Scaling-up nursing through global nursing/midwifery faculty development
WHO CC involvement: Professor John Daly, Professor Trish Davidson, Professor Debra Jackson, Assistant Professor Lin Lock, Michele Rumsey, Jan Sayers (UWS), Rebecca Disler, Jodi Thiessen
WHO CC UTS, in collaboration with a working group of international experts, is conducting research to examine and analyse the current trends of faculty development programs and/or courses for nurses and midwives in both developing and developed countries.
The research includes an assessment survey which addresses faculty and educators’ needs in the Pacific and South East Asian regions. This survey was developed in line with the WHO Global Standards for the Initial Education of Professional Nurses and Midwives. Surveys have been collected in the South Pacific and all of the nursing and midwifery schools in Papua New Guinea.
The survey provides an overview of the faculty demographics, faculty needs, and professional development of faculty members. The aim is to provide recommendations for action in regional and global faculty development programs.
Data collected from the survey will inform the countries, WHO and other policy makers regarding faculty development programs needed for the Pacific and South East Asian regions. A pilot faculty development program, developed from data collected through the survey, was implemented during the AusAID Australian Leadership Awards with 20 Papua New Guinean educators.
The faculty development program included:
- Clinical language and developing curriculum
- Ensuring safety and quality - regulation, registration, accreditation of curricula
- Simulation: How we incorporate simulation into aspects of clinical teaching, learning & preceptorship – using and managing resources
- Developing graduate attributes
- Simulation Workshop: Cardiac Arrest
Simulation attachment program
Two Samoan senior nurses from the Ministry of Health joined the WHO CC UTS for a capacity building course which included simulation and faculty development. WHO funded the participants to attend UTS.
The participants individually and collectively analysed the integration of simulation technologies in the educational setting; examined and engaged in understanding clinical teaching and learning strategies; engaged with understanding the principles of teaching others and practised strategies for building capacity in others; critically assessed leadership skills required to successfully enact change within their local environment; developed key skills and knowledge to build the capacity of nursing and midwifery faculty teaching staff to improve skill development and support continuing professional development in staff and students.
Building the capacity of nursing and midwifery leaders in the Pacific impacts their workforce and population health. The course provided preparation for curriculum development work conducted by a Health Sector Nursing Leadership Curriculum focus group which will be ongoing in 2013.
Rumsey, M., Thiessen, J., Sayers, J., & Kassian, C. (2013). Scaling-Up Nursing through Global Nursing and Midwifery Faculty Development. Sydney: WHO CC UTS