Online Program

Benefiting from technical assistance at global and local levels to improve the nursing workforce

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.

Sonda Oppewal, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Darlene Baker, MSN, RN, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Nursing faculty in the U.S. partnered with a NGO and Kenyan project team to help Kenyan faculty learn to use new clinical lab equipment and different pedagogic approaches in their skills lab to help improve nursing education in public health and acute care settings. Innovative equipment such as human patient simulators may not be used effectively without considering diffusion of innovation theory. This presentation explores how U.S. faculty partnered with Kenyan colleagues to expand their skills lab with new equipment including a birthing human patient simulator, an infant simulator, and teaching learning resources for home and clinic use. Despite spending considerable time planning before the trip, we solidified mutually identified objectives for the skills lab training on our first day of the two week training. Together we unpacked the new equipment and everyone set up each new piece of equipment and practiced using it. Kenyan colleagues provided leadership throughout the workshop and we adhered to local cultural practices in a shared learning environment where faculty developed and practiced high and low fidelity simulations for different clinical settings. At the end of the two week training we assessed how well we had met the training objectives and identified action steps for the “way forward.” We will describe the valuable lessons we learned from our Kenyan colleagues that we can apply locally and provide recommendations for partnering with global colleagues based on our reflection and analysis of how well the action steps were met one year following the training in Kenya.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe recommendations for U.S. nurse educators to consider when partnering with global colleagues to provide in country technical assistance. Discuss how U.S. nurse educators can apply valuable lessons learned from global colleagues.

Keyword(s): Nursing Education, Global Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I provided the nursing education technical assistance in Kenya as a project team member from the School of Nursing that I work with which entered into a partnership agreement with a local NGO. I've been part of the project team in the U.S. working with Capacity Kenya to improve the nursing workforce in Kenya and have over 20 years of experience as a nursing educator.
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.