What is it about?

This was a 4 month clinical skills and theory programme on neonatal care for nursing working in a neonatal unit in Hanoi. The evaluation showed that the nurses were proficient in technical skills but possessed limited autonomous clinical decision-making ability. The training enhanced their understanding of the evidence base underpinning neonatal care, but their learning was restricted by the lack or appropriate textbooks and journal articles written in Vietnamese.

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Why is it important?

This is one of the first programmes of both academic study and clinical skills provided over a prolonged period of time to be delivered in Vietnam. It also included supporting students from the first cohort to become the practice supervisors for students in successive cohorts. High rates of neonatal mortality and morbidity occur in Vietnam and this can be addressed in some measures by improving basic neonatal care.

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This article and the experience of supporting the neonatal nurse programme in Hanoi was a huge pleasure and privilege. We can take our health service for granted in the developed countries and to see what can be done in relatively low income countries through improvements in basic care is awe inspiring. I hope that you find this article thought provoking.

Dr Sonya MacVicar
Edinburgh Napier University

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This page is a summary of: An evaluation of neonatal nurse professional development in Vietnam, Journal of Neonatal Nursing, January 2022, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jnn.2022.01.001.
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