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Innovations in Curriculum Development
Through NEPI’s support, the Kamuzu College of Nursing developed a curriculum for a PhD in Inter-professional Health Care Leadership. The degree program is the first of its kind in the country, as well as the first 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. The new curriculum successfully reduced the amount of time to produce comprehensively trained registered nurses from six years to three-and-a-half years.
The initiative’s success has led to expansion of the program to three schools. It is expected that the curriculum will cut costs for the government and increase the availability of comprehensively trained nurses to manage maternal and child health needs.
Tuition Support for Increased Enrollment & Capacity Building Opportunities for Faculty
Tuition support, provided through NEPI, increased nurse-tutor enrollment at the University of Zambia’s Department of Nursing Sciences by 61 percent. The Department was the only institution in the country accredited to produce nurse educators.
NEPI’s tuition support enabled six of the Department’s nursing faculty to start master’s-level study in high-need subjects such as anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry.
With NEPI support, the Kamuzu College of Nursing at the University of Malawi developed and implemented a Master’s in Nursing and Midwifery Education for faculty members. In addition to developing expertise in education, faculty members enrolled in the Master’s program began a clinical specialization of their choice.
The 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, post-graduate enrollments in nursing increased by 35 percent.
Improved Teaching Infrastructure and Resources for Nurse Education
NEPI installed and equipped clinical simulation laboratories at all six nursing education institutions in Lesotho. The goal was 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.