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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602931
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Teaching Nursing Leadership in Liberia
Other Titles:
Roles of the Nurse Educator [Session]
Author(s):
Aagard, Magdeline C.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Zeta
Author Details:
Magdeline C. Aagard, RN, PHN, mcaagard@mca-inc.org
Abstract:
Session presented on Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Teaching nursing in a global context necessitates an understanding of the material being taught, as well as an understanding of the cultural context.  Liberia’s civil war ended 10 years ago, but the impact is still felt in the challenges in the healthcare infrastructure (Varpilah, Safer, Frenkel, Baba, Massaquoi, Barrow, 2011).  Liberia's health care and nursing infrastructure was woefully understaffed and new nursing educational institutions are continually opening to meet these needs (Flomo-Jones, n.d.).  The nursing educators in Liberia are typically diploma or bachelor’s prepared, with a lack of master’s prepared nursing faculty and no doctorally prepared faculty (Flomo-Jones, n.d.).  The Master's in Nursing Education (MSN) program at Mother Patern College of Health Sciences in Liberia was developed to increase the educational foundation of nurse educators in Liberia.  The Master's program began in 2012 with the first of three cohorts, the most recent finished in June, 2014.  Approximately 50 nurse educators have completed the MSN program and returned to their nursing schools to improve education in the country.    The MSN curriculum was developed by doctorally prepared nurses in the US who adapted their courses to the Liberian context.  The leadership and management in nursing course entailed significant adaptation based on the Liberian nursing leadership context to assure the development of strong culturally appropriate leadership skills (Rowe, Brillant, Cleveland, Dahn, Ramanadhan, Podesta and Bradley, 2010).  Though nurses provide a significant amount of the healthcare in Liberia, it is still seen as a low ranking profession.  Nurses are mostly female, though the numbers of men in the profession is growing.  Nurses do not hold Ministry of Health and Social Welfare positions, nor county health positions, these are all held by medical doctors.  Leadership for nurses in Liberia needs to come from cohesion and support of those in the profession.  The leadership and management course was tailored to facilitate learning to work together.  Evaluating the cultural context relevant to each course was critical to creating a transculturally appropriate curriculum. A variety of leadership theories were taught through lecture, powerpoint as well as group activities.  The group activities were created to foster cohesion among the cohort that could be transferred into their workplace on their return (Rowe, Brillant, Cleveland, Dahn, Ramanadhan, Podesta and Bradley, 2010).  Examples of activities included developing criteria for nursing school accreditation; expanding the role of the Liberian Nurse and Midwifery Association; advancing nursing school programs from diploma to bachelor’s degree and improving the role of the Chief Nurse of Liberia to a position on the cabinet of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.  Subsequent to the completion of their coursework, graduates have taken up roles in the President’s Task Force for Ebola, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Ebola Education and Training, as well as within the Ebola Treatment Units.  With the loss of healthcare workers to Ebola, the leadership role of the nurse has become even more critical.
Keywords:
global nursing education; global nursing leadership; nursing in Liberia
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15G16
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleTeaching Nursing Leadership in Liberiaen
dc.title.alternativeRoles of the Nurse Educator [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorAagard, Magdeline C.en
dc.contributor.departmentZetaen
dc.author.detailsMagdeline C. Aagard, RN, PHN, mcaagard@mca-inc.orgen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602931en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Teaching nursing in a global context necessitates an understanding of the material being taught, as well as an understanding of the cultural context.  Liberia’s civil war ended 10 years ago, but the impact is still felt in the challenges in the healthcare infrastructure (Varpilah, Safer, Frenkel, Baba, Massaquoi, Barrow, 2011).  Liberia's health care and nursing infrastructure was woefully understaffed and new nursing educational institutions are continually opening to meet these needs (Flomo-Jones, n.d.).  The nursing educators in Liberia are typically diploma or bachelor’s prepared, with a lack of master’s prepared nursing faculty and no doctorally prepared faculty (Flomo-Jones, n.d.).  The Master's in Nursing Education (MSN) program at Mother Patern College of Health Sciences in Liberia was developed to increase the educational foundation of nurse educators in Liberia.  The Master's program began in 2012 with the first of three cohorts, the most recent finished in June, 2014.  Approximately 50 nurse educators have completed the MSN program and returned to their nursing schools to improve education in the country.    The MSN curriculum was developed by doctorally prepared nurses in the US who adapted their courses to the Liberian context.  The leadership and management in nursing course entailed significant adaptation based on the Liberian nursing leadership context to assure the development of strong culturally appropriate leadership skills (Rowe, Brillant, Cleveland, Dahn, Ramanadhan, Podesta and Bradley, 2010).  Though nurses provide a significant amount of the healthcare in Liberia, it is still seen as a low ranking profession.  Nurses are mostly female, though the numbers of men in the profession is growing.  Nurses do not hold Ministry of Health and Social Welfare positions, nor county health positions, these are all held by medical doctors.  Leadership for nurses in Liberia needs to come from cohesion and support of those in the profession.  The leadership and management course was tailored to facilitate learning to work together.  Evaluating the cultural context relevant to each course was critical to creating a transculturally appropriate curriculum. A variety of leadership theories were taught through lecture, powerpoint as well as group activities.  The group activities were created to foster cohesion among the cohort that could be transferred into their workplace on their return (Rowe, Brillant, Cleveland, Dahn, Ramanadhan, Podesta and Bradley, 2010).  Examples of activities included developing criteria for nursing school accreditation; expanding the role of the Liberian Nurse and Midwifery Association; advancing nursing school programs from diploma to bachelor’s degree and improving the role of the Chief Nurse of Liberia to a position on the cabinet of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.  Subsequent to the completion of their coursework, graduates have taken up roles in the President’s Task Force for Ebola, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Ebola Education and Training, as well as within the Ebola Treatment Units.  With the loss of healthcare workers to Ebola, the leadership role of the nurse has become even more critical.en
dc.subjectglobal nursing educationen
dc.subjectglobal nursing leadershipen
dc.subjectnursing in Liberiaen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:39:44Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:39:44Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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