Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan
Zohra Kurji is primarily Public Health Nurse working with Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) as an Assistant Professor and a section head of palliative care. She is the Chairperson for Aga Khan Local Health Board Council, Kharadar. With an undergraduate degree in nursing from the AKUH, a graduate degree in International Primary Health Care from the University of London, she also has a good exposure with the training on Global Tobacco control programme from the School of Public Health Bloomberg Johns Hopkins University, USA. In addition she is part of first faculty training program on faculty development in simulation from Boston Harvard simulation centre. She is one of the few certified Lactation consultants actively promoting breastfeeding in the communities.
Since 2007, Zohra has been engaged in the academic environment and simulation courses. Currently she is the lead facilitator for Blended learning programme at SONAM, and a member of the Simulation based CIME Committee. In addition, she works extensively for pedagogies for undergraduate and graduate curricula. She has also been invited by the Pakistan Nursing Council to develop national curriculum for PostRN and BScN programmes.
Zohra' research interests are in the areas of Public Health, Lactation, early Nutrition, Palliative, and Blended Learning and inter professional education with simulation.
Death and dying although is a reality yet for many it remains a taboo to be discussed. It is reported that nursing students feel considerable anxiety and sadness, when they experience death on a clinical placement. Therefore, teaching end-of-life nursing care and providing practice experiences in caring for dying patients are essential competencies in nursing education programs. It is reported that end- of- life care simulation can produce an effective and safe learning situation where the students increase their knowledge about palliative care principles and feel more comfortable and confident in communicating with patients and their families. Despite this evidence of the effectiveness of simulation in education programs current analysis indicates that where palliative and end-of-life care is included in undergraduate curricula it is delivered largely in theoretical form. Hence, it is planned to introduce simulation in palliative care nursing course in which year II students of Post-RN BScN programme at AKUSONAM- Karachi will enrolled in January 2018 to provide care to patients and their families in death and dying situation. The study employed a quasi-experimental design (pre-post intervention design to see the impact of simulation and debriefing on students’ learning. Data collection is completed and analysis of study in progress. Hence this study will gives students experiential learning by engagement with simulated scenarios. Moreover engaging them in safe learning environment with complex issues will and improve patient safety and outcome.