Educational Activities for Health Care Promoters in Haiti: Insights Gained over the Years
Palmer, Ellen L.
Baird, Becky M.
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Session presented on Thursday, July 23, 2015: Purpose: For more than fourteen years, several nurse educators from the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area have participated in educational activities for health care promoters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A collaborative effort began with U.S. nurse educators first developing a trust relationship with colleagues at Grace Children's Hospital. Identifying what the educators could accomplish and following through with commitments was key. Methods: In the beginning, nurse educators did informal walking rounds with nursing management at Grace Children's Hospital. learning needs were identified by management and staff. Nursing leadership requested assistance to develop a program for nursing management. The first program was done by the U.S. nurse educators to include developing evaluation forms and certificates. Over the years, the leadership, with mentoring, have become proficient in developing programs. Topics have included nursing leadership, nursing management, infectious diseases, and nursing research. After the 2010 earthquake, a rehabilitation workshop led to a collaborative research project. The study results will be published in 2015. Results: Nursing leadership leaRN to develop budgets for programs to cover expenses for handouts, refreshments, lunch and translators. Presenters cover their expenses - attendees from outside the organization are asked to pay a small fee - donations from Sigma Theta Tau international chapters, Delta Theta Tau at the University of Texas at Arlington and Beta Beta at Texas Woman's University, and other organizations offset costs of lunch and refreshments. Conclusion: Having a shared vision with mutual needs, representatives from the Haiti National School of Nursing and Haiti King's Hospital Organization were on the planning committee for the thirteenth symposium held in November 2014. Topics on the agenda included the Ebola virus and other infectious diseases of conceRNo Haiti. Participants also received instruction on how to complete a learning needs assessment, the results of which revealed the need for simulation-based training. Plans are underway to implement a simulation laboratory at Grace Children's Hospital which will enable a more complex and detailed collaboration. Suggestions for topics for the next symposium were offered.