Innovations in Curriculum Development
The Kamuzu College of Nursing, through NEPI’s support, has developed a curriculum for a PhD in Inter-professional Health Care Leadership. The degree program is the first of its kind in the country and in nursing and health sciences on the continent. The University implemented the curriculum in March 2014 with seven candidates.
NEPI, in collaboration with the General Nurses Council of Zambia, the Ministry of Health, the Lusaka Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, and the Monze School, implemented a new combined registered nurse-midwife curriculum that has reduced the amount of time it takes to produce comprehensively trained registered nurses from six years to three-and-a-half years. This new curriculum will have cost savings for the government and increase the availability of comprehensively trained nurses to manage maternal and child health needs. The initiative’s success has led to expansion of the program to three schools.
Tuition Support for Increased Enrollment & Capacity Building Opportunities for Faculty
Tuition support provided through NEPI has increased nurse tutor enrollment at the University of Zambia’s Department of Nursing Sciences by 61%. The Department is the only institution in the country accredited to produce nurse educators. NEPI’s tuition support enabled six of the Department’s nursing faculty to undertake master’s-level study in high need areas such as anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry.
Through NEPI’s guidance and support, the Kamuzu College of Nursing at the University of Malawi has developed and implemented a Masters in Nursing and Midwifery Education for faculty members. In addition to developing expertise in education, faculty members enrolled in the Master’s program undertake a clinical specialization of their choice. This investment ensures faculty can bridge the service-academic divide, providing clinical and academic education that is relevant and up-to-date. Since the program’s implementation, overall post-graduate enrollments in nursing have increased by 35%.
Improved Teaching Infrastructure and Resources for Nurse Education
NEPI has installed and equipped clinical simulation laboratories at all six nursing education institutions in Lesotho. The goal of this strategy is to increase the quality of clinical teaching by providing life-like experiential learning opportunities for students to develop required competencies, as well as contributing to the evidence-base for clinical simulation in low-resource settings. NEPI recruited simulation laboratory coordinators to oversee the laboratory environment and resources, assist faculty in running simulations, and support students in achieving their clinical learning objectives.
Read more about NEPI’s accomplishments from 2012-2016 here.