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Friday, January 14, 2011

Kwasia is "good afternoon, in Tonga.  We learned from our Macha nursing student friends that there are 72 different languages in Zamibia!!  And we struggle to just learn Spanish well enough to converse with our Hispanic patients. 
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
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Barb Kauffman on

Sounds Very Exciting! Nursing without borders. . .that is so cool. Safe travels! Will keep on reading!

katy, brett on

glad to see all is well. nothing too much has happened here just waiting to leave for school.

enjoy the rest of your time!

Bob J on

I'm happy to hear you and your group are doing well. It all sounds very interesting and exciting, please keep us posted on all your experiences!

Carolyn Kreamer on

Hi to all,
It sounds so exciting and a wonderfully rich experience for all. Even though you cannot post photos, don't forget to take many of them--especially students in action on the wards as permitted--so we can post on the web site and publish in the newletter. Blessings to everyone. Keep in touch. clk

John Marston on

Thank you so much for the updates, such a wonderful idea. Time has definitely flew by and I am sure the experiences that the students have enjoyed will be etched forever in their memory and provide a perspective on medical care in impoverished countries that will shape their perception of mission care to the very needy and imbue them with a sense of pride and importance of their choice of professions.
I am eagerly waiting to hear all about the experience when Ashley returns

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