Masanga Emergency Room Training
Professional development of the nursing staff has been a relatively recent focus for Masanga UK. Our first nursing volunteer Emily Bailey arrived in Masanga in 2021 and made an immediate impact in motivating the nurses by providing opportunities for education. Jenny Groen and Imogen Kemp have since continued Emily’s work. In March 2022, Imogen ran the first Emergency Room Training course. This training used materials adapted from the Kings College Sierra Leone Partnership which is delivering nurse training in the capital, Freetown. The training instructs nurses in triage procedures for patients presenting to hospital, as well as the monitoring, assessment and emergency treatment for inpatients on the ward. Specific sessions in burns management, trauma care, communication and leadership were delivered over the 2 and half day programme. Nurses were assessed on completion of the course and received certification if they achieved the preset passmark. Four training courses were completed in 2022 and now 90% of the adult nurses in Masanga have been trained.