WHOCC provides professional development for Malaysian Nurse Educators
As part of the international collaborating network that aims to support projects and research across a range of health dimensions, the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) at UTS: Nursing, Midwifery and Health (NMH) this month hosted a 3 week professional development program for 15 Nurse Educators and 1 Paramedic Educator from Malaysia.
Funded by the Malaysian Ministry of Health, the Educators gained knowledge across a broad spectrum of areas of nursing education, health care systems and models of care. A rigorous academic program, including class room observation and participation, was offered by NMH academics, who were supported by other UTS experts and speakers from the NSW Department of Health. Participants were particularly impressed with the use of high fidelity simulation in both medical surgical nursing and midwifery as well as the use of e-portfolios and UTSOnline as an educational tool.
A separate clinical program was tailored to the specific areas of clinical interest such as cardiac, medical surgical, paediatric and mental health nursing as well as midwifery, community health and ambulance services. FNMH’s clinical partners Royal Prince Alfred and the SSWAHS as well as the War Memorial Hospital and the NSW Ambulance Service offered clinical experiences and teaching which was highly praised by the visitors.
The group especially valued the clinical visits, finding both similarities and differences to Malaysian healthcare and practice. An example given by those in the community stream was the medical surgical nature of home nursing practice in Australia that is uncommon in Malaysia. Some educators intend to suggest an implementation or extension of this practice on their return. One Nurse Educator said, "My posting at Westmead hospital was a very positive experience. The nursing staff was very knowledgeable and efficient and the latest technology used at this hospital was impressive."
Those in the Royal Prince Alfred setting developed an appreciation of the role of patient education - particularly in pre and post op care. One educator noted that Diabetic education was new to them and several commented that their new knowledge would be valuable in Malaysia. The educators also found exposure to the electronic health record and the overall management of technology helpful.
One commented strongly on the autonomy the NSW nurses were able to demonstrate and which she felt could be developed more in her area. In a reflection session the group noted the level of specialisation and skilled care as well as the level of teamwork displayed was impressive.
Exposure to Australian medical, clinical and university education has given these 16 visiting Educators the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills and will assist them to further evolve their own programs as well as advise the Malaysian Ministry of Health on possible future directions in the health care sector.