269198 Creating Nursing Leaders in Uganda for Global Health Promotion

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Joan Kub, PhD PHCNS, BC , Department of Community Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
Rose Nabirye, PhD, MPH, RN , School of health Science, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Godfrey Katende, BSN, MSN , Nursing, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Sara Groves, DrPH, PHCNS, BC , Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Background and Issues: Makerere University has started the first clinical graduate nursing program in Uganda. Advanced practice roles, e.g. midwifery, provide the opportunity to address preventive health needs that can save lives. Uganda has a persistently high fertility rate (6.7 children per women) which contributes to high maternal morbidity and mortality (Nalwadda, Mirembe, Byamugisha, & Faxelid, 2010). This presentation 1) briefly describes an intense three week advanced practice health promotion course; and 2) describes an innovative practice component to help students learn new skills and target a population normally ignored. Description: The Advanced Health Promotion course was a collaborative effort between faculty at Makerere University and Johns Hopkins University. In the course six advanced midwifery students developed a community health promotion program. The students identified family planning education as a need and specifically targeted males in a low income working community. Community leaders corroborated the need and in partnership, planned and implemented the program. Over 41 males actively participated. Lessons Learned: Despite stereotypical view points, men eagerly participated and were interested in learning about contraceptive practices. The graduate students gained a greater appreciation for their health promotive role with hard to reach populations. Exposure to contraceptive use messages in nonČtraditional settings by advanced practice nurses has the potential to address unmet family planning needs.

Recommendations: Advanced nursing roles should be promoted in low income countries with focus on developing skills that have been traditionally outside the nurse's role. With limited health resources emphasis should be on health promotion and prevention.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the development of advanced health promotion course appropriate in a low income country. 2) Discuss an innovative health promotion strategy to address unmet family planning needs. 3) Discuss the development of advanced practice nursing leadership skills.

Keywords: Education, Leadership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I am a researcher who studies global health care issues.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.