UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, SCHOOL OF NURSING

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership

DIRECTOR

Antonia Villarruel

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Eileen Lake

STAFF

Nancy Biller
Valerie Sica
Diana Brown

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Collaborate to promote maternal health and reduce maternal mortality in the Region

Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to develop leadership in nursing education

Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to develop leadership in nursing research

ANNUAL REPORT 2019

Penn Nursing WHOCC 30th Anniversary

For TOR1: “Collaborate to promote maternal health and reduce maternal mortality in the Region,” Dr. Kimberly Trout, Mamie Guidera, and Nancy Biller have had multiple communications via email with Dr. Mark Cantrell, the new PAHO/WHO Office in Nicaragua Advisor for Maternal Health and Mortality Reduction. In October, 2018 Dr. Cantrell requested remote assistance for a workshop planned using a certain model of pregnant manikin. We put him in touch with our Simulation Center experts but they had no knowledge of their particular manikin model. Most recently, Dr. Cantrell has proposed a June, 2019 visit by our Midwifery faculty to meet with the Network of Deans of Schools and National Director of Nursing for the Ministry of Health to discuss curriculum and competencies. He would also like us to conduct an assessment of teaching and teaching needs to improve maternal health. Finally he requests a workshop for obstetrical nurses. We are assessing availability of financial and personnel resources for such a visit.

For TOR2: “Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to develop leadership in nursing education,” we have accomplished the following:

    1. In the fall of 2018, our WHOCC distributed a survey in English and Spanish to more than 100 representatives of WHOCCs and Schools of Nursing in our region. The survey consisted of four simple questions regarding priorities for doctoral nursing education development or advancement and nursing research leadership. Analysis of results is informing our plans for Webinars and an in-person event, all designed to meet the needs of our colleagues in the areas of education and research.
    2. We have begun planning for our first webinars, which we will schedule before the end of May, 2019.
    3. We are working on plans for a two-day event on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11, 2019 Thursday’s meeting, “Advancing PhD Nursing Education in the Americas,” will offer an opportunity to discuss and learn about innovations and strategies in PhD Nursing education. The day’s proceedings will be structured around advancing the recommendations from the WHO / PAHO report Formación doctoral en enfermerí­a en América Latina y el Caribe, focusing especially on doctoral nursing education development and advancement. Friday’s meeting, “Re-Envisioning PhD Programs of the Future,” will allow participants to learn about innovations and challenges in PhD Nursing education facing universities in the US. We will continue to meet in breakout sessions to further discuss and reflect on implementing PhD Nursing programs in the Latin American and Caribbean region

For TOR3: “Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to develop leadership in nursing research,” we have accomplished the following:

    1. Our WHOCC Director, Dr. Antonia Villarruel, gave a presentation on November 6, 2018 at the Coloquio Panamericano de Investigación en Enfermería in Havana, Cuba, entitled “Doctoral Training in Nursing and the Development of Scientific Research.” The presentation summarized the contributions, innovations, and challenges that affect doctoral education in the United States. This included a definition of what exactly PhD Nursing education is, and the different ways that US nursing schools go about implementing programs. This was followed by an overview of national priorities (including NINR recommendations and the 2010 IOM report on the need for more PhD-prepared nurses). Finally, the Dean touched on recent trends (in both education and research science), and gave some examples from our own recent PhD alumni.
    2. Dr Eileen Lake, our WHOCC Associate Director, was an invited panelist at the 2nd International Conference on Scientific Communication in Nursing held the 6th and 7th of November 2018 in Havana, Cuba. She presented in Spanish in a session entitled “Networks and Databases: importance for the visibility and dissemination of scientific knowledge of Nursing.”
    3. Dr. Lake is in the planning stage for a webinar in Spanish on research publication ethics.
    • Nancy Biller, serving as Treasurer for PANMCC, the Pan American Network of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers, handled all logistics for the annual meeting held in Havana, Cuba on November 6.
    • Penn Nursing’s WHOCC will host a very exciting two-day event on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11, 2019 as part of our continuing work as a WHO Collaborating Center dedicated to nursing and midwifery leadership in research and education in the PAHO region. Thursday’s meeting, “Advancing PhD Nursing Education in the Americas,” will offer an opportunity to discuss and learn about innovations and strategies in PhD Nursing education. The day’s proceedings will be structured around advancing the recommendations from the WHO / PAHO report Formación doctoral en enfermería en América Latina y el Caribe, focusing especially on doctoral nursing education development and advancement. Friday’s meeting, “Re-Envisioning PhD Programs of the Future,” will allow participants to learn about innovations and challenges in PhD Nursing education facing universities in the US. We will continue to meet in breakout sessions to further discuss and reflect on implementing PhD Nursing programs in the Latin American and Caribbean region.