As part of our National Nurses’ Week series on nursing and the Sustainable Development Goals, Seed Global Health Program Manager Aazamina Sud reflects on today’s prompt:
“I venture to contend that the work of nursing is one of humanity all the world over.” How can we better support fellow nurses in delivering the best care possible in any setting?
As the global disease burden increasingly becomes more and more complex, nurses continue to deliver care at the front lines, day in and day out, all over the world. How can we better support them in delivering the best care possible?
While nurses often make up the majority of the health workforce in many countries, they are also affected the most by critical shortages. At Seed Global Health, we build pre-service education capacity in our partner countries so that nurses new to the workforce are equipped with the skills and training they need to face the realities at the frontline. However, pre-service education capacity is more than just increasing the numbers. How can we support nursing education to ultimately support nurses who enter the workforce and selflessly provide care to those in need?
First, we can support educational institutions to implement dynamic curricula and supportive learning environments for nursing students so they have the competencies and skills to provide the best care possible, when they graduate. For example, in Liberia, through the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a Volunteer is working alongside local faculty to revise the country’s sole nurse anesthetist curriculum in effort to meet international practice standards. In addition, GHSP is supporting investments that support educational enterprise, including the creation of a student-centered learning space where students have access to resources and can study independently or as a group to promote critical thinking.
Second, we can make sure educational institutions and the systems that are responsible for service delivery are talking to each other. Through a pilot program, Seed is testing out a Clinical Nurse Specialist position to explore possibilities within its academic-clinical partnership at one of its partnerships sites to ensure that clinical instruction is provided to students on the ward so they can connect theory to practice and be mentored while in the clinical setting.
And finally, we can work with partner countries to make sure there is political will to facilitate educational reform. Seed works in partnership with GHSP, Ministries of Health and other key stakeholders to ensure there is political will at every stage of our programming, and that our efforts to improve the quality of education are sustained.
Just as nurses do around the world, we too should search for the things we can do, however big or small, to support our fellow nurses and their education.