Lecturer- Mental Health Nursing

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Project Description

Advancing Health Professionals (AHP): a Peace Corps Response program, is in need of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The position requires a Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus in mental health or psychiatric nursing, interest and experience in mentoring and training staff and students, three years or more experience in nursing education, an active U.S. nursing license, and experience working in a low-resource health system.

Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences opened in 2013, as the sixth campus of Busitema University, to address the health manpower gap in Uganda. Situated within Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, the faculty offers a unique environment to pursue health professional training. It is set to play a critical role in Uganda’s economic and social development through the training of distinguished health professionals, research in critical areas of health and exceptional community service. The university graduated its first cohort of medical students in 2017/2018. The university employs problem-based learning methodology and uses an inter-professional approach to education where medical and nursing students study together and separately. The Ugandan government recognizes mental health as a serious public health and development concern, and has recently implemented a number of reforms aimed at strengthening the country's mental health system. The new mental health policy calls for an integrated approach and inclusion or strengthening of mental health services in primary health care. This calls for stronger training of nurses, who are at the forefront of primary health care services in Uganda. With only 3% of general nursing training focusing on mental health in Uganda, there is need for more robust training of nurses in mental health so that they are more capable of handling the increasing rise of mental health conditions in Uganda.

The PCRV Mental Health Nursing Lecturer will attend faculty meetings, participate in faculty assignments, mentor faculty in nursing education with focus on mental health, lecture third and fourth year nursing students in mental health, participate in tutorial teaching, attend grand rounds and present and discuss one or two cases, assist in development of new courses and tutorials, and supervise and grade exams. PCRVs are expected to report on their activities through Peace Corps reporting tools twice during their service.

Peace Corps Response established its "Advancing Health Professionals" program in 2019. Response Volunteers serving with the AHP program seek to improve health outcomes on a societal level by providing high-level, specialized service in the health sector. AHP projects include nursing education, health systems strengthening, service delivery improvement, and other non-clinical interventions that enhance the quality of healthcare.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Uganda together as a group. While the whole group's departure dates could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Busitema University, Faculty Of Health Sciences

Required Skills

• Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus in mental health or psychiatric nursing
• Interest and experience in mentoring and training staff and students.
• Three years or more experience in nursing education
• Active U.S. nursing license
• Experience working in a low resource health system
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• A good understanding and appreciation of intercultural dynamics and differences.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Uganda

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Medical Considerations

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