Kate Dahlman

Kate Dahlman


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Increasing Educational Levels of Local Professionals: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugali

Nursing education in Kenya has changed significantly over the past 20 years. As directed by the Nursing Council of Kenya, there are currently two primary tracks (diploma and BScN) for educational training being promoted; the older, traditional two-year course is being phased out. Emphasis is also on promoting the educational level of nurse educators by encouraging Master's and Doctoral degrees. The heavy emphasis on more training comes with its own set of challenges as the typical curricula tends to be "overstuffed". The challenge for expatriate nurse educators is to learn how to work within the system, accepting things that cannot be changed and negotiating or modifying the context as they are able to bring a higher level of professionalism and expertise to students and nurse educators alike. From a Christian missionary nurse perspective, an emphasis on a Biblical model for nursing and Christian Bioethics is a key foundational concept underlying the core curriculum.

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