Across Europe, the demand of the health sector for highly qualified nurses is great and growing. According to the German Federal Statistical Office of Germany (DESTATIS), care dependency across Germany is projected to increase by up to 50% in the 2007-2030 period. As employers, Medical institutions are looking to recruit nurses (job applicants) who have acquired the required skill set. Specifically, they need knowledgeable employees who are eligible to reliably perform specific tasks over time. Obtaining the required skills is not only achieved by means of curricular coursework. Nurses need to practice and implement the learning material, and develop their level of proficiency by providing care in various situations over time. The key challenges that the Pro-Nursing project aims to investigate are:

  • How nurses apply skills and skill prerequisite knowledge in various task situations
  • How nursing tasks are embedded in nursing processes
  • How nurses may acquire that knowledge which is required for successful job performance.

Work-based education and training has a considerable impact on improving job performance of nurses, and therefore detecting and compensating existing deficiencies in the nursing knowledge domain is critical. In this project, nurses, medical supervisors (employers), educators, and researchers from the knowledge management and HRM disciplines, are collaborating to create solutions to the aforementioned challenges.


The Pro-Nursing symposium provides an international forum for researchers and practitioners in the field of vocational learning, technology enhanced learning and particularly vocational education in the domain of health and nursing. We encourage a wide spread of researchers and practitioners to join us for exchanging novel ideas and concepts toward shaping the future of education and learning especially in the domain of health and nursing. The symposium target groups are especially human resource and knowledge management researchers and educators as well as vocational colleges, schools, universities, industries, and voluntary bodies.

Symposium Topics

The symposium coverage includes such topics as:

  • Job-knowledge management
  • Learning analytics
  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Gamification in vocational learning
  • New trends in adaptive Testing
  • Personnel selection
  • Training validation

The accepted abstracts will be presented in the joined session and/or in the poster session. The template of the poster will be sent to the author(s) later.