The ProInCa project, Promoting the Innovation Capacity of Higher Education in Nursing during Health Services' Transition, strives to solve the following problems in Kazakhstani nursing higher education institutions and nursing practice: lack of collaboration and knowledge sharing between the HEI's, health service sector and international nursing research community; lack of capacity of HEI's teaching staff teaching for evidence based nursing, nursing research and nursing management; absence of nursing research; undeveloped leadership in nursing.

The objective of the ProInCa project
The wider objective of the ProInCa project is to develop the sustainable innovation capacity of Kazakhstan's Medical Universities for the modernization of nursing. This wider objective is divided into four specific objectives which are promoted by Development Work Package 2.1-2.4.

Specific objectives are:
1. Development of mechanisms for collaboration and knowledge sharing between academic national and international nursing community and society.
2. Learning from best practices on implementing evidence based nursing in nursing research, education and practice to promote the efficiency and quality of health care.
3. Strengthening HEIs' role in building evidence based nursing research activities in health services to promote quality and safety of health care system.
4. Promoting the capacity and system of nursing leadership and management in health care transition to improve the quality of health care system.

These four specific objectives address the four main problems of the Republic of Kazakhstan Medical Universities nursing education. Learning from the international good practices accelerates the development required for the reforms that are on progress in Kazakhstan. Improvement of collaborative structures of trinity of nursing education, research and clinical practice are the core of the innovation capacity needed for changes.

Project partners
The ProInCa consortium consists of European (JAMK and Lahti University of Applied Sciences from Finland, Hanze University of Applied Sciences from the Netherlands, and Angela Boskin Faculty of Health Care, Slovenia) and Kazakhstan (Astana Medical University, Karaganda State Medical University, Nazarbayev University, Semey State Medical University and West Kazakhstan Marat Ospanov State Medical University) higher education institutes and associated partners (13) representing a variety of different stakeholders. From Kazakhstan, associated partners include three higher medical colleges (Astana, Turkestan Multi-specialty and West-Kazakhstan), two medical colleges (Termitau and Ekibastuz), four hospitals, and Republican Public Association 'Specialists of Nursing Paryz'. The project is led by JAMK (FI) and supported by the Kazakhstan (KZ) Ministry of Education and Ministry of Healthcare.