Haitian Nursing Educators Visit Regis College for Hospital Simulation Training

“This type of training will help us raise the level of nursing education in Haiti,” said Claudinette Farard, a nurse educator at the University Hospital of Mirebalais, outside the capital, Port-au-Prince. “Students will then graduate with a higher level of education, and that will have a big impact on the population we serve.”

The effort is part of a long-standing partnership between Regis College, Haiti’s Department of Health, and Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit aimed at improving health care in poor countries, said Antoinette Hays, President of Regis and former Dean of the School of Nursing, Science and Health Sciences.

Regis’ relationship with the Haitian ministry dates back to 2007, Hayes said, when they invited her to visit the country, which has limited medical resources, to assess the country’s nursing education needs.

Alongside Paul Farmer, fire founder of Partners in Health and Haitian ministry officials, Regis has created a program that has so far trained 36 nurses and awarded them master’s degrees in nursing, leadership and education from the University of Haiti .

Now the goal is to elevate Haitian nursing educators by adding more in-depth clinical simulations to their arsenal.

Since arriving at Weston College on July 6, Natacha Fresnel Mainsou, head of nursing education and continuing education at Haiti’s Ministry of Health, said one of the most valuable lessons she learned was the importance of providing feedback to students.

While Haitian nurses may have some experience practicing minor nursing tasks like taking a patient’s blood pressure, Regis training develops skills with longer, multi-faceted scenarios.

At the end of a session, Haitian nurse educators receive feedback from Regis faculty on areas where they can improve their performance.

Mainsou said Haitian professors don’t often provide feedback to students. But after Mainsou sees how feedback from instructors has encouraged her to grow and improve, she hopes to make it standard practice in Haitian nursing schools.

Other Participating Nurses participating in the training agreed that they are gaining skills that will improve the quality of nursing education in their country.

Djerline Clerge Constant, an educator at Haiti’s National School of Nursing in Les Cayes, stressed the importance of placing nursing students in realistic scenarios.

“When students learn with this simulation method, it helps them learn better, retain and then practice what they have learned,” Constant said.

Through a grant from the Wagner Foundation, Regis College is providing resources and materials to Haiti’s nursing faculty so they can create better simulations in their own classrooms.

Donna Barry, assistant professor of nursing and director of global nursing at Regis, said the college’s simulation labs have given Haitian faculty a teaching method that will challenge their students to improve their clinical reasoning and emotional intelligence. to “go beyond the textbook”. the solution.”

“A simulation also really teaches interaction and engagement with paper, not just textbooks by learning that ‘It’s a disease; that’s how we treat it,” Barry explained.

Nursing teacher for two decades, Constant said she recognizes that there is always room for improvement and growth in the industry. Along with Mainsou and Farard, Constant said she was grateful for the opportunity to expand her skills and bring her knowledge back to Haiti when they leave Massachusetts on Saturday.

“You always have the opportunity to learn new things in order to improve and improve yourself,” she said. “I learned a better approach in teaching because of the way [Regis has] taught us.

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