Nurse Lecturer- Pediatric Nursing and Child Health

Project Description

Advancing Health Professionals (AHP): a Peace Corps Response program, is seeking a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Nurse Educator: Pediatric Nursing and Child Health 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, current nursing licensure, pediatric clinical nursing experience, three or more years in nursing education, interest and experience in mentoring and training staff and students, excellent communication and writing skills and experience working in a low resource health system. A master’s degree in nursing education and experience in middle- and low-income countries are desired qualifications.

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 academic calendar starts in August and ends in July each year. 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 Department of Nursing has a total of five full time and three part time Faculty who teach nursing students and medical students. The average class size is 20 students.

The PCRV Pediatric and Child Health Nursing Lecturer will build the capacity of the faculty to conduct simulation and skills training, conduct lectures in Pediatric Nursing for third year nursing students, participate in review of nursing curriculum and provide input for new curricula. 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 health professions educators, health systems strengthening, service delivery improvement, and other non-clinical interventions that enhance the quality of healthcare.

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 (BUFHS)

Required Skills

• Master of Science in Nursing (Pediatric Nursing)
• Clinical experience in pediatric nursing units
• Interest and experience in mentoring and training with staff and students.
• Three years or more experience in nursing education
• Experience working in a low resource health system.
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• A good understanding and appreciation of intercultural dynamics and differences.
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

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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