Nursing Education, Profession and Practice in Bishkek: A Situational Analysis by Salima Somani
Title: Nursing Education, Profession and Practice in Bishkek: A Situational Analysis
Date: 3 February 2012, 4 PM
Speaker: Salima Somani
Venue: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Conference Room
This lecture will present findings and recommendations of a situational analysis of nursing in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, undertaken in 2011 on behalf of the University of Central Asia. The aim of the study was to generate a clear understanding of the healthcare system in Bishkek, with a focus on nursing education and professional practice. The study reviewed nursing education and practice, and the role of nurses in the healthcare system. Data was collected through a literature review, interviewing a sample of nurses and physicians, and the observation of nurses at the National Hospital, Medical College Bishkek and Medical Academia. The review of nursing education and practice identified key challenges. While most nurses have a three-year diploma, nursing education is managed by doctors and learning facilities at nursing schools, such as libraries and laboratories, are inadequate, resulting in insufficient clinical training. There are few opportunities for continuing education and the one advanced five-year nursing programme repeats much of the content of the three-year programme. Once qualified, nurses face additional challenges, including a lack of medical equipment, exclusion from planning and documentation of patient care, and low salaries. The lecture will include practical recommendations for addressing these challenges, including the need to increase English-language proficiency to enable nurses to access on-line continuing education opportunities. The findings of the study will be available to guide long-term planning at UCA, and to inform leaders in the nursing profession, administrators and educators at nursing schools, health and education ministries and policy makers to inform improved planning and implementation of health care and health education policies and programmes.