Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) in Zambia

 The ICAP Nurse Capacity Initiative (INCI) began the NEPI in Zambia in 2010 and has begun to address the nurse educator shortage; the lack of formal teaching methodology or curricula for faculty responsible for students’ clinical supervision; the need for broadly skilled HCW with both nursing and midwifery skills; and capacity building in teaching staff. The nursing and midwifery density in Zambia is 2.01 per 1,000 population. But the rural vacancy rate is between 43% and 50% for nurse/midwives and midwives, compared with an urban vacancy of between 23% and 32%. The 2008 assessment report found that this country needs an additional 360 education staff in order to scale up student intake from the current 1,900 students per year to more than 3,700 in five years.

NEPI resources will be targeted to the three selected training institutions: Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Zambia; Lusaka School of Nursing; and Monze School of Nursing.

NEPI interventions are being implemented at the Department of Nursing Sciences (DNS) in the School of Medicine at the University of Zambia, the Lusaka School of Nursing, and the Monze School of Nursing.

Interventions will concentrate on:

  • Targeted opportunities for advanced degree study within the country;
  • Developing and implementing mentoring programs for nurse faculty;
  • Conducting research and research utilization workshops;
  • Implementing capacity building workshops and seminars for faculty (clinical and academic) in areas such as emerging and transitional country health patterns; health informatics; health systems strengthening; leadership; local, national, regional and international issues in advanced practice nursing


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