Working to support postgraduate nursing students in Gondar

In March 2012 Sandra, my co-tutor, and I set off for Gondar to run the first Clinical Skills Module of the newly established MSc. With 18 eager students divided between Medical Surgical and Paediatric specialties, and being new to Gondar it seemed a daunting challenge! However we were warmly welcomed by all at Gondar University and Hospital and soon found our feet.

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September 2012 cohort of the MSc in Advanced Clinical Nursing students, Gondar, Ethiopia

While we were in Gondar we supported the programme delivery & further development to include sessions on patient safety, care planning & provision, advanced assessment skills, Basic Life Support (BLS) and recognition of the sick patient.

The students then spent 5 weeks in clinical attachments to encompass the ward environment as well as critical care areas within their specialty. It was an eye opener working on the wards and seeing the real challenges the staff and our students faced, in particular resource management and finding ways to overcome this. It was great to see some of the students put their new skills into action and to take the initiative to assist in the development of the units they were assigned to, in collaboration with the permanent staff.

We also undertook some joint teaching with the MSc Physiotherapy students, and had a great couple of afternoons in the skills lab exchanging skills in moving and handling patients, appropriate positioning and assisted coughing we returned the favour by teaching the physiotherapy students basic life support. It was great to see both disciplines working together, and later work together at ward level to improve patient care.

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MSc Advanced Clinical Nursing students learning about moving patients

"It has been a fabulous opportunity and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the students develop throughout my time in Gondar.
Written by Rosalind Lees, UK tutor, MSc Advanced Clinical Nursing

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