South African Hospital Uses Packard Children’s Model for Nurse Retention

Palo Alto, Calif. — Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, has chosen Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford to aid in nurse retention.

The two hospitals are planning an ongoing nurse exchange project to reduce the number of nurses migrating out of developing countries. While retaining nurses in South Africa is difficult for numerous reasons — relatively low pay, difficult social issues, and crime and safety concerns — those involved in the partnership hope to foster professional development opportunities, enhance job satisfaction, and support the clinical care of South African children, according to a Packard Children’s press release.

The partnership is being sponsored by a grant from Medtronic, a medical technology company, to Children’s HeartLink, an international medical nonprofit organization.

Sandra Staveski, NP, a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse practitioner at Packard Children’s, initiated the relationship with the South African hospital more than two years ago, after traveling to India for a medical mission.

Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital — the only freestanding children’s hospital in sub-Saharan Africa — chose Packard Children’s because of its previous experience volunteering with Children’s HeartLink, said Andreas Tsakistos, the international programs coordinator for Children’s HeartLink, in the Packard Children’s press release.

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