Nurse Educator

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Project Description

The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is a collaboration between the Peace Corps and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that partners with countries to help them overcome critical shortages of health providers and build strong, sustainable health systems. GHSP places nurses as visiting faculty in nursing schools in Liberia, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

GHSP Nurse Educators are posted overseas on one-year assignments as Peace Corps Response Volunteers; they teach and work alongside local faculty to expand capacity, strengthen the quality and breadth of nursing education, provide enhanced health professional development opportunities, and improve health care for patients where they serve and mentor students.

GHSP Volunteers provide training during their year of service that will have a lasting impact by emphasizing critical thinking, promoting patient-centered care, and inspiring students to become change agents as they enter the health professional workforce.

In partnership with host country faculty, key tasks may include (but are not limited to):

  • Serving as classroom faculty,
  • Serving as a clinical instructor  providing supportive supervision in both simulation and clinical settings,
  • Participating in the development or refinement of locally tailored curriculum 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,
  • Participating in professional development activities with partner-country faculty and clinicians,
  • Working closely with colleagues to foster a model of integrated education and practice among nursing, medical, and midwifery students, and
  • If appropriate, working with national nursing organizations to assist in the establishment of policies that support the enhanced role of the nurse.

GHSP recruits in programmatic and specialty areas that strive to meet the needs of partner nursing schools; this has included community health, graduate studies, medical/surgical, mental health, midwifery, pediatrics, advanced practice and sub-specialties such as anesthesia and critical care.

Partner Information

GHSP partners with host country nursing and medical academic institutions that identify specific specialties and other academic areas where they seek to strengthen clinical and teaching capacity when requesting GHSP educators to serve as visiting faculty.

To assist with cultural integration, GHSP Nurse Educators are paired with host country counterparts. Together with their counterparts and other faculty colleagues, GHSP Nurse Educators develop or refine locally tailored best practice approaches to nursing education and encourage a continuous culture of excellence, responsibility, and accountability in the delivery of health care.

Required Skills

  • BSN and at least three years of clinical experience and an active RN license in the US
  • Advanced degrees highly preferred (Masters in nursing education, advanced practice nursing [CNM, FNP, CRNA or PNP], MPH or doctoral degree[(PhD, DNP])
  • Experience as a nursing educator in the classroom and/or clinical instructor or preceptor in the clinical setting
  • Able to meet licensing criteria and obtain appropriate clinical licenses in the host country (facilitated by Peace Corps)
  • US citizenship

Desired Skills

  • Experience working in a developing or resource-limited setting

Medical Considerations

Because of the circumstances where Volunteers serve, some health conditions that are easily managed in the U.S. present serious health risks in the countries where Peace Corps Volunteers serve. Volunteers can only serve in programs and countries that can support their medical needs, as determined by information provided in the Health History Form completed with the application and the individualized assessment of medical records submitted during the medical clearance process.

Once a Volunteer arrives in their country of service, Peace Corps medical officers are available to provide health-care services to Volunteers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Peace Corps provides immunizations, medical supplies, medications, and full health-care coverage while in service, including, if necessary, air ambulance to a regional medical hub or the U.S. for treatment. For detailed information about the kinds of medical conditions Volunteers report while in service, see the Peace Corps’ annual Health of the Volunteer report [PDF].

Read more about Peace Corps' medical support program

Safety and Security

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