Trinidad School of Nursing
TSN will increase opportunities for residents of Trinidad, improve health care in the region, and create a more sustainable health care system in Honduras.
Trinidad School of Nursing (TSN) is a three-year auxiliary nursing program in Trinidad. The school opened in February 2018, enrolling 35 students in its first cohort. These students will graduate in November 2020 and go on to provide much-needed healthcare for their communities.
Career opportunities in rural areas are scarce. There is little connection to the citites, where most universities are located. If there is access to a school, it is likely to be too expensive, or unrealistic for those with jobs. Our programs seek to provide people living in Trinidad and the surrounding areas with a chance to enter the health care industry, which they would not otherwise have. Our tuition-free programs enable all those interested in health care to participate.
Upon graduation, nurses will work in community health care. Our robust curriculum equips our students with the technical skills and community health training needed to treat populations in rural Honduras.
Throughout the course of the program, students conduct community health education projects in their respective home villages. These seminars teach community members, and especially youths, about primary prevention practices, such as the importance of drinking water and less coffee, brushing teeth, family planning, and nutrition. We expect these seminars to reach over 10,000 people, and we will conduct baseline, mid-term, and end-line surveys regarding basic health knowledge and behaviors to evaluate their success. These integrated community health components make our program the only one of its kind in Honduras.
Honduras' health care system, especially in rural areas, is largely dependent on foreign workers, and many rural areas only receive care for short periods of the year. In just a few years of TSN, tens of nurses will be providing care to Hondurans in rural areas. Honduras' health care should depend on Hondurans, and this program is intended to increase its capacity to do so.
The goal of this program is not only to provide opportunities to residents of Trinidad, but also to increase the number of health workers in rural areas. To that end, we must ensure work after graduation for all students. Nurses will graduate with a degree certified by the government, allowing graduated nurses to be competitive in the job market. Additionally, we are currently networking with health clinics around the country to ensure that there are job opportunities waiting for our nurses after graduation.
Monitoring & Evaluation
We hope to see a graduation rate at or above 95% in November 2020, and placement in community health jobs or continuation of nursing education for at least 80% of graduates. Our goal is to place 85% of graduates in jobs in underserved regions within 3 months and 95% within 6 months.
We will follow up with all graduates at monthly intervals for the first year post-graduation, after which we will send quarterly questionnaires (which can be followed up by phone or in-person contact if necessary) to obtain further information on their career development. We will continue to conduct research on the evolving nursing environment in Honduras. Over time, we will develop a comprehensive alumni network and a mentorship program to assist future nurses in their career paths.
Our students conduct baseline health knowledge and behavior surveys during initial primary prevention seminars, mid-program surveys, and a final evaluation. We will use this data to measure the program’s impact on public health education in the region.
By November 2020 we will have educated approximately 10,000 community members in primary prevention practices. We will use the results of these seminars to better tailor them to the community’s needs for the subsequent seminars conducted by the nurse technician students. By November 2021, our evaluations will show how the community’s basic health knowledge and primary prevention behaviors have improved.