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Letter from Zambia 7: Learning is a Two-Way Process

Since 2014, nurses and nursing students from the UK have been visiting Zambia and working with the Ministry of Health there to help develop critical care nursing. Major Chris Carter reflects on the benefits of seeing practice from a different perspective.
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Since 2014, nurses and nursing students from the UK have been visiting Zambia and working with the Ministry of Health there to help develop critical care nursing. Major Chris Carter reflects on the benefits of seeing practice from a different perspective

During this visit to Zambia I have been working with the intensive care unit course students and had the opportunity to observe their practice in critical care.

I am always fascinated and impressed by how the nurses improvise and adapt to the situations they face. For example, their resource management is impressive.

During a recent observation in practice, a central line was being inserted. The team assembled all the necessary equipment but only opened the equipment as it was required, in case the procedure was unsuccessful at any stage.

Resource constrained

I reflected on my own practice and thought

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