Dr. Lyudmyla Mazur (left) and Dr. Svitlana Yastremska (centre) from Ternopil National Medical University tour MacEwan’s Clinical Simulation Centre during a visit to Edmonton in late October.

Nursing scholars team up on research to help inform health reform in Ukraine

November 5, 2019 | Health, Science, Society

Five years into MacEwan University’s partnership with Ternopil National Medical University (TNMU) much has been accomplished: student and faculty exchanges, joint teaching initiatives, course development, and collaborative research on hypertension and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Now, faculty members from both universities are teaming up to conduct nursing research that could help inform how nursing fits into comprehensive health-care system reform that is currently happening in Ukraine. Dr. Svitlana Yastremska and Dr. Lyudmyla Mazur, both physicians and faculty members at TNMU, along with TNMU PhD student Olga Namisniak, are partnering with MacEwan Bachelor of Science in Nursing faculty members Dr. Elizabeth Burgess-Pinto, Dr. Mary Asirifi and Dr. Judee Onyskiw to look at perceptions of nurses in Ukraine to see if there are gaps or opportunities to shift the role nurses could play in the future.

Because the health systems – and nursing professions – in both countries are very different, the opportunity to visit in person and discuss both the systems and the research is critical, says Yastremska.

“Meeting face-to-face helps us see the whole picture and realize opportunities to learn from each other,” she says.

During their time together, the faculty members also planned for further development and improvement/enhancement of the Global Health Perspectives course that they will once again co-teach to Canadian and Ukrainian students next summer. This year, their focus will be on the impact of diabetes on global health.



Gaining a global perspective

For the second year running, MacEwan nursing students travelled to Ternopil State Medical University where they learned with and from Ukrainian and Nigerian students.

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