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Purdue University, USA
Dr. Good is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Purdue University. She has 25 years of nursing experience and holds certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, wound care nurse, and yellow belt in Lean Healthcare.
Dr. Good has received numerous teaching and practice awards. Her research interests include quality improvement, experiential learning, curricular development and redesign, and patient care access for vulnerable populations for which she has presented and published work internationally.
The dedicated education unit (DEU) is an important academic-practice model used around the world to provide rich, immersive clinical practice training to nursing students. Nursing schools rely on DEUs to mitigate nursing education shortages of clinical faculty and clinical space by relying on front-line staff nurses to teach students. Student nurses may spend a lot of time under the supervision of nurse preceptors. However, nurse preceptors have varying backgrounds of teaching experience and often cite insufficient preparation as a common reason for difficulties transitioning from the role of clinician to educator with up to 67% of nurse preceptors in hospital facilities citing no formal preparation for the role. Thus, a structured preceptor training program for nurse preceptors was developed to increase nurse preceptor competence in clinical teaching, and increase nursing students’ perception of the educational quality. Nurse preceptors received role responsibilities and online educational modules with practical teaching tips and scenarios. Nurse preceptors and students each received surveys before and after the training and the post-intervention results were compared to pre-intervention results to assess whether there was a change in teaching competence and quality of teaching and learning. After the training, nurses felt more competent when teaching students in the clinical setting. Likewise, students were satisfied with the quality of teaching. Results were comparable to earlier studies; however, nurse preceptors with more than two years of preceptor experience reported a higher level of teaching competence initially than those with less than two years of experience.
University of Venda, South Africa
Hilda Shilubane has completed her PhD in 2013 from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She is an associate professor and has published more than 28 papers in reputed journals.
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic health condition affecting over 18 million people worldwide and has been found to disproportionably affect members of the communities. It is a progressive disease that can lead to debilitating complications and premature death if not effectively controlled. South Africa like any Sub-Saharan countries and the world at large is no exception, the prevalence of diabetes among South African adults from 30 years and above has increased by 50% between 2009 to date and an increase is expected by some 11 million new diabetes diagnoses by the year 2020. Diabetes is an increased health problem in South Africa with few resources available for diabetes care and yet is a lifelong disease. The purpose of this study was to describe the beliefs and management practices of patients with diabetes mellitus in Vhembe district, Limpopo province. The study was conducted at Vhembe district clinics. A probability, purposive sampling was used to sample 100 diabetic patients. Data was collected over a 5 months’ period, using a pre-tested structured questionnaire. Data were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 19.0. Descriptive statistics, frequencies and percentages were used to summarize the data from the study. Results of this study revealed that the majority of the respondents had poor management practice of feet care and annual eye examination. A substantial number of the respondents believed that diabetes mellitus can be cured. Majority did not believe that diet helps in the management of diabetes mellitus.
The majority of diabetic patients still hold beliefs about diabetes mellitus (DM) such as, DM is curable. This could have a negative effect where patients can quit taking treatment once the disease is under control. This happens irrespective of the National guidelines for the management of DM. Therefore, some strategies should be sought that could enhance the implementation of the guidelines thereby reducing the complications of the disease.