Impact of Collaborative Master Degree in Nurse Practitioner & Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs a Case of Eritrea

Ghidey Ghebreyohans


Moreover, the anesthesia program improved the quality of anesthesia practice at the National Referral Teaching Hospitals.

Therefore, the Asmara College of Health Sciences has proved the effectiveness and benefits of running graduate education programs in partnership with stronger universities.

Practice Implication: Policy makers who are leading the national tertiary education institutions in Eritrea should strongly support the colleges and institutes to create partnerships to run graduate programs to strengthen faculty capacity and prevent brain drain in the country, which is the biggest national challenge.

The School of Nursing (SoN) at Asmara College of Health Sciences (ACHS) suffered from a lack of qualified teaching faculty as well as teaching infrastructure both of which posed a major obstacle to producing competent graduates. To solve the problem, the ACHS sent BSc graduates to the United States and other countries to earn their Masters degrees; however, none of them came back to the country. Subsequently, with a view to reducing absconding, the ACHS resorted to creating partnerships with stronger universities and ran two in-country MSc programs.

Therefore the main Purpose of this study was to assess the impact of MSc nurse education programs through partnership with other universities in Eritrea. The ACHS conducted two in-country masters degree programs. The first one was accomplished through a partnership the ACHS Nurse Practitioner Program and Stony Brook University in New York (SUNY); the second one was carried out with the partnership of the ACHS Nurse Anesthesia program and Moy University. The Study design was descriptive utilizing both quantitative and qualitative approaches. All faculty members who graduated from the two programs at Asmara College of Health Sciences and BSc graduates from the Nurse Anesthesia program participated in the study.

The Results of the study reflect that both programs strengthened faculty capacity of the School of Nursing and Department of Anesthesia and helped in establishing sustainable undergraduate nursing education programs.


Collaboration; Education; Retention; faculty development.

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