• Livija Jankovska Rezekne Academy of Technologies
  • Velta Lubkina Rezekne Academy of Technologies
  • Liga Danilane Rezekne Academy of Technologies



Covid-19 pandemic, nurse education, , transversal competences, transformation, work-based learning


Transformation of medical education in Latvia is connected to new requirements which are focused on developing complex competences that have become especially important in specific and health threatening conditions of Covid-19 global pandemic. Qualitative use of specific and transversal competences is necessary for more complicated and autonomous dimensions of the nurses’ responsibilities. Uniting of the existing 2nd level of the professional education with the 1st level of higher education into common higher medical education frame is planned in order to make nurses’ certification easier, to improve employment, mobility and adaptability to the unexpected conditions as, for the example, the present emergency pandemic situation. The study in the doctoral thesis frame reveals that improvement of acquisition of the competences can be promoted by transforming educational documents and focusing on practice-based environment.


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