Leading Speaker for Nursing Conferences 2019- Brenda Spear

Title: Assessing the Learning Needs and Increasing Workforce Capacity of Nurses in Underdeveloped Countries

Brenda Spear

Chamberlain University, USA


Brenda Spear is the campus president of Chamberlain University’s Cleveland campus. Spear has more than 30 years of experience in nurse education and executive nursing. Spear holds Advanced Board Certification as a nurse executive and a fellowship from National Advisory Board. She earned her second fellowship from the Academies of Practice.  Spear achieved a Diploma in Nursing from St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Medical College of Ohio, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain University.


The purpose of this workshop is to define and describe field-tested instruments useful in assessing the learning needs and workforce capacity of nurses in underdeveloped countries. Building workforce capacity was completed in three phases addressing the clinical nursing teams as well as the nurse educators in Seychelles Africa.  The first phase was established with assessing and collaborating with the Ministers of Health, the in-country World Health Organization, and the local nursing leadership. Learning assessment tools were utilized.  The second phase provided in-depth education to nurse educators and clinical nurses. The bedside nurse education seminars focused on the following topic discussions: prioritization and delegation, care delivery models, nursing process, safety, acute care as well as chronic illness management. The nurse educators received seminars discussing the following:  curriculum development, evaluation and assessment, critical thinking and clinical reasoning, and development of evidence-based practices. Also, online preparation courses such as seminars to writing skills, APA guideline reviews, and hands-on online platform education were offered. Phase three encompassed the coordination of the nurses enrolling into an online higher education program. The completion of the degree allows the nurses in Seychelles to continue to educate and share evidence-based practices as well as improved quality of care, increased patient satisfaction, and/or decrease attrition. Using Master Instruction techniques, this workshop will provide hands-on, interactive activities and case studies to demonstrate methods of not only assessing, but also of building your workforce capacity. Written material will be provided as well.