Under a beautiful clear blue sky today, we opened the doors to the first Health Fair in Ntekete. This day was pretty crazy! We had 4 stations – Blood Pressure check, Blood Sugar Check, Malaria Screening, and Wound Station/General Exam/Pharmacy. The hours were supposed to be 10-2, the hours were 10-3:30, and then we turned about 40 people away because we were out of everything, including energy! I am so proud and impressed with my nursing students! They worked so hard, cared for so many people, 204 people by the way, without any thought of taking a break – we couldn’t have escaped the room if we tried! They serve God truly through caring for God’s people! It is fun and rewarding to watch these young women grow and reveal their strengths as leaders and nurses-to-be!
I started the following post as I prepared to leave for Zambia. This was 3 days ago… much has happened with 2 days of travel and 1 day in the hospital, but now that I have a moment with internet, I will share my thoughts as I left the USA, and catch-up in my next blog!
Three days ago:
Today, I begin the journey to Zambia to join my students! These young women have already immersed themselves, not only into a new and different culture but also their calling to be a nurse! I was thrilled to hear, first-hand yesterday morning, about their experiences in just a short time. They have made home visits to help individuals with needs both physical and spiritual, they have led over 200 children in Holiday Bible Club (in one day). On Monday, the day was filled with giving young children and babies immunizations, providing medications to men and women in hospitals and assessing patients. One student had the opportunity to go out on transport – I look forward to hearing about the rest of this story.
I do believe it is a calling to be a nurse and these students feel this also. I hear it in their voice as they describe their day and I read it in the words they write as they journal their encounters. There is much responsibility in this calling, and a commitment to learn and grow as a professional. How nice to be able to take the classroom around the world!
P.S. – Oh so much more in the next post!
Would you like to go to Zambia? I am very excited to lead (yet follow) these young women to Zambia and discover what nursing is like in another corner of the world. I think before I go any further I should mention the one male figure in the group! Thank goodness for great colleagues, Mr. Alan Huesing is taking my group out, so that I can stay behind and watch one of my daughters graduate; I will be catching up afterwards! I think we will make him an honorary nurse!
I anticipate great experiences on this journey. I hope each one of these students make a connection with a nursing student in Chitambo while they ‘do’ clinicals together. What a great opportunity to see what nursing school is like far from our own familiar campus in East Texas. I look forward to the opportunity to lecture and listen to lectures from Zambian faculty and doctors. I can’t wait to experience life in a place so different than my own home and meet the people who live in Zambia. Oh yes, and Victoria Falls…AND a safari!
There are GREAT things in store for us on this journey and I look forward to sharing as we go. Follow along!
Tukamonana limbi (See you later)