Strengthening Nursing in BIH Project continues to support 10 municipalities that have improved community nursing services during the project’s first phase.

Sustainability of the improved services is ensured through both mentoring visits and the opportunities for exchange of experience between the primary health centres. The created network of 35 local mentors offer professional assistance at workplace for 171 peers, community nurses. During the last quarter of 2018, the round of visits was successfully completed, while
the second round is underway.

In order to make mentoring visits as useful and efficient as possible, it is necessary to improve the mentoring skills of the mentors. By organizing half-day workshops on 27 and 28 February 2019 in Tuzla and Banja Luka, the training of mentors was continued. Practical aspects of mentoring community nurses were discussed in detail during the workshops. On this occasion the mentors exchanged their previous experiences in mentoring and improved their knowledge and skills necessary to continue these activities by undergoing practical group assignments.

Besides the community nurses, the ultimate benefit of mentoring goes to patients and the community, because they are provided with high-quality, extended and safer health care service.