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6 Volunteer roles for nurse educators who are ready to serve

National Nurses Week, May 6-12, has been celebrated for nearly 30 years. The special week honors the contributions and sacrifices of nurses around the globe and reminds us to thank these dedicated health professionals who care for us and keep us healthy. This year, the Advancing Health Professionals team wants to specifically highlight nurse educators — those who have a passion for educating future nurses.

A female nurse talks to a tall male patient
Volunteer Erica with students in Malawi.

Advancing Health Professionals (AHP) is a Peace Corps Response program that aims to strengthen health systems and improve professional education in Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Liberia, and Eswatini. AHP is recruiting nurse educators to help bridge health care gaps by sharing their skills and knowledge in 6 to 12-month Volunteer assignments.

AHP assignments for nurse educators are typically focused on classroom education, curriculum development, and skills simulation labs. The assignments contribute to outcomes that can benefit and be replicated by the entire country of assignment. Response Volunteers in the AHP program do not work directly with patients, nor are they involved in administering clinical research. Nurses with advanced degrees and advanced practice nursing certifications are highly preferred.

A female nurse presents to 6 other women
Volunteer Sarah lecturing students in Malawi.

Nurse educators play a critical role in promoting quality nursing education across the world. In the AHP program, Volunteers in nurse education assignments work collaboratively with their partners and counterparts to enhance the steady supply of confident and competent “practice-ready” graduates. These graduates are equipped to enter the health workforce and contribute to strengthening health systems with the ultimate goal of comprehensive national health coverage.

Are you a health care professional interested in international Volunteer opportunities?

Check out open nurse educator positions below:

1) Family Practitioner Nurse Educator

Liberia | 12-month assignment | Projected Departure: January 14, 2024

As a family practitioner nurse educator, the Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) will design the curriculum for a master’s level nurse practitioner (NP) program. The Volunteer will also participate in the development and review of other graduate-level curricula. Secondarily, the PCRV will provide partial support to the masters in nursing/midwifery education program through classroom teaching assignments. The goal of this assignment is to strengthen the local capacity of MPCHS to produce well-educated and qualified NPs.

2) Nursing/Midwifery Educator

Liberia | 12-month assignment | Projected Departure: January 14, 2024

As a nursing/midwifery educator, the PCRV will work alongside local faculty to support the master’s in nursing/midwifery education program through classroom teaching assignments, co-teaching, and mentorship of local faculty. The Volunteer will also participate in the review of other graduate-level curricula. The goal of this assignment is to strengthen the local capacity and sustainability of MPCHS to produce well-educated and qualified nurse/midwife educators.

3) Nurse Educator – Curriculum Development Specialist

Eswatini | 12-month assignment | Projected Departure: January 21, 2024

As a nurse educator —curriculum development specialist, the PCRV will work alongside local faculty to co-teach and mentor nursing students in non-clinical settings, lecture general nursing science to undergraduates, and develop and review undergraduate and post-graduate curricula. The PCRV will also advise management on necessary curriculum modifications and participate in student counseling and mentoring for academic and career success.

4) Nurse Educator—Midwifery Specialist

Eswatini | 12-month assignment | Projected Departure: January 21, 2024

As a nurse educator midwifery specialist, the PCRV will participate in the development of midwifery curricula, mentor staff in research and grant writing, and assist in the development of short courses for midwifery clinicians. The Volunteer will develop a proposal for a research project to build local capacity and participate in developing a postgraduate midwifery curriculum.

5) Nurse Educator: Psychiatric/Mental Health Specialist

Eswatini | 12-month assignment | Projected Departure: January 21, 2024

As a nurse educator: psychiatric/mental health specialist, the PCRV will work alongside local faculty to teach and mentor psychiatric/mental health nursing students, facilitate undergraduate and graduate training in psychiatric/mental health nursing, supervise and mentor student research projects, and participate in the development and refinement of undergraduate and graduate curricula and short courses.

6) Nurse Educator: Family Practitioner

Eswatini | 12-month assignment| Projected Departure: January 21, 2024

As a nurse educator: family practitioner, the PCRV will be part of the faculty and co-teach courses through in-person and online platforms. The Volunteer will work with academic staff to prepare, teach, and post learning materials, prepare assessments, tests, and examinations, grade student work, and provide feedback. The nurse educator: family practitioner will also organize and host weekly virtual seminars and peer assessments for students who are on their internship and co-supervise students’ research theses.

Through these assignments, collaborations with partners, and the mentorship of students, Volunteers in the AHP program will continue to build a foundation for better health care. Today, and every day, we want to thank all the nurse educators who have taught generations of nurses around the globe.