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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.
Developed by the Tuberculosis Coalition for Technical Assistance (TBCTA) with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the ISTC describe a widely accepted level of care that all practitioners, public and private, should seek to achieve in managing patients who have, or are suspected of having, tuberculosis. The Standards are intended to facilitate the effective engagement of all care providers in delivering high-quality care for patients of all ages.
The ICN TB/MDR-TB Leading Lights initiative aims to showcase the work of exceptional nurses trained by the ICN TB/MDR-TB project who are making an outstanding contribution to TB prevention, care and management in their local facility and/or community.
The Leading Lights Award will highlight the contribution of those involved with caring for people affected by any form of TB and show the world what an impact effective training and resources can have on this global disease.
ICN invites all the ICN TB project partners to nominate nurses and allied health workers who have demonstrated excellence in their efforts to teach their colleagues about TB, improve patient care or make changes to reduce transmission of TB. As well as being highlighted on the ICN's website, the winners will be presented with a certificate and a special pin by their national nurses association.
Once a year, we will also be celebrating one of our in-country project leads without whom the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project would not function and these nurses would not receive the training and mentorship available.
To nominate a Leading Light, please click here !
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.
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.
Chief Nurse, Novosibirsk TB Hospital (Russia)
Ekaterina Ryabova began her career as a nurse in 2004 at a Bone-TB Children’s Sanatorium. She worked in different nursing positions and in 2009 became a Chief Nurse of Novosibirsk TB Hospital. Her main priority was to achieve the highest quality of care and improve satisfaction rates. She developed a system of quality control and individual criteria to evaluate the nurse’s work. She developed the content including numerous presentations to provide nurses of the hospital with regular trainings and established a system of continued monitoring of patients satisfaction rates with nursing care. Any patient can now report through the unit journal on a problem and it will be effectively resolved. At present, the journals are filled with thanks from the patients and it gives additional encouragement for nurses to work better and better.
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