Human resources for health

Quality Improvement and Faculty Development in Nursing and Midwifery Education


Implications for Action

Strategic interventions to better address population health needs and rapidly changing practice environments through nursing and midwifery contributions are threefold:

  • addressing the education-practice gap by applying and measuring entry to practice core competencies;
  • enabling educational institutes to prepare more competent graduates programmatically through the application and use of educational quality standards;
  • equipping educators with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgement required for excellence in nursing/midwifery education.

Fundamental to the scaling up of nursing and midwifery education/production is the preparation and ongoing professional development of adequate numbers of nursing/midwifery educators having not only essential clinical expertise but also, formal preparation in educational pedagogy. Excellence in nursing/midwifery education requires a multifaceted skill-setintegrated, effective classroom-clinical teaching focused on the practice context, situational application of knowledge; learning and mentoring; curricular design and methods of course and instructional development; innovative and experiential teaching/learning methods emphasizing problem-solving, inquiry, research, evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning; as well as evaluation, including multiple methods of assessment of performance and competency validation.

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