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WHAT DOES NURSES INTERNATIONAL DO?

We provide courses that prepare BSN and MSN nurses in universities and other learning institutions in the developing world.  Many of these learning institutions have gaps in their curriculum. It is the goal of Nurses International to fill these gaps.

On request, we send consultants to institutions in need around the world to assess their strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations for improvement.

In addition, we work with seminaries and Christian Colleges who desire to add a nursing program to their existing offerings. These seminaries and Christian Colleges become our strategic partners.

When working with strategic partners we send in teams of nurse faculty to teach the clinical components of the curriculum and to teach national nurses techniques and strategies for clinical instruction.

HOW DO STUDENTS USE NURSES INTERNATIONAL’S MATERIALS?

Students meet in classrooms with a proctor who is a university prepared nurse with a BSN or MSN degree. The students watch and listen to the lecture, complete activities, work through case studies, and take tests and quizzes. The proctor and the clinical instructors teach the hands-on skills in the nursing laboratory.

IS NURSES INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITED?

Each program is accredited through the institution and governing bodies of the location in which it resides. Nurses International meets or exceeds accreditation criteria in all countries in which it operates so that institutions who use NI materials may be accredited or keep their existing accreditation.

WHO DEVELOPED THE NURSES INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM?

Our nursing leadership developed the curriculum and then asked nursed experts around the world to review it.  Classes will be altered or added based on the needs of each partner. Our current curriculum has been developed with a global view in mind but contextualized to the needs of our strategic partners.

WHO CAN USE NURSES INTERNATIONAL’S MATERIALS?

ANY institution with an existing nursing program who demonstrates a need is welcome to use our online materials. Depending on the need Nurses International may also provide a consultant and the technology necessary to deliver the classes. Institutions that use our materials may do so regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliation.

WHAT IS TRANSFORMATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, AND WHY IS NURSES INTERNATIONAL INVOLVED IN IT?

For people to truly flourish, Nurses International believes that the individual, as well as the community must reach a certain level of well-being. Health and well-being are obtained not only by an absence of active disease, but also through the presence of nutritious and adequate food, sanitation, regular income, just work environments, shelter, safety, friendship, and an abiding sense of connection with God.

When we work with a strategic partner to add a new nursing program in an area where suffering is present, it then becomes the role of the nurse to work with the individual and the community as a whole to identify areas of strengths and areas of needs and then to work together to enhance strengths, while planning together to address needs and resolve problems.

The nurses enrolled in programs conducted by a strategic partner receive training in theology, missiology, leadership, management, community development, public health as well as nursing. The goal is to insert change-agents within suffering communities and to give them the training and support that they need to make a difference in the clinic, hospital, parish, and the wider community.

IS THIS A FULLY ONLINE OPPORTUNITY? WILL I BE EXPECTED TO TRAVEL?

This is a fully online opportunity. Our biggest need is for online content creation of courses. You can do this at your convenience anywhere in the world with an intermittent internet connection.

DO YOU HAVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAVEL?

Yes! We have team building weekends, but they are truly optional. Not everyone is able to come each time, and some volunteers may not ever be able to attend.  We also try to attend the same conferences for continuing education opportunities combined with team building opportunities. Our next conference is in Kenya this coming spring. We hope to have more details soon.

We also take planned trips to teach the clinical components of the curriculum when we are capacity building with a strategic partner. During these trips faculty will train students and some faculty will train potential field/clinical instructors.

HOW WILL NURSES INTERNATIONAL ACCOMPLISH ITS GOALS?

Nurses International’s programming is divided into two pilots. The first pilot program is the Technology and Content Pilot. In this pilot Nurses International will invite institutions to utilize their content and technology. Several nursing programs around the world are waiting for the content. Faculty members are working to develop the content and it will be uploaded, as soon as it is ready to be used. All of our supporters will receive an email when our first class is ready to be sampled.

The second pilot project is the Community Development Pilot. In this pilot Nurses International will work with strategic partners to add new nursing programs to their existing institutions. Students will be drawn from surrounding communities who wish to participate in Transformational Community Development. Both the students and their communities are involved in this process throughout the program.

Do you have an idea that could help us help the world?

We would love to hear it. If there are ways to enhance our existing programs or if there is a need we need to address, we want to know about it. As a non-profit organization, we’ve brought together some amazing people who share our commitment to making a difference and they’re continuously thinking about new and better ways to change the world. Your ideas are welcome here and always will be.

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