Seed Global Health (Seed) envisions a world in which every country, strengthened by a robust health workforce, is able to meet the health needs of its population. Seed’s mission is to educate a rising generation of health professionals to strengthen access to quality care with a goal of saving lives, strengthening health systems and improving health.
Seed Nurse and Midwife Educators are placed as visiting faculty at academic institutions in Malawi and Uganda to teach and work alongside local faculty for one year. In partnership, they strengthen the quality and breadth of nursing and midwifery education and enhance the quality of clinical practice by strengthening skills through clinical mentorship, training and professional development opportunities. As more educators build confidence and competence, they will create a “multiplier effect” that exponentially increases the supply of skilled health professionals who are locally-trained and locally-rooted. These health professionals not only provide quality care but teach their successors and other health workers as well as serve as agents of change for the health system within their country.
To assure cultural integration, Seed Nurse and Midwife Educators are paired with host country faculty. Together with their colleagues, they develop or refine locally tailored best practice approaches to nursing and midwifery education and encourage a continuous culture of excellence, responsibility, and accountability in the delivery of health care.
In partnership with host country faculty and local nurse and midwifery leaders, key tasks may include (but are not limited to):
Serving as classroom faculty;
Serving as faculty in the skills and simulation lab;
Serving as a clinical instructor in the clinical and/or community settings;
Participating in the development, refinement or sequencing of curricula that integrates educational best practices in the context of country and partner institution specific regulations, mission and need;
Facilitating academic-clinical partnerships to develop practice improvement projects that strengthen care at the point of service and provide learning opportunities for students and clinical staff;
Supporting professional development opportunities requested by partner-country faculty and clinicians;
Fostering integrated education and practice among medical, nursing and midwifery students, and;
If appropriate, working with national (including ministries of health and education) nursing and midwifery organizations to assist in the planning, implementation and/or evaluation of policies that support the enhancement of the professions of nursing and midwifery.
Data from the first four classes of Seed Nurse and Midwife Educators demonstrate that our Educators have contributed to strengthening the quality of education and training in the classroom, skills/simulation lab and clinical settings. Returned educators reported that they extended and refined their own teaching and clinical skills. They return with a desire to continue volunteering and working in global health, and to continue their role in teaching – all of which are of value in addressing health disparities in the US.
To be eligible to serve with Seed Global Health as a Nurse or Midwife Educator, you must at minimum:
Have an advanced degree in nursing (masters in nursing education, advanced practice nursing)
Have at least 2 years of nursing experience, following advanced degree matriculation at the time of deployment (Summer 2019)
Have experience as a nurse or midwife educator in the classroom, skills/simulation lab and/or clinical setting
Have experience working with underserved populations either domestically and/or internationally
Have an active RN license in the United States at the time of deployment (Summer 2019)
Be able to meet licensing criteria and obtain appropriate clinical licenses in your placement country
Be legally authorized to work in the United States
About Seed Global Health
The World Health Organization estimates a global shortage of skilled health professionals will increase to 18 million by 2030. This shortage creates two standards of care in the world, resulting in: the unnecessary death of individuals; increasing the risk of global pandemic outbreaks; exacerbating economic and political instability; and creating a perpetual cycle of foreign aid dependency stifling country autonomy. Sub-Saharan Africa alone bears 75 percent of the global burden of HIV and 25 percent of the world’s overall global burden of disease, yet only has 3 percent of the global health workforce.
Seed Global Health is unique in its approach by focusing on the education and training of doctors, nurses and midwives to support a future in which every country has a robust health workforce that is able to meet the health needs of its population.
Seed places skilled and qualified Educators in visiting faculty roles at partner institutions for a minimum of one academic year to help meet critical training priorities identified by partners. Seed Educators work with local partners to teach critical skills and building the capacity of rising practitioners and their clinics, communities, and country health systems.
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