The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is a joint initiative with the Peace Corps, U.S. President's Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Seed Global Health that partners with countries to help them overcome critical shortages of health providers and build strong, sustainable health systems. GHSP places nurses and physicians as visiting faculty in nursing and medical schools in Liberia, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.
GHSP Nurse Educators are posted overseas as Peace Corps Response Volunteers to serve as visiting faculty; they teach and work alongside local faculty to expand capacity, strengthen the quality and breadth of nursing education, provide improved health professional development opportunities, and importantly, improve care for vulnerable patients.
To assure cultural integration, GHSP Nurse Educators are paired with a host country counterpart. Together with their counterparts and other faculty colleagues, GHSP Nurse Educators develop or refine locally tailored best practice approaches to nursing education and encourage a continuous culture of excellence, responsibility, and accountability in the delivery of health care.
Depending on the GHSP Nurse Educator's educational preparation and clinical expertise, the role they serve will vary. Typically, Bachelors prepared volunteers with clinical instruction or precepting expertise serve as clinical instructors in the clinical arena and may be called upon to assist in the classroom or skills lab. Masters prepared advanced practice nurses teach in the classroom and clinical area and may participate in curriculum and program development. Doctoral-prepared (PhD or DNP) volunteers serve across the teaching, research, service and policy domains, as needed.
In partnership with host country faculty, local nurse leaders and Seed Global Health nursing staff, key volunteer tasks may include (but are not limited to):
Serving as classroom faculty,
Serving as a clinical instructor utilizing both simulation and clinical settings,
Participating in the development or refinement of locally tailored curriculum that integrates educational best practices in the context of country and partner institution specific regulations, mission and need,
Facilitating academic-clinical partnerships to develop practice improvement projects that strengthen care at the point of service,
Participating in professional development activities with partner-country faculty and clinicians,
Working closely with nursing mentors to foster a model of integrated education and practice among medical, nursing and midwifery students, and
If appropriate, working with national nursing organizations to assist in the establishment of policies that support the enhanced role of the nurse.
GHSP recruits in programmatic areas that strive to meet the needs of partner nursing schools; this has included community health, graduate studies, medical/surgical, mental health, midwifery, pediatrics, advanced practice and sub-specialties such as anesthesia and critical care.
HOW TO APPLY:
ELIGIBILITY Volunteers are deployed for one-year assignments beginning in July 2017. Nurse applicants must have a BSN with a minimum of three years clinical experience (advanced degrees and specialized board certification are preferred).
BENEFITS GHSP is a Peace Corps Response program, which offers high-impact assignments for qualified professionals. Benefits for volunteers include monthly living stipends, transportation to and from their country of service, comprehensive medical care, a readjustment allowance, and paid vacation days. Seed Global Health offers debt assistance up to $30,000 for qualified volunteers.
APPLY For more information about requirements, qualifications, benefits, financial assistance, and the application process, please visit: http://seedglobalhealth.org/apply. The deadline for applications is November 25, 2016.