Online Program

Global health nursing in Botswana: A clinical practicum

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Lucille Pilling, EdD, MPH, RN, Department of Family Health and Community, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
The presentation will highlight the clinical experience in global health nursing in the community in Botswana of fourth-year students from the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania. This unique experience to complete a required clinical practicum in communities is offered to a limited number of students each August. It is part of a seven-year partnership between the Universities of Botswana and Pennsylvania, Schools of Nursing.

The presentation will present the 2012 clinical practicum, discuss findings on cultural and policy aspects of global health, identify lessons learned and propose future projects. Students: • Traveled to Ghanzi (an eight hour bus ride through the Cross Kalahari highway) to work with a center for children of The San. • Worked side by side at government community clinics with University of Botswana students • Conducted annual physical and developmental assessments on children at Kamagelo, a day care center for orphans and vulnerable children ages 2-6. • Developed and presented innovative educational workshops for adolescents many of whom are HIV positive at Stepping Stones International. • Conducted physical and community assessments on clients of a palliative care center located in the heart of the major slum area of Gaborone • Developed and presented competency based educational seminars for staff at children's centers and home health care. • Assisted at the government Women's Center where cervical cancer is detected and treated.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe key elements of a framework for developing clinical practicums in developing countries Define innovative examples and resources for designing syllabi that link global and ‘glocal’ community experience with theory Assess relevant community opportunities to work in partnership with universities and local organizations

Keyword(s): Global Education, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the course director for the course: N340 Nursing in the Community and the clinical instructor for N341 Nursing in the Community Clinical Practicum Botswana. I developed and managed the clinical practicum in Botswana for two years.
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.