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The Nursing Education Partnership Initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of nursing and midwifery educational institutions and ensure the production of sufficient numbers of well-trained, clinically competent graduates worldwide.

The Nurse Education Partnership Initiavtive aims to strengthen the capacity of nursing and midwifery educational institutions and ensure the production of sufficient numbers of well-trained, clinically competent graduates. NEPI currently operates in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia to implement prioritized interventions in three to six nursing schools per country in partnership with Ministries of Health. Priority interventions and key achievements include:

  • Strengthen nursing education infrastructure
    •  Clinical simulation skills laboratories established at six nursing schools in Lesotho
    • Teaching/learning centers for off-campus delivery of the Masters in Nursing Education Program established in three geographic regions by Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi
  • Improve the quality and relevance of teaching and learning
    • Clinical preceptorship curricula developed and implemented in Lusaka School of Nursing, Zambia and Mzuzu University, Malawi
  • Improve the capacity of nursing and midwifery faculty
    • Master’s degree program in nursing and midwifery education initiated in Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi
    • Scholarships provided for advanced study for faculty in Zambia and Malawi at Universities in the region
  • Strengthen governance, leadership and administrative capacity of nursing education institutions
    • Focal faculty at all implementing schools in all countries lead project implementation and ensure fidelity with program goals and the school’s mission and vision
    • Standards for pre-service nursing and midwifery education developed to draft form for country validation, by the Malawi Nurses and Midwives Council
  • Enhance partnerships with national and regional nursing education networks
    • Technical visits undertaken at Schools of Nursing in the region and technical assistance provided to Schools of Nursing through the Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA) partnership