Introduction of Rehabilitation Nursing Concepts in Cambodia


  • Karen S. Reed MSN DHSc RN CNL CRRN

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    • Karen S. Reed, MSN DHSc RN CNL CRRN, is a clinical assistant professor of nursing at the University of Florida, College of Nursing in Gainesville, FL.


Cambodia is a poor country in Southeast Asia; 80% of its 14.1 million people are sustenance farmers (Central Intelligence Agency, 2006). Health Volunteers Overseas, based in Washington, DC, and Sihanouk Hospital of Hope in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, collaborate to recruit master's-prepared nurse educators to participate in volunteer teaching trips to enhance the knowledge and skill set of Cambodian staff nurses. A methodical series of steps were taken to develop a basic lecture series regarding the care of patients with brain and spinal cord injuries, taking into consideration Cambodian healthcare beliefs and health system resources. This article describes the processes used to develop the lectures and the realities of teaching on the other side of the world.