chiang mai university, faculty of nursing
WHO Collaborating Centre for nursing and midwifery development

Thanee Kaewthummanukul, PhD RN

Jutarat Mesukko

To support WHO’s work towards strengthening capacity of nurses and midwives in leadership and management.

At WHO’s request, to conduct systematic reviews and evidence-based practice research in nursing and midwifery.

To support WHO’s work on nursing and midwifery research, education and practice.


How to Strengthen the Capacity of Public Health  Personnel during COVID training

    • Training on HealthCare System in Thailand and Policies.
    • Peer review of evidence-based review “Non-pharmacological strategies for exiting COVID-19 lockdown for the working and student populations: a scoping review protocol (JBIES-20-00247) (12 July 2020).”
    • Collaborative and Development of Health System: How to Strengthen the Capacity of Public Health Personnel during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
    • WHO SEARO workforce survey.
    • Systematic Review Training (multiple events).
    • Collaborative and Development of Health System: How to Strengthen the Capacity of Public Health Personnel during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
    • Gerontological nursing training.


Dean Wipada Kunaviktikul at a Southeast Asia region expert consultation in India, December 2019

    • Dean Wipada Kunaviktikul participated in an expert group consultation to discuss the regional strategic directions for strengthening midwifery in Southeast Asia region, held in New Delhi from 16-17 December 2019.
    • Storr, J., Twyman, A., Zingg, W., Damani, N., Kilpatrick, C., Reilly, J., … & Allegranzi, B. (2017). Core components for effective infection prevention and control programmes: new WHO evidence-based recommendations. Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, 6(1), 6.
    • Turale, S., & Kunaviktikul, W. (2019). The contribution of nurses to health policy and advocacy requires leaders to provide training and mentorship. International nursing review, 66(3), 302-304.
    • Lamchang, S., Suklerttrakul, T. and Lamchang, P. (2019). Development of Pediatric Medication Administration Multimedia for Nursing Students. Nursing Journal. 46(1), 114-120.
    • We will host the 13th biennial conference for the Global Network of World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery on 16-18 June 2020. The meeting will be preceded by the WHO CC Executive Committee Meeting on 15 June 2020 and followed by the 20th General Meeting of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery on 19 June 2020.


Prof. Dean Wipada Kunaviktikul, Co-chair the WHO Regional Meeting in Delhi India in 5 to 7 Feb 2019

In line with our TOR 1: Strengthen capacity of nurses and midwives in leadership and management the center has engaged in the following activities since July 1st 2019:

    • The Faculty of Nursing offers a master degree program in Nursing Administration both for nurses from Thailand as well as international students.
    • The Faculty of Nursing continues to partner with Phitsanulok Hospital in Northern Thailand to develop and teach a Nursing Administration master degree program. This program is taught on the weekends so students don’t have to leave their jobs to pursue their degree.
    • We provide training courses in areas of advanced practice nursing, as well as trainings to support the continuing education of nurses for the maintenance of their nursing licenses. Since July the following short courses and workshops have been delivered:
        • Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner training program. 18 February – 9 June 2019.
        • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing. 4 February – 29 May 2019.
        • Nursing Administration training 1 February – 31 May 2019.
        • Critical Care Nursing training. 28 January – 1 February 2019.
        • Nursing Care for Patient with Infectious Disease and Infection Control. 21 – 23 January 2019 at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel.
        • Infection control nursing training course. 11 Dec 2018 – 31 March 2019.
        • Critical Care Nursing (Adult and Elderly). 1 April – 21 July 2019.
        • Oncology Nursing training. 4 March – 30 June 2019.
        • Workshop on Preparation before The Retirement. 18 – 22 February 2019 at the Park Hotel, Chiang Mai.
        • Workshop on Eye Care: With Love and Understanding in the Digital Age of Nurses. 2 – 4 July 2018.
        • Workshop on Chronic Kidney Disease: Update on Nursing Care for Renal Dialysis Patients. 9 to 11 July 2018 at Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai.
        • Workshop on Building Health Equity for Older People 6 – 7 Dec 2018 at the Amora Thapae Hotel in Chiang Mai.
        • Workshop on”Nursing Management Excellence: Strategies for Success”. 12 – 13 July 2018.
        • Workshop on Problem-Solving Therapy Reduces Suicidal Ideation.14 December 2019, at the Amora Hotel Chiang Mai
    • International Trainings:
        • On 16 August 2018, the Faculty of Nursing organized the 4th TICA Connect: Five Decades of Thailand and UNFPA Partnership: Advancing towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) exhibition.

