SON Supporting Nurses and Midwives in Kenya

The emergence of Covid-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenge for the Nursing workforce; producing a stimuli to re-examine working practices and service designs. This has called for evidence-informed strategies and interventions to recognize and support nurses and midwives in a “new normal” world for effective and safe service delivery. Since May 2020, the School of Nursing at JKUAT partnered with scholars from other schools of nursing in Kenya, Nurses associations in Kenya and the Nursing Council of Kenya to start virtual meetings (webinars) and provision of intellectual resources to offer support to nurses and midwives in managing covid-19 and other related disorders. These create avenues for nurses and midwives to stay connected and share key insights and other critical information and recommendations generated from local, national and international sources. The meetings have shared clinical best practices, strategies to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE), ideas to support the well-being of nurses and midwives and actions to address the rapidly changing covid-19 management recommendations. In addition, avenues have been created for nursing faculty and students to share their experiences of online teaching/learning during the covid-19 pandemic. The team organizes webinars every two weeks with the aim of building capacity of health care workers and disseminating knowledge and updates.

To sustain this innovative project, Dr Albanus Mutisya from the School of Nursing together with other scholars from the above mentioned institutions applied for and won a grant from Burdett Trust for Nursing in the UK. This is aimed at supporting the initiative up to February 2022. We are grateful for this support.

Generally, the project aims to support the well-being and Resilience in the Nursing Workforce during and Post COVID-19 Pandemic for quality health care delivery and improved populations’ health outcomes in Kenya.

Project Activities
1. Conduct research to inform nursing and midwifery practice
2. Develop training curricula for continuing professional development for nurses /midwives
3. Provide relevant continuing professional development courses
4. Disseminate generated evidence through scientific conferences
5. Advocate for Nurses well-being

Project team members include:

1. Dr. Miriam C.A.Wagoro: Director School of Nursing, University of Nairobi Clinical Mental health Nurse and Research Ethics Specialist. PI & Chair, Nurse educators caucus.

2. Dr. Albanus K. Mutisya: Dean, School of Nursing, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. A researcher and Emergency/Critical Care Nurse Specialist. PI & Vice chair.

3. Dr. Dinah Chelang’at: Dean Faculty of Nursing, Moi University. A midwife and Public Health Nurse Specialist. Co-PI in the project.

4. Dr. Joyce Jebet: Head of Obstetric Nursing and Midwifery. A reproductive health specialist, Lead Aim 1

5. Dr. Eunice Omondi: deputy coordinator of post graduate programs school of Nursing , University of Nairobi, critical care nurse specialist, Lead Aim 2

6. Dr. Irene Mageto: Coordinator of E-learning programs School of nursing, University of Nairobi, Clinical Mental health and forensic Nurse Specialist, lead Aim 3

7. Ms. Ruth Mbugua: Public health Specialist and Nurse Faculty at Mount Kenya University, She is Co-PI, secretary to the program management team

8. Ms. Jemimah Nyawira: A palliative care specialist and senior Program Officer National Nurses Association of Kenya, Head of secretariat

9. Mr. Alfred Obengo: the President National Nurses Association of Kenya, Co-Chair program management team

10. Mr. Michael Nyongesa: Chair, Kenya Progressive Nurses Association(KPNA) Co-chair of Program management team

11. Mr. Rashid Salim, Nurse Intern, Machakos County Referral Hospital, Secretariat

12. Mr Teddy Nyandika, Programmes Officer, National Nurses Association of Kenya, Secretariat