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Letter from Zambia 8: Building emotional resilience in our students

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 Sue Viveash describes how UK students adjusted to an environment in which patients do not receive the level of care expected in the UK, and changed from being upset to admiring the resilience of their Zambian colleagues.
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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 Sue Viveash describes how UK students adjusted to an environment in which patients do not receive the level of care expected in the UK, and changed from being upset to admiring the resilience of their Zambian colleagues

Our pre-registration nursing students have now been in clinical practice in Zambia for one week. The students have been working in either the critical care unit or on an acute medical ward.

It is hoped that exposure to an environment where resources are limited, and where patient numbers often exceed the number of beds available and the number of clinical staff to care for them, will build emotional resilience in our students.

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