To Support TOR 2: Build capacity of nurses and midwives in systematic reviews and evidence based practice guidelines and disseminate the products at the national, regional and international levels, the following activities have taken place since July 1st 2018:

    • JBI Affiliated center publications
    • SR project:
        • Jindarat Chaiard, PatrapornTungpunkom. (2018). Effectiveness of behavioral and psychosocial interventions for continuous positive airway pressure adherence in obstructive sleep apnea patients: a quantitative systematic review protocol. JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep; 16(5):1147–1152.
    • Provide consultations on systematic reviews and evidence-based practice.
    • Consultation on conducting SR for nurses in Thailand/nurse educator in Japan since 2013; the example of the most recently ones are:
        • CSRTP for Chiba university, April 2018
        • CSRTP for Osaka University, 9-13 July 2018
        • Follow-up on SR protocol development for Chiba University, 16-17 July 2018
        • Participating in a summer program: Fundamentals of Long-term Care (LTC) in a Rapidly Aging Society, Japan, 30 July-5 August 2018
        • Sharing to conduct a collaboration research for the virtual reality for nursing education for Dementia, Japan, 8-31 Jan 2019
        • CSRTP for Osaka University, 7-11 Jan 2019
        • CSRTP for Otemae University, 14-15, 18-19-20 Feb 2019
    • Special lectures:
        • Evidence Based-Practice and Clinical Guideline Development: An Updated Framework for Nurses under the department of Ministry of Medicine, Thanyarak Chiang Mai Drug Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 28 Aug, 2018
        • Special lecture “Evidence Implementation: An Updated Concept and Strategy”, For graduate students and faculty members, Osaka University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, 30 Jan 2019
    • Keynote speaker/Lecturing on Evidence based practice
        • Online Based Research in the 3nd International Conference Health Medicine, 18 Aug 2018, Tobelo, North Sulawesee Indonesia.
        • Update maternal and neonatal emergency management: Evidence based practice: 21 Nov 2018, Serang-Banten, Indonesia.
        • EBP & Evidence Implementation: 4 February 2019. Faculty of Nursing, Hokkaido University, Japan
    • Organize workshops and/or training programs on systematic reviews and evidence-based practice
        • Conduct Comprehensive systematic review training (CSRTP) in Thailand
            • Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program, 3-7 September 2018; 22 participants across country (3 modules = 19; 2 modules = 3)
            • Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program, 13-15 March 2019; at Mahidol University, 23 participants (Instructor = 14; Ph.D students = 9)
        • Conduct Grade approach training, 5-7 November 2018; 84 participants across country
    • Peer review for Joanna Briggs Institute
        • Tranexamic acid as adjuvant treatment for postpartum hemorrhage: A systematic review protocol (JBISRIR-2017-002-3978)
        • Quality indicators for screening colonoscopies and colonoscopist performance and the subsequent risk of interval bowel cancer: a systematic review (JBISRIR-2017-003927)
        • The incidence of post-dural puncture headache in the obese parturient compared to the non-obese parturient after an accidental dural puncture: A systematic review protocol (JBISRIS-D-19-00037)
        • Retention strategies and interventions for health workers in rural and remote areas: A systematic review and implementation report. (JBISRIR-2017-004009)
        • Regulation and pre-licensure education of registered nurses: a scoping review protocol (JBISRIR-D-19-00106)
        • Promoting activity participation and well-being among children and adolescents: A systematic review of neighborhood built environment determinants. (JBISRIR-D-19-00051)

TOR 3: Develop capacity of nurses and midwives in the areas of education and service.

