I am here at the Global Nursing Caucus annual conference, . The Conference is co-sponsered by GNC and UMass Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences and is being held at University of Massachusetts in Boston. ( where I got my BSN, it is a wonderful school!)
The theme is "Networking to Raise the Voice of Nursing in Global Health"
You can check the registration web site to see if you can remotely link up and watch the conference.
I got started up a bit late so missed the opening by Monica Onyango, and Nancy Street, leaders of GNC and Haeok Lee Professor of Nursing at UMass Boston.
Right now we have had presentation from nurses around the world.
9:00 to 10:30 am
Listening to the voices of our global south nursing partners. Panel Moderator: Monica Onyango, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, GNC Co-Chair, GNC
• Miriam Carole Atieno Wagoro, PhD, MScN - Director School of Nursing, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
• Marie Maud Cesar Duvilaire, PhD (Hon), RN, Ex-officio Director of Nursing, Haiti Ministry of Health (MSPP)
• Sumitra Sharma, RN, MSc Lecturer in the Department of Nursing at Kathmandu Medical College, Nepal
• Maysa H Soufan, RN, MSN, MPH, PhD(c), Faculty, AlQuds University, Abu Dies, Palestine, Doctoral Student University of Massachusetts Boston
** REMOTE PANEL** via UMass Boston Zoom
By the end of this session the conference attendees will be able to:
1. Analyze the dynamics of networking and collaborations from the perspective of nurse leaders in academic institutions from the global south, based on past and present experiences.
2. Describe the successes and challenges of such collaborations towards raising the voices and profile of nurses and nursing
3. Discuss the specific needs for networking and collaborations among nurses from the institutions that are represented.
Each one has spoken about the need for exchanges that not only involve nurses from upper income countries visiting them but also that their nurses come to the west in a real exchange..
The faculty members want to establish research programs, provider more access by offering blended learning.
Their capacity to teach theory and skills is limited as fewer faculty have higher training in this area. Those that do many be teaching the post graduate rather than the BSN or diploma nurses.
So there is a gap there.
What are the biggest challenges in maintaining global partnerships.
Ms. Soufan and Ms. Sharma :All agree that financial issues are a big challenge - limited budgets for collaboration, also need strong commitments from both sides to sustain the partnerships.
Dr Wagoro notes that the Kenyan government has cut budgets to universities , providing more challenges. She also note that it takes a long time to set up partnerships - getting funds, setting up formal relationships.
Do these exchanges and partnerships have negative consequences - for example, do they promote brain drain from developing countries to upper income countries.
Ms. Soufan notes that exchanges bring other perspectives and experiences which is beneficial.
Ms. Sharma notes that that their experince may encourage students to study harder , and come back and do more back at home.
Dr Wagoro says that brain drain is more an issue that arises from national policies than a university issue. In general the exchanges are positive opportunities.
How to increase opportunities for research. - collaboration is important , and partnering for grants based on research that is evidenced and addressing policy concerns in the country.
This was a great and informative session. We are taking a tea break and I will be back in a bit with more posts.