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Ophthalmic nursing services in Botswana.

Molao C - Community Eye Health (2014)

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Affiliation: Head of Advanced Ophthalmic Nursing: Molepolole Institute of Health Sciences, Molepolole, Botswana. chamolao@yahoo.com.

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Ophthalmic nurses make up 90% of all eye workers in Botswana's public sector, and they are the only eye professionals being trained inside the country... Ophthalmic nurses form a central referral link for optometry services in both urban and rural settings, as they are the main public sector eye care providers... They are also the main contacts to whom primary health care workers refer patients... However, Botswana does not have a well-structured referral pathway for all health teams, particularly between the private and public sector... The absence of strong referral pathways from primary or district level to tertiary level means that eye patients who are referred for specialist eye care locally and externally cannot be easily traced in order to track their progress and monitor their condition closely... As a result of poor contact and communication, patients who are referred to centralised tertiary facilities do not take up these referrals... In some cases, patients who do take up referrals do not get to see the ophthalmologist they have been referred to... Working without the direct supervision of a specialist... The absence of a well documented scope of practice, professional registration and job description for ophthalmic nurses, which results in their being assigned to do general nursing... A lack of prevention of blindness policy guidelines, which means there is no governance or coordination of work done in the varied ophthalmic care settings... The Botswana Ministry of Health's prevention of blindness unit has established two tertiary centres of excellence and a VISION 2020 LINKS partnership with a UK institution (Addenbrookes Abroad, Cambridge) in an effort to improve eye care services in Botswana... Plans and advocacy to develop policy guidelines on the deployment and scope of practice of ophthalmic nurses are ongoing, and draft job descriptions have been developed to spell out their roles... This will mean that ophthalmic nurses will be better recognised and supported in their role within the broader health system.

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Ophthalmic nursing services in Botswana.

Molao C - Community Eye Health (2014)

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Affiliation: Head of Advanced Ophthalmic Nursing: Molepolole Institute of Health Sciences, Molepolole, Botswana. chamolao@yahoo.com.

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Ophthalmic nurses make up 90% of all eye workers in Botswana's public sector, and they are the only eye professionals being trained inside the country... Ophthalmic nurses form a central referral link for optometry services in both urban and rural settings, as they are the main public sector eye care providers... They are also the main contacts to whom primary health care workers refer patients... However, Botswana does not have a well-structured referral pathway for all health teams, particularly between the private and public sector... The absence of strong referral pathways from primary or district level to tertiary level means that eye patients who are referred for specialist eye care locally and externally cannot be easily traced in order to track their progress and monitor their condition closely... As a result of poor contact and communication, patients who are referred to centralised tertiary facilities do not take up these referrals... In some cases, patients who do take up referrals do not get to see the ophthalmologist they have been referred to... Working without the direct supervision of a specialist... The absence of a well documented scope of practice, professional registration and job description for ophthalmic nurses, which results in their being assigned to do general nursing... A lack of prevention of blindness policy guidelines, which means there is no governance or coordination of work done in the varied ophthalmic care settings... The Botswana Ministry of Health's prevention of blindness unit has established two tertiary centres of excellence and a VISION 2020 LINKS partnership with a UK institution (Addenbrookes Abroad, Cambridge) in an effort to improve eye care services in Botswana... Plans and advocacy to develop policy guidelines on the deployment and scope of practice of ophthalmic nurses are ongoing, and draft job descriptions have been developed to spell out their roles... This will mean that ophthalmic nurses will be better recognised and supported in their role within the broader health system.

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