Nursing and midwifery Lecturers urged to have clinical skills

Nursing and midwifery lecturers in Malawi have been urged to have clinical skills to improve the clinical reasoning of students graduating to be nurses and midwives in the country.

Speaking after a two-day training on simulation-based education (SBE) for nursing and midwifery lecturers of the three institutions, namely, the Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA), St. Joseph College of Health Sciences, and Mulanje College of Nursing, Head of Community Nursing and Mental Health at CUNIMA Omero Mwale expressed a need for lecturers to have clinical skills as a way of ensuring the quality of nursing and midwifery graduating students.

“Studies have shown that there is a gap in our students’ clinical reasoning, and nurses who lack clinical reasoning are a danger to the profession,” said Omero.

He added that nurses lacking clinical reasoning cannot professionally assist patients and can endanger lives.

The two-day training on SBE conducted at the Catholic University of Malawi has drilled lecturers from the three institutions on simulation definition and significance, theories in simulation-based learning, the SBE process, developing scenarios on midwifery and neonatal health, mental health nursing, community health nursing, child health nursing, adult health nursing, and practicing simulation.

The training brought together eight lecturers from CUNIMA, fifteen from St. Joseph College of Health Sciences, and one from Mulanje College of Nursing.

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