On November 9, I gave a podium presentation of my doctoral study, “Shoes, Shots, and Society: Preparation for Short-Term Service Overseas” in Zagreb, Croatia, at the First International Congress of the International College of Person-Centered Medicine. Twenty-nine countries were represented.
From Prof. Amanda Passint:
On Saturday, September 28, The Wisconsin Lutheran College School of Nursing collaborated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and hosted WLC’s second Respite Day event for children with special needs and their siblings. We had about 65 children and over 100 volunteers. It was a such wonderful opportunity for these children to enjoy the day while their parents received a much needed break from the constant demands of care-giving. This respite day not only gave the WLC students the chance to learn about special needs, but supported the servant-leadership qualities that are developed and supported within WLC students on and off campus.
Activities at the respite day included games, face painting, sports, bingo, music, and a show put on by Kohl’s Wildlife Theater.
It was a wonderful opportunity to see the nursing program reaching out and partnering with the community, as well as partnering with other disciplines around at WLC, including special education.
Thank you to all who participated in making this event successful.
By Kyra Muñoz and Charisse Miller
The WLC Student Nursing Association (SNA) is excited for another year of service to the community and campus! SNA is a club for nursing majors or anyone interested in learning more about nursing. It is an excellent way to get to know the other students on campus who are interested in the nursing field and is also very informative. SNA has monthly meetings featuring guest speakers and discussion of future service projects.
Last year, a nurse visited SNA from the Intensive Care Unit of an area hospital as well as an RN from a chemotherapy unit of a nearby clinic. Two representatives from Bell Ambulance visited WLC to speak to SNA about how nurses can better communicate with paramedics. Bell stressed the importance of all health care professionals being a team and working together to help the patients. Having outside speakers gives future nurses insight into the field.
This year, SNA is planning a great slew of speakers and service projects! SNA is planning on participating in an Alzheimer’s walk on October 5. The club will also be participating in Respite Day a program in which WLC partners with Children’s Hospital to provide a day of respite for parents of children with special needs. As another service project, SNA is planning on preparing a meal for the Ronald McDonald house. All of these opportunities are exciting for the future nurses at WLC.
The first SNA meeting of the semester was September 9. At this meeting we introduced the members of our executive board: Kyra Munoz, President, Charisse Miller, Vice President, Jaimie Shine, Publicity/Historian, Alicia Wichman, Events Coordinator, Haley Moldenhauer, Secretary, and Alex De Palma, Treasurer. We discussed our future events and took orders for our club T-shirts. It was a great opportunity to meet many of the freshman nursing class and a great opportunity for them to meet some upperclassmen.
If you are a nursing student or plan to become one, check out SNA! It is an amazing way to connect with other nursing students. If you have any questions about SNA you can contact President Kyra Muñoz or Vice President Charisse Miller.
Below are some thoughts I received from Carne Andrews, MSN, APNP, Nurse Practitioner, who participated in the WLC Global Health course in Zambia in May:
Realizing that words will never quite capture my appreciation for your friendship and the opportunity to participate in this year’s trip, please know I feel humbled, blessed, and enriched in faith, compassion, and hope because of your passion to make this world a better place for our Zambian sisters and brothers.
It is so meaningful to me to have witnessed how the Lord is blessing the work of the church, missionaries, and healthcare workers in Zambia and the WLC Nursing Program and students through the building of relationships and trust. This truly reflects the Christ-like servant leadership model to an extent I’ve not previously personally experienced. Thank you.
Here is an assortment of images showing life in Zambia and the experiences of Wisconsin Lutheran College’s nursing students.
These words were part of a song that the students at one of the Lutheran grade schools here in Lusaka sang to some of our nursing students this morning. The words have also become somewhat of a theme for us as we experience miracles of discovery and learning each day.
The nursing students have been doing lots of health teaching at the grade schools and for the wives of the seminary students. Today the students reported that the wives are becoming more comfortable with the students. They are starting to ask more questions about women’s health and they have even started laughing and joking around with the students. Some of the students went to a small village today as part of a Home Based Care program where they talked to a patient in her home and observed kapenta (small sardine-like fish) being cooked over a little coal stove outside.
Over the weekend we traveled to Livingstone to see Victoria Falls and took a ride through Mosi-oa-Tunya Game Park to see some of Africa’s finest wildlife. The scenery and the landscape was amazing and breathtaking! A walking adventure down to the “boiling pot” was a highlight, as well as seeing the powerful waterfall.
God’s creation was definitely evident all around us! Getting up extra early on Saturday morning was definitely worth the lack of sleep as we set out in open air vehicles to look for animals seen only in zoos back in the U.S. A herd of zebras and a mother and baby giraffe were at the top of the favorites list.
We have had many miracle days and expect more to come in our remaining time in Zambia. We can’t wait to share all the things we have seen and learned with our family and friends at home!
Muli bwanji. Bwino, bwanji
At the gate by eight.
There was a lizard in my bed net. (His name is Norman.)
We need more coffee.
This is so sad.
The sem wives were so fun – I feel so connected.
There’s a frog on the table!
I saw three surgeries – a third ventricular ostomy, a tendon release, and the removal of an extra thumb.
Come, oh, come let us sing to the Lord!
I hear you have pills that can help you lose weight, is that true?
Eet-Sum-Mor; Have-Sum-Mor; Munch-a-Lot
Why are they looking at us so funny?
What happens to monkeys eating the tomatoes?
Why do they want to take our picture?
That boy is holding a monkey tail!
Do YOU have hot water at your place?
We forgot to pay the electric bill.
Speak oh Lord as we come to you to receive the food of your holy word.
Take your truth plant it deep in us, shape and fashion us in your likeness That the light of Christ might be seen today in our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak oh lord and fulfill in us all your purposes for your glory.
By Valerie L., Wisconsin Lutheran College Global Health nursing student
From Lusaka, Zambia:
Our flight was very long, but we finally made it to Zambia! It was a surreal experience when we walked down the steps of the airplane into Zambia. We felt very welcomed when we arrived at the Lutheran seminary grounds.
Our first day here we toured Beit Cure Hospital. Our ride back to the seminary was interesting – we could see all of the different living conditions ranging from compounds to luxury hotels. I cannot imagine what I will see in the coming weeks!
Today some of us went to the market with Professor Carey. We were offered samples of the mwauyu fruit of the baobab tree. It was surprisingly tart.