Nursing | Global Health

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Global OutreachAs a vital part of the care team at Boston Children’s, nurses make significant contributions around the world, including participating in international disaster relief efforts. 

  • In-Country Consultation/Observerships:
    Boston Children’s nurses travel internationally to provide nursing practice and leadership consultation and clinical expertise through the In-Country Consultation/ Observerships program. Boston Children’s also hosts nursing staff from these sites to enhance their knowledge of pediatric healthcare and to discuss their own practices with our Nursing team. 

  • Global Health Initiative:
    Through the Global Health Initiative, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s brings together faculty, fellows, nurses, social workers, psychologists, health educators and managers who are involved in international childhood cancer projects. 

  • Educational Partnerships:
    Boston Children’s has educational partnerships with hospitals around the world. Nurses often conduct online presentations and webinars with clinicians in these hospitals on specific health and healthcare topics. 

  • International Quality Improvement Collaboration for Congenital Heart Surgery in Developing World Countries (IQIC):
    Nurses from Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery travel to partner sites through the IOIC Program. This collaborative of healthcare teams from around the world aims to create a culture of patient safety and sustainable quality improvement infrastructures for children receiving congenital heart surgery in developing world programs. 

  • The Hearts and Minds of Ghana Project:
    The Project includes nurses who travel for two weeks each year to provide cardiac surgery to children in Ghana. The team is part of an ongoing effort to treat patients and train and educate Kumasi medical professionals, with the hopes that a self-sustaining pediatric cardiac center can be established in the region. 

  • International Newborn Care Protocols:
    Boston Children’s NICU works with Partners in Health to develop international newborn care protocols. Nurses regularly travel to Rwanda, where there is a unique opportunity to develop and implement best practices in caring for infants and their mothers, to continue this education and training. 

  • Advancing Nursing in the Russian Federation:
    In effort to advance nursing in the Russian Federation, a team led by Boston Children’s Nurse Scientist Rachel DiFazio, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN, leads activities designed to advance several professional educational and clinical initiatives within the Russian nursing community. 

  • Check out Boston Children's Global Health Fellowships


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