Promoting Cultural Collaboration

Luba Ivanov

Chamberlain Professor Connects North Carolina and Moldova 

MPH Nurses Making an Impact

Nearly 20 years ago, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Partnership for Peace set out with the goal of uniting with Euro-Atlantic countries to strengthen relationships. As a result of this partnership, the State of North Carolina and the Republic of Moldova Collaborative was founded. 

The goal? North Carolinian and Moldovan nurses would combine efforts to expand the nursing practice and improve patient outcomes in the small, eastern European country of Moldova. 

One nurse, Chamberlain Professor Luba Ivanov, PhD, RN, played a unique role in this collaborative effort. With the ability to speak Russian, a main language used in Moldova, Dr. Ivanov was able to work with the Moldovan Ministry of Health to assess the current nursing degree program of the National Colleges in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau. Using two North Carolina University programs as a model, Dr. Ivanov worked with an extensive team of North Carolina and Moldovan health professionals to revise the curriculum of this college, especially community health content, which was missing. She also worked with public health faculty in Moldova to improve public health student experiences in the community. 

“What this brought to light is that we can have true cultural collaboration in different healthcare systems,” said Dr. Ivanov. “We were able to make a significant difference in the healthcare in Moldova including appointing a nurse leader to the Moldova Ministry of Health, which had never been done before, and creating safer practices for nurses such as use of personal protective equipment with chemotherapy administration.”

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