Subjects That Matter Most Webinar Series

An International Nursing Student Collaborative to Assess and Improve Access to Rural Healthcare Services

may 26, 4:30 pm central

Rural healthcare access remains a challenge across the globe. There is a critical need to expose nursing students to the realities, challenges, and benefits for rural residents regarding rural healthcare access. This exchange highlights globally that there were more similarities than differences for rural healthcare access for rural residents. 

This initiative involved conversations between the two international student groups where they were able to compare and contrast aspects of rural healthcare (i.e., access, funding, and staffing). One key aspect of the project was an in-person immersion at a rural hospital in Texas for U.S. students while also including students virtually from Canada. 

In our presentation we will describe our schools and team involved, grant objectives and goals, project process, how grant dollars were used, and a review of outcome and lessons learned.

Dr. Jessica Smith, PhD, RN, CNE
Ms. Kim English, RN, BScN, MN, EDd(s)

Examining the Impact of the Malawi-Alabama Global Nursing Education Rural Vaccine Project

June 14, 9 am central

Given the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the low rate of vaccine uptake among rural populations globally, research is needed to understand and explore vaccine health education and hesitancy. Malawi and Alabama are largely rural areas. The size in square miles of Alabama is 52,419 and Malawi 45,747.  Vaccine uptake to prevent COVID-19 in Alabama and Malawi is lagging. At the onset of the project, only 33% of Alabama’s population had been vaccinated. Malawi had only been able to vaccinate 1% of the population, distributing 70% of the vaccines that they have received. While in Malawi supply is still an issue, in Alabama the vaccine is widely available. Public health experts and community leaders continue to emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated in Malawi and Alabama, but this messaging is being countered by misinformation. Misinformation is not only affecting vaccine uptake among the general population, but also among nurses. While nurses who are knowledgeable about the safety and importance of getting vaccinated are allies to reach herd immunity, those who are hesitant hold sway in among the populations they serve. 

The Global Nursing Education Rural Vaccine Project has established a collaborative community of faculty and students from Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) in Malawi and the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) at The University of Alabama in Alabama. This collaborative community is exploring the strengths and challenges facing rural communities in relation to increasing the uptake of vaccines including those used to prevent COVID-19. The overall purpose of this project is to strengthen institutions of higher learning partnership capacity on vaccine education and create opportunities for students to learn and share obstacles and strategies to overcome obstacles of vaccination hesitancy. 

Abby Horton, EdD, RN, CHC, CLC
Febbie Tambala-Jamieson

The Promotion of Global Health Competencies: Moshi, Tanzania - South Dakota Rural Community Nursing Project

june 15, 9:00 am central 

Interactive Virtual Reality Engaging with a Rural Community to Enhance Local-Global Knowledge and Collaboration: The CHASE Model in Action

June 15, 4:30 pm Central

In the highly innovative virtual reality modality New Zealand and Australian nursing students ‘stand in the shoes’ with the rural community people of Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, UK as they study and help address the community’s mental health and social isolation needs. Being physically so remote to their target group enables these students to remain completely objective, yet through Virtual Reality gain a realistic understanding of the rural community context. This results in focussed solutions and resources to the community’s wellbeing needs.

The provision of healthcare within rural contexts remains a global challenge. Exposing nurse learners within these rural contexts is paramount for the future endeavours of rural health care. In parallel to these encounters and the residents who experience rural health issues are the similarities across the globe which we have been able to showcase between New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom. This project involved virtual connections between two international student nurse learners who were able to assess aspects of mental health issues and cultural differences amongst the youth associated with New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom. Aspects of this project was virtual presentations undertaken by both sets of nurse learners and feedback from the rural community in the United Kingdom. 

Presentation will include:
Description of partnering universities/institutions
Global Rural Encounters
Project Aims & Objectives
Project Plan
CHASE Model in Action
Project Evaluation using the CIPP Evaluation Model
Future Learnings

Professor Jean Ross, New Zealand

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our March 31st webinar “Building Agility & Fostering Posttraumatic Growth in Rural Care Settings”, presented by Dr. Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, FAAN.

Online Research Discussions

Details regarding the GRNEN online research discussions with topics of interest to the global rural nursing community will be coming soon!

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