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Aultman College, Aultman Hospital and CAMO Collaborate on Educational Program for Honduran Nurses

by Tiffany Pellegrene | Aug 07, 2014
Four nurses from Honduras are spending a month in Canton, Ohio, receiving training that will help them put standard nursing care practices into place. The effort is a joint venture among the nonprofit Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO) organization, Aultman Hospital and Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

CANTON, Ohio (July 30, 2014) – Four nurses from Honduras are spending a month in Canton, Ohio, receiving training that will help them put standard nursing care practices into place. The effort is a joint venture among the nonprofit Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO) organization, Aultman Hospital and Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Kathy Tschiegg, founder and executive director of CAMO, is a 1978 graduate of the Aultman Hospital School of Nursing. She has returned to her roots to enlist the help of her alma mater, now named Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences, to educate Honduran nurses and standardize their skills.

“A health care issue we face in Honduras is that there is no standard by which doctors and nurses are measured when they get out of school. There is inequality of skills upon graduation,” Tschiegg said. “CAMO and Aultman are partnering on this educational program with the goal of bringing an improved standard of nursing care to Honduras.”

With the support of the Honduran Ministry of Public Health, CAMO has announced a four-phase project to develop, implement and sustain a nationwide nursing continuing education program. Aultman College is participating in the first phase of the project by hosting the four Honduran nurses for a month-long transcultural, multidisciplinary training course.

“During their time at Aultman College, the nurses are becoming immersed in learning updated nursing practices, teaching methodologies and adult learning theories as well as developing an orientation program for beginning practitioners in Honduras,” said Sue Shepherd, dean of academic support for Aultman College. “We have coordinated tours and activities in areas of Aultman Hospital ranging from the emergency department to the birth center.”

This is Aultman College’s first cross-cultural project. A team of experienced faculty and staff has been assembled to create the teaching strategies needed to design, develop and implement this program. “We reached out to Aultman Health Foundation team members who have traveled as CAMO volunteers to Honduras,” Shepherd explained. “Their insight into the country’s medical system helped Aultman College faculty members develop the curriculum for our Honduran guests.”

The training focuses on needs identified in a survey of 200 Honduran health care providers at Hospital de Occidente in Santa Rosa de Copán. Survey results showed the health care providers sought training on everything from reading electrocardiograms (EKGs) to how to enhance care for patients with critical conditions.

The four nurses learning at Aultman College are Leticia Maritza Sanchez, Kenia Dalicevh Calderon, Haide Hernandez Guevara and Norma Elizabeth Puerto. They bring to Aultman a total of 82 years of hospital nursing experience. Hernandez is subdirector of nursing, while the other three are supervisors. The interpreter, who is also from Honduras, is Dr. Jeanette Michele Flores.

“In addition to sharing our knowledge with the Honduran nurses, this experience will help Aultman College staff learn new ways to teach and learn,” Shepherd said. “Although we don’t speak the same language – we’re communicating through the interpreter, Dr. Flores – we’re creating lifelong friendships because we share a common bond of providing high-quality patient care.”

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