"The Global Health program expanded my career options as a Registered Nurse to the world of global health," says 2012 program graduate Katia Wong. After graduating, Wong was hired as a consultant as the Canadian Nursing Teaching Specialist in Clinical Supervision with a Human Resources for Health (HRH) Project, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. The project, a partnership with Cowater International, Plan International Canada, McMaster University and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, aims to improve maternal and neonatal health status of poor women, girls and boys. It provides technical assistance, equipment, and teaching and learning aids to the Directorate of Nursing Services, the Bangladesh Nursing Council and the Human Resource Management Unit of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to improve the quality of education for nurse midwives and community skilled birth attendants.
Wong's role is to provide assistance and strategic guidance to improve the quality of education for nursing diploma students in clinical supervision. "As the concept of clinical teaching in nursing education is relatively new," she explains, "introducing clinical supervision aims to better prepare nurses for the health care workforce." Currently, the Clinical Supervision Training Manual has been completed and is awaiting final approval from the Nursing Teaching Oversight Committee. Once finalized, the training of 50 Nurse Superintendents and Ward-In-Charges as Resource Persons will begin. Following this, the Resource Persons will aid in training the remaining 290 senior staff nurses in clinical supervision over 5-day theory and practice workshops. The project aims to have 340 nurses trained in clinical supervision over the next few months.
Wong credits the program with preparing her for the global workplace: "The program brings together social sciences, health sciences and business studies, which helped prepare me for the multidimensional complexities of global health, development and policy work. That learning and experience, coupled with my clinical skills, left me better equipped to navigate the policies and political arena that impact the delivery of health care on the front lines."