Great leadership is needed for success in any initiative. The Bible states, “Without wise leadership a nation falls.”(Proverbs 11:14 NLTV)
The same is true for nurses. Our leadership is critical to the success of excellence in healthcare. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates nurses and midwives meet an estimated 80% of health care needs of the population globally. That’s an extended reach, with huge implications for impact.
One of the key focus areas for MBF’s Mary K Center for Global Nursing Development (MKCGND) is to empower nurses to see the critical role of nursing in improving health care and embracing the importance of nursing leadership. The first step in that journey together is launching the “Building Capacity for Nursing Leadership” conference series. The goal of the series is to share practical principles and practices of nursing leadership and begin a collaborative relationship between nurses and health care leaders in partner countries with nursing leaders from the U.S.
We are off to a great start! The inaugural conference was held on December 1, 2017 in Léogậne, Haiti, hosted by long- time MBF partner, FSIL School of Nursing, in partnership with the Université Episcopale d’Haiti (UNEPH) and Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing.
There were 37 nurses from eight different areas in Haiti who attended this conference. They represented 19 different organizations and such roles as nursing school deans, faculty and coordinators; directors/assistant directors of nursing, head nurses, clinical supervisors and staff nurses. We were thrilled with this cross-section of key people for our first conference.
Throughout the conference, nursing students from FSIL were also able to attend some of the conference presentations. From the conference evaluations, 100% of the attendees found the information presented helpful and they would like to see the event continue.
The second conference to be presented in the series will be held in Lilongwe, Malawi, on March 16, 2018. Daeyang University College of Nursing will host the conference and is leading the local planning committee that consists of academic and hospital-based nurses as well as representatives from the Malawi Ministry of Health and the Christian Health Association of Malawi.
We look forward to seeing what God is going to do there. We will keep you posted.
Lisa D. Cole, MA, RN
Mary K Center for Global Nursing Development