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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 !
Co-chief superintendent nurse, Shenyang Chest Hospital (People’s Republic of China)
Since attending the ICN training in July 2014, Du Guichun trained all of the nurses in her hospital on what she had learned and coached 35 head nurses. Through this training nurses and other health workers’ attitude towards patients has improved and stigma towards patients has decreased. In addition, she created a patient handbook for MDR-TB treatment and management. The handbook contains patient education on MDR-TB treatment, record of treatment, notes pages for the provider and patient to keep notes and other information.
Nursing Superintendent, National Institute of Tuberculosis Respiratory Diseases (NITRD) (India)
Anita has been very active and has trained more than 180 staff nurses working in her hospital on all aspects of TB care and airborne infection control measures since 2013. She was very active in improving infection control measures in her hospital, such as improving ventilation in the patient wards, rearranging patient wards to improve safety and ventilation, as well as providing health education materials on proper cough etiquette. She also introduced the use of masks for inpatients to help decrease the risk of nosocomial infections.
Nurse – TB Focal Person, Swaziland Wellness Center (Swaziland)
Khetsiwe Dlamini is a professional nurse working at the Swaziland Wellness Center as a TB/MDR-TB focal person. The Wellness Center is a facility taking care of health care workers in Manzini. Khetsiwe was trained through the ICN TB Project in 2012 and has been working with TB patients in both the Wellness Center Clinic and outreach settings. The Wellness Center had a challenge in patient education and staff capacitation due to limited number of nurses trained in TB issues.
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