Nurse Educator- Skills Lab Specialist

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- Skills Lab Specialist 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 7 thousand students have graduated from the institution since its inception. The University wishes 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. Through the insight of the PCR Volunteer, the university will be able to develop and upgrade the skills laboratory for improvement in clinical competencies for both faculty and students.

A Nurse Educator – Skills Lab Specialist, with at least a master’s degree in Nursing and experience in skills lab instruction and content development, is needed to work alongside local faculty to co-teach in the skills lab and assist with simulation development. The PCRV will lecture to undergraduate and possibly post-graduate students in General Nursing Science, focus on skills lab management and utilization by faculty and students, supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students in skills lab rotations, and assist with integration of skills lab rotations into nursing curriculum to prepare students for clinical rotations. The PCRV will also capacitate academic staff in fully utilizing the skills lab equipment and time, provide guidance on the best ways to motivate students to utilize skills lab resources, and participate in student counselling and mentoring for academic and career success. The Volunteer will perform other duties, such as preparing and attending departmental and stakeholders’ meetings, student graduation ceremonies and continuous development and review of aspects of the program as delegated by the Head of Department and the Dean to strengthen the nursing program. Please note, the PCRV in this position will not perform work involving patient assessment, management, care, counseling or research, nor will they otherwise work in a clinical setting or perform clinical supervision. The goal of this assignment is to build local capacity of the university to provide excellent education and training to nursing students.

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
• PhD in Nursing or a related field is an added advantage
• Experience in skills lab instruction and content development and review. Experience utilizing and mentoring students in the skills lab and developing and running simulations.
• Experience teaching at the university level
• 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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