GIZ Maternal & Newborn Care Project to support pre-service training at Regional Training Center for Health in Kampot

08 June 2017

Practical training is an important part of training students in nursing and midwifery. Before going on practical placement at hospitals and health centers and seeing the patients, students need to learn the clinical procedures. Nursing and midwifery trainings cannot be imagined without the clinical practical training because the profession has always been taught by the bed of the patient.

Currently, student nurses and midwifes are sometimes expected to learn these skills during their practical placements because at the Kampot Regional Training Centre (KpRTC) not enough materials are available to learn and practice the necessary skills. Learning clinical skills on ‘real patients’ not only jeopardizes a patient’s safety but also raises many ethical concerns. And as students undertake different placements, the amount and type of practical training they receive vary considerably.

The GIZ Maternal & Newborn Care Project has supported KpRTC since December 2015 in order to improve the quality of pre-service health training. The project placed a development advisor and a local assistant at the KpRTC in order to provide technical support to capacity building for teachers, clinical instructors and students. One of the most recent activities includes the procurement and training on high standard nursing and midwifery mannequins. These sets of mannequins will improve the clinical training with regard to multiple clinical procedures in an effective and scientific manner.

By improving the practical training at the KpRTC’s skills laboratory the project aims to improve the standard of education provided by the institution to future nurses and midwifes.

Today, the skills laboratory at KpRTC is a steady established part of the KpRTC education offering the possibility of training clinical procedures in a safe and clean environment prior to real life application at bedside or in the operating room with the patients. This training follows a structured teaching concept. It takes place under supervision and in consideration of methodological concepts, creating an environment that allows the free practice of targeted skills and competences of midwifes and nurses.

To make a bridge between practical learning at the skills lab and real life patient practice, GIZ also supports a peer learning approach at the Kampot provincial referral hospital where clinical instructors and preceptors work together to supervise and coach the students on the job. This method has been proven successful for improved skills learning as well for the students, preceptors and clinical instructors.

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