Maastricht UMC + uses a new way of training in acute care


‘Because of COVID-19 there is a need for more and rapid deployment of specialized nurses. Thanks to the modular design of the new BAZ of Maastricht UMC +, this is possible ‘, says the hospital.


The new BAZ trains nurses in theory and practice for acute care. They all start with the same five basic EPAs (entrustable professional activities), regardless of the specialist department they work in. After six months they receive a CZO-recognized certificate. Then they choose a specialist direction. Cindy Cleuren, training coordinator for Acute Care cluster: ‘They move on to what we call the core EPAs to specialize in Intensive Care, Emergency Care, Cardiac Care, Medium Care or Recovery.’


Because the follow-up program is now modularly structured around these defined professional activities, more customization is possible than before when students chose one specific direction, for example that of IC nurse. ‘Now nurses can easily follow extra EPAs from another course, so that they can be deployed more widely more quickly.’

Need for multi-deployability

This is useful for the organization in view of the great need for multi-deployable specialized personnel, but certainly also for the nurse himself. ‘They can follow several courses in blocks in a reasonably short period of time and therefore more easily apply variation in their careers.’

Graduate Luna Lexis

Luna Lexis is one of the first BAZ graduates. She believes it is a great advantage to become acquainted with the basics of acute care in this way: ‘This way I know for sure that acute care really suits me. With this BAZ I can go in all directions. I am now going to start the IC training. However, I also have the option of choosing other things, such as the emergency room or the ambulance. ‘

Maastricht UMC + uses a new way of training in acute care
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