MC Nursing Students in Action

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The students have been rotating to the various clinical experiences in Theatre (the operating room), the ART clinic (anti-retroviral therapy), the Maternal Child Clinic, and the Outpatient Department (for the sick or injured).  They continue to assist with patient assessment, labs, and vaccinations in these areas.  The Macha staff and student nurses have been terrific teachers for us. Today, a few students assisted a nurse with the birth of a little girl in the delivery suite!  Mom and baby did very well and the students really enjoyed participating in that experience.  Also today, 4 students went on an outreach trip to provide prenatal checks and well child checks/vaccinations in another village.  Some children just needed weight checks, others needed vaccines as well.  The pregnant moms were assessed and given vitamins, iron, folic acid and malaria prevention medication.  I hope you enjoy the pictures of the students in action.
Other highlights so far this week included:
  • a tour of the malaria research lab with an overview of the studies underway there and
  • a lecture on the history of the malaria research at Macha including some recent findings related to habits and locations of the mosquitos,

The items on our "To do list" for the remainder of the week are to climb the water tower for some great pictures, write Thank-You -notes for many of the folks here at Macha who have hosted us in various ways, participate in rounds on the inpatient wards tomorrow, and lead the Friday Chapel Service for the nursing students. 

We have been fortunate that everyone has remained healthy and free from sunburn.  We have enjoyed the various creatures of Zambia, especially the colorful birds (except when they chirp loudly at 5am) and unusual insects (from a safe distance).  The Macha entomologist eats dinner with us so he tells us about the insects that we see! 
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Beth and Barry Hostetter on

Thank you for helping us to see what you all are experiencing through your words & pics in this travel blog. You have made this a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these young ladies and set our hearts at ease! May God bless your last week together as you serve and travel.

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