SON Nursing Education and Simulation Expertise Utilized in Kitui, Kenya

Update – 8/30/2012: The SON embarks on a new project in partnership with IntraHealth International, which was awarded a 5-year, $40 million grant from USAID. The project aims to build responsive, country-led training systems to improve the accessibility and quality of health workforce training throughout Kenya. The SON’s 3-year, $335,000 subcontract, led by Drs. Gwen Sherwood, Carol Durham and Sonda Oppewal, will focus on developing nursing education.

Patient safety and quality are at the core of healthcare education across the globe. Over the past year, School of Nursing faculty and Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) health professionals focused on these concepts in the enhancement of a skills lab at KMTC Kitui’s Centre of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Training in Kitui, Kenya, Africa.

The skills lab was recently upgraded by Capacity Kenya to include state-of-the-art teaching tools and simulation equipment. UNC SON faculty lent their nursing education and simulation expertise to a skills training program in collaboration with KMTC faculty at the upgraded lab.

Carol Durham, director of the Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE), Darlene Baker, assistant director of EISLE, Sonda Oppewal, SON clinical associate professor, and Gwen Sherwood, associate dean for academic affairs communicated regularly via Skype with faculty in Kitui to develop the training program’s educational goals and discuss logistics. Darlene Baker and Sonda Oppewal then traveled to Kitui, Kenya, April 27– May 12, 2012 to assist in the implementation of the program.

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