The hospital’s process of training nurses in anesthesiology recently gained formal recognition by the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists.
Three staff members have met all the educational requirements to become graduates of the LFHC Nurse Anesthesia Program. Noy Keopaseuth and Si Ly are the latest graduates. They join nurse anesthetist Kuelee Lao Faiyia, who graduated from the program last year.
The scope of LFHC’s program has already been approved by the Luang Prabang Department of Health.
The three LFHC nurses spent 5-7 months at Angkor Hospital for Children as part of their education. The nurse anesthetists at AHC have received the Golden Apple award from the Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) organization for their teaching program in 2019.
Friends Without A Border Founder Kenro Izu and Richard Henker, a member of the HVO Board of Directors and a professor of nurse anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh, initiated the creation of the nurse anesthesia education program at LFHC.
Recognition of the nurse anesthesia program at LFHC by IFNA requires a didactic curriculum and clinical component with anesthetic management of 550 cases. In addition, nurses in the program are required to take a comprehensive exam.
Educational experiences for the program have included teaching by HVO volunteers in addition to using APEX and Khan Academy, online programs incorporated into many nurse anesthesia programs in the United States.
Clinical instruction was provided mostly at AHC but also at Mahosot Hospital in Vientianne, and Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.
In the next six months, Kulee will be traveling to the United Kingdom to observe anesthesia care and Si Ly will travel to Pittsburgh to observe anesthesia care. The goal for the LFHC nurse anesthetists in the future is to teach others in the region how to provide high-level anesthesia care.