Seeing Beyond Traditional Measurement: Recognizing the Value of the Experience of the Place, the People, and Their Work

Creat Nurs. 2020 Aug 1;26(3):158-163. doi: 10.1891/CRNR-D-19-00010.

Abstract

Seeing beyond traditional measurement means knowing the story behind the outcome. It means recognizing the value of the experience of the place, the people, and their work. The global community recognizes the crucial need to end preventable child deaths, making it an essential part of the Global Strategy for Women, Children, and Adolescent Health (2016-2030) and the third Sustainable Development Goal to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all people at all ages (World Health Organization, 2019). This article shares statistically significant results of a nursing training initiative at Whispers Magical Children's Hospital (WMCH) in Jinja, Uganda, in sub-Saharan Africa where the region persists with the highest under-five mortality rate in the world. But the richer data yield can be found in the experiences of two in-country visits. Finding ways to create educational efforts for nurses in underserved geographical areas is critical to the improvement of the health status of their communities. Bringing health technology to these areas will improve the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based care by nurses, with a direct effect of positively influencing the health status of women, children, and communities.

Keywords: child health; infant; maternal; sustainable development goals; telehealth; telenursing.