Archive for January 30, 2013

Back at it!

Well this is the third week of being back into the swing of things since the semester started, and we have definitely hit the ground running. Running really really fast. It seems like we have SO MUCH TO DO before May! I’m still trying to get all my ducks in a row, but they’re just swimmin’ all over the place. I’m enjoying the semester so far though, I had my first day of full clinical yesterday and really loved it. I got to do so much that I have never done before: hang IVs, remove IV catheters, start heparin drips, and now I’m nearly a pro at giving meds. The 12 hours went by really quickly and I am looking forward to next week. I am at St. Joe’s this semester and am on a DEU floor, which I think is a wonderful invention. I am paired up with one nurse for the entire semester and she teaches me everything I need to know. I am able to learn so much and it is much more efficient as well. I change out for psych in three weeks and am looking forward to that as well. I will be at the VA hospital, and I have heard good things about it.
We have our first exam this coming up Monday for Integrated Science II. In addition to all that we have this semester, studying for this test has been very overwhelming. I’m hoping after this test we will have a grip on the flow of things once again and it will flow a little more smoothly. I heard last semester was supposed to be the toughest of the whole Emory nursing experience…but I don’t think that’s entirely true. It’s only been three weeks and this semester has already kicked last semester’s butt! Kicked it real hard. But things will fall into place. Good luck to everyone this semester!

“Nursing is not just a skill, its another way to love”

 

awa_jamaica_1We arrived in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday. Dr. Ashley Darcy and Dr. Maureen Kelley are leading the trip and there are 9 senior nursing students and 2 junior nursing students.   We will be in Kingston until next Saturday, January 12, working with the Missionaries of the Poor.  This organization was founded in Jamaica in 1981 and is centered around the act of “joyful service.”  Today, Missionaries of the Poor work in countries throughout the world with the common goal of community service for the poor.  The men who make up the Missionaries of the Poor take vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and service.  In order to become a brother for life, you must go through 5 different stages in order to ensure that this lifelong commitment is right for each individual.  The completion of all 5 stages takes around 9 years, and then you are admitted into the profession of selfless service in the name of the Missionaries of the Poor.  In Kingston, there are 180 brothers undergoing training.

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On Sunday, we had the opportunity to attend mass with all of the brothers, residents of the clinics, and people of the community.  The service was so incredibly lively.  While it lasted for 2 ½ hours, it was extremely powerful and moving.  The people of Kingston are so incredibly welcoming and gave one of the Emory nursing students the opportunity to participate in the mass.  She walked in with the Holy Bible before the priest and read the first scripture to the congregation.  During offering, the people of the community presented food to the father instead of monetary gifts.  It was truly incredible to see this community come together and contribute whatever they could in order to support the Missionaries of the Poor and what they stand for.

Thus far, I have spent one day at the Lord’s Place, which is a clinic and home for women and patients with HIV/AIDS, and one day at Faith House, which is a clinic and home for men.  The Lord’s Place is an exceptional home filled with so much love.  The residents here truly care for one another and actively work to assist however they can.  One resident in particular runs throughout the day in helping the brothers, from making sure everyone is fed to bringing us to patients who needed wound care.  In both the Lord’s Place and the Faith House, the brothers make it work with the resources that they have and fully devote themselves to the care of these residents.  The Faith House was home to men with cognitive or physical disabilities.  We were able to utilize our nursing skills by performing wound care and checking blood pressure and glucose levels.

awa_jamaica_3The greatest lesson that I have learned thus far is the power of love.  The brothers are so kind and loving toward all of the residents and the residents truly adore the brothers.  While this trip has provided a great opportunity to practice nursing skills, communicating with this population and making the residents happy is so rewarding.  It reminds me of why my peers and I decided that nursing was our perfect path.

Kristen Christensen, a junior, described her peds experience thus far:

Yesterday six of us had the opportunity to serve at the Bethlehem Center, which is home to boys and girls who range in age from a few years old to about 18.  I don’t know that I can tell you exactly what is was like to walk into that room, but I will say that I have never seen little bodies with such physical distortions and limitations.  After taking it all in, we quickly got to work bathing, changing, brushing teeth and feeding the boys.   We picked them up, massaged their little legs, performed active and passive range of motion exercises, and played!  The most amazing thing was to see their faces light up when you said their name– one of their only possessions– and they loved hearing it over and over again.  I left the center feeling overwhelmed with sadness and exhaustion, but I also left with the imprint of their smiles, the sound of their laughter and with peace, knowing that these children are loved and cared for daily by the faithful service of the brothers.

According to Brother John Paul, who is a brother and a nurse, “nursing is not just a skill, its another way to love.”  This trip reiterates and instills the power of compassion and love.

January 9th 2013- Blog Day Two

The Bahamas trip consists of helping in the clinics and teaching at the schools. The students are placed in clinics through out the island. There are two students placed in Hatchet Bay, three students in Governor’s Harbor, two students in Rock Sound, and two students in Tarpum Bay.

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Today, for some of the students was their first day teaching at the Bahamian schools and for some students, it was their second day teaching. Some of the topics that were covered were: Substance abuse, family planning, respiratory, and STDs.

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We visited the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve today in Governor’s Harbor. The Preserve is the first national park on the island of Eleuthera. It is an environmental educational centre as well as a facility for the propogation of native plants and trees.

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^View from the tower

Until next time,

Laila Nurani

The Bahamas group consists of 9 nursing students and 2 instructors. There are 5 juniors and 4 seniors. The 2 instructors are Corine and Caroline. The group arrived in Rock Sound, Eleuthera on January 5th. The group is living in Tarpum Bay, which is 15 minutes away from Rock Sound.

Arrival in Rock Sound, Eleuthera

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Sight Seeing on the Island:

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Attending the Anglican Church:

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Until next time,

Laila Nurani