Nurse Aid Training
Annually, we have a joint project with Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) to implement a 9-month nurse aid training to staff of MTC and ethnic health organizations (EHO) in collaboration with Thai hospitals.
The nursing system is a response to the changing needs of the Mae Tao Clinic’s patient population. In earlier years, many patients came with relatively easy-to-treat conditions and, if admitted, required only a short length of stay. Currently, there are more patients with chronic conditions who need longer continuous care and rehabilitation, such as clients admitted after a stroke or complications from diabetes. The changing characteristics and care needs of the patient population have led MTC to develop a nursing aide system to accommodate their patients better.
Our training partnership with Thai hospitals is innovative as it offers trainees an opportunity to gain clinical experience in a government facility and receive a certificate for doing so. The trainees usually cannot access an accredited education, so receiving acknowledgment from a recognized institution is a significant asset from a personal and professional perspective.
We have also developed a beneficial relationship with Thai government hospitals and the Thai public health authority, which provides us with an opportunity for more future mutually rewarding collaborations that will benefit our health workers and beneficiaries.