European Network of Nursing in Higher Education (ENNE)

The European Network of Nursing in Higher Education (ENNE) was founded in 1998 and is a network that consists of representation from nursing departments in higher education institutions in 14 European countries where problem based learning (or a form of problem based learning) is used within the curriculum. One institution per country is permitted within the network and the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SNAM) at Plymouth University became a member in November 2015.

The main purpose of ENNE is to promote teacher and student exchange. The student exchange takes place through a five day ‘intensive programme’ held in April/May each year for approximately six second/third year nursing students per participating institution. This presents an exciting opportunity for students wanting to broaden their experience and knowledge of health care systems in different European countries.

The intensive programme

The intensive programme is hosted by one of the member institutions and enables students to develop their intercultural competencies around an understanding of:

  • the social determinants of health in different European countries
  • the impact of globalisation on health
  • policy-making processes and approaches to policy analysis and evaluation across different health and social care systems
  • different models of organisation and delivery of health and social care services
  • the principles of nursing care and the role of the nursing profession within health and social care practices in different European countries.

The programme is run using problem-based learning principles in which students work together in tutorial groups of seven to eight students per group mixed according to participating nationalities. A patient case scenario is used to enable students to share knowledge, practice and experiences in planning the care for the patient. Professional areas and themes in the scenario include palliative care, pain management, death and dying.

Students are expected to prepare in advance a presentation about their own country; and discuss topics such as the general characteristics of their own health and social care system, nursing curriculum; and cultural characteristics (food, life style, family patterns, etc.). In addition there will be visits to health and social care providers; as well as social activities all designed to promote intercultural understanding.

As a consequence of participating in the programme, students will:

  • gain awareness of nursing competencies and values in different European health care systems
  • gain greater awareness of their own and different cultural competencies in nursing and develop further these competencies
  • be able to identify and describe similarities and differences in the nursing profession across health and social care settings in Europe
  • be able to develop a ‘European care plan’ using the knowledge gained from the tutorial group discussions
  • enhance their communication and language skills

Completion of the programme will be reflected in the student’s Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

The 2017 intensive programme will take place from 23-29 April 2017 and will be hosted by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Details about the location of the venue for the programme will be made available early in 2017 but it will be within easy access of the centre of Barcelona.  

The intensive programme in 2018 will be held at the Pori campus of the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) from 22-28 April 2018.

Process for applying

Normally six second or third year students can attend from each member institution. Applications will be considered by the SNAM ENNE Co-ordinator and the relevant Field Lead and all decisions will be final. Preference will be given to students who have not had to repeat any element (e.g. repeat a year/module/placement; but not retake any one module assignment). If we receive more applications than places available, students will be selected randomly but ensuring proportionate representation from the three nursing fields and the students based in Truro.


If the dates of the intensive programme fall within theory time, it will be each student’s responsibility to make up any work missed in discussion with the module leader/teacher.  If the dates fall within a placement period, attendance at the programme will be counted as practice hours for one working week (37.5 hours).  Attendance at the intensive programme will not be grounds for extenuating circumstances.


Intensive programme Barcelona 2016

" For me ENNE was a unique opportunity to explore the culture of nursing across Europe in a friendly, positive and thought-provoking environment. I would encourage any nursing student to seize the opportunity of engaging in ENNE!"

Zoe Young, Adult Nursing student

" The programme was certainly intensive but we had a fantastic week on the ENNE packed full of discussion, debate, networking, and laughter!"

Levi Allen-Bennetts, Child Nursing student

Find out more about ENNE 2016


Financial support

Attendance costs are kept to a minimum by the ENNE organisers and are usually around €250 for accommodation and subsistence, but travel is extra. You must discuss your proposed application with your personal tutor and get their support for you to apply. Applications should be submitted to Jenny Morris by 16 December 2016 using the form below.