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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Ed. by Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne / Babenko-Mould, Yolanda / Goldenberg, Dolly / Cragg, Betty / Maltby, Hendrika J. / McWilliam, Carol

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

Eleanor D Msidi
  • General Nursing Council of Zambia
/ Moses Sinkala
  • Catholic Medical Missions Board and University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
/ Amy Bositis
  • AIDSRelief and The University of Maryland at Baltimore
/ Thomasine Guberski
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore
/ Patrick Katayamoyo
  • Zambia Prevention Care and Treatment Partnership
/ Jack Menke
  • Kara Clinic & Laboratory
/ Angela Montesanti
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
/ Mary Morris
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
/ Alexandrina Mwale
  • HIV Nurse Specialist, Lusaka, Zambia
/ Flora Mwanahamunutu
  • FHI
/ Prudencia Mweemba
  • University of Zambia
/ Ruth W Ngoma
  • Former HIV Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator
/ Dorcas Phiri
  • AIDSRelief and The University of Maryland at Baltimore
/ C M Wilson
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Sparkman Center for Global Health
/ Lynda Wilson
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
Published Online: 2011-06-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1548-923X.2240

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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Published Online: 2011-06-23

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1548-923X.2240. Export Citation

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