Site rotations at health facilities, technical skills developed
A group of 50 nursing and midwifery students from private medical training institutes in Dar es Salaam received practical clinical experience at private medical facilities from June to September 2018. In the pilot, students rotated to learning sites at health facilities affiliated with the Private Nurses and Midwives Association, the Christian Social Services Commission, Massana Hospital, Hindu Mandal Hospital, and Hubert Kairuki Hospital, where they learned about family planning, integrated HIV care, antenatal care, and primary health care.
“The advantage of having standardized material for practicum, which means that we will have uniform [training] within the country [so] that all stakeholders, all schools of nursing will be using those practicums and it will enhance the training and the knowledge and the competence of students,” Kujugu said.
In her experience, the feedback from students, instructors, directors, health facilities, and administration from the institutes has been positive, which she believes is key to the program being successful in the future.
“The future I see, I think we are going to have students and nurses who are competent in Tanzania, through this practicum placement and the support from SHOPS Plus,” Kujugu explains. “I can see that we are going to get nurses that are able to address several issues, for example, HIV and AIDS, family planning, and the other diseases.”