Friday, December 30, 2016

WORKSHOP ON CLINICAL INTERNSHIPS (PLACEMENTS OR PRACTICUM)








WORKSHOP ON CLINICAL INTERNSHIPS (PLACEMENTS OR PRACTICUM)

By - Dr Manjo Matilda: Regional Delegate of Public Health, North West
-          Dr Mfonfu Daniel: Consultant for the Workshop 



The workshop was organized for managers of training schools for health personnel and laboratory sciences, and managers of practicum sites in the North WestRegion.

Context
§  Numerous training schools for health personnel
§  Poor identification of stakeholders
§  Overcrowding of Health facilities by students on internship
§  Problems faced with management of these students
§  Incoherent content and tools
§  Some students on internship do not have written objectives
§  Poor quality of health care offered

General objective
To improve on the management of field experience of students in our region

Specific objectives 
Ø  To ensure better prospection for clinical experience
Ø  To ensure administrative procedure are clarified
Ø  To ensure students are well oriented for field experience
Ø  To ensure better in-service placement of student
Ø  To ensure effective monitoring and supervision of students
Ø  To elaborate internship tools
Ø  To ensure proper reporting and feedback at all the levels
Ø  To come up with resolutions binding to all

Implementation of workshop
The workshop was coordinated by the North West Regional Delegate for Public Health, Dr Manjo Matilda. It took place in the conference hall of the North West Special Fund for Health Promotion, at Bamenda on 15 November 2016, starting at 08:30. She highlighted the reasons and objectives of the workshop. The workshop ended at 16:30. Dr Mfonfu Daniel was recruited as a consultant for the workshop.



Method:
Relevant topics were presented by facilitators, discussed and adopted to ensure that internships are harmonized and well-coordinated for the efficient training of health personnel
Dr Mfonfu Danielpresented the Generalities on Internship with emphasis on the tools used during internships.

Mme NCHIFOR MARY, TSSI,BNS,MPH, presented a paper on Administrative Procedures for Practicum

Mrs Njini Rose, (SRN, TSSI, PGD, MBA ;HlthMgt), General Supervisor; Regional Hospital Bamenda,made a presentation on In service placement and effective monitoring and Supervision of Students

Lange Innocent, (BNS, MPH), presented an article on the Orientation of students for practical experience.

EVALUATION OF WORKSHOP ORGANIZATION AND FACILITATION

STRENGTHS
Ø  Invitations distributed in due time as such 90% of the Training Schools administrators and Health Facility Managers were in attendance.
Ø  Time to a greater extent was respected especially the presentations from the Facilitators as well as the comments/remarks and discussion.
Ø  Active participation of members in the deliberations.
Ø  Well organized including the Venue and the refreshments.
Ø  The deliberations of the workshop were bunt on CDs and distributed to the institutions

WEAKNESSES
·         Invitations did not contain the venue as well as the agenda.
·         Not all the Training Schools approved by the Ministry of Higher Education were invited for the Workshop, notably; CATUC Bamenda, Cameroon Christian University Bamenda, TANIFORM University Bamenda.

RECOMMENDATIONS
·         Next time invitations should be more specific including the Venue and the Agenda attached so that each invitee know ahead of time what to prepare.
·         This particular Venue should be maintained for subsequent workshops with these same standards of organization.
·         After this workshop all the stakeholders should work in synergy to make sure that all their students come out well trained as per the stipulated norms.


INTERNET PUBLICATION
This internet publication involves the internship tools presented by Dr Mfonfu Daniel because some of them have been improved upon, paper on Administrative Procedures for Practicumby Mme Nchifor Mary, and a presentation on in-service placement and effective monitoring and Supervision of Studentsby Mrs Njini Rose. Wewant to provide these internship tools to nursing training schools beyond the North West Region and improve the quality of internshipscarried by student nurses.

The health internship is an important experience that allows students to Integrate knowledge and skills developed in the classroom to apply them in a professional health setting.

TYPES OF INTERNSHIP
LEVEL-one internships :( Second semester of year one)
a)      Level-one clinical internship
b)      Level-one laboratory internship
Level – two internships (First Semester)
a)      Level-two clinical internship
b)      level-two laboratory internship
Level – two internships (Second Semester)
a)      Level-two  clinical internship
b)      level-two  laboratory internship
c)      Community health internship
Level-three internship
v  Case study internship – Case study report

Requirementsfor all these internships
ü  Written objectives for each internship to be taken by students to the field
ü   Format for writing of the report of each internship
ü  Written guide for assessing students by health facilities
ü  Software for community health internship (environmental sanitation and evaluation of vaccination coverage in children 0-23 months).
Standardizing internship tools enhances uniformity in health promotion, increases the intensity of communication of health facts to the population and prevents unnecessary destructive competition.
A written document of internship objectives will oblige students to work within the frame work of these objectives. These tools will enable us to eventually harmonize nursing procedures in the Region.


Click on the appropriate Tools and Presentations below:




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