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Service Learning Experiences in the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

Final project - Family caregivers of people with Alzheimer

  • Coordinator: Mª Antonia Martorell Poveda (mariaantonia.martorell@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Association of Families of Alzheimer Patients in Tarragona. 
  • Summary: The objective of this final project of the academic year 2014-15 was to detect the needs of the families of Alzheimer sufferers, what they require and what they need from the primary care nurse. Students were working with semi-structured individual interviews and focus groups. This experience became part of the project undertaken by the organization to design a Comprehensive Care Plan for Families.

Final project - Transversal project to combat stigma

  • Coordinator: Mª Antonia Martorell Poveda (mariaantonia.martorell@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Pere Mata Foundation
  • Summary: This project was presented at the 1st Social Projects Marketplace and was developed the academic year 2014-15. The aim was to design a final project that provides an approach to current perceptions of stigma in mental health and generates a change in the social perspective. To this end, the student worked on a bibliographic review and with focus groups in an attempt to drew up an overview of the sense and meaning of health and mental health pathologies for the participants.

Final project - Sport and intellectual disabilities

  • Coordinator: Maria Dolors Burjalés Martí (mdolors.burjales@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Taller Baix Camp
  • Summary: This project was also presented at the 1st edition of the initiative entitled Social Projects Marketplace, which was held in Reus and was developed the academic year 2015-16. The student undertook a final degree project with the main objective of studying the psychosocial benefits (integration, socialization, and self-esteem) that can be fostered in people with an intellectual disability when they engage in sporting activity. This will help generate further ideas for improving their general health. To do this, the student was conduct a literature review and carry out field work in the form of semi-structured interviews with a members of the community organization. One of the main conclusions was that the users perceived the physical, psychological and recreational benefits of sport and that the main motivation for practicing sports was the intrinsic motivation. A large lack of knowledge and disinformation about mental health was detected, which has repercussions on the permanence of stereotypes in today's society. There was also evidence of the need to address the fight against stigma in education, health and citizenship. In the same way, the importance of working to raise public awareness, providing information and enhancing contact between the population and people with mental illness through community support networks was emphasized.

Final project - Study on the identity and sexuality in adolescents with Down Syndrome

  • Coordinator: Maria Isabel Font Jiménez (mariaisabel.font@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Tarragona Down Syndrome Association 
  • Summary: This study arose from the 2nd edition of the URV initiative entitled the Social Projects Marketplace and was developed during the academic year 2015-16. Students undertook a final project with the primary aim of examining current perceptions of identity and sexuality in adolescents with Down Syndrome. During the course of the study the students was conducted a literature review and analysed the information and experiences provided by the association.

Final project - Study of carers for people with Parkinson's disease

  • Coordinator: Silvia López Reyes (silvia.lopez@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Tarragona Parkinson's Disease Association  
  • Summary: This project of the academic year 2015-16 sought to understand the experiences of individuals who act as the main carer for a patient suffering from Parkinson's disease. The study examined the lives of both patient and carer, identifying the factors that influence the each person's adaptation to the disease, compare differences among carers in terms of gender and determine how the disease affects the life of the carer. To do this, students were followed a qualitative research methodology that includes, among other techniques, in-depth interviews.

Final project - Family experiences of childhood and celiac disease

  • Coordinator: Maria Isabel Font Jiménez (mariaisabel.font@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Celiac Disease Association of Catalonia  
  • Summary: The care of children with celiac disease is hindered by misinformation, so it is the parents of these children who have to inform schools on this issue. The experience of parents and the information they provide are extremely useful for informing society about this disease. This project of the academic year 2017-18 gathered the experiences of families with children who suffer from celiac disease and examine how they coped when they received the diagnosis, what challenges they faced and how their social and family lives have changed. To do so, students analysed a series of interviews according to phenomenological methodology. This project aims to enable groups that normally go unseen to become more visible.

Final project - Consequences of eviction in the physical, psychological and emotional wellness of the evicted

  • Coordinator: Josep Barceló Prats (josep.barcelo@urv.cat)
  • Community organization:  Casal Cultural Panxampla
  • Summary: This interdisciplinary project, conducted in collaboration with PAH TE (platform for those affected by mortgages in the Ebro region) and the final projects for the URV's degrees in Nursing and Social Education developed during the academic year 2018-19, examined the consequences of evictions on the physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of evictees. Students conducted qualitative fieldwork, especially when observing the PAH's local assemblies and conducting in-depth interviews with evictees, in order to highlight the social problems behind individual situations. They also identified how the PAH functions as a community movement that provides encouragement and emotional support for people affected by evictions.

Final Project - New psycho-stimulation techniques for people with dementia

  • Coordinator: Lina Cristina Casadó Marín (linacristina.casado@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: STS Misericordia nursing home
  • Summary: This project of the academic year 2018-19 responded to the need of the nursing home to explore new techniques and systems for the psycho-stimulation of people with dementia who reside at the home. Students conducted prior observation (of staff, resources and profiles) to identified the most beneficial techniques for their patients, bearing in mind the resources available. The aim was to draft a programme of care techniques based on meaningful activities for people with dementia that also consider aspects such as the patient's life story.

Final Project - Guidelines on healthy habits for people with intellectual disability

  • Coordinator: Lina Cristina Casadó Marín (linacristina.casado@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: La Tutela Foundation
  • Summary: This was a joint interdisciplinary end-of-degree project between the URV's degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and the degree in Nursing developed the academic year 2018-19. The aim of the project was to draw up guidelines on healthy habits for people with intellectual disabilities who are under public supervision but who have or may soon have a certain degree of autonomy. Students conducted joint fieldwork comprising open interviews and observations with two patients of the Foundation in order to ascertain what they understand by a healthy diet and healthy habits. They drew up practical and user-friendly guidelines on healthy habits for this specific group under the supervision of Foundation staff. They also prepare and lead a workshop intended to put into practice the contents of the materials with the patients of the Foundation who are likely to become more autonomous.