Visit to Lusaka University College of Nursing (University Teaching Hospital), Zambia - 9th to 21st June 2019
First year Master’s in Child Nursing students, Busisiwe, Nadia and Andrea formed an outreach group and were given the opportunity to visit Lusaka University College of Nursing (University Teaching Hospital), in Zambia from the 9th to 21st June 2019.
Their objectives were to teach a group of 43 Child Nursing students on 9 topics allocated by their principle, Mr Eric Chisupa, determined by the teaching needs of the students. Teaching was carried out over the space of two weeks, comprising of 2-hour sessions for each lesson.
Although a challenging experience, it was nothing short of fruitful - for both for the Child Nursing students and the outreach group.
The outreach group felt that there is much to be learnt from their Zambian experience. Primarily that despite the limited resources, the Zambian Nurses have an admirable abundance mindset and that the Zambian people are humble, respectful, united and peaceful. The outreach group also had the opportunity to experience the Victoria falls, which rounded off a great experience.
Words from the outreach group: “We have learnt the art of humility and abundance thinking from the Zambian people. We would like to take back these values and instil them in our fellow nurses back home”.
Visit to CURE Hospital, Uganda - May 2015
To date, two nurses from Uganda have undertaken training with the Child Nurse Practice development Initiative. Both have returned to service leadership roles in Uganda, and we continue to work with them to support the implementation of practices learned on the programme to improve care for children.
Visiting Initiative Staff: MinetteCoetzee & Angela Leonard (pictured left and right, respectively)
The Executive Director of the CURE Children's Hospital, Uganda invited us to facilitate a 4 day combined teaching and facility-wide practice development process with the multidisciplinary staff teams from the hospital. The pathway of a child through the hospital was tracked; the roles of both health care workers and parents were articulated; organizational and communication norms were discussed and opportunities for developing practice and improvement were capitalised. Visual graphic harvesting (see behind Lydia in the picture to the right) made their current practice visible; staff identified opportunities for refining practice and saw their triumphs displayed. The use of the employee engagement tool complimented the process.
Feedback from the hospital:
Lydia Ssenyonga, Assistant Director of Nursing at CURE Children’s Hospital (pictured centre in picture above), shared:
“As a Masters prepared nurses with postgraduate paediatric nurse training, the relationship has always been between the Initiative and me, but, by the end of the visit, there was lots of buy-in from other staff members. The visit helped me and the CURE staff to track our patient pathway; we had never had someone observe and reflect back to us our model of care before. We are hoping that the Initiative can help the nursing staff to write and publish what we do at CURE and to help us keep current with new models of care and ways in which to improve our practice.”
Visit to Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia - 22nd - 24th June 2014
The Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative welcomed the first student from Namibia in 2012. Since then we have trained 3 nurses as child or child critical care nurses. We continue to work with service leaders in Namibia (at Windhoek Central Hospital, WCH) to prepare for the establishment of in-country training as soon as this becomes feasible.
Visiting Initiative Staff: Candice Bonaconsa & MinetteCoetzee (left in the picture)
The Initiative was asked to facilitate a three day collaborative multidisciplinary workshop by programme graduate BeatrixCallard (right in the picture), Acting Matron of Windhoek Central Hospital Maternity Ward, using graphic facilitation, to identify the care pathway of an ill child to and from home, and through peripheral care facilities to the Windhoek Hospital Complex. The elements that pose and decrease risk along the care pathway were identified; the complexity of the pathway became apparent and led to discussions to improve communication in and between departments; networking in the paediatric community was achieved, and the ministry of health was briefed on the outcomes of the workshop.
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