Clinical Mentor 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.

The U.S. Clinical Mentors will be a resource for all nursing and midwifery faculty, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, currently practicing nurses and midwives, and nursing and midwifery students throughout Rwanda.

The Clinical Mentors will be assigned to teaching facilities throughout the country that serve as clinical placement sites for the majority of Rwandan nursing and midwifery students, from both the faculty of nursing sciences (FNS) and the five schools of nursing and midwifery.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Modeling the role of preceptor for nursing and midwifery students in their area of clinical expertise
  • Serving as part of the professional development team at the clinical teaching sites, including hospitals
  • Providing continuing education to the existing nursing and midwifery staff
  • Working closely with the physician mentors to foster integrated education of medical, nursing, and midwifery students and medical residents
  • Serving as a resource for FNS and the five schools, providing lectures, faculty development programs, and advice on curriculum development in their specialty areas
  • Specialty areas include:
    • Adult nursing – including general adult care, critical care, trauma and surgery, infectious diseases, and chronic disease management
    • Pediatrics – including general pediatric care, neo-natal intensive care, and pediatric infectious diseases
    • Mental Health Nursing – including expertise in post-traumatic stress disorder and pediatric and adolescent mental health issues
    • Midwifery – including pre-natal care, family planning, emergency obstetrical care, and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV
    • Public health and community nursing

The education/experience requirements for the Clinical Mentor position include:

  • At least three years of experience in a clinical specialty
  • Ability and willingness to teach students at all levels, from fundamentals to advanced nursing practice
  • Experience adapting to resource limitations while maintaining high quality care
  • Proven track record as a leader and expert clinician
  • Former position that included mentoring/precepting students

Other qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Management style that is inclusive and collaborative
  • Willingness to live in Rwanda for a minimum of 11 months
  • Respect for the experience and expertise of Rwandan colleagues
  • Commitment to the goals of the Rwanda Ministry of Health and Rwandan nursing leadership as it relates to strengthening of nursing and midwifery education
  • French or Kinyarwanda language skills preferred but not required

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

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer.