Visits from Nurse Educators from Partnership Countries
Each year, the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative has the privilege of hosting a number of nurse educators from training institutions in our partnership countries. These visits are invaluable in the sharing ideas of how to best train our nurses to provide excellent care to, and improve the lives of, our countries children.
February 2016: Alice Kadango (left) and Ezereth Kabulusi (right) visited us from Kamuzu Coolage on Nursing (KCN), Malawi
We were honoured to host Dr Ezereth Kabulusi and Mrs Alice Kadango for a three week educator internship. This is the first year that the new Child Nursing programmes are being delivered entirely in-country by the teams at Kamuzu College of Nursing and we were delighted to hear how well this is going. Ezereth and Alice were particularly interested to understand the way our educators use group work, case study discussions and other interactive learning approaches to engage students. We had a great exchange of experiences and it was good to have such knowledgeable colleagues observing and feeding back to us on our practices.
April and May 2014: Maureen Majamanda (right) & Tiwonge Mbeya-Munkhondya (left) (pictured with Jane Vos) visited from the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), Malawi.
KCN currently runs a Masters programme in Child Health Nursing. Until 2015, the partnership with the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative allowed their students to complete the clinical component of their training through UCT’s Division of Nursing and Midwifery, whilst they develop their own clinical paediatric course was established. Maureen and Tiwonge’s visit was to allow them to observe the Child Nurse Practice Development’s clinical education component. Curriculum development has been successful and 2016 onwards, the Masters students will be able to complete all of their training in Malawi.
February 2014: Eric Chisupa (left), Priscar Mukonka (middle) and Alice Banda (right) (pictured with Associate Prof Coetzee and Jane Vos) visited from the Nursing Schools of Lusaka, Zambia.
Priscar is the head of the school, while Eric is the Acting Principal of the Paediatric School of Nursing, with Alice Banda as a lecturer. They visited to establish an African collaborator to add to their UK collaboration (Brighton). Their time in the Initiative was to learn together about contextualising child nursing cullicula in preparation for starting the first paediatric nurse training programme in Zambia. The team still mourns the sudden and tragic loss of their colleague Alice in April 2015, but their determination and commitment to their vision has resulted in two classes of graduates since the programme's inception, 70 students in all. The nurse educators in that programme have continued their studies and both Rodgers Benkele and Eric are completing Masters degrees through UCT and the University of Malawi. We know that this motivated team will continue to go from strength to strength.
February 2013: Conrad Wanyama (far left), Diana Mutwiri (second right) and Pamela Omengo (far right) (Pictured with many of the Initiative team) visited from Gertrude's Children's Hospital in Kenya.
Planning to start their own paediatric critical care training programme, these colleagues visited with us to specifically observe the initial few weeks of term for the PG Diploma in Critical Care Child Nursing and to see the clinical environment of the PICU at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. They have since developed their curriculum and the course started in 2015.
2013: Dr. Sebalda Leshabari (pictured with Assoc. Professor Minette Coetzee and Jane Vos) visited us from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania.
Dr. Leshabari is the Dean of the School of Nursing and came to Cape Town to explore Midwifery and Paediatric Nurse Training. She visited the Initiative and after numerous conversations another collaboration was established this one between UCT and MUHAS, Dar es Salaam.