives of more than
100,000 families in BiH. Nurses are crucial to preventing and managing non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The project has donated IT equipment to five higher education institutions with master’s study programs in nursing/health sciences in Banjaluka, East Sarajevo, Mostar,
Sarajevo and Zenica.
Community nurses continue to provide services to their patients in their homes, notably the most vulnerable patients. In order to continue working at full capacity during the current crisis, the nurses need adequate protection because
each home visit requires the use of a new
set of equipment.
At the 73rd WHO World Health Assembly held on May 18-19 this year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) called on member states to take urgent action to collect and share data on COVID-19 infections and deaths amongst
International Nurses Day was special this year.
The importance and the need to invest in the nursing profession is clearer than ever before, not only in BIH but in the whole world. The Strengthening Nursing in Bosnia and Herzegovina Project congratulated and sent out the following message to nurses: „Once this is all over, we will remember that you were there
for us all“.
We have asked nurses to share with us their experience of being and working as a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are
7 April 2020 is the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the
In 2019, we granted scholarships to sixteen
nurses attending masters or doctoral studies at the public nursing faculties in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
The last, fourth round of mentoring visits for
nurses in primary health care centers in Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Brcko, Livno, Mostar, Stari Grad Mostar, Odzak, Prijedor, Tomislavgrad and Tuzla has been completed.
The second part of the Handbook with Standard Operating Procedures in Primary Health Care for Community Nursing was presented in the
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Nursing documentation is an integral part of the
patient medical record and nurses’ daily work.
The European Federation of Nurses Associations
(EFN) that includes 36 member countries, held its 110th General Assembly meeting in October 2019 in Athens (Greece).
Twenty nurses working as mentors at nine public nursing faculties in Bosnia and Herzegovina completed training for clinical mentors.
Upon the completion of training, the trainers received certificates.
The international congress of nurses held in
Singapore from 27 June to 1 July 2019, welcomed more than 5300 nurses from over 150 countries.
The vacancy for selection of members of the
Nurses Advisory Board is closed. The Steering Committee of the Strengthening Nursing in Bosnia and Herzegovina project confirmed the following composition of the advisory body.
ProSes representatives participated in the 12th
International Scientific Conference “Challenges and Needs of the Society in the Area of Prevention and Promotion of Health at all Levels of Health Care”, held on June 6 in Bled, Slovenia.
Following the support of ProSes to entity
working groups to develop/amend existing rulebooks on the form and content of the basic medical documentation, the nursing documentation development process has
The International Nurses Day was celebrated on 12 May by BIH nurse associations, health and educational facilities, under the slogan “Nurses: a Voice to Lead – Health for All”.
Within ProSes formed entity Working Groups have finalized the process of aligning second study cycle nursing curricula with EU standards at six higher educational facilities.
Clinical mentors – nurses employed at nursing
study departments at BIH public faculties, have an important role in training nursing students to apply practical knowledge and skills with patients.
The 4th Symposium of Nurses was organized in
Brcko by the Brcko District Nurse Association „Medicinar“ on 15-17 March 2019.
Second meeting of the ProSes Steering Committee in the second phase of the Strengthening Nursing in BIH Project was held in
Banja Luka on 21st March 2019.
Strengthening Nursing in BIH Project continues to support 10 municipalities that have
improved community nursing services during the project’s first phase.
In cooperation with the entity Gender Centers, two workshops on gender and health were organized in February and March 2019.
Within the Nursing Now global campaign, nursing students and nurses in practice for less
than five years, are invited to apply for free training in Geneva.
At the beginning of 2019, additional equipment for clinical skills cabinets for eight public, higher educational institutions in BIH and eight primary health care centers was purchased.
On the occasion of marking the 45th anniversary of the Faculty of Health Studies of the University of Sarajevo, an international conference entitled "Days of Health Science" was held on 19-20
The conference, organized by the Gender Center - Center for Gender Equity and Equality of the Republika Srpska was held in
Banja Luka on 4 December 2018.
The First Symposium of Nurses in the Federation
of Bosnia and Herzegovina took place on 26 – 28 October 2018.
2nd International Conference
on primary health care in Astana, Kazakhstan, October 2018.
Three entity-level working groups devoted to the improvement of formal nursing education have been formed in the first year of project Phase 1.
During the first year of project Phase 2, entity-level working groups are given the task to develop an action plan for the implementation of the recommendations.
During summer 2018, the first meetings of the
three working groups of the project component related to improvement of the professional nurses’ environment were held in both entities.
Professional assistance at work, such as clinical
supervision and mentorship, has invaluable significance in education and practice of community nurses.
Strengthening Nursing in Bosnia and Herzegovina Project (ProSes) has shared its experience of establishing / strengthening community nursing in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the Republic of Moldova.
The ProSes representatives participated at the 11th International Scientific Conference
“Inter-Professional Integration at Different Levels of Healthcare: Trends, Needs and Challenges” held on 7 June 2018 in Bled, Slovenia.
The “Medical Education Reforms-MER” project delegation from Kyrgyzstan visited Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) from 27 May to 1 June 2018.
“Health for All - HAP“ project delegation from Albania was in a study visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Fami Foundation from 14 -17 May 2018.
Within the celebration of the International Nurses Day themed as “Nurses a Voice to Lead – Health is
a Human Right”, a regional conference was held in Hotel Park Doboj on 11 May 2018.
As part of the celebration of this year’s International Nurses Day (12th May 2018), with the theme “Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right”, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) is inviting nurses from around the world to share their stories.
Information on all projects supported by the Government of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found on the website of the Swiss Embassy in BiH.
Following the official approval of the second, four-year project phase in December 2017, the proposal of activity plan for 2018 was
Twenty nurses from the Healthcare Centre Brcko were presented certificates for successfully completed training in community nursing during a ceremony organized on 6 November 2017.
The results of the Phase 1 of the Strengthening of Nursing in Bosnia and Herzegovina Project were presented at a conference that was held
in Banjaluka from 22 - 23 November 2017.
During the ceremony organized on 23 November 2017, equipment worth 74’271 BAM was handed over to the Primary Health Care Centre
Banjaluka. It will serve for provision of improved community nursing services.