The Top 8 Most Needed Topics for Staff Training in Primary Care Clinics
Based on the survey results of the 20 clinics in Malawi, standardized protocols were targeted and a training program was adapted for them. The following top areas for focused training were established:
- Hand Washing – education, training and implementation of proper procedures
- IV Lines – proper labeling, storage and safe administration
- Sterilization – education and training on proper sterilization/disinfection techniques
- Neonatal Resuscitation – methodology and staff training.
- Apgar Tests – properly conducted and documented for each newborn
- Newborn Physicals – standard physicals for newborns conducted and documented
- Proper Postpartum Hemorrhage – protocols established, staff trained and supplies in place ready to go
- Resuscitation Equipment – overall equipment standards and staff training
One thing learned from the medical missions work in Malawi is that this priority list would most likely apply to a majority of primary care clinics anywhere in the developing world; if you were prepared to educate and train on one or more of these topics you would not only be welcome, you would make an immediate impact. Now let’s take a look at another part of the world
The 7 Greatest Nursing Continuing Education Needs for a Haiti Hospital
MBF partners with the Hôpital St. Croix (Holy Cross Hospital) in Léogâne Haiti. For this year the nursing department has established a schedule of continuing education topics for their staff based on their identified greatest needs. Of their list of 20 topics planned, the following are the topics for which they don’t currently have anyone available to present:
- Emergency Care
- BLS/ACLS/CPR training
- Immobilization Restraint, Care and Monitoring
- Nursing Care of Asthma Patients
- Pain Management
- Respiratory therapy basics
- Nursing care of burn patients
Clearly for Hôpital St. Croix the nursing leadership has identified a very clear need to nursing continuing education but does not have the local resources with enough training and experience on the specific topics. Anyone with the skill and experience on any one of these topics would be well received and put to immediate use.
If you are a little overwhelmed with the scope of need here, you are not alone. The good news is that we have the tools. We have the knowledge. But we have to connect the right resources with the right people. So at one level the answers are painfully simple. But simple is usually not easy.
Have you been looking for the opportunity serve? Hopefully this information has provided you with the starting some of the basics you can be prepared to teach and train.
In next week’s post I will continue to report on MBF’s 2018 survey of needs for our global partners, and make some additional recommendations on what we as individuals can do to make a difference.
My hope is that this sparks new thinking – or perhaps it confirms what you are already doing. I don’t know. But I do know that I would be interested in your feedback and/or questions. Please feel free to contact us here
Andy Mayo, CEO
MBF | Medical Benevolence Foundation/The Center for Global Nursing Development
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