The Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative’s (CNPDI) connection with the Lusaka School of Paediatric & Child Health Nursing, in Zambia formally commenced in February 2014. This was when 3 of their Faculty spent 3 weeks with CNPDI as Educator interns.
With the assistance of Brighton University, the Lusaka School of Paediatric & Child Health Nursing had already developed a paediatric nursing curriculum and they received their first students later in 2014. Since then nursing faculty from Lusaka have visited UCT as either Educator Interns and or to complete the UCT PG Diploma programme in Child Nursing. First year UCT Master of Nursing in Child Nursing students have also visited Lusaka to gain experience in teaching children’s nursing students.
A partnership also developed between CNPDI and the School of Paediatrics & Child Health, at Arthur Davison Hospital, Ndola when Rogers Gift Benkele moved there in 2018 to set up the same advanced paediatric diploma programme as the one run in Lusaka.
Partnersip Visit, February 2014
Visit to Cape Town by Eric Chisupa (left), Priscar Mukonka (middle) and Alice Banda (right) (pictured with Associate Prof Coetzee and Jane Vos) from the Nursing Schools of Lusaka.
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 curricula 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 Gift 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.
First year Master of Nursing In Child Nursing students, Busisiwe Jama, Nadia Harris and Andrea Amos spent a two week APFP teaching internship at Lusaka University College of Nursing at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia from the 9th to 21st June 2019 for teaching outreach.
The purpose of the partnership between the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative at UCT and Lusaka College of Nursing is to build children’s nursing in Africa. The aim of this visit was to teach and facilitate clinical learning with a group of 43 Child Nursing students on 9 topics as requested by the paediatric nursing principle, Mr Eric Chisupa, based on the teaching needs of the students.
The teaching was carried out over the space of two weeks, comprising of a number of 2-hour sessions for each lesson, including both theoretical and practice components.
Feedback from the Zambian students was very positive. Eric Chisupa, Principal of Lusaka College of Nursing & Midwifery, reports that the Interns “inspired our students to develop an understanding of child health nursing in Africa. While focusing on local problems the visit helped the students have a broader perspective on finding solutions.”
The overall impression was of a Zambian people who are humble about themselves and their achievements, respectful, united and peaceful. The outreach group felt that there is much to be learnt about the Zambian experience. Despite their limited resources, Zambian nurses have an abundance mindset. Although challenging at times, the experience proved very fruitful, not only for the Zambian children’s nursing students, but also for the intern team.
The APFP Interns also had the opportunity to experience the Victoria Falls, from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side of the falls. This certainly rounded off a great experience.
The intern team report: “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”.
Jane Vos - Programme Manager
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