Ethiopian Twinning Georgetown University Hospital/INCTR USA

Program: Oncology Nursing
Coordinators: Julia Challinor. R.N., PhD.
Other INCTR Participants:
Collaborators: Tikur Anbessa Specialist Hospital
Branch(es): INCTR USA
Location: Single Country
Country(s): Ethiopia
Institutions: Tikur Anbessa Specialist Hospital, Addis Ababa
Background Information: This project began in January 2011 and continues today. The nursing program focuses on supporting the new nursing team that began working on the newly designated pediatric oncology ward with 26 beds and a team of 14 nurses.
Objectives: To ensure that children with cancer in Ethiopia (the ward is the only hospital treating children for cancer) receive the best possible nursing care given the limited resources of the hospital and country.
Methods: On-going support from very experienced (>10 years) pediatric oncology nurses from the US and Norway. Four visits for assessment and continued training were conducted in 2013.
Progress: Two newly graduated pharmacists have been assigned to the ward, thus freeing the nurses from some responsibility for preparing chemotherapy. The visiting nurses have focused on safe chemotherapy preparation and administration, family teaching, infection control and psychosocial support for children and their family members. One Ethiopian nurse attended SIOP 2013 in Hong Kong and presented her work on developing a Nursing Pain Assessment and Management module for the SIOP PODC Nursing Curriculum that is under development. Another Ethiopian nurse had a poster presentation accepted for AORTIC on development of a pain scale for parents of infants and toddlers with cancer, however, unfortunately, she was unable to secure a visa to South Africa.
Future Plans: Efforts continue to explore an oncology masters program as requested by the School of Nursing (adult and pediatric combined) and to find a solution for a structured clinical nursing training program when staffing permits. One important goal is to have pharmacy take full responsibility for chemotherapy preparation.
Duration: 2011 – ongoing
Publications: None to date
Month: 31
Year: 2013
Last Update: 02/2014

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