This presentation was the plenary session of a "collaborative dialogue" workshop with nurse educators in Dhaka Bangladesh. It includes background information as well as open questions to prompt group discussion.
This presentation explains for a general audience the implications of global challenges for health service delivery. The challenges include demographic pressures, provider and patient expectations and technological change. The response involves task-sharing in various forms.
This presentation proposes an educational response to current global challenges: Skill-mix changes and advanced practices in health Deployment, retention, and mobility of health professionals The economic impact of HRH in health systems
Aim This paper describes an innovative approach to tackling the shortage of qualified nurse educators, which is a major constraining factor or ‘bottle‐neck’ to improve the global supply of nurses, especially in low‐ and middle‐income countries. Background The World Health Organization commissioned experts to develop Nurse Educator Core Competencies that describe expectations for this cadre of workers. In their deliberations, the WHO experts cited the challenges affecting the adoption of these competencies, particularly the lack of resources available for implementation. To address this specific challenge, a USA‐based non‐government organiization, Nurses International, has developed Open Education Resources (NI‐OER) to support nurse educators with freely accessible curriculum materials and remote mentoring support. Methods This paper applies item analysis to consider how the NI‐OER could assist higher education institutes and individual faculty members in meeting each of the WHO Nurse Educator Core Competencies. Findings The NI‐OER is a good fit with six of the Nurse Educator Core Competencies and a partial fit with the other two. Discussion Congruence with the WHO Nurse Educator Core Competencies is an important validity check for the NI‐OER. The ultimate goal of the NI‐OER is to promote sustainable development through intermediate goals related to supporting faculty as they prepare nurses for current and future service needs. Technological solutions like the NI‐OER cannot solve all aspects of a complex problem like the global nursing shortage but are an important tool. Implications for Nursing and Health policy This resource has significant implications for nursing and health policy because it tackles several constraints to the global goal of increasing production and capacity of nurses. Combined with the organization’s remote mentoring and communities of practice, the NI‐OER appears to have the potential to support novice nurse educators with accessible, adaptable resources.