[Nurses] Building Leadership for Health
This is an interesting post and related resource from a colleague at HIFA2015. Attached is a link to a Nurse Leadership Curriculum Development. We'd love to hear any feedback from folks who utilize this.
POST FROM HIFA2015:
My experience of working for the development of Masters level qualifications in Advanced Nursing Practice for East Africa – working with 5 EA Universities, the Aga Khan Foundation and WHO, suggested to me that qualifications at this level are a key requirement for the development of nursing leaders and educators. Furthermore such developments coupled with steps to improve the recognition, career structure and pay of nurses hold a key to expanding nursing capacity particularly in rural areas (serving 70% of the population) where there are no doctors. While it is true that many nurses are attracted to other countries with higher pay, better conditions and opportunities for professional development my examination of the supply of nurses also showed me that a great number of nurses in East Africa leave the profession either because there are no posts available or because they can find better pay and conditions in other jobs. There are many opportunities to improve this situation, for example, while there are online resources available on many aspects of healthcare few nurses have the skills or opportunities to use these in their work situation and while there are books on nurse leadership and other aspects of advanced practice they tend to be very expensive.
I am also currently working with the Graduate Institute Geneva to provide experience based learning opportunities for WHO Heads of Country Office in Global Health Diplomacy. Feedback from 120 participants in this 10 week online course shows how important it is to extend such training and development opportunities to Ministry of Health staff in low income countries. Currently these staff struggle to coordinate the contributions of the complex web of international agencies, NGOs, Civil Society Groups and Professional Associations to the goals and priorities for national, regional and global health. Once again this is a relatively low cost step which could have a major impact. It would improve the efficacy of national health planning and measures to improve the agreement and implementation of international agreements for health and it would enable Ministries of Health to take charge of their priorities for health and development. WHO Heads of Country Offices are now trained and ready to support such a development which would create responsive learning networks for better global health.
I hope this helps for more resources in this field see http://www.building-leadership-for-health.org.uk/
Dr Graham Lister,
Visiting Professor in Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
Building Leadership for Health www.building-leadership-for-health.org.uk"