Transforming Healthcare Half a World Away

transforming healthcare

With a group of 33 post-licensure nursing students from the African nation of Seychelles, Chamberlain has taken a new step toward our vision of graduating extraordinary healthcare professionals who transform healthcare worldwide.

Two cohorts of students from the African nation of the Seychelles began in July 2017 – one group of 21 students in the RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option and another group of 12 students in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Educator Specialty Track.

Students were selected to enroll at Chamberlain through a competitive program from the Seychelles government. Each receives a full-ride scholarship funded by the Seychelles Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Saychelles VolunteersThis educational partnership is part of a national effort to advance the level of professional nursing and improve the country’s healthcare.

With the support of the WHO, the Seychelles has made great strides in healthcare and implemented a system of universal healthcare that emphasizes person-centered care.

However, the educational institutions in the Seychelles do not offer any bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in nursing, and the country faces a number of healthcare challenges, including obesity and hypertension.

In the true spirit of Chamberlain Care®, two Chamberlain professorsCecilia Jane Maier, MS, RN, CNE and Janina Johnson, DNP, RN, CNE – traveled to the Seychelles in July to orient the students and better understand their needs, expectations and challenges.

The students made a big impression on both faculty members.

“Collectively the students are positive, eager, professional and respectful. I am amazed at the level of higher order thinking skills and global perspectives demonstrated by the students,” said Dr. Johnson.

Professor Maier agreed. “These students are change agents,” she said. “They’re passionate about caring and improving healthcare in their country. I admire them, and I’m honored and privileged to be a part of this.”

Saychelles studentsAs they make their way through the program, Seychelles students will stay together as a cohort and follow the same curriculum as their United States-based peers.

Faculty and leadership hand-picked the electives for the RN to BSN students to have the most impact on them – courses such as world political science and transcultural nursing. And while certain technological and communication challenges were anticipated, faculty are pleased to report that they have not encountered anything that could not be overcome.

“All of us at Chamberlain are committed to making this work,” said Professor Maier.

“This partnership between the Seychelles and Chamberlain is a transformative experience for both students and faculty,” said Dr. Johnson. “This is a great example of living our mission through educating, empowering and emboldening diverse nurses prepared to advance the health of people, families, communities and nations. These students will be part of emerging changes that will shape and positively influence patient outcomes, healthcare delivery, nursing practice and the profession of nursing in the Seychelles. How amazing. I am honored to be part of this project.”

Meet One of Our Seychelles Students

Lyndy RathLyndy Rath has been a nurse for six years, and a midwife for more than a year. She is currently a community health nurse, employed by the Seychelles Ministry of Health and based in the reproductive health department, where she provides prenatal and family planning care.

“I always wanted to gain a bachelor’s degree in nursing but never had the opportunity,” she said. “As this one presented itself, Chamberlain was a perfect choice because they produce professional nurses with higher and new standards, knowledge and competency."

“Being able to stay in my country and have the family support, has been very helpful.”


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