A Collaborative Approach to the Development of Specialized Nursing Education in a Lower Middle-Income Country (Ghana) (229-1)

10:30 am – 10:50 am Saturday, September 17
Children with cancer in low- and middle-income countries are four times more likely to die of the disease than those in high income countries. Expert nurses are critical to a successful pediatric oncology program, yet few opportunities exist for nurses across Ghana to receive specialized education.
Building on previously established partnerships with Ghanaian nurse leaders, a collaborative was formed to build a formal, college-accredited Pediatric Oncology Nursing Specialist Program as a component of the Center of Excellence in Pediatric Oncology in Ghana. This serves as a model for regional training and specialized education in Sub Saharan Africa. In 2019, nurses from Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and the United Kingdom (UK) collaborated with Ghanian nurse leaders to offer a “foundation” training for nurses new to the specialty and in 2020-2021 partnered with The Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCNM) to deliver the first one-year Pediatric Oncology Nursing Specialist curriculum.