The HIV Nursing Matters journal, a publication of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society is available online.
This issue contains an article written by Carrie Tudor, TB Project Director, entitled “Training for the FIGHT AGAINST TB” on page 10 and 11.
Kedibone Mdolo, Projects Coordinator working at DENOSA (Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa) gave a talk at Vanderbilt University in the United States in March 2015.
She talks about her experience with TB and how HCWs treat each other. She also makes a call for protection of HCWs.
Recording of her talk https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/tb-center/world-tb-day-event-kedibone-mdolo (please click here)
This article was written by Carrie Tudor, TB Project Director, and published in
the “HIV Nursing matters” journal, a publication of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society.
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Director of Nursing Department, Beijing Chest Hospital (China)
Ms. Wang Xiuhua is the nursing director of Beijing Chest Hospital, Capital Medical University. She was trained by participants of the ICN TB Project in 2010. Ms. Wang lobbied the top leaders of the Chinese Tuberculosis Society to organise a TB Nursing Forum as part of the annual Academic Congress of the Chinese Tuberculosis Society. She invited TB nurses from across the country (especially participants of the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project) to attend and submit abstracts. The first TB Nursing Forum was held in in 2013. Prior to this there was no opportunity for nurses working in TB to share their experiences and research with each other. She is also the sponsor of a sub-specialty group of TB nursing under the Chinese Anti-Tuberculosis Association (CAA). To date, 41 nurses from 26 provinces have registered to this group, which was established in July 2014, and they say it has provided a great opportunity to exchange their experiences and lessons of TB nursing care.
As we commemorate World TB Day, the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project would like to highlight our ‘Leading Lights’ initiative, which aims to showcase the work of exceptional nurses trained by the ICN TB/MDR-TB project who have made an outstanding contribution to TB prevention, care and management in their local facility and/or community. I am delighted to announce that we have selected five nurses (two from China, one from South Africa and two from Russia) as Leading Lights for this quarter, namely :
Please click on the link below to find the information about these wonderful nurses and their contribution to the fight against TB.
Head nurse, Shandong Chest Hospital (China)
Li Chunmei has identified many issues to solve during her 26 years working with tuberculosis patients. For example, the protection of medical staff, training of nurses, patient education and management of DOTS treatment after the patients are discharged, etc.. The ICN TFT training programme, not only increased her knowledge and confidence but taught her how to do scientific research on nursing.
Following the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project’s TFT programme, she established a standard management system to enhance the infection prevention and control in her workplace to protect staff. This included separating patients based on their smear status, improving air ventilation, providing surgical masks for patients and N95 respirators for medical staff etc. No nurses or doctors have developed TB since the TB smear-positive ward was set up four years ago. She has trained more than 200 health workers in her hospital and in the Shandong Anti-tuberculosis Association.
MDR-TB Community Based Director, Jhpiego South Africa (South Africa)
Ms. Ntombasekhaya Mlandu of South Africa was one of the first nurse clinicians to begin initiating multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) patients on treatment at a decentralized hospital site in Port Shepstone, South Africa. Ms. Mlandu has been a nurse for 17 years, has worked in MDR-TB for 7 years and loves caring for patients with MDR-TB and MDR-TB/HIV co-infected patients. She has become a leader, trainer and mentor for other nurse clinicians as nurse initiated MDR-TB care is implemented throughout the country. She believes strongly that the patient is at the centre of all care and that care needs to address the patient’s situation, and circumstances – not just the making sure they take the medication. She has worked hand-in-hand with the social worker in her hospital to conduct home visits for those patients who qualified for social grants. She made regular home visits to patients being treated in the community for medication delivery including injections, follow up and identification and management of side effects. Under her management, the defaulter rate among MDR-TB patients in her hospital decreased. She made efforts to involve the patients and their families in the care and support of the patient through the long and unpleasant treatment.
Deputy Chief Doctor on Nursing, Novosibirsk TB Hospital (Russia)
Nadezhda Baycharova began her professional career in 1980 as a nurse at Novosibirsk TB Dispensary. After three years of practice, she moved out of TB and accumulated much experience working in different settings and nursing positions. In 2005 she returned to her first place of work as a Chief Nurse and very soon as a Deputy Chief Doctor of Nursing. During this time of full-scale reforms of TB services in the whole Novosibirsk region, seven TB dispensaries with 1500 TB beds were united into one entity and Ms. Baycharova was responsible for resolving multiple managerial issues while leading a large team of nurses.
She was highly interested in developing nursing services and improving care. Through her membership in Novosibirsk regional branch of the Russian Nurses Association (RNA), she was invited to participate in one of the first TFT trainings brought to Russia by ICN. She also took part in a WHO lead programme for the specialists of TB sector. In 2013 she became a member of the RNA TB nurses’ professional network and in 2014 established such a network in her region.