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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 is to detect the needs of the families of Alzheimer sufferers, what they require and what they need from the primary care nurse. Students will work with semi-structured individual interviews and focus groups. This experience will become 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. 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. The student undertake 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 will 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. Students undertake 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 will conduct a literature review and analyse 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 seeks to understand the experiences of individuals who act as the main carer for a patient suffering from Parkinson's disease. The study will examine the lives of both patient and carer, identify 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 will follow a qualitative research methodology that includes, among other techniques, in-depth interviews.