Eastern Michigan University nursing faculty use expertise to reach out to nurses and allied health professionals in Myanmar

YPSILANTI – Faculty from the School of Nursing at Eastern Michigan University have teamed with several national partners to provide updated nursing and allied health education to medical professionals in Myanmar (Burma).

The EMU faculty members, Michael Williams, director of the University’s School of Nursing, and Sandy Hines, associate professor of nursing, will be among the speakers at the conference Optimizing Nursing Care for Acute and Critically Ill Patient Populations, Oct. 6-9 in Yangon, Myanmar.

As the last southeast Asian country to open itself to foreign investment, Myanmar is now rebuilding and rapidly transforming their healthcare system after 50 years of neglect.

The program is designed to reach nurses and allied health professionals in southeast Asia, who otherwise would not have access to a high level of continuing education. 

Partnering with Eastern Michigan are Global Health Services Network (GHSN), Golden Zaneka Public Trading Company, Global Health Charities and the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association.

The American Nursing Institute (ANI) developed the free program that will help the health care professionals from Myanmar and other Asian countries develop extensive clinical skills, enhance professional development and increase their knowledge base, according to Williams.

Participants will also network with and learn from experienced ANI nursing faculty such as Williams, Hines and Stephen Strobbe, clinical associate professor, psychiatry, at the University of Michigan.

Although there is still a large discrepancy in access to healthcare in Myanmar, the country offers significant opportunities to enhance access to healthcare, said Global Health Services Network, one of the conference sponsors.

Nurses and allied health professionals with clinical and teaching experience are severely needed around the world and particularly in Myanmar, according to Martha Tanicala, director of academic education for ANI and GHSN.

“It is a privilege to share and learn with Myanmar health professionals and take one step closer toward quality patient care around the world,” said Tanicala, a professor emeritus in nursing at Eastern Michigan.  “As one of the first U.S. healthcare organizations to work in Myanmar, Global Health Services Network has made a commitment to advancing the practice of nurses via comprehensive and high quality training programs.”

Eastern Michigan University’s School of Nursing, which is affiliated with the College of Health and Human Services, offers the following programs:

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing; a B.S.N. completion; and a B.S.N second degree
  • A master’s degree leading to adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist, and adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner
  • A doctorate in educational studies – nursing education
  • Graduate certificates in quality improvement in health care and teaching in health care systems

For more information, visit the School of Nursing website.

October 02, 2015

Written by:
Media Relations

Geoff Larcom