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Clinical Educator in Rwanda

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is currently working with a consortium of schools of nursing in the U.S. including New York University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Texas, Howard University, and Duke University, to recruit clinical mentors for the Rwanda Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program. Five of these faculty members to be recruited are Clinical Mentors to build the health education infrastructure faculty and health workforce necessary to create a high quality, sustainable health care system in Rwanda.  

Rwanda currently faces a severe lack of highly qualified physicians, nurses, midwives, and other health care workers. The key obstacle to building the health workforce in Rwanda is the inability of Rwandan schools and clinical teaching hospitals to offer adequate levels of teaching, clinical training, mentorship, research experience, and opportunities for advanced/specialized study.

The U.S. Nursing Academic Consortium for the Rwanda HRH Program has been invited by the Rwanda Ministry of Health to assist in strengthening nursing education, faculty development, and professionalization of Rwandan nursing. The primary goal is to support nursing and midwifery faculty in Rwanda and strengthen clinical teaching programs for nursing and midwifery students. As part of this program, U.S. universities will hire Clinical Mentors and deploy them to Rwandan Schools of Nursing and teaching facilities. Clinical Mentors are being recruited with expertise in a number of clinical specialties, including: pediatrics (including neo-natal intensive care), midwifery, mental health nursing, adult nursing (including critical care, trauma and surgery, infectious diseases, and infection control), and public health and community nursing.

Clinical Educators will be assigned to teaching facilities that serve as clinical placement sites for Rwandan nursing and midwifery students from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Each Clinical Educator will also be affiliated with a campus of the School of Nursing and Midwifery to improve the clinical instruction provided to all nursing and midwifery students.

Clinical Educators placed in districts hospitals will be under the supervision of the Director of a campus of the School of Nursing and Midwifery under which they are affiliated. Other clinical educators will be under the supervision of the Director of Nursing of the referral hospital where they are placed.

Responsibilities:

  • Modeling the knowledge, skills, and attitudes relevant to the clinical educator role within the area of nursing/midwifery
    • Performing as an effective and professional team member, in collaboration with the Partner to the Director of Nursing, hospital nursing administration, peers, and School of Nursing and Midwifery faculty and administration
    • Teaching faculty and students at the campuses of the School of Nursing and Midwifery using simulation, case presentations and discussion, and other clinical teaching techniques
    • Providing teaching and learning opportunities and supervision of students in the educator’s nursing specialty as well as in one of the following: adult nursing, pediatrics, or midwifery
    • Harmonizing efforts to foster integrated education of medical, health sciences,  nursing and midwifery students, and medical residents in the clinical setting
    • Collaborating with and mentoring clinical instructors from the School of Nursing and Midwifery
    • Participating in formative and summative assessment activities with students and clinical instructors in simulated and actual patient care settings
    • Serving as part of the professional development team at the clinical teaching sites
    • Providing continuing education, in collaboration with Rwandan colleagues, to the current nursing and midwifery staff
    • Working with hospital nursing management to conduct a needs assessment of current nursing and midwifery staff practices and collaborating to implement changes in practice to reflect evidence based care
    • Working within one of the nursing and midwifery specialty groups to support approved post basic-education programs, including occasional classroom teaching
    • Provide a monthly activity report co-signed by the Rwandan supervisor (depending on placement, the Director of Campus or the Director of Nursing)

Specialty Areas:

  • Adult nursing – including general adult care, critical care, trauma and surgery, infectious diseases, and chronic disease management
  • Pediatrics –including general pediatric care, pediatric and neonatal intensive care, and pediatric infectious diseases 
  • Midwifery – including prenatal care, family planning, emergency obstetric care, labor and delivery, and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV

Essential Qualifications:

  • At least 3+ years of experience in the educator’s clinical specialty
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Ability and willingness to teach students at all levels - from fundamentals to clinical specialty
  • Experience adapting to resource limitations while maintaining high quality care
  • A proven track record as a leader and expert clinician
  • Former position that included mentoring/teaching students or colleagues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Management style that is inclusive and collaborative
  • Willingness to live in Rwanda for a minimum of one year
  • Respect for the experience and expertise of colleagues working in Rwanda
  • Commitment to the goals of the Rwanda Ministry of Health and the School of Nursing and Midwifery

Preferred Qualifications:

  • French or Kinyarwanda language skills
  • International experience 

Instruction to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and CV to:

Marik Moen, MSN, MPH, ACRN
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Health
c/o Katherine Simmons
University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 West Lombard Street, Room 502
Baltimore, MD 21201

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