Since 2010 the School of Nursing has been helping to advance nursing practice and education in Monrovia, Liberia. The administrator of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, an IUSON PhD alum, requested the school assist in building nurse leadership capacity and develop an RN-BSN program. Since then Doctor of Nursing Practice students have provided training on adolescent pregnancy, quality improvement, and strategic planning. In addition, two Liberian nursing/midwifery faculty members graduated from the IUSON with master’s in nursing education. In 2015 one of these graduates became coordinator of the first publicly available BSN program at the University of Liberia.
To reduce the high neonatal mortality rate they provided Helping Babies Breathe training to students and staff at the hospital. These faculty will be the leaders in implementing the RN-BSN programs at the University of Liberia. During a recent visit, the delegation had an official audience with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.