The concept of NTR originated when Lucy was volunteering in BPKMCH hospital in November last year. After spending time on the wards, Lucy quickly noticed that there were few opportunities for continuing education. In comparison to Australia, where we’re encouraged and even forced to continually update knowledge and skills, the deficit was striking. From this experience the idea of NTR, to develop nurses in developing countries, was born. With a passion for education and a green light from the hospital admin, Lucy developed a Clinical Skills Log Book, designed for all nursing staff, to ensure a standard level of knowledge and care throughout the hospital.
The Nursing Chief and Educator selected 20 senior nurses, from many different departments in the hospital, to attend the program. They were split into groups of 10 and each attended a 6 day week program focused on updating basic nursing skills. The end goal being an amazing group of nurses armed with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to improve their nursing care, become preceptors and mentors for their more junior colleagues.
Not only did these special 20 attend our training program, they also received and had to complete the Clinical Skills Log Book and be trained in clinical assessment techniques. The log book contains competencies for basic nursing skills, with questionnaires aimed at promoting self learning and a skills list for assessment.
The first week started off well, despite our nerves and uncertainty about how we would be perceived. Following the obligatory inauguration ceremony, that involved all senior staff and executives of the hospital, we were introduced to the initial ten participants and quickly built a good rapport with them.
We started the week with pre-program quizzes to test their current knowledge and for us to assess improvement following teaching. Lucy, having already spent time with most of the nurses had already established some wonderful friendships. We, on the other hand had not, but it didn’t take long. After the initial nerves and shyness wore off, the group started to relax and we quickly felt comfortable & settled into the program. The days were spent informally in a classroom, from 8-3pm, presenting topics such as A-G physical assessment, Infection Control, Hand Hygiene, Wound and Pressure Area Care, ECGs, Neurological assessment and Basic Life Support.
The 2nd program ran more smoothly (as was to be expected) and it was a great to get all 20 nurses through the program.
From the evaluation feedbacks the highlight for the nurses was ECGs, Neurological Assessment and Basic Life Support. The video below shows our alternative but effective teaching styles which the nurses loved! They were keen learners and seemed to really enjoy the program, also proving that they also know how to have fun!! In between session there were always games to play like musical chairs, charades (including hilarious physical assessment charades) and lots of dancing and singing at every opportunity.