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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Ed. by Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne / Cragg, Catherine Elizabeth / Goldenberg, Dolly / Iwasiw, Carroll Louise / Maltby, Hendrika J.

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The Zambian HIV Nurse Practitioner Diploma Program: Preliminary Outcomes from First Cohort of Zambian Nurses

Eleanor D Msidi1 / Moses Sinkala2 / Amy Bositis3 / Thomasine Guberski4 / Patrick Katayamoyo5 / Jack Menke6 / Angela Montesanti7 / Mary Morris8 / Alexandrina Mwale9 / Flora Mwanahamunutu10 / Prudencia Mweemba11 / Ruth W Ngoma12 / Dorcas Phiri13 / C M Wilson14 / Lynda Wilson15

1General Nursing Council of Zambia

2Catholic Medical Missions Board and University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health

3AIDSRelief and The University of Maryland at Baltimore

4University of Maryland at Baltimore

5Zambia Prevention Care and Treatment Partnership

6Kara Clinic & Laboratory

7University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health

8Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

9HIV Nurse Specialist, Lusaka, Zambia

10FHI

11University of Zambia

12Former HIV Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator

13AIDSRelief and The University of Maryland at Baltimore

14University of Alabama at Birmingham Sparkman Center for Global Health

15University of Alabama at Birmingham

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. Volume 8, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.2240, June 2011

Publication History

Published Online:
2011-06-23

This article describes the implementation and evaluation of a program to prepare HIV Nurse Practitioners in Zambia. Thirty nurses from all nine Zambian provinces participated in this program. Data on a variety of indicators were collected at baseline and throughout the one-year program including student and supervisor assessments, student performance on pre- and post-tests, clinical and case study assessments, documentation of care in patients’ health records, and their performance on final oral and written examinations. Findings indicated that the students were able to achieve the identified competencies and that their supervisors perceived that they would be able to implement their expanded skills to improve care for patients with HIV and AIDS in Zambia. Lessons learned from this initial pilot project will be used to expand the program in order to ensure successful task-shifting to address the critical shortage of health workers in Zambia in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Keywords: task-shifting; HIV; nurse practitioner; scale-up

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