United Nations Development Programme, Juba, South Sudan
Joseph Atukwatse, RN, BSN, CICU
Cardiac Intensive Care Nurse Specialist, UN Volunteer Nurse/Midwife Tutor, Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery, UNDP, Juba, South Sudan
Joseph is a Ugandan nurse, registered with the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council (UNMC). He graduated from Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science, in 2007. He has since served as a nurse in various health-related fields, including clinical (bedside) nursing, nursing education, and research. As a clinical nurse, Joseph worked at Uganda Heart Institute, a division of Mulago National Referral Hospital (Uganda), mainly in the Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units (2007 to 2012). While at the Uganda Heart Institute, Joseph was offered a scholarship to undergo one year of full-time hands-on training in cardiac intensive care nursing from the Madras Medical Mission, Chennai, India (April 2010 to March 2011). Following the successful completion of this course, he was then awarded an advanced certificate. He has also recently successfully completed a 10-week online course in Clinical HIV Management by the University of Washington (January to March 2013).
Joseph started his nursing education (teaching/training) career in March 2009 when he took a part-time teaching job as a teaching assistant at Kampala International University – Western Campus, for one year. He then moved on to International Health Sciences University (IHSU) and the Aga Khan University, Uganda, as a visiting assistant lecturer and part-time faculty member, respectively.
He is currently working as a UN Volunteer nurse/midwife tutor at Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM) under the mandate of UNDP, Juba, South Sudan (in the project Global Fund for Fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) – round 9, whose main goal is to strengthen health systems in the country). As a nurse/midwife educator, Joseph mainly teaches Fundamentals of Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Cardiac/Advanced Nursing, Vital Health Statics, Family Planning, and Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights, among other course units. Currently, he is supervising two groups of undergraduate nursing and midwifery students at JCONAM in two different research studies, “Factors affecting utilization of family planning services among women of reproductive age in Juba Town”, and “Factors leading to neonatal mortality in Juba Teaching Hospital”.