Nurse Educator- Research Skills & Methodologies

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

As part of the Advancing Health Professionals (AHP) program, a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Nurse Educator- Research Skills & Methodologies for Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) in the Kingdom of Eswatini. SANU started as the Nazarene Nursing College, an offspring of the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital, founded by Dr. David Hynd in 1927. Training of nurses started at RFM in 1928. Only two programs were offered by the college: General Nursing and Midwifery. In 2010 the College was upgraded to a University level and named Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) – Faculty of Health Sciences. About seven thousand students have graduated from the institution since its inception. The University wish to continue its partnership with Peace Corps through the Response Program to facilitate exchange of ideas for evidence based nursing education so as to improve on the quality of nurses produced by the university.

A Nurse Educator, with at least a graduate degree in nursing and experience teaching at the university level, is needed to mentor and train students on nursing research methodologies. The PCRV will lecture to undergraduate and possibly post-graduate students in General Nursing Science, have a specific focus on lecturing, mentoring and train students in nursing research methodologies, and participate in student counseling and mentoring for academic and career success. The Volunteer will also participate in the development and refinement of undergraduate and postgraduate research modules, and make positive evidence based contribution in the remodeling of nursing programs within the assigned institution. Please note, the position will not include involvement in or provision of any direct patient assessment, management, or care, the provision of any counseling services, or any supervision or conducting of clinical research. The goal of this assignment is to build local capacity of SANU to produce well-trained and qualified nurses.

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 through the provision of high-level, specialized service in the health sector. AHP projects include programming such as nursing education, health systems strengthening, service delivery improvement, and other non-clinical interventions which enhance the quality of healthcare.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change due to programmatic need.

Partner Information

Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU)

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in Nursing with a PhD in Nursing or a related field
• Experience teaching at the university level
• Experience in all steps involved in nursing research and publication.
• 5 years’ experience working as a nurse in any health setting
• Good mentoring, clinical and research skills

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.

Medical Considerations in Eswatini

  • Eswatini may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild and childhood;  dermatology; insulin-dependent diabetes; gastroenterology; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder, urology; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: peanut.
  • After arrival in Eswatini, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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