Helping strengthen oncology nursing education in Malawi

?????????????Over the next three weeks The Trailblazer will follow UAB School of Nursing Assistant Professor Deborah Kirk Walker, D.N.P., as she works with the faculty at the University of Malawi Kamuzu College of Nursing to integrate oncology into their curriculum and provide support for oncology nursing education in Malawi, including developing an ongoing collaboration and partnership between the nursing programs at KCN and UAB.

Dr. Walker is in Malawi as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. She received the award in the spring of 2013 from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and it provides support for Dr. Walker to serve as a visiting professor for up to six weeks at a foreign nursing school, twice, over the next five years.

The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in collaborative two to six-week projects at host institutions in more than 100 countries worldwide. International travel costs and a stipend are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Dr. Walker with Malawi President Joyce Banda in 2013

Dr. Walker with Malawi President Joyce Banda in 2013

Dr. Walker’s visit over the next three weeks is designed to impact the KCN nursing program by increasing faculty knowledge and expertise in oncology nursing; strengthening the curriculum as it relates to oncology nursing; and developing oncology modules that could be offered as part of a class or as a standalone seminar.

Additionally, both schools have a strong interest in developing ongoing partnerships and collaborations between nursing students and faculty at KCN and UAB, such as collaborative research projects, publications, conferences and workshops, future and ongoing collaboration on oncology curriculum and short-term visits between students and faculty at both institutions.

We hope you will join Dr. Walker as she works with her colleagues in Malawi to strengthen cancer nursing and care for the people of Malawi.

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