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The students are quickly learning enough to be more independent in the clinics and hospital. Four students helped in a busy out-patient clinic to assess and triage sick adults while others assisted with nursing tasks in the in-patient female ward. Today, some students helped with assessments of an outreach clinic in a local village/district while others observed in the theatre (AKA: operating room). In the pediatric ward, we rounded with Dr. Thuma who was a wealth of knowledge on the various conditions that bring children to the hospital. It warmed my heart to see a family member at every bedside knowing the sacrifice to be present. A parent may walk many miles and leave the rest of the family to manage the farm at home.
Our nursing students have been amazingly accommodating of the very different approaches and processes for health care delivery here. They are extremely eager to learn and highly respectful of the diverse ways of this culture.
Last evening, we quenched our thirst for TV and news for the first since our departure by watching BBC and The Prince of Persia.
Amani, Wanda & Tara