    • The Faculty of Nursing conducts a variety of service courses and short capacity building trainings. These activities have spanned a wide range of settings and audiences such as a women’s correctional institution, the local birth center, vocational colleges, secondary schools, among others.
    • Faculty members are in high demand to provide their expertise both within Thailand and internationally. They have been invited to be guest lecturers or as speakers at conferences.
    • The Faculty of Nursing receives and fulfils over 200 such requests each year.
    • The Faculty of Nursing holds several four-month trainings in various aspects of advanced practice nursing for nurses in Thailand. Examples from this year included:
        • Critical Care Nursing (Adult & Elderly) 39 participants, 4 Apr-22 Jul 2018
        • Critical Care Nursing (Adult & Elderly), 48 participants, 6 Aug-25 Nov 2018
        • Program of Nursing Specialty in Nursing Care for Infectious Patients and Infection Control 11 December – 31 March 2018/2019
        • Program of Nursing Specialty in Nurse Practitioner (Primary Medical Care) 12 November – 10 March
        • Program of Nursing Specialty in Nursing Administration 1 Feb – 31 May
        • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Specialist 4 Feb – 29 May
        • Program of Nursing Specialty in Gerontological Nursing 11 Feb – 2 March
        • Program of Nursing Specialty in Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner 18 Feb – 9 June
        • Program of Nursing Specialty in Critical Care Nursing 1 April – 21 July
        • Program of Nursing Specialty in Oncology Nursing 4 March – 30 June
        • Training Program in Palliative Nursing (Post Baccalaureate Program) 2 August – 26 November
    • Several short trainings that helped Thai nurses earn the continuing education credits to maintain their nursing license were also held. Examples include:
          • “Mixed Methods Research in Health Sciences”, 58 participants, 23-25 July 2018
          • “Ophthalmologic Health: Care, Treatment and Knowledge using Digital Professional Resources”, 24 participants, 2-4 July 2018
          • “Kidney Disease: Update on Nursing Care for Patients receiving Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis)”, 42 participants, 9-11 July 2018
      • More than 2000 participants benefited from these trainings.
    • Abhicharttibutra, K., Wichaikhum, O., Kunaviktikul, W., Nantsupawat, A., & Nantsupawat, R. (2018). Occupancy rate and adverse patient outcomes in general hospitals in Thailand: A predictive study. Nursing and Health Sciences, 20(3), 387-393.
    • Wang, Q., Fongkaew, W., Petrini, M., Kantaruksa, K., Chaloumsuk, N., & Wang, S. (2019). An Ethnographic Study of Traditional Postpartum Beliefs and Practices among Chinese Women. Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Research, 23(2), 142-155.
    • Omura, M., Levett-Jones, T., & Stone, T. (2019). Design and evaluation of an assertiveness communication training programme for nursing students. Journal of Clinical Nursing. (in press)
    • Kunaviktikul, W., & Guptarak, M. (2019). Networking for local and global change: The Southeast and East Asian Nursing Education and Research Network. Nursing and Health Sciences, 21(1), 1-3.
    • Gaalan, K., Kunaviktikul, W., Akkadechanunt, T., Wichaikhum, O., & Turale, S. (2019). Factors predicting quality of nursing care among nurses in tertiary care hospitals in Mongolia. International Nursing Review. (in press)
    • Boonpracom, R., Kunaviktikul, W., Thungjaroenkul, P., & Wichaikhum, O. (2019). A causal model for the quality of nursing care in Thailand. International Nursing Review, 66(1), 130-138.
    • Im, E., Broome, M., Inouye, J., Kunaviktikul, W., Oh, E., Sakashita, Yi , M., Huang , L., Tsai , H., & Wang , H. (2018). An Emerging Integrated Middle-Range Theory on Asian Women’s Leadership in Nursing. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 29(4), 318-325.
    • Akter, M., Yimyam, S., Chareonsanti, J., & Tiansawad, S. (2018). The Challenges of prenatal care for Bangladeshi women: a qualitative study. International Nursing Review, 65(4), 534-541.
    • Kunaviktikul, W., Yimyam, S., & Stone, T. (2018). Developing leadership and capacity building: Reflections of a nurse leader. Nursing and Health Sciences, 20(4), 411-414.
    • Namprom, N., Picheansathian, W., Jintrawet, U., & Chotibang, J. (2018). The effect of maternal participation in preterm’s care and improved short-term growth and neurodevelopment outcomes. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 24(4), 196-20
    • 5-7 Nov 2018,  Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Guideline development workshop. Hosted by the Faculty of Nursing, CMU & The Thailand Centre for Evidence Based Health Care: A JBI Center of Excellence (TCEBH: JBI EC)
    • 2 July 2018, International Training on Community Health Volunteers as Agents of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: How to Strengthen Their Abilities.16 participants from 16 countries took part in this 3 week course taught by the faculty of Nursing and sponsored by the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA). 
    • 16 August 2018, the 4th TICA Connect: Five Decades of Thailand and UNFPA Partnership: Advancing towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) exhibition. This was organized in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA). 
    • The 23rd East Asian Forum of Nursing Scholars (EAFONS) conference, “Advancing Nursing Scholars in the Era of Global Transformation and Disruptive Innovation” will be held at Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University on January 10 and 11, 2020.
    • The 13th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery on the theme of Advocacy and Policy: Strengthening the Voices and Capacities of Health Professionals at Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University from 16-18th of June 2020.
    • The WHO Executive Committee will meet at Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University on the 19th of June 2020
    • The WHOCC Global Network Meeting will be hosted by Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University on the 19th of June2020. 

International Training Courses

As a leader in the region, Faculty of Nursing at Chiang Mai University works with several international organizations to provide training to health professionals. Participants from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific have attended our short-training courses. These courses are designed to promote an international exchange of knowledge and experience and to provide students with an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and clinical experience.

Courses are taught in Chiang Mai, but upon special request, courses can be arranged outside of Thailand. Support for these trainings have come from the Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA), World Health Organization (WHO), WHO – Southeast Asia Regional Office (SEARO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF), and the government of Bangladesh.

Examples of some of these training courses include the following:

      • Community Health Management and Community Empowerment towards Healthy Community Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases
      • The Promotion of the Elderly’s Well-being and Community Participation towards Healthy Ageing
      • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care for Children and Vulnerable Young People
      • Update Midwifery Education and Practice
      • Nutrition for Maternal and Child Health