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CNHW Newsletter 3/2018

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Networking – Countering staff shortage among health professions


Dear project partners and other interested parties


In this newsletter for the project "Strategy to counter staff shortage among health professions" of the Universities of applied Sciences Health, we would like to inform you about the current project status along with a report on the site-project of the Bern University of Applied Sciences, BFH "KomIN". The BFH’s site-project, with the project title "Interdisciplinary furthering of core competences in preparedness for rapid change, complex settings and occupational stress factors", focuses on work organization, grade and skill mix as well as work-related stress factors.


The Competence Network Health Workforce (CNHW) started its second project year under the motto "Networks". During the first year, we have formed committees and exchanged basic information. Initial approaches to a national strategy are now being developed. Our network is also maintained beyond our national borders. Organization of the first international conference is taking shape, and the list of international keynote speakers is looking very promising. We are including an array of topics, which will allow for much discussion during the conference program.


The project team would like to thank you for your commitment and interest in this project!


Yours sincerely

Christoph Golz

Project coordinator


The CNHW is expanding its communication platforms: New on our website are publications about the respective projects, along with information for the media. Follow us on Twitter! You will receive the most important news this way.

First international conference

On October 25th - 26th, 2018, the first international conference "Countering Staff Shortage Among Health Professions - Together for a Healthy Health Care System" of the CNHW, will take place in Bern. On the website you will find an exciting programme filled with a variety of topics, national and international keynote speakers along with registration details. We are looking forward to your participation!


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Presentation site-project

In this third newsletter, we start a series in which we will present the various site-projects to you in more detail. In this newsletter, we invite you to find out more about the BFH's site-project.


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Report FH-KomIN

The site-project "Interdisciplinary furthering of core competences in preparedness for rapid change, complex settings and occupational stress factors (FH-KomIN)" of the BFH is carried out in the following two sub-projects:


STRAIN – Work-related stress among health professionals in Switzerland


The STRAIN project aims to identify possible sources of stress, stress reactions and the resulting long-term consequences for health professionals in their daily work. With a randomised intervention study in a longitudinal design from 2017 to 2020, the BFH collects data from acute hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, psychiatric clinics, outpatient care facilities and long-term institutions throughout Switzerland. Based upon the results of this survey, the following measures will be conducted or developed: a systematic literature research, focus group interviews with health professionals, and a training intervention for health care leaders. Following the training intervention, a coaching programme will take place in order to support managers in implementing suitable measures in their practice. The effect of these measures will be evaluated and important information on reducing work-related stress and its risks will be made available to all participating institutions. The study will be conducted throughout all of the language regions in Switzerland. Target groups are nurses, physicians and medical-technical-therapeutic health professionals from all qualification levels. An explanatory video summarizes the project.


Milestones reached and outlook:

The first survey (baseline measurement) of workload started in September 2017 and will continue until the end of May 2018. 36 acute clinics (including psychiatry and rehabilitation), 86 long-term facilities and 41 outpatient care facilities have currently participated in the STRAIN study. In 2018, the training for management personnel will be developed based upon a systematic literature research and focus group interviews. In the focus group interviews, the question of which measures health professionals would specifically like to see in order to reduce stress at their workplace will be considered. A total of 31 focus group interviews will be conducted between June and October 2018.


EQUI – Grademix und Diversität im stabilen Gleichgewicht


The EQUI project focuses on the development of demand-oriented and realizable models of grademix and on aspects of diversity management, both of which will make the quality and cost effects in outpatient and inpatient long-term care transparent. The study includes inpatient and outpatient long-term facilities and is conducted in the German and French-speaking regions Switzerland.


Milestones reached and outlook:

In the first phase, 576 participating long-term care organizations responded to a survey which obtained situation analyses from the organizations. 42% of these organizations have a grademix concept, 16% have a concept for dealing with different generations and 7% have a concept for integrating migrants. The results of this survey were published in the magazine «Krankenpflege» of the Schweizerischer Berufsverband für Pflegefachfrauen und Pflegefachmänner. In the next phase, organizations will be selected for interviews regarding these three concepts, and the content of existing grademix concepts will be analysed.


Both sub-projects are structured in such a way that recommendations can be given to the institutions and organizations involved, and findings can flow directly into practice and teaching. Burdens on health professionals are to be recorded and reduced in the long-term. The aim is to increase job satisfaction and the health professionals’ health, in order to finally make health care a more attractive profession to work in.


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Recent publications

  • Golz, C., Beck, M., Peter, K. A. (2017). Projekte gegen den Fachkräftemangel in den Spitex-Organisationen. Spitex Magazin, 5, 44 - 45.
  • Kobleder, A., Mayer, H., Gehrig, L., Ott, S., & Senn, B. (2017). Wirksamkeit von APN-Interventionen in der gynäkologischen Onkologie. Eine systematische Literaturübersicht. Klinische Pflegeforschung, 3, 85-101. DOI: 10.6094/KlinPfleg.3.85
  • Schiess, C., Schwappach, D., Schwendimann, R., Vanhaecht, K., Burgstaller, M., & Senn, B. (2018). A Transactional" Second-Victim" Model-Experiences of Affected Healthcare Professionals in Acute-Somatic Inpatient Settings: A Qualitative Metasynthesis. Journal of patient safety. DOI: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000461
  • Ziegler, A., Beck, M., & Hahn, S. (2018). Grademix und Diversität im stabilen Gleichgewicht. Krankenpflege, 5, 30-31.


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