Planning for a nurse practitioner program in Liberia

November 13, 2023

Clinical Associate Professor Dorcas Kunkel, DNP, RN, PHN, CNE, CPHIMS, received funding from the Global Programs and Strategy (GPS) Alliance as part of its initiative focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The project Assessment of Relevancy of Nurse Practitioner Entry-to-Practice Competencies in the Primary Health Care Systems of Sub-Saharan Africa is assessing the relevancy of an existing set of core competencies for training and practice of advanced practice nurses in primary health care contexts, in particular family nurse practitioners in Liberia and for additional application in sub-Saharan Africa.

The project is building on what was learned in previous educational initiatives in Liberia and will provide information for governmental and non-governmental organizations and boards of nursing to begin to plan for context-relevant, graduate level family nurse practitioner programs in universities and colleges.

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Minister of Health CNO Diana Sarteh, Clinical Associate Professor Dorcas Kunkel, Edwin Beyan, and Deddeh Kesselly.