Nursing student Joen Kock, Denmark

- Whenever I am in doubt, I look it up in VAR

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Joen Kock is a nursing student and in practice placement at Viby lokalcenter. He often brushes up on the theory in VAR before using it in practice.

Kock provides us with an example:

- It was a long time since I had administered intramuscular injections and I therefore brushed up on the theory in VAR in advance. There I also came across animations showing me how to lift up a skin fold. When I administered the injection I felt safe knowing that I had the latest knowledge and was able to perform the procedure correctly.

At Hestehavehusene assisted living centre, VAR is used in training and quality assurance. Nurse Kirsten Lyngård tells us about their future plans:
- We are initiating internal training every two weeks on specific subjects from VAR, for example compresses or subcutaneous injections. The training will be based on procedures and knowledge articles from VAR and we will conclude the subject week with knowledge tests.

Anita Laursen is a healthcare assistant at Hestehavehusene plejeboliger and highlights VAR as a practical tool for evidence-based work:
- We must strive for knowledge and follow clinical best practice to demonstrate control and professionalism. It is also reassuring and helps patients feel safe.
- We use VAR with a focus on user safety and needs, allowing us to take professional pride in knowing that what we do is correct.